Indonesia REDD agency to help with forest fire prevention audit

3 July 2014

The Riau provincial administration has enlisted the help of the Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation plus (REDD+) Management Agency in carrying out a compliance audit targeting local governments and agroforestry corporations operating in the province.

According to Achmad Santosa, the deputy of law enforcement in the Presidential Working Unit for the Supervision and Management of Development (UKP4), the audit is scheduled to operate for two months starting July 1 until Aug. 30, and will be implemented jointly by various parties, including the REDD+ Management Agency, the Forestry Ministry and the Riau Police.

“One of the 13 action plans to prevent land and forest fires from spreading is an audit on companies and local governments, to ensure their responsibility in forest fire prevention in land concessions,” Achmad said in a press release made available on Tuesday.

“Many fires occur in areas previously meant as forest land concessions, easily accessed and controlled by those who have sought the legitimate occupation of the land from village chiefs or subdistrict heads,” Achmad added.

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