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Government of Indonesia launched Forest Fire Monitoring System

REDD+ Agency, together with BNPB (National Agency for Disaster Management) launched its Forest Fire Monitoring System (Karhutla Monitoring System/ KMS) on 23 July 2014.

This new system combines near real-time monitoring of hotspots, analysis of climatic data, geo-spatial information and early warning to prevent, monitor and provide fact-based evidence for law enforcement of forest fires.  KMS is developed with support from the World Resource Institute. Karhutla Monitoring System is based on WRI’s Global Forest Watch Fires, an online platform for monitoring forest and land fires, with support from Digital Globle, Google, Esri and others.

Mr. Dino Patti Jalal, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, the System’s potential support to improve land-based industries due to better transparency and governance

Mr. Heru Prasetyo, Head of REDD+ Agency, emphasised the combination of new data and state of the art technology as the main advantages of the system.

Mr. Dino Patti Jalal, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, commended the responsive nature of the system, and its  potential to help improve competitiveness of Indonesian land-based industries due to more transparent land management practices.

Mr. Nigel Sizer from the World Resources Institute (WRI) presented about Global Forest Watch Fires that can support the new monitoring system.

Mr. Dody Ruswandi, Deputy Head of BNPB, welcomed the new system and underlined that Indonesia needs adequate resources to tackle forest fires.

Mr. Bambang Supriyanto, from the Directorate General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation, Ministry of Forestry noted that text message actually is the most convenient way to report about incidences of fire due to limited data access.

The launch of this groundbreaking system  demonstrates  synergy between applied science and policymaking, or as Pak Heru Prasetyo said in his closing remarks, a combination of cloud computing and crowd sourcing.