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Discussion on Haze and Forest Fires Preparedness (UNOCHA, Jakarta)


Date : 10 May 2017
Location : United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)


On 10th May 2017, RDI had the opportunity to attend a brief Discussion on Haze and Forest Fires Preparedness in United Nations Office, Jakarta, Indonesia. This Event was organized by United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), and attended by various institutions such as Ministry of Health, Board of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG), Reality Check Approach Indonesia (RCA), Wahana Visi Indonesia (WVI), and other Institutions. The agenda of this discussion among others; (1) Presentation from BMKG about weather forecasts across Indonesia, (2) Updates from Ministry of Health on Haze and Forest Fires Preparedness, (3) Presentation of research findings on qualitative research about persepectives of people affected by the haze from peatland, forest fires, and smoke in Riau by Reality Check Approach Indonesia (RCA), and (4) Updates from participants on preparedness activities and discussion on possible collaboration/coordinated efforts.

Based on presentation from BMKG, The start of dry season forecast for 2017 varied across Indonesia. Most of dry season started on April, May, and June (80% or 274 out of 342 Zona Musim/ZOM). It was predicted that haze problems will not as bad as the previous years ,when La Nina (in 2016) and El Nino (in 2015) affected various places in Indonesia. This year (2017), El Nino predicted in normal circumstances.Compared with 1981 – 2010 data, the start of dry season for 2017 will be late in large part of Indonesia (157 ZOM or 46%), the same from previous years in 120 ZOM (35%), and earlier in 65 ZOM (19%).

Participants also shared their updates on preparedness activities and discussion on possible collaboration/coordinated efforts. The updates such as; Ministry of Health has done various evaluation on 6 Province (Jambi, Central Kalimantan, South Sumatera, West Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, and Riau), The evaluation including various topics such as Capacity Building and Strengthening Coordination among stakeholders that involved in Haze and Forest Fires Preparedness; and brief presentation from RCA about their findings on qualitative research on persepectives of people affected by the haze from peatland, forest fires, and smoke in Riau. Their research focused on reality check approach which included 1399 participants. It focused on the family, its private spaces, and informal conversations between local people.

Discussion on Haze and Forest Fires Preparedness is an opportunity for RDI to meet and know stakeholders that interested and have varied experiences on Haze and Forest Fire Preparedness in National level.




Picture 1. Muhammad Adryan Sasongko