Lead-up to COP22: Re-examining Indonesia’s land and forest fires

Cleared land for sawit plantation (Photo LifeMosaic)

As world leaders gather next week for COP22 Marrakesh to discuss priorities for action on the Paris Agreement, Indonesia marks a year since its environmental crisis that had severe implications for global climate change.

Indonesia is stepping up its efforts to bring companies and farmers to justice for starting fires. Hundreds of people have already been arrested for starting fires, including a number of people directly linked to companies. But until we know who actually owns the land where the fires start, it will be nearly impossible to accurately pinpoint who is responsible for all the devastation to the environment, public health and global climate change.

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