RIB, Jakarta. The Indonesia Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) has started a collaboration with ITTO (The International Tropical Timber Organization). This collaboration is in the context of handling the forest and land fires, with the project: Capacity Building for Forest and Land Fire Management in Indonesia.

This collaboration is also closely related to the efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from FOLU (Forest and Other Land Use), one of which is forest and land fires which are still a big challenge in Indonesia annually.

This project was started after the kickoff meeting was held on February 15, 2021 through a virtual conference between the two parties. Even though it only started in mid-February 2021, this cooperation has been initiated since last year. This project document collaboration was approved by ITTO on June 8, 2020, while the Project Agreement was signed by both parties on August 12, 2020.

The Initiation of collaboration with ITTO began with a meeting between the Team of the Directorate General of Climate Change Control (Ditjen PPI) and the Director of Forest Management Division-ITTO on December 13, 2019 on the sidelines of the UNFCCC COP-25 meeting in Madrid-Spain, where ITTO offered cooperation in handling forest and land fires in Indonesia.

Ruandha Agung Sugardiman, Director General of Climate Change Control at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, in his remarks, revealed that the implementation of forest and land fire control requires great efforts and joint efforts that need to be carried out and supported by all parties. Ruandha hoped that the collaboration with ITTO will increase the capacity and competence of Manggala Agni, the Fire Care Community, including the local community. This collaboration must also be able to prioritize the implementation of practices that support the aspects of preventing forest and land fires. # (RIBnews Admin)