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Indonesia launches new forest fire detection app with ITTO support

 Monday, July 18, 2022

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Indonesia recently launched new app for forest fire controlling. The app has been developed with the assistance of ITTO. The major function of the application is to prevent forest wildfire and protect habitation from wildfire. The application will in turn also save human lives and the environment.

Ecosystem in Indonesia is vulnerable in many regions. Information gathering and timely protection is absolutely necessary. The real time information will be provided to the firefighters with the help of application. They will be able to control the fire on time.

With the support from the Government of Japan through its emergency funds, the Indonesian Endowment Fund for Education, in collaboration with IPB University and the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry has launched the System Monitoring and Reporting Technology for Fire Prevention (SMART) Patrol Information at a hybrid event on 29–30 June 2022 as part of an ITTO initiative.

At the launch, Indonesia’s Director General of Climate Change Laksmi Dhewanthi welcomed the collaborative effort that enabled development of the system. “Fire prevention is a manifestation of stakeholders’ synergy involving the community as well as government to deliver quick responses in forest and land fire control,” she said.

“The ITTO–Ministry of Environment and Forestry project is playing an important role in building local capacity for the systematic application of integrated fire management in South and Central Kalimantan and South Sumatera,” said ITTO projects manager, Dr Hwan-ok Ma. “The development and launch of this app is another step towards increasing knowledge and capacity in integrated fire management in Indonesia.”

Other topics reviewed at the seminar included remote sensing technology on fire prevention, fire management policies and phases, and participatory approaches to fire management.

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