Launch Event Marks Commitment to a Fire-free 2017 in Riau Province

positive impact of FFVP since its initiation by APRIL in 2014 and praised the collaboration and support of local government, police, the military and Riau’s Disaster Mitigation Agency and NGOs. He also paid tribute to the role of village leaders in FFVP’s success.

“Today’s turnout and the growth of the programme demonstrate how it now belongs to the communities themselves. Theirs is a strong voice in support of a fire free landscape, and in establishing firm roots within communities.”

At the event in Pangkalan Kerinci, Head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Willem Rampangiley, congratulated villages that received awards for their success in preventing forest fires in their area. He stressed that early warning and fire monitoring systems, coupled with heightened public awareness, are crucial to prevent forest fires.

Head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Willem Rampangiley congratulates villages successful in preventing land and forest fires

“We admire your preparation and appreciate that you have heeded the President’s (Joko Widodo) wishes to reduce forest fires,” Willem said. He also cited the importance of collaboration among government, communities and business. HM Harris, head of Pelalawan Regency, and Irwan Nasir from Teluk Meranti district, also stressed the need for collaboration.

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