DR. AIKEN is a professor of geography at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3G 1M8.
RUNAWAY FIRES, SMOKE-HAZE POLLUTION, AND UNNATURAL DISASTERS IN INDONESIA*
Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
2004 American Geographical Society
Volume 94, Issue 1, pages 55–79, January 2004
How to Cite
AIKEN, S. R. (2004), RUNAWAY FIRES, SMOKE-HAZE POLLUTION, AND UNNATURAL DISASTERS IN INDONESIA. Geographical Review, 94: 55–79. doi: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2004.tb00158.x
I gratefully acknowledge the assistance and advice of Rona Dennis, Anja Hoffmann, Lesley Potter, and Luca Tacconi, and I thank Michèle Depraz for help with the photographs and Emma Arnold for her expertise in shaping the maps.
- Issue published online: 21 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
- runaway fires;
ABSTRACT. Fires on Sumatra and Kalimantan have taken a heavy toll on Indonesia' remaining tropical forests. Drought exacerbates the fire hazard, but it does not cause the fires, most of which have been the result of inappropriate land-use policies and practices. Peatland fires have emitted vast quantities of smoke that periodically blanket large parts of insular Southeast Asia, impairing visibility, disrupting travel, hampering economic activity, and posing serious health risks. The development agenda of Indonesia' New Order regime paid scant attention to forest management, including the need to detect, control, and suppress unwanted fires.