Global and Local Effects of Indonesian Haze

Highlight on Environment: Fire has been used for millennia as a cost-effective way of clearing land for agriculture and continues to be commonly used throughout the tropics. In Sumatra and Kalimantan burning peatlands regularly cause massive smoke and haze; the 2015 season was one of the worst in many years. Calls for solutions were demanded daily in domestic media, and international scrutiny was high.

Dr. Peter Holmgren is the Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), where he leads a team of more than 200 scientists and staff operating in more than 45 countries. He is credited with leading the dialogue to enhance the role of forests in the global development agenda addressing some of the major issues of our time: poverty, food security, climate change and the green economy.

When: Tuesday, February 16 by Dr. Peter Holmgren
Venue: Erasmus Huis, Rasuna Said (next to the Dutch Embassy)

Dr. Holmgren will describe how the fire and haze crisis has been portrayed as an environmental disaster with high greenhouse gas emissions and loss of rainforest habitats. He will explain how, in fact, locally pressing matters, including health, poverty, and food security are all underlying factors of this complex issue.

The lectures are organized in the auditorium of Erasmus Huis, Rasuna Said (next to the Dutch Embassy). Each lecture starts at 7:00 p.m. and finishes after a question and answer session around 8:30 p.m. The lectures are open to the public and there is no need to register to join.

Light snacks are served before each lecture. Come early to socialize with like-minded people!  Please note that food and beverages are not allowed in the Erasmus Huis auditorium.

To help to cover the expenses we request an entrance donation of Rp.50,000. (Rp.30,000 students with a valid student ID).