Updates on Forest Fire Situation

The Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan joined the Forests Asia Summit held in Jakarta, Indonesia on May 5, 2014. He gave a speech which called out all parties involved to cooperate, assert transparency, advance investigations and take legal actions against those who are responsible for forest fires. The Minister announced in the summit that Singapore has conscripted legislation that will execute companies causing the transboundary haze.

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The companies will be imposed of civil and criminal liabilities. He said that the root cause of the problem is the misalignment of commercial interests. The victims are the locals living in the neighbouring lands. He furthermore encouraged all the governments to establish measures against private companies that are responsible for the destruction of the environment. He called everyone present to find answers that will permit sustainable economic development.

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The Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono also revealed the same sentiments. The Indonesian President also added that the government of Southeast Asia should pursue and strengthen its strategies regarding its carbon emissions. Forest fires can be prevented if we prevent it from happening in the first place. You can contribute in the prevention of forest fires. Even the smallest act can help Singapore.

If you are going camping near the woods or trees, you have to learn proper campfire techniques. You need to drench the campfire with water (or a mixture of soil and sand) until the sparks are out. Remember that if the pit is too hot, it means that it is not totally extinguished. Watch out for the vegetation nearby because they might catch the fire and spread it.

A firefighter of Alcoy and Elda tries to