An Activity of the Global Wildland Fire Network

Country Reports
Peatland Fire Problems and Significant Events
Southeast Asia
(Historic – GFMC Archive)

Southeast Asia

Peat-swamp in the Malaysian Province of Sarawak, Borneo Island, affected by fire during the drought of 1997. Photo: GFMC Archive.

Extinguishing of a peat-swamp fire in Viet Nam, April 2002. Photo: B. Sanders / GFMC Archive.


Wetlands on Fire: Statement issued by the Standing Committee of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (2 October 1997, Gland, Switzerland)

Proceedings from the International Symposium on Tropical Peatlands (Bogor, Indonesia, 22-23 November 1999) (Overview of downloadable chapters)

Part 1 with chapter “Chemical compounds in gas emitted from tropical peat soil with burning with and without oxygen” (PDF, 17.4 MB)

Part 2 with chapter “Aspect and mechanism of peat fire in tropical peatland: A case study in Central Kalimantan, 1997” (PDF, 6.9 MB)

Envisat focuses on carbon-rich peat swamp forest fires

Spaceborne investigations of peat fires in Indonesia by the European Space Agency (6 August 2003)

Viet Nam

The Viet Nam Peatland Fire Emergency of 2002: Fire Incident Assessment U Minh Ha Forest and U Minh Thuong National Park, Ca Mau and Kien Giang Provinces, Vietnam, 2026 April 2002

Workshop on the recovering of U Minh Thuong National Park from devastating forest fires of 2002

Tram Chim National Park an Integrated Water and Fire Management Strategy, developed jointly between Can Tho University and the University of Natural Sciences (Viet Nam), United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, the International Crane Foundation, UNDP, IUCN, sponsored by USAID and the Global Environment Facility (GEF)


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