Hoax 18 : Most Forest Fires Occur in Oil Palm Concessions
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Most forest fires occur in oil palm concessions ?
The spread of hotspots in November 2015 based on land use (see figure below) shows a similar pattern of hotspots in other countries suffering from forest fires. About 56 percent of hotspots turned out to be outside oil palm concessions, namely primary forests managed by the government. This is followed by production forest (HTI) concessions, at33 percent, while the hotspots in oil palm plantation concessions accounted for only 7 percent.
Figure : Spread of hotspots in November 2015 in Indonesia (WRI Washington, using NASA Active Fire)
Value in percent %
In other words, the biggest forest and land fires in Indonesia during the El Nino period of 2015 occurred in primary forests managed byte government. Linking the forest and land fires to oil palm plantations is not supported by current facts.