CIFOR PAR CBFPR Team met Second Secretary (Political) of the Embassy of Singapore in Jakarta

On 27 August 2018, nearly two weeks after the Participatory Action Research Community-Based Fire Prevention and Peatland Restoration (PAR CBFPR) project started, the CIFOR PAR CBFPR Team met the Second Secretary (Political), Ms. Chang Yuen Yi, and an intern of the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Jakarta. We discussed the state of and efforts made toward improving fire prevention and peatland restoration during the lunch meeting. We then underlined the importance of social transformation and changes in behavior to support the sustainability of fire prevention and peatland restoration efforts. To support these, CIFOR explained about the recently established PAR CBFPR project. The project was made possible with funding from Singapore Cooperation Enterprise and Temasek Foundation. CIFOR partnered with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) of Australia and the Center for Disaster Study at the University of Riau; they will conduct a series of discussions and activities in four phases – namely Reflection, Planning, Action, and Monitoring – with the local community, local government and community-based organizations at Dompas Village in Bengkalis District, Riau Province, Indonesia. The Second Secretary (Political) appears to be very supportive and happy to hear about the project. The PAR CBFPR Team is expected to invite them to a national workshop in Jakarta at the end of October 2019.