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Indonesia’s Jokowi Warns of Economic Calamity From Forest Fires

Joko Widodo
Joko WidodoPhotographer: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg

Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered officials to step up efforts to prevent a repeat of the forest fires that engulfed parts of key palm oil and timber producing regions last year and cost the nation $5.2 billion in economic losses.

Jokowi, as Widodo is commonly known, told officials of various agencies to work together for a permanent solution to the wildfires, a perennial problem in Indonesia that last year burned over 1.5 million hectares of land. The risk of wildfires remains high this year amid forecasts for the dry season to start earlier than usual in some parts of country.