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Fire in Borneo Peatlands

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Fire is presently the most important disturbance affecting vegetation cover at a global scale, with an estimated 6 million km2 affected on an annual basis (Mouillot and Field 2005). The largest increase in regional fire activity is currently occurring in the humid tropics, particularly in the rainforests of Southeast Asia and South America. Before recent times, fire activity was both infrequent and atypical of these tropical forest environments, but now wildfires are increasing rapidly, resulting in extensive forest loss and degradation and a wide range of environmental, social, and economic impacts (Cochrane 2006).


  • Agricultural expansion
  • Combretocarpus rotundatus
  • Disturbance
  • Forest degradation
  • Peatland fire
  • Southeast Asia

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Page, S., Hoscilo, A. (2016). Fire in Borneo Peatlands. In: , et al. The Wetland Book. Springer, Dordrecht.

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