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  Workshop on Implementing the ASEAN Guidelines on Peatland Fire Management

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A Train-the-Trainer Workshop for implementing the ASEAN Guidelines on Peatland Fire Management was held on 30 May – 1 June 2016 in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, Indonesia.

The workshop aimed to (i) develop and conduct a preliminary training course (with field demonstrations) for ASEAN Member States (AMS) on peatland fire management based on the ASEAN Guidelines on Peatland Fire Management; (ii) at the conclusion of the training, revise the training materials in line with participants’ feedback; and (iii) circulate and encourage the use of the endorsed peatland fire management training materials within AMS.
The workshop was conducted with two days of indoor presentations and experience sharing among the participants and one-day field visit and simulation. The organisation of this training workshop was undertaken with generous funding from the ASEAN Haze Fund and the National Environment Agency of Singapore with administrative support  from the ASEAN Secretariat. The Global Environment Centre (GEC) Malaysia led the preparation of the training materials and the technical facilitation of the workshop with inputs from a number of technical specialists. The workshop was attended by nominated representatives from relevant government agencies from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand who have been working on peatlands and fire management.

Important conclusions of the workshop:
•             The drafted training materials will require each AMS to translate and localize some examples of the training to make it relevant to their specific needs.
•             Each AMS is at a different stage of fire management development and does not uniformly need to have the same level of fire management capacity.  It will be important for each AMS to recognize its needs and set up its system to an appropriate scale and capacity.

The workshop trained the participants to be national trainers to promote the endorsed ASEAN Guidelines on Peatland Fire Management in respective AMS. It also provided a platform for the participants to share their existing practices on peat forest and land fire management measures implementing in the respective country through country case studies. It is hoped that these national trainers will be resource person to conduct localized training programmes for relevant line agencies on managing peatland fire.