Proceedings of the National Seminar on Promoting Research on Forest and Land Fire Mitigation, Adaptation, and Impact to Human and Biodiversity

Proceedings of the National Seminar on Promoting Research on Forest and Land Fire Mitigation, Adaptation, and Impact to Human and Biodiversity

By Editor: Ellyn K. Damayanti & Jesus C. Fernandez
Since time in Immemorial, humans have been using fire for their daily chores e.g. for cooking, hunting, land preparation, etc. However, fire has also been causing harm to humans and the environment which could be attributed to the global climate change as well as anthropogenic causes. In most cases, humans could no longer control fire especially land and forest fires which are the underlying causes of deforestation, and loss of habitats, sources of livelihood, properties, and to some extent, human lives. 
Research on the impact of fire on biological diversity, characteristics of biological diversity itself before & after the fire/burnt including its resistance to fire, relationship between biodiversity utilization by human before & after the fire, or distribution of pest & diseases because of fire and their impact to human and other biodiversity, etc. might also been conducted, but less heard. What kind of species we have before the fire and where?; what remained after the fire and where?; Will these species come back someday or not anymore?; How are the conditions of the remaining species and where did they go?; How can we restore the ecosystem damaged by fires?; How can we control the pest & disease that emerged after a fire incident?. These are but some questions needing answers through research.
Therefore, it is necessary to hold a seminar which will give a big picture of past and current researches, to analyze the gaps, and to formulate the necessary researches to fill the gaps. Results of the seminar will be recommendation of necessary researches on the impact of fire to biodiversity and human dimension and how plants, wildlife, and human mitigate and/or adapt to fire for the sustainability of their life and livelihood.