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Perceptions across scales of governance and the Indonesian peatland fires

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Peatland fire management is a leading global environmental challenge and extensive peatfires in Indonesia have become a domestic and international priority, spurring intensely contentious debates, policies and legal proceedings. Previous fire management interventions (FMI) are numerous yet have suffered widespread implementation failures.

Distinct stakeholder groups are involved in the peat fire complex, involving particular relationships with the flows of benefits and burdens that accrue from intentional and escaped fires. The perceptions of stakeholders often condition behaviour, compliance and engagement in ways that impact environmental outcomes. Against this backdrop, our manuscript provides a thematically and methodologically novel analysis of how diverse stakeholders, from local farmers to international policy makers, perceive peatland fires in terms of, i) how they prioritize the associated benefits and burdens, and ii) the perceived effectiveness of FMI . We adopt an innovative application of Q method to provide needed insights that serve to quantify the areas of contention and consensus that exist among the stakeholders and their multi-dimensional perspectives.

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