Action: Raise awareness amongst the public (wild fire)
Key messagesRead our guidance on Key messages before continuing
- We found no studies that evaluated the effects of interventions to raise awareness about wild fire on knowledge, behaviour, peatland habitats or peatland vegetation.
‘We found no studies’ means that we have not yet found any studies that have directly evaluated this action during our systematic journal and report searches. Therefore we have been unable to assess whether or not the action is effective or has any harmful impacts. Please get in touch if you know of such a study for this action.
The public could be educated about the importance of peatlands, threats they face and what can be done to protect them. Messages could be conveyed through information boards, talks, art projects, adverts, leaflets, celebrity endorsements and social media.
This section considers education about preventing wild fire (e.g. Adinugroho et al. 2005). People are a major cause of wild fire on peatland – through arson, carelessness or losing control of prescribed burns.
Key peatland types for which this action may be appropriate: bogs, fens/fen meadows, tropical peat swamps.
Adinugroho W.C., Suryadiputra I.N.N., Saharjo B.H. & Siboro L. (2005) Manual for the Control of Fire in Peatlands and Peatland Forest. Wetlands International Indonesia & Wildlife Habitat Canada, Bogor.