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Indonesia president approves 2-year extension of forest moratorium

Indonesia president approves 2-year extension of forest moratorium

Wed, 24 May 2017 via Channel NewsAsia

Indonesian firefighters put out a fire in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra. across much of Southeast Asia mostly comes from forest fires on Indonesia's western island of Sumatra, many of which are lit to clear land for plantations. (Photo: AFP/ABDUL QODIR).

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Indonesia lags behind in commitment to restoration

Indonesia lags behind in commitment to restoration

Tue, 23 May 2017 via Jakarta Post

Indonesia lags behind in commitment to restoration emerges from fires ravaging peatland in Meranti Islands regency in Riau province. The government aims to restore 2.49 hectares of destroyed peatland. (Courtesy of Emergency Task Force for Forest...

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S’pore team digs in to help Riau village combat haze

S’pore team digs in to help Riau village combat haze

Mon, 22 May 2017 via The Straits Times

The villagers understand that canal blocking is not a comprehensive solution to the haze problem and greater preventive efforts from are needed. Villager Heri Daswani, 37, said: "Small help is still help. I'm grateful that our Singapore ...

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Saudi Arabia, Israel, North Korea: Your Morning Briefing

Saudi Arabia, Israel, North Korea: Your Morning Briefing

Mon, 22 May 2017 via New York Times

Indonesia is racing to prevent the kind of devastating fires that two years ago caused $16 billion in damage and sent choking haze across , Malaysia and Thailand. [South China Morning Post]. Madama Butterfly redux. A radically revised ...

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Indonesia, Sweden to focus on four research collaborations

Indonesia, Sweden to focus on four research collaborations

Mon, 22 May 2017 via ANTARA

As a tropical country, Indonesia has several hectares of rainforests and peatlands. However, years earlier, the government struggled to fight against the from peat fires, which was caused by illegal logging and plantation activities in Kalimantan ...

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Commentary: Is finding an alternative crop to oil palm the key to preventing haze?

Commentary: Is finding an alternative crop to oil palm the key to preventing haze?

Mon, 22 May 2017 via Channel NewsAsia

Research at the National Institute of Education, Singapore, for instance, shows that certain planting systems and growing environments can shorten grow-out periods. Agricultural transformation will have an important part to play in addressing , but ...

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When the haze comes from Singapore’s own backyard

Wed, 08 Nov 2017

by Simon Tay and Pek Shibao for The Straits Times Looking out of the window a fortnight ago, you could be forgiven for wondering if the seasonal haze had returned. Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) readings across the island exceeded the “Good” range for a full...

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What will motivate companies to source palm oil responsibly?

Wed, 04 Oct 2017

Being more sustainable is good for a company’s bottom line and reputation. So why are companies, as seen in WWF’s recent Palm Oil Scorecard for Singapore and Malaysia, dragging their feet on sustainability? SIIA researchers discuss. By Fawziah Selamat and Pek Shibao For several years, the Singapore...

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Making independent smallholder farmers part of the greening…

Thu, 21 Sep 2017

What can the palm oil industry do to “green” its supply chain? What are some of the obstacles to greater sustainability? The SIIA travels to Riau to see what one palm oil company is doing to ensure its products are sustainable, and how independent smallholders...

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The Future of Consumer Choice & Responsibility

Wed, 14 Jun 2017

US President Donald Trump’s move to withdraw America from the Paris Agreement has once again sparked global attention about the fight against climate change and the need to be sustainable. But what does this mean for our own consumption habits and what we do as...

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Past Articles

Media Coverage: 3rd S’pore Dialogue On Sustainable World Resources

Fri, 22 Apr 2016

On 15 April 2016, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs held our 3rd Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources on the theme of R

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Southeast Asia’s Burning Issue: From The 2015 Haze Crisis To A More Robust System

Fri, 15 Apr 2016

This policy brief was released in conjunction with our 3rd Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources on 15 April 2016. The 2015 haze crisis wi

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To Prevent Haze, Financial Players, Smallholders Have Outsized Role To Play

Mon, 04 Apr 2016

Photo Credit: Achmad Rabin Taim / CC BY 2.0 Signs warn that haze may soon return to the skies of South-east Asia. Fires have already broken out in Ri

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Fighting Of Fires Must Continue Under Blue Skies

Thu, 10 Mar 2016

Blue skies breed amnesia. With the clear skies, many may now struggle to recall the urgency and anger over the smoke haze pollution in the region.Las

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