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Haze-free chat with SIIA’s Deputy Director, Meixi Gan

02 Jun Haze-free chat with SIIA’s Deputy Director, Meixi Gan

Why should we care about the transboundary haze issue, and what does the SIIA do about it?

“Transboundary haze is much more than an air pollution problem – it actually affects a number of sustainable development goals. Transboundary haze is caused largely by the use of fire in agricultural land clearing. It often occurs on peatland, which is a very carbon-rich ecosystem. So when peatland burns, it releases a lot of carbon emissions, which contributes to climate change,” said Ms. Meixi Gan, Deputy Director (Sustainability), SIIA in this chat with People’s Movement to Stop Haze (PM Haze)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m66mPGN8XyE

She added, “We (the SIIA) have an annual report called the Haze Outlook Report, that we put out every year around June. This report is a risk assessment of the likelihood of transboundary haze, based on weather forecasts, as well as our conversations with policymakers, corporates, and NGOs on what’s happening on the ground.”

This year’s edition of the Report will be published towards the end of this month, so do keep a lookout as we release more information here.