About the Report:
This Special Report studies the institutional needs of Southeast Asia, with particular focus on the Indonesian fires and transboundary haze. Despite years of effort at the internationa and regional level, the fires and haze continue to plague the region due to prevailing political culture and Indonesia's internal institutional weaknesses. The Indonesia forest fires and haze problem thus provide a useful locus for understanding the relationship - and limitations - of existing institutions to push forward an environmental agenda at the international and regional level. Current efforts at overcoming these limitations are also explored in this Report.
The trend towards increasing globalisation has led to an unprecedented need for cross-border cooperation and common rules for all. But despite the presence of intergovernmental institutions such as the United Nations and World Bank, the need for better global governance has never been more apparent. This is particularly so in the stewardship of the global environment. The intense debate on the institutional needs and responses for today's world has pointed variously to a stronger global architecture and to a renewed focus on regional institutions, such as the European Union. However, such an approach may not be adequate or suitable due to regional political and cultural senstivities, as in the case of Southeast Asia.