The Jambi master plan, which is a cooperation effort between Singapore and Jambi Province in tackling the fires and haze, will have two new programmes that will involve Singapore in the management of fire-prone peatland and the development of alternative livelihoods for Jambi natives.
Singapore Food Industries (SFI) will help Jambi's farmers in raising aquaculture standards. According to National Environment Agency (NEA), the programmes cost about S$ 800,000 and are targeted to be implemented by the end of this year.
Meanwhile, during a meeting in Singapore in end of June, regional officials praised Indonesia's efforts to reduce haze which chokes the region annually. Hotspots had been reduced by 51 percent last year in key provinces, and Indonesia is committed to improve the situation by strengthening the action programmes.
Malaysia has pledged RM2 million to Indonesia, under a Memorandum of Understanding signed in early June to provide the training and support services in Bagan Siapiapi in Riau.
The ministers will hold further talks in Phuket, Thailand in October.
Indonesia`s haze plan praised by region (Antara, 26 June 2008)
Southeast Asian countries brace for annual haze (Borneo Online, 24 June 2008)
Goodbye haze, hello fresh fish? (Today Online, 24 June 2008)