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29 Aug Southeast Asia’s fires and haze: From risks to opportunities

It’s known simply as “The Haze”: a thick, eye-watering, nose-running, cough-inducing, health and climate hazard emanating from the burning of land and forest fires in Indonesia. Nearly two decades have passed since the terrible haze of 1997-98 swept across the skies. Today the Haze is one...

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27 Aug More hot spots in Riau detected in past week

SIIA Director Lee Chen Chen was quoted in The Straits Times in an article by Arlina Arshad on 27 Aug 2016. An excerpt is below. Indonesian satellites detected 17 hot spots from forest and land fires in Riau province yesterday, more than double the number overnight,...

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27 Aug NEA relays concerns to Jakarta as air quality worsens

SIIA Director Lee Chen Chen was quoted in TODAY on 27 Aug 2016. An excerpt is below.  SINGAPORE — With Singaporeans waking up to a smoky, hazy gloom on Friday (Aug 26) — one that worsened over the day — the National Environment Agency’s (NEA) chief...

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15 Jul Greener Sectors, Greener ASEAN

Traditionally, agriculture has been one of the key drivers of economic growth within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Some sources note that nearly 25 percent of total land area in ASEAN, ASEAN 6 and Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam (CLMV) is currently dedicated to agriculture and this...

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08 Jul Green Consumerism: Making every dollar count for the Environment

From the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) to the recent UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the subject of consuming and producing sustainably continues to draw considerable interest. In particular, Sustainable Development Goal 12 seeks to encourage companies to adopt and publicly...

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11 May Fighting the Flames: Sustainability Revisited [Channel NewsAsia]

In partnership with Channel NewsAsia, "Fighting the Flames: Sustainability Revisited" explores the current challenges that face the palm oil industry and its multiple stakeholders in the venture towards greening the supply chain. This programme, which aired on Channel NewsAsia on 6 May 2016, is based on...

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03 May Why forests will make or break the climate fight

SIIA Director Lee Chen Chen was quoted in an article by Vaidehi Shah published on the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) website and on Eco-Business on 3 May 2016. An excerpt is below. Lee Chen Chen, director of policy programmes at think-tank Singapore Institute of International Affairs, notes that the...

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22 Apr Media Coverage: 3rd S’pore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources

On 15 April 2016, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs held our 3rd Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources on the theme of "Global Consensus, Regional Actions: Recommitting to Sustainable Growth", bringing together over 350 policymakers, industry delegates, NGO representatives, academics and members of the...

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