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Photo credit: “Aerial view of oil palm plantation” by Nanang Sujana/CIFOR

20 Dec EU’s palm oil curb may hurt campaign to save forests

By Simon Tay and Liyana Othman For The Straits Times As the global community seeks to address environmental and climate change concerns, attention has been increasing about palm oil. In recent months, the European Union passed a directive that disallows commodities like palm oil to be used...

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24 Jul The Haze Fighters of Sungai Tohor

Titled “The Haze Fighters of Sungai Tohor”, this eco-documentary highlights how Indonesia’s land reform push to redistribute 12.7 million hectares to be managed by local communities can also be a move to empower at-risk communities in their fight against haze. In May 2017,  SIIA visited one...

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14 Feb A Test of Democracy – Indonesia’s New Normal

The Jakarta gubernatorial election has been dominating headlines with the incumbent Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (better known as Ahok) being accused of blasphemy. This election has become more than just a race for the governor's office, with wider implications for Indonesia's religious freedom, transparency, and democracy. To...

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06 May How Indonesia’s neighbours can help it fight the haze

Indonesia is making every effort to ensure that the terrible fires and haze suffered last year will not recur. This reassurance was given at the recent 3rd Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources (SDSWR) by Mr Nazir Foead, who heads the newly created Peatland Restoration...

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10 Mar Fighting of fires must continue under blue skies

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. Last year was one of the worst on historical record for fires and it was barely six months ago that...

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12 Feb Foreigners can own up to 67% of Indonesian firms

SIIA Deputy Director Cheryl Tan was quoted in The Straits Times on 12 Feb 2016, commenting on new Indonesian reforms to liberalise the country's economy, including allowing foreigners to own a majority stake of up to 67 per cent of businesses in Indonesia's healthcare and...

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