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Haze from the forest fires blanket most parts of the landscape, Riau, Sumatra. Aulia Erlangga, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Summit to hold timely learning event on peat land fires

A fire-induced haze continues to linger over Indonesia’s Riau province causing health, environmental and business concerns across Southeast Asia. CIFOR scientist David Gaveau will lead a learning session on the first day of the Summit to share critical information on peat land fires that Asia’s political and business leaders need to know. The smog that…

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Andrea Bassi to give speech on Green Economy

Green Economy expert Dr. Andrea Bassi has confirmed that he will give a speech at Forests Asia Summit on how the green economy promotes resilient economic growth, while minimizing impacts on the environment. The green economy is a vehicle to reach sustainable development. It integrates conservation and improvements in resource efficiency to increase resilience and inclusiveness. This can only be achieved…

Combined with low-oxygenated, water-logged soils, mangrove ecosystems have the potential to offset emissions that cause global warming,” says Daniel Murdiyarso. a scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research. CIFOR/Kate Evans

Mangrove experts urge restoration, regeneration of organic coasts

BOGOR, Indonesia (18 March 2014) — When Ulva Takke heard that a foreign-owned firm planned to set up an iron ore mine on the tiny island of Bangka in the province of North Sulawesi, she joined forces with other residents in a protest that went all the way to Indonesia’s supreme court. Although the community…

“Policymakers need to consider energy as a cross-cutting development goal rather than relinquish it once more to the status of a ‘missing MDG’,” said said Caroline Ochieng, a fellow with the Stockholm Environment Institute. CIFOR/Aulia Erlangga

SDGs should tackle energy access to boost gender equality, researcher says

More than 2.6 billion people — almost 40 percent of the global population — rely on traditional biomass fuels for cooking, according to statistics from the 2013 World Energy Outlook. Not only does the burden of biomass fuel collection often fall on women, restricting their ability to tend school and participate in gainful economic activities,…

Practicing using equipment to put out flames during a fire drill, Indonesia. Achmad Ibrahim (CIFOR)

Stakeholders in Jakarta map out long-term solutions to haze crisis

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Peatland fires in eastern Sumatra, Indonesia, in recent weeks are again creating thick haze in the region, closing schools, canceling flights, and leading to the arrests of farmers accused of lighting the fires. For now, the weather is keeping the smoke away from neighboring Singapore and Malaysia, where in June 2013 wind-blown…

Join our online or onsite social media team and if you're at the Summit, you can register for the free social media training. Daniel Kapsoot

Join our #ForestsAsia social media team!

Are you familiar with things like “Twitter”, “Facebook”, “blogging”, “vlogging”, “podcasting”…? Join us! Or if those words sound like gibberish to you, well… You are welcome too! Experienced social media users, professionals, volunteers, journalists as well as beginners are equally welcome in the social media team of the Forests Asia Summit held in Jakarta –…