Let’s End The Annual Haze – Once And For All

by Patrick Liew on September 18, 2019

Let’s End The Annual Haze – Once And For All.

The annual haze has caused undue damages to quality of life, health of humans and animals, businesses, economies, and environments in Indonesia, Malaysia, and other countries around the region.

It’s about time major stakeholders in the public, private, people and political sectors in these countries take stronger measures to stop the haze.

We need a targeted, persistent and ever-improving approach to identify, address and remove root causes of the haze and press on to take more and better actions even after the haze.

It requires multi-targeted, multifaceted and multi-prong pressures at every stage of the value chain, from preventing slash-and-burn agricultural practices to stopping demand of crops result from or are related to such practices.

For example, we should continue to appeal to and work with the Indonesian and Malaysian governments to map ownership of lands in the targeted areas.

Without such information, it’s hard to educate and help appropriate farmers.

Take recalcitrants to task and if need be, name and shame them in public.

Additional actions include intensifying the sharing of information on malpractices, monitoring of air quality, development of alternatives to slash-and-burn agricultural practices, preservation, management and restoration of peatlands, and improvement of firefighting techniques.

We should also continue to incentive farmers to adopt the right techniques, provide farmers greater opportunities for producing sustainable products to improve their incomes and livelihoods, run targeted public awareness campaigns, and promote sustainability reporting.

Ensure that financial institutions are not financing proliferation of haze and deforestation problems, and they adhere to stringent corporate governance, social and environmental standards.

As a final resort and after a reasonable period of cooperating with and appealing to our neighbours, we should seriously consider raising the haze problem to an international tribunal and seek to address this injustice to our people, economy and society.

We should take these actions before the haze deteriorates further and potentially cause more loss of lives and other permanent destructions.




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