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SIIA Haze Outlook 2020 - June 2020

22 June 2020

Summary

Why? The dry season in 2020 is expected to be milder than the unusual drought conditions seen in 2019, and fire management policies remain in place, with the Indonesian government and the largest plantation and forestry corporations in the resource sector expending effort to prevent and effectively suppress blazes on the ground. [...] While the situation is still unfolding, we attempt to map both the immediate implications of the virus for fire and haze preparedness, as well as the potential consequences in the long run, if the economic downturn caused by COVID-19 is severe and recovery is slow. [...] In comparison, the fires in Australia released 434 million tonnes of emissions, and the fires in the Amazon released some 366 million tonnes.8 The Indonesian fires released more emissions because nearly half of the fires were on peatlands. [...] Figures 8 and 9 provide snapshots of the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices of four major companies across the palm oil and pulpwood sectors, with a focus on areas relating to the prevention and management of fires and haze. [...] The SIIA has been consistently ranked as one of the leading think tanks in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, in the Global Go-To Think Tank Index by the University of Pennsylvania.

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