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The complete ban on burning peatlands, while effective in reducing forest and land fires, may in the long run harm the local agriculture industry. Reuters/Beawiharta

Zero-burning policy hurts small farmers – a flexible approach is needed

Zero-burning policy could hurt small-holder farmers. The ban on the use of fire for land clearing has raised the costs to prepare their land for planting and to keep it pest-free.
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Responsive leaders needed to encourage citizen participation

Complaint systems, such as the government initiative LAPOR!, will fail to build trust if bureaucracies are unresponsive.
In 2014, Indonesia ratified an ASEAN treaty to tackle transboundary haze in the region. But, as of now, Indonesia has yet to enact regulations at the national and local level. Reuters/Antara News Agency

Indonesia drags its feet on ASEAN haze treaty

It took 11 years after the treaty came into force for Indonesia to ratify the agreement in 2014. But two years in, Indonesia has yet to enact regulations at the national and local level.
Migrants from Myanmar at the gate of an immigration detention center in Medan on 5 April 2013. Relevant government officials in Indonesia acknowledge that immigration detention facilities should not be used for housing refugees and asylum seekers. But finding alternatives to detention to accommodate asylum seekers has been difficult. Reuters/Roni Bintang

Indonesian cities and regencies may be asked to shelter refugees – will they comply?

A new decree states that local administrations may be asked to provide shelter for asylum seekers and refugees. In reality, this may be rather challenging.
School children read books at Palipis beach in Mandar, West Sulawesi. The books were brought by library boat. Pattingalloang, which was part of a network of moving libraries called Pustaka Bergerak. Urwa/Pustaka Bergerak

Disadvantaged Indonesians defy the perception that they’re not interested in reading

Indonesian politicians and public figures say Indonesians have a low interest in reading. But people in disadvantaged areas defy this perception; they always welcome new books with joy.
Trash washed up on Bali’s Kuta beach on February 2016. Reuters/Antara News Agency

How can Indonesia win against plastic pollution?

To stop Indonesia polluting the ocean with plastic it is important to change the country's land-based waste management.
Children fly their kites on a demolished neighboyrhood in Jakarta. Studies show inequality and injustice are highly toxic to our health and wellbeing. Beawiharta/Reuters

Inequality harms health and well-being of all Indonesians – not just the poor

Inequality is bad for all Indonesians, including the middle and upper classes, because it causes more violence, more people with mental illness and less chance for us to better our lives.
Both camps in Jakarta’s gubernatorial election this year engaged in post-truth politics. www.shutterstock.com

Beyond fake news: social media and market-driven political campaigns

Indonesian politicians have engaged in post-truth politics, framing information and stories by appealing to emotions with very little or no regard to any policy details and objective facts.
Avoiding fires in Indonesia’s peatlands should be a common goal of everyone involved. Antara Foto/Jessica Helena Wuysang/ via REUTERS

People, palm oil, pulp and planet: four perspectives on Indonesia’s fire-stricken peatlands

Indonesian peatlands are important to many people: farmers, bureaucrats, businesspeople, and conservationists. But preserving this value for everyone will mean listening to everyone's concerns.

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