Cleaning up the oil palm industry's supply chains must go beyond environmental impact to the workforce. Fair working conditions and better lives for smallholders must be front and centre, say industry leaders.
Biodiversity in Southeast Asia is under serious threat with some parts of the region projected to lose up to 98 per cent of remaining forests in the next nine years, thanks to main deforestation drivers pulp-paper, rubber and oil palm.
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Floods and natural disasters across Asia-Pacific are worrisome threats to the region's communities and economies. UN ESCAP executive secretary Shamshad Akhtar outlines ways the region can build resilience to extreme weather events.
Harnessing the natural functions of healthy ecosystems and women's strength in resource management could bring about better solutions to climate mitigation and adaptation, says International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Ann Moey.
Consumers and communities demand change, and most of the big players in the palm oil industry have promised to act — yet palm oil from rainforest destruction is still filling the products on our supermarket shelves, says Greenpeace Indonesia's Kiki Taufik.
The Asean countries are at very different stages of economic growth. Members include a fully developed city state with nearly full national electricity coverage as well as several agrarian economies ...