The Indonesia island has long grappled with plastic pollution both on land and in its seas. With the problem growing more acute, local organisations and youths are pushing for a greater role by the government, particularly to centralise the waste collection and processing system.
Plastic restrictions are sweeping Asia, but the sustainability chief of a regional food and beverage trade association says such measures are not the most effective solution. The industry cannot do without packaging, says Edwin Seah.
Vico Sotto –
Will Pasig City in the Philippines take its place alongside the likes of Kyoto, Paris and Seoul for fostering inclusive climate action? Mayor Vico Sotto highlights how collective action is key to building a low-carbon city.
Pat Dwyer and Carissa Pobre –
Companies in the Philippines that report on sustainability for mere compliance are missing out on a real opportunity to drive profits and create meaningful societal change, write The Purpose Business's Pat Dwyer and Carissa Pobre.
Bambang Susantono –
In Asia's growing megacities, an infrastructure finance gap is slowing mass transport development, resulting in thousands of hours wasted in horrendous traffic. Land value capture could unlock finance, writes ADB's Bambang Susantono.
As global tourism booms, is it becoming a victim of its own success? Not if it takes these five steps along a sustainable development path, write ADB experts Donghyun Park and Cynthia Castillejos-Petalcorin and SW Associates' Scott Wayne.
Micah Castelo, Mongabay.com –
The Philippine government has begun the process of relocating more than 200,000 families living along waterways to restore Manila Bay, the main body of water in the capital.
Charlotte MIddlehurst and Lili Pike, Chinadialogue –
China has provided huge funding supposedly to help developing countries mitigate and adapt to climate impacts, but it is also financing coal projects included in the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI). What do recipient countries make of this?
Vaidehi Shah –
Brazil and the Philippines are the most dangerous countries for activists fighting mining, agribusiness and hydroelectric companies for their rights to land, forests, and rivers, a new report by Global Witness found.