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Stakeholders in Jakarta map out long-term solutions to haze crisis

Peatland fires in eastern Sumatra, Indonesia, in recent weeks are again creating thick haze in the region, closing schools, canceling flights, and leading to the arrests of farmers accused of lighting the fires. For now, the weather is keeping the smoke away from neighboring Singapore and Malaysia, where in June 2013 wind-blown haze from Sumatran…

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Research leads to certification, more trade for Indonesian furniture-makers

Furniture makers in the district of Jepara in Central Java, Indonesia, have joined forces to create an association that has boosted incomes and helped secure the country’s first legal timber certification, opening an export corridor into Europe. The outcome is the result of research aimed at strengthening the bargaining power and improving the livelihoods of…