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PEATLANDS in Southeast Asia 

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Exec summary: HOTSPOTS are on the rise, LATEST publication from RSPO and problems of palm oil.
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Hotspots increase in Sumatra
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INDONESIA: With the  drought season has officially begun, CNN Indonesia reported that forest and land fires incidents in South Sumatra are expected to increase. Read more 
Sime Darby Plantation unveils policy to ensure suppliers meet sustainability standards
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MALAYSIA: Sime Darby Plantation has strengthened its commitment to achieve a sustainable supply chain by publishing its ‘Working with Suppliers to Draw the Line on Deforestation’ policy statement. Read more.
Bonn Challenge
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GLOBAL: The Bonn Challenge is a global effort to bring 150 million hectares of the world’s deforested and degraded land into restoration by 2020, and 350 million hectares by 2030. Read more 
Start of dry season for the southern ASEAN region
REGIONAL: In the past few days, drier weather conditions were observed over many parts of the region, particularly in the southern parts of Sumatra and Kalimantan. Read more
Pineapples and peatlands by Sandra Cordon - CIFOR
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INDONESIA: Sowing 10,000 pineapple plants is not everyone’s idea of a good time. But for Meri Andayani and her friends, the opportunity to grow, harvest and sell their own produce is a dream come true. Read more
New UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration to inspire bold UN Environment Assembly decisions
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GLOBAL: The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030, declared on 1 March 2019 by the UN General Assembly, aims to massively scale up the restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems as a proven measure to fight climate change, and enhance food security, water supply and biodiversity.Read more.
Progress made in efforts to reduce fire risk: Indonesia
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INDONESIA has made significant progress in restoring flammable peatlands and reducing the fire risk for its people and neighbouring countries, says the head of a presidential agency. Read more
Spark Foundation spearheads reforestation efforts
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MALAYSIA: As part of SPARK Foundation’s second year Water Stewardship Agenda 2018-2020, the foundation will be supporting the Global Environment Centre (GEC) in its work with the Selangor Forestry Department. Read more.
The latest publications and upcoming event
RSPO MANUAL
This newly updated Manual has incorporated new information, methods, and practices under the guidance of the Second RSPO PLWG (PLWG-2) formed in March 2017.
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THE PROBLEMS OF PALM OIL
BFM.MY: A highly profitable industry, the ever-growing demand for palm oil has however also drawn scrutiny and ire for among other things, the destruction of rainforests in Indonesia and Malaysia to support its expansion. So what's the solution? Would a palm oil ban reduce deforestation or do more harm than good? We discuss this and more with Faizal Parish, the Director of the Global Environment Centre.
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PEAT FOREST RANGER MODULE
A comprehensive environmental educational module on peatland conservation developed by GEC for students and teachers
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TREE PLANTING@RMFR
MALAYSIA: Come and join GEC's tree planting at the North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest. This activity is aimed at conserving the various species of peat swamp and restoring the deteriorated area to its former glory, retaining the original characteristics of the peat swamp forest.
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