I was invited to be one of the speakers at KiniAcademy’s ASEAN Masterclass Series, organised by Southeast Asia Forum for Reporting. The Masterclass focused on Deforestation, Transboundary Haze, and Sustainable Palm Oil Production and other speakers were Mr Surin Suksuwan from PROFOREST and Mr Larry Maramis, ASEAN expert development consultant. I spoke on the haze in the context of human rights and human dignity, and explored to concept of haze as an environmental crime. The Masterclass was attended by journalists from almost all ASEAN countries. The recording is available on Facebook Live here.
I was one of the Keynote Speakers at a webinar on “Transboundary Haze Pollution in Southeast Asia: Effect and Forest Fire Management in Indonesia” organised by the Resilience Development Initiative, Indonesia. The webinar will be available for viewing on the RDI Facebook page.
I was invited to be part of this panel discussing how academic research on haze in Southeast Asia and air pollution in Taiwan can be more effectively adopted into policy. It was an interesting discussion with Professor Jiun-Horng Tsai on how both regions can learn from each other. Moderated by the excellent Ms Najah Onn, who represents CERAH – AntiHazeAction, a Malaysian civil society group which aims to raise awareness on haze and fight for clear sikies in Malaysia and beyond. Click here to view the recording of the discussion.
I was invited to share my thoughts on the topic of “Reassessing ASEAN’s Capability in Multilateral Climate Governance” for the Council for International Law & Diplomacy’s (CILD) Thinker-of-the-Week series. CILD is a student-led initiative based in Brickfields Asia College. I shared my thoughts on hand use change, fires, and haze in Southeast Asia, and how this bears on ASEANs capacity for climate leadership in the region. The session was moderated excellently by Mr Shawn Tan.
On Friday, 30th October 2020, I spoke at the LSE Southeast Asia Week 2020 as part of a panel on Environmental Resilience and Southeast Asia. My topic was on “Transboundary Haze Governance in Times of Change: A Malaysian Perspective”. Other members of the panel were Dr Michelle Miller from the National University of Singapore, Dr Rory Padfield from the University of Leeds, and Dr Winston Chow from Singapore Management University. You can find a writeup of my talk here.
The Malaysian Local Conference of Youth 202 was organised by the Malaysian Youth Delegation. The MYD is a Malaysian civil society organisation representing Malaysia’s local youth climate movement and raising awareness of climate policies among Malaysians.
I was invited to share my thoughts on “Peatland Governance and Climate Change in ASEAN” in the session on Multilateral Climate Action and Governance in ASEAN. Pristine peatlands are a major source of land-based carbon sink, and therefore ASEAN’s intact peatland resources play a very important role in the region’s carbon balance. The session was moderated by Ms Josephine Koay from MYD, and the other speakers were Mr Rizki Fauzianto from GIZ AGEP who spoke on energy policies in ASEAN and Ms Saloni Kapoor from Singapore Youth For Climate Action who spoke on adaptation strategies in ASEAN countries.
An executive summary of the conference can be found here.
I was invited to be part of an online panel for the Centre for Social Development Studies, Chulalongkorn University’s Political Ecology in Asia Seminar Series on “Haze and Social (In)Justice in Southeast Asia: Past experiences and what next?” on 29 July 2020. The full list of presenters and topics can be seen in the image below.
I spoke on “COVID-19 and Haze: Implications on Health, Fires, and Social Justice”. An overview of the event can be found here.
I also spoke on a similar topic at the IRSoc (International Relations Society of Universiti Malaya) Lecture Series on 8 August 2020. The IGTV recording can be found here.
I was invited by ISIS Malaysia to be part of their Roundtable on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on the specific topic of “Towards Sustainable Palm Oil: Navigating the Political and Scientific Discourses”. I took part as a panellist in Session 2 on “Improving Environmental Sustainability in Palm Oil Production”. My focus was on the haze case study, particularly the problem of haze-producing fires on drained peatlands used for plantations in both Malaysia and Indonesia.
The other panel members were Dr Gary Theseira from Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Dr Vijaya Subramaniam from Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Dr Henry Chan from WWF Malaysia, and Mdm. Wan Portia Hamzah formerly of ISIS Malaysia. As an outcome of the roundtable, a policy brief will be developed by ISIS Malaysia for circulation amongst the government and stakeholders.