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Local causes, regional co-operation and global financing for environemntal problems: the case of Southeast Asian Haze pollution

Luca Tacconi, Frank Jotzo () and R. Quentin Grafton ()

Economics and Environment Network Working Papers from Australian National University, Economics and Environment Network

Abstract: Lack of action on cross-border environmental problems in developing countries is often ascribed to gaps in local capacity and resources, failure of regional cooperation, and lack of financial support from rich countries. Using the case of the Southeast Asian Haze pollution from forest and peat fires in Indonesia, we explore the challenges posed by environmental problems whose causes are closely linked to local development and livelihood strategies, and whose impacts are local, regional (haze) as well as global (carbon emissions). We assess whether there are real opportunities to implement effectively the recent Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution. To address the deep determinants behind haze pollution, we propose signatories to the Agreement refocus their efforts to controlling peat fires rather than strive for a zero-burning regime. We also recommend a new approach to financing sustainable development based on rules and incentives, with a regional pool of funds, contributed by rich countries through the Global Environment Facility and countries in Southeast Asia.

Keywords: ASEAN; climate change; fires; GEF; haze pollution; regional agreements (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q54 O20 C60 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26 pages
Date: 2006-12
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