Two years since the Paris Agreement, many ASEAN countries are placing increasing emphasis on combating climate change and its adverse impacts. Governments have started to invest in improving air and water quality, low-carbon transport, and better use of physical resources to shift towards green growth. Efforts are also being made to cut greenhouse gas emissions and prevent the spread of fires and haze.
The agroforestry and resource sector in particular has witnessed a growing momentum in adopting sustainable practices and protecting ecosystems. But questions are still being asked about whether these efforts are enough to address climate change, and how we can spur greater growth in green investments. Against this backdrop, the 5th Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources (SDSWR) invites regional representatives to explore the following questions: What policies can governments and corporations adopt to encourage green growth? How sustainable is today’s plantation sector, and are there commensurate rewards for being sustainable? And to what extent are current industry approaches, like certification, still relevant as a tool for achieving sustainability?