The Southeast Asian region has been experiencing increasingly frequent events of transboundary haze for several decades. Much of this haze originates from Indonesia, mainly caused by fires related to traditional and commercial agricultural activities. While these activities have been credited for fuelling rapid development in Indonesia and the larger region, human and non-human communities around Southeast Asia have had to suffer its ill effects. This talk explores the concept of such pollution as a crime, both in terms of human and environmental rights. It also touches on the intricacies of local and regional politics that have permitted this ‘crime’ to continue unabated.
This Exhibition (de)Tour is part of the public programme of Amar Kanwar: The Sovereign Forest.
Dr Helena Varkkey (Malaysia) is Senior Lecturer at the Department of International and Strategic Studies, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. The findings of her PhD research has been recently published as a book under the Routledge Malaysian Studies Series entitled "The Haze Problem in Southeast Asia: Palm Oil and Patronage". She maintains an online blog, "The Forest for the Palms", and continues to conduct research in this area.
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