wsp-2008-economic-impact-of-sanitation-in-indonesia-2008wsp_oba_sanitationwsp-who-unicef Three publications from the World Bank Water and Sanitation Program provide insight into Indonesia’s sanitation challenges and how these compare with other countries in the region. WSP estimates that 2.3% of Indonesia’s GDP is lost due to poor sanitation and hygiene. Despite the large public welfare gains expected from investment in sanitation, it is often still considered to be the responsibility of  individuals rather than the government in Indonesia. At current rates of investment, the country will struggle to meet the SDG goal of access to sanitation for all by 2030. Continue reading

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil loses a backer

The Malaysian state of Sabah in the north of the island of Borneo has set a target for all crude palm oil produced in Sabah to be certified as sustainable according to the standards of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standards by 2025 and launched a 10-year implementation programme, one of the first jurisdictional commitments to sustainable palm oil production in the world. The southern part of Borneo, meanwhile, Indonesian Kalimantan, has seen rapid increases in area under cultivation and was the site of some of the most destructive and polluting fires of 2015, which covered the region in haze. … Continue reading Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil loses a backer