MOST Academy: Focus on Haze Pollution
UNESCO’s MOST Academy will bring together researchers, policymakers, and community based organization to focus on finding evidence-informed, human rights-based and sustainable solutions to haze pollution. The event will be held from 8 to 10 November 2018 in Riau Province – one of the hardest hit regions of Indonesia from this socio-environmental disaster.
Every year people suffer from the effects of haze pollution resulting from peat land, forest, and plantation fires in various parts of Indonesia, especially in Sumatra and Kalimantan. Besides the grave threats to human health that extends to the populations of Singapore and Malaysia, the exposure to haze pollution harms living resources, fragile ecosystems, as well as material property, leading to the violation of fundamental human rights to life and health, and a considerable financial loss for the governments.
To better understand the cultural, social and environmental aspects of transboundary haze, UNESCO has launched a project on Seeking Solutions to Haze Pollution from Sustainability Science and Bioethical Perspectives, funded by the Malaysian Funds-in-Trust.
The MOST Academy: Bioethics and Sustainability Science in Action to Stop Haze Pollution brings together the knowledge and experiences gained through this project. On the first two days of the Academy, the participants will engage in intensive exchange of experiences, lessons learned, and evidence gathered in the course of the implementation of applied sustainability science projects. The last day of the Course will focus on the field visit to one of the villages in Riau province that benefited from the pilot project. The participants will have a chance to interact with the local community and observe the transformations taking place on the site.
MOST Schools are capacity-building activities focused on strengthening the competencies for evidence-informed decision-making in Member States. They help develop the capacity of researchers and decision-makers to translate knowledge into action. Their primary goal is to support long-term sustainable development in contexts where capacity gaps may be a major constraint to translating research into action.