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What can Indonesia do about the haze?

Jakarta could do a cost-benefit analysis on supporting industries linked to the problem, to see whether the returns from them are worth the costs suffered.

Instead of blaming fire-starters, plantations should be held liable for any fire on their land, regardless who started it. A carrot-and- stick approach would also include rewards for areas that stay fire-free.

IF there is any solution to the relentless haze problem, it lies in Indonesia.

President Joko Widodo's administration has undoubtedly shown renewed resolve and increased efforts in tackling the Indonesian forest fires, but his three-year target to greatly reduce the fire episodes seems