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By: Arlina Arshad, The Strait Times

Just a decade ago, Kendari was among the filthiest cities in Indonesia. Bins overflowed with bags ofmouldy rice, rotting food scraps and plastic bottles. Reeking garbage was burned or left uncollected on the streets for weeks, attracting flies and roaches.

But today, the city of half a million people in south-east Sulawesi province has been spectacularly transformed, winning national cleanliness awards for eight straight years.

Read more: When waste isn’t wasted: How a small Indonesian city turned garbage into electricity

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Stephan Wulffaarat of WWF-Indonesia, who is the main author of “The Environmental Status of Borneo 2016”, briefly present the outcome of the joint report. Pix courtesy of WWF-Indonesia

KUCHING-Environmental health in the whole of Borneo continued to record a declining trend last year.

Read more: Call for collaborative efforts to preserve environmental health of Borneo

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GCF 2017 Annual Meeting held in Balikpapan.

JAKARTA - Members of the Governors' Climate and Forest Task Force (GCF) have agreed to reduce deforestation by 80 percent by 2020 which had been declared in the Rio Branco Declaration and signed at the 2014 GCF Annual Meeting.

A quarter of the world's tropical forests are represented by GCF members consisting of 35 provinces in nine countries.

To achieve the target, international funding and financing mechanisms are required to maximize investment quality.

Read more: Nine Countries Agree to Reduce Deforestation by 80 Percent

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