ASEAN officials conclude haze pollution meeting in Brunei

ASEAN officials conclude haze pollution meeting in Brunei
# 02 April 2014 18:48 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Environment ministers from five ASEAN member countries concluded their meeting on transboundary haze pollution here Wednesday, pledging to continue to be vigilant and take additional preventive measures and immediate fire suppression when transboundary haze occurs in the future, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

The ministers or their representatives from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand provided guidance on the implementation of the Strategic Review of the Sub-Regional Ministerial Steering Committee Programs and Activities, which covers enhancing haze control management through early warning/ monitoring, fire prevention and fire suppression, according to a press release issued following the closed-door meeting.

This includes the establishment of a task force to review alert levels and formulate trigger points to ensure expeditious fire suppression and effective emergency response.

Malaysia is expected to host the first meeting of the task force in June this year.

The ten ASEAN member countries signed the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution on June 10, 2002, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The agreement is the first regional arrangement in the world that binds a group of contiguous states to tackle transboundary haze pollution resulting from land and forest fires. It has also been considered as a global role model for the tackling of transboundary issues.

Some ASEAN countries, including Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, are bothered with the thorny issue of transboundary haze which is caused by annual forest fires.

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