Transboundary Haze Pollution Should Be an Important Concern as it has been affecting ASEAN region for over two Decades.

Transboundary haze pollution is a prolonged issue that has been impacting ASEAN region for more than two decades. The effect was predominant and has caused serious consequences on the environment and natural resources, health, tourism, transportation, and other socio-economic activities in several countries in ASEAN. This was said by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, Minister of Development at the 21st Ministerial Steering Committee at Rizqun International Hotel in Gadong, yesterday morning.

Yang Berhormat also stated that prevention and mitigation actions and measures through concerted national efforts, regional and international cooperation across sectors and stakeholders seems to be the pragmatic approach to address this issue.

Yang Berhormat added Brunei Darussalam has been fortunate not to experience prolonged hazy conditions since last year and the country enjoys good air quality in most of the days. This was due to the favourable weather conditions of winds and some intermittent showers that helped prevent the existence of haze in the country. The meeting is hoped to generate a meaningful and positive outcome, especially in moving forward the haze agenda, and also formulating and agreeing to more concrete actions in addressing the transboundary haze pollution in this region towards achieving a haze-free ASEAN by the year 2020. Also present were His Excellency Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Singapore; His Excellency Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN; Her Excellency Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis, Deputy Minister of Energy, Science Technology, Environment and Climate Change, Malaysia; Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Marzuke bin Haji Mohsin, Deputy Minister of Development, Brunei Darussalam; Dr Agus Justianto, Director General of Research, Development and Innovation Agency, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia; and Mr. Pralong Dumrongthai, Director General of Pollution Control Division, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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