M'SIA TO URGE INDONESIA TO RATIFY ASEAN AGREEMENT ON TRANSBOUNDARY HAZE POLLUTION

12 Jul 2013 11:19

KUALA LUMPUR, July 12 (Bernama) -- Malaysia will continue to urge Indonesia to urgently ratify the Asean Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution during the 15th Ministerial Steering Committee (MSC) to be held here next Wednesday.

It will also urge MSC member countries to put greater emphasis on the long-term solutions in preventing haze episodes in the sub-region, such as through integrated peatland managements, a statement from the natural resources and environment ministry said today.

The meeting, which will be attended by environment ministers from Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia, is particularly important, in view of the current haze episode affecting the region.

"The MSC forum shall take stock of what has been achieved, and what the immediate needs are," said the statement.

MSC's objective is to oversee the implementation of enhanced measures to prevent the recurrence of the smoke haze from land and forest fires in fire-prone provinces in Indonesia, as underlined in Indonesia's Plan of Action (POA) to deal with land and forest fires, and haze.

Among the succesful implementation of MSC since its formation in 2006, was the operationalisation of Indonesia's POA to reduce the number of hotspots in fire-prone districts in Sumatra and Kalimantan provinces, and bilateral collaboration on preventing land and forest fires.

-- BERNAMA

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