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Asean plots haze-free future by 2020

Date of Release: 
Dec 3 2015

PARIS – The Asean region is looking to become a haze-free zone by 2020, but reducing forest fires and fossil-fuel use causing the regional problem will take time, said Southeast Asian officials meeting on the sidelines of the international climate conference here.

Speaking at a news conference on Dec 2, Asean Secretariat representative Ampai Harakunarak said Southeast Asian countries set the ambitious 2020 goal as the have been under pressure since the 90s to solve their transborder haze problem, which includes large volumes of carbon dioxide.

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ASEAN ministers express concern over 'unprecendented severity' of haze

Date of Release: 
Oct 29 2015

SINGAPORE: Environment Ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states on Thursday (Oct 29) expressed their concern over the "unprecedented severity and geographical spread" of the recent smoke haze affecting the region, and expressed sympathy to the millions of people affected by the haze.

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Mekong nations to set up EIA working group

Date of Release: 
May 14 2015

In the statement released today, the Mekong Regional Technical Working Group for EIA brings together governments, civil society organisations (CSOs), and will expand to cover private sector and EIA experts to improve regional cooperation for effective EIA policy and practices. The group aims to reduce the social and environmental impacts of regional infrastructure projects, particularly as the upcoming Association of Southeast Nations (Asean) Economic Community further hastens trans-boundary investments.

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Mekong Governments, Civil Society Reach Agreement on Environmental Impact Assessment Agenda

Date of Release: 
May 14 2015

HANOI, May 14, 2015 – In a ground-breaking agreement, government officials and civil society representatives from across the Mekong region established a working group to develop a regional public participation guideline for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) this week in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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Across Borders, Southeast Asia Builds a Governance Platform

Date of Release: 
Dec 2 2014

For the past two and a half years, NRGI partners in Southeast Asia have worked together to create their very own, and very first, regional guide to governance in the extractive sector.

The Framework for Extractive Industries Governance in ASEAN, available here in English, helps member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations address governance challenges they face as they manage natural resource wealth to meet important development goals for current and future generations.

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Regional Workshop on the Conduct of Environmental Performance Assessment in the Greater Mekong Sub-region and ASEAN Region

Date: 
17 Oct 2014
Location: 
Grande Centre Point Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

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Haze Fines Win Indonesia’s Support With Caveats: Southeast Asia

Date of Release: 
Jul 30 2014

The incoming president of Indonesia, a holdout in Southeast Asia’s pact to fight haze, is backing Singapore’s plan to wield heftier fines against overseas polluters as long as sovereignty is respected.

A year after the city-state endured its worst-ever air quality, Singapore presented a bill to Parliament this month that subjects foreign companies to as much as S$2 million ($1.6 million) in fines for illegal emissions, up from S$300,000 before. Indonesia and Singapore have a long-standing dispute over the haze that blows in from land-clearing fires in Sumatra.

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Three cities in Thailand receive ASEAN Environmentally Sustainable Cities Awards

Date of Release: 
Jul 1 2014

Three cities in Thailand received awards for excellence in environmentally sustainability, with Chiang Rai Municipality receiving this year's overall ASEAN Environmentally Sustainable Cities Award for its notable ability to dispose of waste and for green area management.

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Asean Not Strong Enough to Fight Haze In Southeast Asia?

Date of Release: 
Jul 2 2014

Every year for the last 23 years, a part of Southeast Asia has been under a thick haze. Yet, in all these years Asean has not been able to get rid of this man-made health and environmental problem. It is not because Asean does not want to. The number of action plans, meetings and pledges show that the haze in Southeast Asia is high priority but the problem is it all gets stuck at the planning or verbalisation stage.

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Indonesia: Participatory approach needed to overcome haze

Date of Release: 
May 7 2014

Indonesia needs to take a participatory approach where the central government, local administrations, non-governmental organizations, research institutions and the local people work together to resolve the annual haze problem, which often disturbed neighboring countries.

"In addition to a participatory approach, there should also be a political approach and scientific research on how to handle it," Asmin Amin, a member of Commission VII of the House of Representatives (DPR) on environment Affairs, said recently.

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