Haze-Free ASEAN by 2020

Thailand drafting plan to end annual smoke haze in SE Asia

Date of Release: 
Mar 7 2016

CHIANG MAI – Thailand is taking the lead in drafting a plan to set Asean on the road to becoming haze-free, hopefully controlling the annual smog that settles across the region from farmers burning off fields and forests.

The initiative emerged from a meeting of a working group of senior Asean officials in Chiang Mai, chaired by Natural Resources and Environment Minister Gen Surasak Karnjanarat, to draft a roadmap for a sustainable solution to the problem.

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Asean states to help each other fight haze

Date of Release: 
Jan 18 2016

"Around late February, there will be a meeting of Asean countries' executives to designate the roadmap for tackling the haze problem at the regional level," Wichan Simachaya, director-general of the PCD, said last week.

"Thailand also has a plan to sponsor haze control efforts in neighbouring countries.

"For example, we're supporting the installation of air pollution measurement equipment in Laos this year and we have a plan to do the same thing in Myanmar and Cambodia, which still lack proper devices to warn their citizens," he said.

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Making ASEAN haze-free by 2020

Date of Release: 
Dec 11 2015

At the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Environment Ministers Meeting in October, the 10 member nations agreed to develop a roadmap towards a haze-free ASEAN by 2020. Each country is supposed to come up with its National Plan of Action.

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