KUALA LUMPUR: A roadmap on regional cooperation to tackle the persistant haze problem has been adopted by Asean in its effort to achieve a transboundary haze-free region in less than four years.
The roadmap, aptly called Asean Cooperation towards Transboundary Haze Pollution Control with Means of Implementation, serves as a framework towards a haze-free region by 2020.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said all ministers have reaffirmed their commitment to prevent and monitor transboundary haze pollution from land and forest fires through concerted national efforts and regional cooperation.
Yesterday, Asean ministers and officials convened at the 12th meeting of the conference here.
“Indonesia has given its assurance. A total of 3,000 military and police personnel have been put on watch to monitor the haze situation,” he added.
The senior adviser on energy to Indonesia’s Minister of Environment and Forestry, Arief Yuwono, said President Joko Widodo issued a directive to seriously combat and prevent land and forest fires. Read more