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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

‘Indonesia keeping pledge to end cross-border haze’

KUCHING: Indonesia has adopted systematic measures to address the cross-border haze that affects South-East Asia, in keeping with its assurance to ensure an end to the problem by 2020, said Natural Resources and Environ­ment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

He said he had held numerous discussions with the Indonesian authorities from the provincial to the national level on the matter.

The Indonesian government had also signed an agreement on a Transboundary Haze-Free Asean by 2020, Dr Wan Junaidi told reporters at his Hari Raya open house yesterday.

Transboundary haze pollution arising from land and forest fires, mainly in Indonesia, over the past two decades have had social, economic and environmental impacts on the Asean region.

Dr Wan Junaidi said Indonesia had set up a task force comprising 3,000 police and military personnel to put out forest fires.

It had also set up a department to coordinate the task of extinguishing forest fires and established a monitoring centre in Jakarta to provide information on forest fires, he said. — Bernama

Tags / Keywords: haze , Wan Junaidi

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