Transboundary haze issue to be raised at Asean meet

KUALA LUMPUR: The Asean Ministerial Meeting on Environment, which is being held in Cambodia, will raise key issues such as transboundary haze.

The item is on the agenda for the four-day meeting that started yesterday, said Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin (pic).

“There have been specific discussions that were held (before) but Munira will be raising the issue in the meeting, ” she said, referring to her deputy Isnaraissah Munira Majilis.

Malaysia had been plagued with haze coming from Indonesia last month due to illegal open burning practices resulting in peat fires.

Following this, calls for Asean member countries to work together to combat haze, especially under the Asean Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution 2002, grew louder.

According to Cambodia’s Ministry of Environment, other issues that will be discussed in the meeting include climate change, environmentally sustainable cities, biodiversity conservation, preserving coastal and marine environments, environmental education, water resource management, and chemical and hazardous waste management.

Yeo said she had not received any update from the Indonesian government about the four Malaysian companies implicated in the Indonesian peat fires.


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