11th meeting of Subregional Ministerial Steering Committee on Transboundary Haze Pollution in Mekong Subregion hosted by Thailand held

Thailand hosted the 11th Meeting of the Subregional Ministerial Steering Committee on Transboundary Haze Pollu­tion in the Mekong Subregion online yesterday. The meeting was attended by representatives of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), representatives from the ASEAN secretary-general office and representatives of the ASEAN Specialized Meteorolog­ical Centre (ASMC).


The Director-General from the Environmental Conservation Department under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Envi­ronmental Conservation led a Myanmar delegation including senior officials from the Forest Department, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Fire Services, the Meteorolo­gy and Hydrology Department and the Department of Disaster Management and attended the meeting.


The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the implemen­tation activities for the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution (AATHP) and perform preventive activities on transboundary haze pollu­tion in order to be implemented by the country. Deputy Perma­nent Secretary Mr Thalearnsak Petchusuwan of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Envi­ronment (Thailand) chaired the meeting and the MNRE Minis­ter (Thailand) gave the opening speech via video message.


The ASMC presented the formation of fire hotspots and haze within the ASEAN region in 2022, weather conditions, the drawing of a new roadmap on ASEAN cooperation towards transboundary haze pollution control 2022-2030 by the ASE­AN secretary-general office, the development of the new ASEAN Peatland Management Strategy 2022-2030, and transboundary haze pollution reduction meas­ures of the Mekong Subregion countries, implementation measures of the Chiang Rai Work Plan 2017, and develop­ment of cooperation with inter­national partners which were discussed at the 17th meeting of Technical Working Group on Transboundary Haze Pollution in Mekong Subregion.


Afterwards, Myanmar pre­sented the regional reduction activities on transboundary haze pollution, conditions of coopera­tion with international partner organizations and business plans for proceeding with region­al reduction activities. — MNA