It has been more than ten years since the haze first made it presence known in the Southeast Asian region. Raging forest fires coupled with the El Nino phenomena created a massive respiratory attack on our region which transcended country borders. Spurred on by the 1997-98 fires, Southeast Asian countries signed the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution in 2002.
The MSC Countries have made positives moves to resolve this issue for the region. Since 2002, the respective countries have explored a myriad of initiatives to combat the decade-long forest fire problem, ranging from village-based workshops to multilateral talks, as well as arranging for provincial authorities to work directly with other ASEAN member states.