At the Tenth Meeting of the Sub-Regional Ministerial Steering Committee (MSC) on Transboundary Haze Pollution on July 29, Environment Ministers from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, representatives from Thailand, and the ASEAN Secretariat, agreed to remain attentive to the potential occurrence of fires in the coming months. At the meeting in Kuching, Sarawak, the ministers were reminded that the traditional practice of land clearing and replanting normally takes place during this period, and can possibly lead to escalation of fires.
The ministers noted a significant drop in the number of hotspots, especially in Indonesia, thanks to the many efforts, including the formulation and implementation of Indonesia's Plan of Action (PoA) and Indonesia's successful collaboration with Malaysia and Singapore in the provinces of Riau and Jambi to put fire and haze situation under control. Participants also expressed their appreciation to other measures taken by Indonesia, such as the revision of hotspot reduction target and the vigilant attention by the local governments. In addition, they agreed to review the MSC framework to further improve the mechanisms and to single out best practices to share with other sub-regions or ASEAN in general.
Regional ministers agree to be vigilant on haze pollution [Channel NewsAsia, 30 July 2010]