IN­DONE­SIA GIVES AS­SUR­ANCE OF A HAZE-FREE YEAR

2020 haze-free roadmap on track, says Wan Ju­naidi

New Straits Times - - Front Page - FAREZZA HANUM RASHID KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

IN­DONE­SIA is com­mit­ted to pre­vent­ing haze by im­ple­ment­ing more sys­tem­atic mea­sures to ad­dress the prob­lem. In past years, burn­ing in farms and plan­ta­tions there trig­gered air pol­lu­tion in the re­gion.

Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Wan Ju­naidi Tuanku Jaa­far said In­done­sia had as­sured Asean that it would pre­vent haze from re­cur­ring this year.

“I am con­fi­dent fol­low­ing as­sur­ances from our In­done­sian coun­ter­parts on their ef­forts last year. The roadmap to­wards achiev­ing a haze-free re­gion by 2020 is on track,” he said.

Based on last year’s sci­en­tific mon­i­tor­ing, Malaysia en­coun­tered two days of haze and Singapore three. This is a tremen­dous im­prove­ment from 2015.

“In­done­sia took sys­tem­atic ac­tions last year based on the Roadmap on Asean Co­op­er­a­tion to­wards Trans­bound­ary Haze Pol­lu­tion Con­trol with Means of Im­ple­men­ta­tion, which led to the im­proved conditions last year,” Wan Ju­naidi said.

The roadmap was rat­i­fied last year by mem­ber coun­tries.

Wan Ju­naidi yes­ter­day chaired the 19th Meet­ing of the Sub-Re­gional Min­is­te­rial Steer­ing Com­mit­tee on Trans­bound­ary Haze Pol­lu­tion with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Brunei, In­done­sia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thai­land.

Among the ini­tia­tives in­cluded boost­ing haze con­trol man­age­ment through early warn­ing and mon­i­tor­ing; fire preven­tion and sup­pres­sion; and re­fine­ment of the Fire Dan­ger Rat­ing Sys­tem.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives had agreed to share hotspot in­for­ma­tion, es­pe­cially dur­ing the dry spell.

Wan Ju­naidi said de­spite the dry sea­son ex­pected to last un­til Septem­ber, the weather this year was ex­pected to be bet­ter than last year, with mild El Niño ef­fects.

Wan Ju­naidi said Malaysia was pre­pared to help In­done­sia if haze oc­curred and the sit­u­a­tion be­came un­con­trol­lable.

Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Wan Ju­naidi Tuanku Jaa­far (fourth from left) and his Asean coun­ter­parts in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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