GMS Delegates Meets at Siem Reap to Review Joint Haze Pollution Control

AKP Phnom Penh, May 24, 2019 —

Siem Reap province of Cambodia has hosted the 14th Meeting of the Technical Working Group on Transboundary Haze Pollution in the Mekong sub-region. 

Taking place on May 23, the gathering served as a mechanism for countries in the region to intimately cooperate to manage haze pollution through especially exchange of information and mutual assistance. 

The message was addressed by H.E. Vann Monyneath, Deputy Secretary General of the General Secretariat of National Council for Sustainable Development of Cambodia, when presiding over the event. 

During the session, some 50 representatives of member countries including Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, ASEAN Secretariat, and international partners reviewed the progress of joint commitment on the matter. 

From Cambodia’s side, H.E. Vann Monyneath shared that the Royal Government of Cambodia has expanded protected areas to 7.5 million hectares and worked hard to control forest fire.   

The reflection meeting was pioneered by the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution coming into force in November 2003. 

The agreement aims to prevent and control fires while minimising negative haze impact on neighbouring member countries.  

By Korm Heng