The 17th Meeting of the Technical Working Group on Transboundary Haze Pollution was hosted online by Thailand 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).
Deputy Director-General Dr Sann Oo from the Environmental Conservation Department under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, and senior officials from the Forestry Department, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Fire Services, the Meteorology and Hydrology Department and the Department of Disaster Management participated in the meeting.
Thailand chaired the meeting. The ASMC presented the formation of fire and smog within the ASEAN region in 2022, drawing a new roadmap on ASEAN cooperation towards transboundary haze pollution control 2022-2030 to address transboundary haze pollution by the ASEAN secretary-general office and sustainable development of the region, development of the new ASEAN Peatland Management Strategy 2022-2030, transboundary haze pollution reduction measures of the Mekong Subregion countries discussed by representatives of the GMS countries, implementation measures of the Chiang Rai Work Plan 2017, and development of cooperation with international partners.
Afterwards, attendees discussed setting the time and venue for the 18th Meeting of the Technical Working Group on Transboundary Haze Pollution in the Mekong Sub-region. — MNA