Thailand To Help Indonesia Contain Forest Fire Haze
18 August 2005
BANGKOK (Bernama) — Thailand will propose a helping hand to Indonesia to contain smoke and haze from forest fires in the island republic during an ongoing conference among member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), according to a TNA report Wednesday.
The news agency quoted Natural Resources and Environment Ministry Permanent Secretary Petipong Pungbun Na Ayudhya as saying Tuesday that he would present his proposals during the high-level ASEAN meeting in Malaysia so that smoke from the Indonesian bush fires could be contained and prevented from polluting neighbouring states.
Meanwhile, a workshop will be held among ASEAN member nations to determine strategic plans for water resources, especially those which relate to multi-country situations, such as the “Golden Triangle” between Thailand, Myanmar and Laos, he said.
Construction designs for dams and water control weirs will also be presented to a ministerial meeting among the ASEAN’s member states in Manila, the Philippines late nextmonth.