ASEAN — Southeast Asian nations agreed to create to a fund to help fight forest fires in Indonesian according to a report from Retuers. The pledge however stops short of addressing the root cause of the choking haze: deforestation.
Reuters says that the first meeting of the the Sub-Regional Ministerial Steering Committee (MSC) on Transboundary Haze Pollution focused on fire-fighting rather than fire prevention efforts. Singapore and Indonesia contributed $100,000 to initially finance the fund.
The 1997-1998 forest fires caused more than $9 billion in damage to southeast Asian economies.