GMS Countries Touch On Trans-boundary Haze Pollution

GMS Countries Touch On Trans-boundary Haze Pollution

21 September 2010

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Malaysia —  A technical working group of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) has met in Myanmar’s new capital of Nay Pyi Taw to seek ways of dealing with trans-boundary haze pollution, China’s Xinhua news agency quoted the local daily as saying on Tuesday.

The 6th meeting of the working group on Monday was attended by officials from Secretariat of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), GMS countries — Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, Singapore-based ASEAN Specialized Meteorological Center and respective ministries, the New Light of Myanmar reported Tuesday.

The two-day meeting which is to wind up Tuesday, discussed the implementation of ASEAN agreement on trans-boundary haze pollution, the follow-up programs for getting rid of forest fire and haze pollution in the subregion, the potential for cooperation to deal with forthcoming difficulties.

Myanmar has called on the country’s people to grow trees on a broader scale and conserve forest for environmentally sustainable development in the wake of world climate change.

The climate change brings about considerable damage to the natural ecology of the environment, depletion of ozone layer and deforestation due to excessive emission of carbon dioxide cases,” the paper warned.

“Accordingly, Myanmar is doing everything possible for environmental conservation such as establishment of natural sanctuaries, forest reserve, protected forest and plantation, organizing monsoon tree-planting ceremonies, conservation of watershed areas and implementation of projects to get rid of slash and burn farming in states and divisions,” the paper noted.

Myanmar formed the National Commission for Environmental Conservation to deal with the environmental affairs.

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