Brunei Darussalam continued to experience good air quality with no transboundary smoke haze for the past year, Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Muhammad Juanda bin Haji Abdul Rashid said.
“However, due to the unpredictable weather patterns, all ASEAN member states need to prepare for the eventualities of transboundary haze pollution as climate change is real and had evident impacts.
This includes stepping up the national and regional efforts to meet up with these eventualities that could result in transboundary haze pollution”, the minister delivered the statement at the 17th Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution in Singapore on Thursday.
The meeting was attended by ministers, officials and representatives for the environment, land, forest fires and haze, from the ASEAN member states, and Secretary-General of ASEAN Secretariat and Minister for Sustainability and the Environment of Singapore and chairperson of the meeting Grace Fu.
Permanent Secretary (Planning, Land Use and Environment) at the Ministry of Development, Dr Nor Imtihan binti Haji Abdul Razak and senior officials from the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRe) accompanied the minister.
The ASEAN Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) reviewed and predicted the weather and smoke haze situation during the meeting. Initiatives in advancing its remote sensing capabilities and haze dispersion modelling system for the monitoring and assessment of the regional fire and haze situation were also presented during the meeting. To facilitate better prevention, monitoring, preparedness, and response to the land and forest fires, local, national and regional cooperation through continued partnerships between ASEAN Partners and other external parties were also emphasised.