ASEAN’s major climate centres forecast a 70% chance of weak El Nino conditions developing toward the end of the year while current conditions remained neutral (neither El Nino nor La Nina). In terms of weather outlook, the onset of the Northeast Monsoon in the coming months is expected bring a transition to the traditional dry season in the northern ASEAN region, and conversely a transition to the traditional rainy season in the southern ASEAN region. The development in weather condition was among matters noted by the ASEAN Ministers responsible for the Environment, Land, Forest Fires and Haze from ASEAN Member States (AMS) during the 14th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the ASEAN Agreement on Trans-boundary Haze Pollution in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
The Brunei Darussalam delegation comprised Awang Haji Marzuke bin Haji Mohsin, the Deputy Minister of Development, Doctor Nor Imtihan binti Haji Abdul Razak, the Permanent Secretary (Planning, Land Usage, Environment) at the Ministry of Development and officers from the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation and the Brunei Darussalam Embassy in Myanmar.
The Ministers reviewed the implementation of the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution (AATHP) and reaffirmed their commitment through concerted national efforts and regional cooperation to fully and effectively implement the AATHP and the Roadmap on ASEAN Cooperation towards Trans-boundary Haze Pollution Control with Means of Implementation to achieve a Haze-Free ASEAN by 2020.
The Ministers were also updated on ASMC’s continual efforts to enhance its weather and haze monitoring and forecast capabilities by leveraging on advanced modelling systems and the latest satellite technology. The Ministers noted with appreciation the initiative by ASMC on its 5-year Regional Capability Building Programme that aimed to benefit AMS through the sharing of technical knowledge and skills in haze monitoring and weather and climate prediction.
The conference welcomed the progress made in the second year of the implementation of the Roadmap on ASEAN Cooperation towards Transboundary Haze Pollution Control with Means of Implementation. The Ministers looked forward to the mid-term review and evaluation of the implementation of the Roadmap which will be presented at the next Meeting with a view to take stock of the progress and sustain momentum in ensuring demonstrable improvements so as to achieve the vision of a haze-free ASEAN by 2020. The Ministers were also satisfied satisfaction the significant progress of the implementation of the ASEAN Peatland Management Strategy (APMS 2006-2020) through the ASEAN Programme on Sustainable Management of Peatland Ecosystems (APSMPE 2014-2020). Cambodia will host next year’s conference.
Source: Radio Television Brunei