The haze, yet again

FOR the more discerning citizens of Asean who have been following the recurring transboundary haze pollution, 2015 was earlier being closely watched “with hope and trepidation”. “With hope” was because Indonesia finally ratified the Asean Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution (ATHP), after 13 years, and the region may finally see a “breakthrough in solving the problem”. The purpose of the ATHP is to gather information and gain a better understanding of what actions member-states should take to mitigate the problem. After all, the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) of 1983 in Europe is one good example on how transboundary pollution has been successfully tackled. Hence, there is no reason why Asean cannot emulate the success in Europe.

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