ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution
The ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution is an
environmental agreementsigned in 2002between all ASEANnations to bring haze pollutionunder control in Southeast Asia[ASEAN Secretariat. [http://www.aseansec.org/8914.htm ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution] . Extracted October 12 2006]
The agreement is a reaction to an environmental crisis that hit Southeast Asia in the late 1990s. The crisis was mainly caused by land clearing via open burning in the
Indonesian island of Sumatra. Satellite images confirmed the presence of hot spots throughout Borneo, Sumatra, the Malay Peninsulaand several other places. Malaysia, Singaporeand to a certain extent, Thailandand Bruneiwere particularly badly affected.
monsoonwinds blew the smoke eastward and hence creating negative environmental externalities on other Southeast Asian nations. Thick haze covered much of Southeast Asia for weeks and caused noticeable health problems among the populace.
June 2007, eight countries have ratified the agreement.
Parties to the Agreement
2005 Malaysian haze
2006 Southeast Asian haze
Asian brown cloud
* [http://www.aseansec.org/agr_haze.pdf Documents on the agreement]
* [http://www.haze-online.or.id/ Haze Online]
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