Southeast Asia: Environmental Emergency - Sep 1997
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- WMO: El Niño - 1998 Global Surface Temperature: Highest by a Wide Margin. 17 Dec 1998
- ASEAN: Regional collaborative programme to tackle transboundary Haze. 12 May 1998
- ABC: Australian Aid - Indonesian forest fires and drought update No. 6. 20 Nov 1997
- ABC: Malaysia's Sabah state battling large forest fires. 12 Mar 1998
- ASEAN: Joint Press Statement - Sixth ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Haze. 16 Apr 1999
Debate Continues on Means of Strengthening United Nations Economic, Humanitarian and Disaster Assistance
Natural disasters claimed more than 50,000 lives and resulted in economic losses exceeding $90 billion during 1998; while wars in Africa, Asia and Europe displaced millions more. This horrifying toll will set the scene for the Economic and Social Council's debate, when it begins its segment on humanitarian affairs on 13 July.
Press Release SG/SM/7060 - 19990706
ASEAN Environment Ministers met in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam on 16 April 1999 to review the progress made in the implementation of the ASEAN Regional Haze Action Plan. The Ministerial Meeting was preceded by the Twelfth Meeting of the ASOEN Haze Technical Task Force on 15 April l999.
According to WMO(*) Annual Statement on the Global Climate
A regional workshop to combat forest fires and transboundary haze will be held at Asian Development Bank headquarters in Manila from 1 to 2 September 1998.
This is the first in a series of workshops organized under the ADB's regional technical assistance project on Strengthening the Capacity of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to Prevent and Mitigate Transboundary Amospheric Pollution.
Forest Fires Emergency in Indonesia: Positive Response from the International Community
appeal no. 18/97
situation report no. 4
period covered: 1 May to 1 July 1998
SINGAPORE (June 19) XINHUA - ASEAN environment ministers warned Friday against a renewed threat of fires in the months ahead as the region is entering into the dry season.
Environmental groups estimate forest fires across south-east Asia last year caused at least four-point-five billion dollars in losses.
The estimate of losses, mostly suffered by Indonesia but also affecting neighboring countries, was made by the World Wide Fund for Nature, and the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia.
Fire-related damages include two-point-eight billion dollars in timber, agriculture, firefighting costs and other losses to Indonesia alone.
Other countries suffered 285-million dollars in losses.
Health, tourism and other losses from the thick smoky …
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) will hold a regional workshop on transboundary smoke and haze in the South East Asian region, as part of its continuing response to the 1997 forest fires episode that caused widespread air pollution and environmental problems in this part of the world.
GENEVA, May 28 (Reuters) - Scientific models show that haze from recent forest fires in Indonesia will be blowing towards the Philippines, the United Nations meteorological agency said on Thursday.
But the Geneva-based World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said the situation on the ground was unlikely to worsen because the fires in the region had subsided.
"We have scientific models pointing to some haze over the Philippines," said John Miller, head of the environmental division of the WMO.
Miller, speaking at a Geneva briefing, said that the start of the traditionally …
1st quarter of 1998
Drought is affecting parts of Indonesia,
increasing the risk of a return of the haze/smog that choked much of south
east Asia last year until the monsoon in November. The Indonesian Red Cross
(Palang Merah Indonesia) is continuing its health education campaign, providing
training and distributing leaflets and posters on preventive measures for
the rural population in affected areas. The current security situation
in the country may mean the limited diversion of some capacity away from
appeal no. 18/97
UNEP Executive Director appeals for urgent financial assistance to help prevent repetition of 1997 forest fire disaster
KUALA LUMPUR, May 14 (Reuters) - Malaysia and Indonesia agreed on Thursday to activate a bilateral agreement to combat smog from forest fires, and called on international donors to provide the disaster aid which they have pledged.
Information Minister Mohamed Rahmat told reporters after meeting visiting Indonesian Welfare Minister Haryono Suyono that the two sides agreed to implement a joint memorandum of understanding signed last December to fight fires and smog.
KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 (Reuters) - The Malaysian government on Tuesday asked non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to help establish a fund to fight smoke from forest and bush fires in the region.
But the NGOs said they wanted first to define their role in combating smog caused by the fires before agreeing on a fund, a spokesman for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Malaysia said.
Environment Minister Law Hieng Ding met representatives of about 20 NGOs to discuss the new fund, which he said would take in contributions from companies and the public.
The official Bernama news …
Vanguard ASEAN-ADB Initiative to Design, Implement and Monitor
By Ian MacKenzie
JAKARTA, May 12 (Reuters) - Bush fires in East Kalimantan on Indonesia's side of Borneo island are under control thanks to recent rains, Environment Minister Juwono Sudarsono said on Tuesday.
"The situation is under control, mainly because of the rains," Sudarsono told Reuters after opening an ASEAN workshop on how to deal with the haze problem from bush fires.
He said there were currently between 30 and 45 hotspots in East Kalimantan.
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 98/0195