Transboundary Haze Pollution Problem in Southeast Asia: Reframing ASEAN’s Response
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Apichai Sunchindah: Policy Adviser/Development Specialist
No DP-2015-82, Working Papers from Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
ASEAN has experienced periodic episodes of transboundary haze pollution resulting from land and forest fires caused by seasonal burning to clear vegetation on the ground for various purposes. Some of these incidents were severe like in mid- 2013 and 2015 for parts of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand as well as in early 2015 for portions of Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Thailand. Despite more than a decade since the ASEAN Haze Agreement came into force, the problem still recurs and sometimes with serious consequences to health, transportation, tourism, and other activities. What is urgently needed is a reframing of the way the issue is being currently addressed, i.e. mostly tackling at the tail-end of the problem of putting out the fires after they have been lit rather than preventing or curbing the illegal burning practices at source. It also represents balancing economic development initiatives with environmental protection and international relations concerns
Keywords: ASEAN; transboundary haze pollution; reframing (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 21 pages.
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