ASEAN and Transboundary Environment Issues

Smoke haze in IndonesiaEnvironment Ministers from the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met during the recent 10th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment to discuss transboundary environmental issues, particularly the problem of smoke haze pollution. Dr. Soeng Rachtchavy, Deputy Secretary-General of the ASEAN Secretariat stressed the importance of collaborative efforts among ASEAN member countries in addressing environmental problems because these are typically transboundary in nature in the Southeast Asian region.

The South China Sea Project convened two meetings during 2006 aimed at improving collaborative efforts to manage environmental problems in the transboundary water areas of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. The reports of these meetings can be accessed by clicking here:

The UNEP/GEF Regional Working Group on Fisheries (RWG-F) is also working to develop a regional system of fisheries refugia for the management of fish stocks of transboundary significane - further information regarding the work of this group can be accessed by clicking here. The ASEAN-SEAFDEC Guidelines on the Use of Fisheries Refugia for Sustainable Capture Fisheries Management as developed by the RWG-F are available online here.

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