The 11th Sub-Regional Ministerial Steering Committee Meeting on Transboundary Haze Pollution which took place in Singapore agreed to continue to be vigilant and prepared for any occurrence of transboundary haze from fires during extended periods of dry weather in the coming months. Representing Brunei Darussalam at the meeting was the Minister of Development, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi.
The Ministers noted the ASEAN Specialised Meteorological Centre's weather outlook of occasional periods of dry weather over the next two months. With the possibility of the prevailing La Nina weakening to neutral conditions in the second half of the year, drier weather may be expected during the coming traditional dry season between June and September 2011.
The Ministers also expressed their appreciation to Indonesia for its enhanced and new efforts in implementing its Plan of Action in Dealing with Transboundary Haze Pollution. Eight action programmes under the Indonesia-Singapore collaboration in Jambi Province have also been successfully completed. Singapore intends to continue with its efforts in Jambi and explore possible collaboration with another fire-prone province to be agreed upon by both parties.
The Ministers also noted the successful implementation of the Indonesia-Malaysia collaboration in the Riau Province. Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to continue the collaboration. The Ministers adopted the Strategic Review of the Sub-Regional Ministerial Steering Committee Programmes and Activities which contain recommendations on cooperation in enhancing haze control management and ensuring sustainable peatland management.