SINGAPORE, May 7 (Bernama) -- Singapore''s Minister for the Environment and
Water Resources Dr Vivian Balakrishnan will attend two meetings on transboundary
haze in Brunei Darussalam this week.
Dr Balakrishnan is scheduled to attend the 13th Meeting of the Sub-Regional
Ministerial Steering Committee on Transboundary Haze Pollution (13th MSC
Meeting) and the 2nd Sub-Regional Ministerial Steering Committee on
Transboundary Haze Forum (2nd MSC Forum) from tomorrow and Wednesday,
respectively, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
The MSC was mooted by the Sub-Regional Ministerial Meeting on Transboundary
Haze Pollution (SRMM) in Pekanbaru on October 2006. Singapore is chairing the
MSC from 2010 to 2012.
The ministry said Dr Balakrishnan will also meet his counterparts from
Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand to review and enhance
measures to monitor, prevent and mitigate land and forest fires in the southern
The forum was first convened in 2009 as a platform for provincial
authorities to share their efforts and challenges in addressing forest and
peatland fires, as well as for non-governmental stakeholders to share their
experiences in mobilising local communities to help in early warning and fire
The ministry said Dr Balakrishnan would also attend the 6th Annual Exchange
of Visits between Brunei''s Ministry of Development and Singapore''s Ministry of
the Environment and Water Resources (6th BSAEV).
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