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Thailand Presses Neighbors to Control Smoke

Haze over Mae Hong Son and Tak
Haze over Mae Hong Son and Tak.

Officials from Thailand and three neighboring countries brainstormed how to better curb cross-border smoke and haze.

Attapol Charoenchansa, director-general of the Pollution Control Department, led the Thai delegation on a video-conferenced 22nd meeting of the Sub-Regional Ministerial Steering Committee on Transboundary Haze Pollution Wednesday.

The meeting also saw participants from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

Attapol said Thailand could predict fine dust conditions seven days in advance and planned to seek cooperation from neighboring countries to improve solution to smoke haze in the region.

Thailand expressed gratitude toward the countries that supported its proposal in the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution to reduce the number of hotspots in Southeast Asia by 20 percent for effective solution to smoke haze in the region.