Around ten environment ministers from different member-countries of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and of Japan, China and South Korea will meet in Cebu, Philippines this week to discuss regional issues which pertain to the environment.
The Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced that the venue of the said event, which will run from November 9 to 11, is not yet determined.
DENR Secretary Angelo Reyes stated in a press conference that preparations are now in full swing for the 10th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment in Cebu.
The ministerial meeting is part of a bigger gathering, the ASEAN Summit, which is to be held this December in the same venue, Cebu. The December ASEAN Summit will be hosted by President Arroyo. Heads of states from ASEAN and other dialogue-partner countries are expected to attend.
The ministerial meeting will hope to tackle the forest fires affecting Indonesia and the haze it has caused which now covered Singapore and some areas in Malaysia, Thailand and Brunei.
In Indonesiaâ€™s Central Kalimantan on Borneo Island alone, the forest fire covers about one million hectares of land. It is expected that the meeting will be enable to come up with solutions that could effectively address the problem facing ASEAN nations.
The ministerial meeting will also discuss the need for ASEAN countries joint cooperation in the areas of biodiversity, water, coastal and marine resources, and multilateral environmental agreements. (Phil. Daily Inquirer)