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ASEAN to share satellite data for haze monitoring

Brunei: The 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have formally agreed to adopt the haze monitoring system and share satellite data to help locate fires. The $100,000 Singapore-developed monitoring system will be implemented in the five members of a sub-regional committee for haze – Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and Thailand.

It compares high resolution satellite images with digitised land use and concession maps of fire-prone areas to locate fires and determine the culprits.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong welcomed ASEAN’s decision, which was a result of discussions at the 23rd ASEAN Summit in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.

According to Lee, the cooperation will help them track down those responsible for the haze and manage the pollution over time.

Source: Future Gov