VIDEO: Meeting kicks off to resolve smog and forest fires in ASEAN

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Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Gen Surasak Kanchanarat today chaired a meeting in Chiang Mai with representatives of the 10-member ASEAN countries to prepare a roadmap to make ASEAN free of smogs.

He said ASEAN countries suffer from smog and forest fires every year, thus posing health problem to their peoples.

The meeting is aimed at finding solutions and measures to resolve the problem in the whole region and to propose to the ASEAN ministerial meeting on environment for approval and enforcement.

Meanwhile the Thai Armed Forces also arranged a training course to prevent forest fires and smog for more than 100 villagers in Sobmoei district of Mae Hong Son province.

The military intended to recruit villagers as its network to help in preventing forest fires that happen every year, particularly during the dried season.

Measurement of dust particles in the North today was still safe and not above safety standards.

But concerned authorities still have to monitor the air standards in the North closely.