Bukit Timah Nature Reserve nominated as ASEAN Heritage Park

ASEAN environment ministers have approved the nomination of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve in Singapore and Mount Malindang Range Natural Park in the Philippines as new ASEAN Heritage Parks (AHP).

To date, 30 national protected areas have been designated as AHPs.

The AHP aims to generate greater awareness, appreciation, enjoyment and conservation of ASEAN’s rich natural heritage, through the creation of a regional network of representative protected areas.

The ministers met on Tuesday in Phnom Penh, Cambodia where they reviewed on-going programmes on the environment and discussed new activities to further promote regional environmental cooperation.

The ministers reviewed national, sub-regional and regional activities to address land and forest fires in the region and its associated transboundary haze pollution.

They noted that in the northern ASEAN region, the prevailing rainy season is expected to keep hotspot activities subdued until the onset of the traditional dry season in November.

For the southern ASEAN region, hotspot activities are likely to be subdued due to the wet weather conditions during the Inter-Monsoon and Northeast Monsoon.

The ASEAN member states pledged to remain vigilant and continuously monitor and implement haze preventive activities.

The draft ASEAN Leaders’ Statement on Climate Change to the 17th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 7th Session of the Conference of Parties serving as the Meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP7) was also discussed.

It will be further considered for adoption by the ASEAN Leaders at the 19th ASEAN Summit next month in Bali.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 18 Oct 2011