(submitted by the Philippine and Indonesian Delegations)
The Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum,
Determined to pursue a program of sustainable development in Asia Pacific, with emphasis on a balanced ecosystem and an unyielding concern for the protection of the same;
Encouraged by certain high-profile environmental projects and the efforts by some governments to achieve specific environmental targets for the quality of river water and ambient air within the region;
Mindful nevertheless of the helplessness of individual countries in dealing with trans-boundary pollution such as the fire that gutted a wide expanse of Indonesia’s forests in 1997-98 and cast its haze for months in neighbouring countries with ASEAN;
Calls as it hereby upon the governments of Asia Pacific to set up a joint system of monitoring and responding with dispatch to any trans-boundary pollution that may arise from any source;
Also Call On APPF members to build up a permanent Regional Emergency Unit to prevent and help overcome the effects and impact of fire, haze and other types of pollution.