Panel of ASEAN Experts on Fire and Haze Assessment and Coordination
The ASEAN Environment Ministers in October 2004 agreed to establish a panel of ASEAN experts to provide rapid independent assessment and recommendation for the mobilisation of resources during impending critical periods. Following this decision, the ASEAN Senior Officials on the Environment (ASOEN) in August 2005 set up the Panel of ASEAN Experts on Fire and Haze Assessment and Coordination.
The ASEAN Environment Ministers adopted the Terms of Reference of the Panel of Experts in September 2005.
The Panel of Experts have developed the operational procedures for the activation of the experts, deployment procedures, execution (or the conduct of the rapid assessment itself), demobilisation, and reporting procedures. The Panel of Experts convenes at least once every year to do hands-on activities, such as refresher courses on conducting rapid assessment, field trips and table-top/simulation exercises on the procedures for the Panel of Experts.