Twinning Partnerships

Counterpart exchange and agency cooperation is at the heart of AECEN. Partners share experience, information and best practices. Read more

Who We Are

The mission of AECEN is to promote improved compliance with environmental legal requirements in Asia through regional exchange of innovative policies and practices. Read more

The Joint Statement

Read the Joint Statement on Evnvironmental Compliance and Enforcement in Asia. Read more

EIA Compendium

EIA Compendium
AECEN has been commissioned to maintain an environmental impact assessment (EIA) clearinghouse to facilitate knowledge capture and dissemination of information on international and regional best practices in EIA implementation.
  • Jul 4 2014

    As part of its push to combat a growing pollution problem, China is revising its environmental protection law for the first time in 25 years and will enforce the changes in January next year. The question is: Can the country, particularly its courts, walk the talk?

    The revised law includes a number of clauses aimed at better preserving the environment and punishing polluters more harshly. The changes will allow third parties, such as nongovernmental organizations, to take legal...

  • Jul 3 2014

    It has been a nice surprise to see the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) seeking to take an active role in solving the environmental problems surrounding the Map Ta Phut industrial estate in Rayong.

    Under an NCPO order, the 76th in the NCPO order series since the military took power on May 22, a new committee was set up to oversee and streamline efforts to tackle environmental problems that have plagued the industrial area in this eastern region for years.

    The order...

  • Jul 2 2014

    China has a novel approach to addressing its air pollution issues: drones.

    In the country’s first aerial pollution-monitoring efforts, China deployed 11 unmanned vehicles in June designed to detect illegal nighttime emissions from 254 factories using infrared lights and thermal imaging, according to a Saturday statement from China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection.

    Covering over 2000 square km. in 20 hours, the small- and medium-sized drones monitored cities in Hebei and...

  • Jun 10 2014 [Pakistan]

    Asif Shujah Khan, former head of Pakistan Environment Protection Agency, has said that both political and bureaucratic system should be involved in overcoming the mercury dispersion.

    Mr Khan was speaking at launching a report ‘Bachelor of Dental Surgery Curriculum — SDPI Second Toxic Mercury Study,’ skit Competition among local schools and launch of a petition on toxic mercury/mercury amalgam use in dentistry, organised here by Sustainable Development Policy Institute in collaboration...

  • Jun 1 2014 [India]

    On May 16 environmental activist Ramesh Agrawal underwent yet another surgery at Bombay Hospital, on his left thigh, where he was shot in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh, in July 2012. The attack happened three months after the environmental clearance to Jindal Steel & Power's coal mining project in Raigarh district, which Agrawal had campaigned against, was revoked. JSPL has denied allegations of its involvement. Agrawal was awarded the $175,000 Goldman Environmental Prize last month. ET Magazine...

  • May 9 2014 [Pakistan]

    The Sheikhupura district coordination officer assured the Lahore High Court on Thursday that no progress will be made in coal power project till a mandatory survey of Environment Impact Assessment (EIA). The DCO gave the undertaking to Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah during hearing of a petition against the Sheikhupura Coal Power Project.

    Ali Sher and others filed the petition saying the Punjab government acquired 9,000 kanal land for the project and started work on the site without...

  • AECEN Strengthens EIA Compliance in Asia: INECE
    Apr 25 2014

    Minimizing adverse environmental impacts of economic development accompanied by rapid urbanization and industrial growth remains a significant compliance and enforcement challenge for Asia. While many governments have developed legal and institutional frameworks for environmental and social safeguards, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws and regulations remains weak due in large part to technical, financial, and human capacity limitations.

    In the region, effective...

  • Greening Governance in Asia-Pacific
    Aug 6 2012

    Once every two years, IGES releases a white paper focusing on key policy agendas in the Asia-Pacific region. The Fourth IGES White Paper, entitled "Greening Governance in Asia-Pacific" examines innovative approaches to governance and institutions that have emerged from the region and recommends governance arrangements and policy solutions to accelerate the transition to a green economy, and argues that, without significant governance reform in Asia-Pacific, global sustainable development...

  • AECEN support Indonesia efforts to prepare new guidelines on public participation and the environment
    Jul 20 2012

    On July 10-11, 2012, the Indonesia Ministry of Environment (MOE) conducted a workshop on Strengthening Public Participation on Environmental Management in Indonesia. Co-organized with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), about 100 participants from government agencies, NGOs, academia and the private sector shared ideas on the Public Participation Guide developed by USEPA and the application of public participation principles in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA...

Member Profile

Elevated to the ministry level in 2002, Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment MONRE is responsible for air, land, and water resource management under the Amended Law on Environmental Protection (2006).

As the lead institution for environmental management throughout Vietnam, MONRE is also responsible for long term national environmental planning and for coordinating environmental impact assessments, compliance monitoring, inspections, and enforcement across jurisdictions through the...

Featured Good Practice

Mar 19 2010

Timely and accurate data is invaluable to decision makers. Currently, Thailand has one of the best ambient air quality monitoring systems in the world. The ambient air quality is gathered from a nationwide network. Daily reports, as well as monthly or annual, can be readily produced. Reporting is also quick to react on sudden changes on levels of particular matters.