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.
  • Oct 28 2014

    Interior permanent secretary Wiboon Sanguanpong said that all elements of the project were ready to go, including staffing and finance, but they were still awaiting approval from the director-general of the Treasury Department for construction to begin.

    Mr Wiboon said the pilot waste-to-energy project was planned on a 400-rai block of land (640,000 square metres) in Mahaphram sub-district of Bang Ban district in Ayutthaya province. The land is under the jurisdiction of the Treasury...

  • Oct 16 2014

    The People's Committee of the southern province of Tay Ninh is fining a paper production company over VND235 million (US$11,100) for discharging untreated waste into the environment.

    The Anh Sang paper company, located in Go Dau District, released 20cu.m of untreated waste each day into the Vam Co Dong river.

    Test results from samples of the released waste water revealed that the chemical oxygen demand (COD) in the river was 14.6 times more than permitted levels. Additionally,...

  • Oct 6 2014

    It was important to come up with ways to mitigate CO2 emissions in agriculture, which produces approximately 43 percent of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh said at a recent seminar.

    Doanh announced that the ministry had already set up a working group in charge of pushing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) to achieve this goal. The group was set up under the framework of a three-year project...

  • Nov 11 2014

    Effective safeguards to minimize damage that development projects can cause to communities and the environment are needed more than ever as new sources of international financing for infrastructure become available to emerging economies, says Independent Evaluation at the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

    Independent Evaluation’s just-released review of ADB’s safeguards policy underscores the importance of social and environmental care in operations, and increasing the commitment and...

  • Nov 8 2014 [Thailand]

    The environmental health impact assessment for the Mae Wong Dam is too flawed for the project to get approved, environmentalists told an academic forum yesterday.

    Somruthai Tasaduak, of the Water Resource Engineering Department at Kasetsart University, said the EHIA clearly showed key information about the project was missing.

    "There are no details on how to direct water to communities and how to ensure that the water volume will be adequate for those who live downstream," he...

  • Oct 27 2014 [Laos] [Thailand]

    This move, via national consultation forums, comes in response to controversy over many dams built on the river now affecting people in many states, especially those in downstream areas.

    "We will listen to local people's opinions," Chaiporn Siripornpibul said as representative of the Thai National Mekong Committee and inspector for Thailand's Natural Resources and Environment Ministry.

    Chaiporn said the consultation process would take place in all eight provinces along the...

  • AECEN urges ADB to adopt south-south cooperation as preferred capacity building mode
    Oct 14 2014

    Manila, Philippines – Adopt south-south cooperation as the preferred mode for capacity building and support organizations like the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) to act as intermediaries, said Dr. Peter King, Head of the AECEN Secretariat, to the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

    Speaking to public and private sector officials and representatives from international financial institutions and civil society at an...

  • Stronger leadership and more stringent legal enforcement cited as ways to improve Thailand’s environmental governance
    Oct 14 2014
    Dr. Peter King

    Bangkok, Thailand – Stronger leadership in Thailand’s environmental administration and more stringent enforcement of green regulations are among recommendations to improving the country’s environmental governance.

    Addressing officials from Thailand’s Ministry of National Resources and Environment’s (MoNRE) Department of Environmental...

  • 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...

Member Profile

Established by the elevation of the State Environmental Protection Agency to the cabinet level in 2008, the PRC’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) is responsible for protecting China’s air, water, and land from pollution and contamination.

The Ministry’s mission is to control environmental pollution, protect nature and ecology, supervise nuclear safety, and safeguard public health and environmental safety.

MEP is the national authority that formulates and directs national environmental...

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.