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

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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.
  • Mekong nations set up group for environmental impact assessments
    May 15 2015

    BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) -- Officials and civil society representatives from across the Mekong region have agreed to establish a working group to develop a regional public participation guideline for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) this week in Hanoi, Vietnam.

    In a statement released Thursday, the Mekong Regional Technical Working Group for EIA brings together governments, civil society organisations (CSOs), and will expand to cover private sector and EIA experts to improve...

  • Mekong Governments, Civil Society Reach Agreement on Environmental Impact Assessment Agenda
    May 14 2015

    HANOI, May 14, 2015 – In a ground-breaking agreement, government officials and civil society representatives from across the Mekong region established a working group to develop a regional public participation guideline for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) this week in Hanoi, Vietnam.

    The Mekong Regional Technical Working Group for EIA brings together governments, civil society organizations (CSOs), and will expand to cover private sector and EIA experts to improve regional...

  • Mekong nations to set up EIA working group
    May 14 2015

    In the statement released today, the Mekong Regional Technical Working Group for EIA brings together governments, civil society organisations (CSOs), and will expand to cover private sector and EIA experts to improve regional cooperation for effective EIA policy and practices. The group aims to reduce the social and environmental impacts of regional infrastructure projects, particularly as the upcoming Association of Southeast Nations (Asean) Economic Community further hastens trans-boundary...

  • Jul 2 2015

    Jairam Ramesh was a self-described “economic hawk” when he became India’s environment minister in 2009, figuring that the country’s ecological problems could wait as India lifted its people out of poverty. But by the time he left his post in 2011, he had become an environmental hawk after witnessing how India’s rapidly expanding economy and soaring population had caused widespread pollution and destruction of the environment.

    Today, Ramesh is one of the most outspoken critics of India...

  • Jul 2 2015

    The Chinese central government has earmarked some 2.8 billion Yuan, approximately 451 million dollars, to help 30 cities tackle heavy metal pollution over the next three years.

    The Ministry of Environmental Protection said the beneficiaries, 11 of which are in central China’s Hunan Province, were selected based on applications by governments of polluted areas.

    The new funding arrangement was a more competitive approach than the routine mode wherein local areas waited passively...

  • Jul 1 2015

    LUCKNOW: Calling for public participation in its drive to reduce pollution, Union environment ministry said on Tuesday it was committed to taking steps to control pollution. Speaking about the measures taken to monitor pollution, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar said the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has started receiving online data on status of compliance on the discharge of effluents and emissions by the industry...

  • Jul 5 2015 [Malaysia]

    GEORGE TOWN: Concerned Penangites are raising questions about the state government on whether it has a socio-economic development blueprint for the state and if it will ever be implemented.

    Critics believe the state government is working on an ad-hoc basis, according to its whims and fancies.

    They point to the lack of a clear state policy on socio-economic development for the next five or 10 years as a sign of the state government’s incompetence, citing as examples the ad-hoc...

  • Jul 2 2015 [Thailand]

    BANGKOK, 2 July 2015 (NNT) – The Constitution Drafting Committee has offered an explanation for its need to spend several hours changing details of an article of the draft charter.

    CDC member Banthoon Setsirote said on Wednesday that the charter drafters have had to spend many hours deliberating Article 64 of the draft Constitution because of the complicated nature of the content that involves technical terms.

    Mr. Banthoon said that the discussion took time because such terms...

  • Jul 1 2015 [Thailand]

    Southern tourist operators have called on the government to scrap plans for the construction of an 800-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Krabi for fear of its impact on the resort province.

    Watana Thanasakcharoen, chairman of the Southern Chamber of Commerce, said Andaman coastal provinces did not need a project with a power generation goal designed to support the needs of the industrial sector over that of local people.

    The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (...

Member Profile

Established in 1975, the Department of Environment (DOE) of Malaysia is responsible for the prevention, control and abatement of pollution in the country through the enforcement of the Environmental Quality Act of 1974 and its subsidiary legislation.

The agency is guided by the vision to conserve the uniqueness, diversity and quality of the environment with the objective of maintaining health, prosperity, security and well-being for present and future generations. It defines its mission as promoting,...

Featured Good Practice

Jan 26 2010

The Philippines is once known to be relatively abundant in water resources. However, the pressures of population growth, urbanization, and industrialization placed a toll on the resource. One of the most pressing concerns is the increased competition in the various uses of water. There is also serious concern regarding watershed degradation and unmonitored extraction of groundwater by illegal users. The Clean Water Act Law of the Philippines aims to promote and encourage the protection of the country’s water resources.