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...

  • Jun 29 2015

    On May 19 2015 the Italian Senate gave final approval to a long-awaited law on environmental crimes (Draft Law 1345(B)). As a result, Italy has finally systematically codified its legislation on environmental crimes in line with the EU Environmental Crime Directive (2008/99/EC), which holds that member states must ensure that environmental crimes are punishable by "effective, proportional and dissuasive" penalties. The new law features several new elements, including:

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  • Jun 29 2015

    Under the package, internal reorganisation is underway, as well as adoption of new technology to reach the public, in support of the ministry's ultimate goal of ensuring energy security.0

    "Public acceptance is the key goal," said Twarath Sutabutr, deputy permanent secretary for energy. "We need to restore our image and enhance the immunity of Thailand's energy sector. Corruption prevention is one thing that can win us the public's trust."

    More than 40 resource-rich countries...

  • Jun 29 2015

    Environment and Forest Minister Anwar Hossain Manju claimed Sunday that his ministry failed to enforce the environmental laws against errant industrialists and polluters, fearing an 'allegation of sabotage' against him by the government.

    "The law stipulates that all the old brick kilns should be banned. But if I would have closed those kilns, then I would have been labelled as saboteur for hampering the government's development projects," he said.

    The minister made the comment...

  • Jun 30 2015 [Thailand]

    The Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) aims to expand Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports to be able to cope with up to 120 million passengers a year by 2021, according to the AoT president, Nitinai Sirismatthakarn.

    The AoT is working on a master plan to develop the airports in line with growth in the aviation industry, said Mr Nitinai, speaking after an event to celebrate the company's 36th birthday.

    "We expect to complete the master plan by early next year," Mr Nitinai said....

  • Jun 29 2015 [Malaysia]

    According to Dr Elli Luhat, the tests which were carried out by a university in California as well as Jiao Tong University in Shanghai in May reportedly showed aluminium levels in the water at 4.41 milligram per litre (mg/l) – exceeding the level of the Malaysian National Standard’s criteria for raw water of between 0.01 and 0.24mg/l .

    “The water is considered toxic,” said Luhat, an executive chairman of a company specialising...

  • Jun 29 2015 [Philippines]

    MANILA, Philippines - After winning its thorny legal battles early this year, the planned 600-megawatt coal-fired power plant of RP Energy inside the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales faces yet another challenge – a major transmission problem.

    As such, the plant would have to initially run at just 300 MW instead of the original 600 MW until the issue is resolved, said businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan, chairman of the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco).

    Meralco, through its power...

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

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.