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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...

  • Aug 2 2015

    Beijing and neighbor cities have already joined hands in battling pollution, and experts say the city's successful 2022 Winter Olympics bid will boost the efforts.

    "The roadmap for intercity pollution control has been unveiled, and Beijing will offer the Winter Olympics athletes a better environment," said Song Qiang, an environmental expert in Beijing.

    Song said Beijing's commitment to pollution control stems from public outcry and government resolve to improve the living...

  • Aug 2 2015

    A coal-fired power station and Dragon Steel Corp, which are the biggest sources of air pollution in Taichung, should create emissions reduction plans and implement measures to cut air pollution, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌) said on Friday.

    The two facilities should collect straw from farming households, a practice Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) implemented, so that farmers do not have to burn straw, which exacerbates air pollution,...

  • Jul 30 2015

    JAKARTA: Five Asean countries, including Brunei, agreed to remain vigilant and step up their efforts to minimise any possible occurrence of transboundary smoke haze from land and forest fires in anticipation of the extended drier weather in the coming months.

    This is a move to deal with the high risks of occasional extended periods of drier and warmer conditions due to the possibility of the prevailing moderate El Nino strengthening in the coming months.

    This was among other...

  • Aug 1 2015 [Pakistan]

    Federal Minister for Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan on Friday expressed serious concern over ineffective role of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (PEPA) in tackling escalating levels of environmental degradation, water and air pollution, soaring encroachment of public places, green belts and rainwater drains.

    He directed CDA and PEPA to play their due part in a more effective manner address the pressing environmental issues and...

  • Jul 30 2015 [Thailand]

    In the letter, they said the Industry Ministry's report declaring their area as suitable for the plant was faulty and demanded that related agencies review the report and plan.

    "The Industry Ministry's report that it is suitable to build such a power plant in Chiangrak Yai isn't true. When we tried to contact the Chiangrak Yai sub-district administrative organisation, they just avoided giving us details. We then reported our concerns to many provincial agencies, but got no response...

  • Jul 30 2015 [Japan]

    Japan will depend on new coal technology that’s more than twice the cost of traditional plants to meet its targets on reducing global warming pollution.

    In a plan formally adopted earlier this month, Japan said it expects coal to generate about a quarter of the nation’s electricity by 2030.

    For Japan to meet this target and still meet its goal of reducing climate-warming gases “every single one of the new coal-fired power plants has to have technology that reduces emissions,”...

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

Feb 26 2010

The Public Disclosure of Industrial Pollution (PROPER) approach in Indonesia aims at reducing industrial pollution via public disclosure. It was developed and tested by the country’s National Pollution Control Agency (BAPEDAL) together with the World Bank.