PACT and MPE in collaboration with AECEN supported the First Meeting Read more
AECEN in collaboration with PCD Thailand and ERIC co-hosted the Regional Read more
AECEN in collaboration with USEPA and EPAT organised the Next Generation Compliance in Asia 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand Read more
Peter King, Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network, provided examples of bilateral technical exchanges, or “twinning partnerships,” Read more
At the 2nd ECE Events in Singapore, INTERPOL brought together Environmental Security and Enforcement agencies from INTERPOL member countries. Read more
Over 21 senior officials from the environmental agencies of AECEN’s Executive Committee member countries attended. Read more
The third webinar in the series explored the decision-making process on projects with transboundary effects. Read more
The GMS Core Environment Program hosted a session on strategic environmental assessment (SEA) at the 36th Annual Conference of IAIA. Read more
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.
Summaries of Recent Events
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...
Sep 29 2016
China's state planner has punished hundreds of coal and steel companies by forcing them to close or cut output for violating environmental and safety regulations, the latest effort to crack down on the country's heavily polluting industries.
The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) forced two steel companies to shut completely, 29 firms to halt production and another 23 to curb output, it said in a statement on Thursday. The closures and curbs followed a nationwide...
Sep 22 2016
Waste crime is the “new narcotics” according to the head of the Environment Agency (EA), offering huge profits as the authorities race to catch up with the damage caused to society.
Illegal waste activity costs England £1bn a year and more than 1,000 illegal waste sites were discovered last year, more than in the previous two years combined, with 662 still active as of the end of March.
The offences, sometimes involving organised crime gangs, ranged from illegal dumping of...
Sep 19 2016
A smog outbreak in Southeast Asia last year may have caused over 100,000 premature deaths, according to a new study released Monday that triggered calls for action to tackle the “killer haze”.
Researchers from Harvard and Columbia universities in the US estimated there were more than 90,000 early deaths in Indonesia in areas closest to haze-belching fires, and several thousand more in neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia.
The new estimate, reached using a complex analytical...
Sep 19 2016
A few weeks ago, Thais gaped in awe at MahaNakhon, that new ultramodern high-rise on bustling Sathon.
Now our collective attention is being diverted to Wiman Phra-in, or Abode of Indra, a much-talked about architectural design intended as a landmark in the Chao Phraya riverside promenade project. The name suggests a feature with a pointed spiral structure that offers nothing less than paradise.
Unfortunately, the debate is not about the purity of the design. It's more about...
Sep 10 2016
Members of community say they have deeds to land earmarked for promenade as opponents to plane threaten court action.
WITH LESS than one month until deadline, model schemes for the first 12 kilometres of the Chao Phraya for All riverside promenade project have yet to be finalised due to a land-rights identification problem at Wat Dhevaraj Kunchon Community, the study team said yesterday.
Meanwhile, the study was attacked by an opposition group for lacking essential information...
Sep 10 2016
PINK and green flags flying outside homes in the peaceful Tambon Pak Bang fishing village in Songkhla’s Thepa district may be merely insignificant decorations to the outsider.
But to residents of the quiet community they represent a clear division over plans for a major coal-fired power plant on their doorstep.
Local communities in the South are clearly divided over plans by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) to locate coal-fired power projects in Thepa...
Established in 1985, the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF) is the central government agency responsible for planning, promotion and coordination of all national environmental activities, including policy formulation, standard setting, and regulation.
MOEF has broad ranging goals and objectives including pollution control and prevention, environmental rehabilitation and afforestation, and the conservation of flora, fauna, and forests. Environmental impact assessment, research and technology...