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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

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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.
  • Apr 23 2015

    Continuing its crackdown on major sources of air pollution in the national capital, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee has issued notices to 172 ongoing construction projects in the city.

    The concerned parties have been directed to submit reports on the current status of construction and steps being taken by them in compliance with the Ministry of Environment and Forests guidelines, 2010, on prevention of dust and garbage accumulation on their sites, while carrying out the...

  • Apr 19 2015

    Waste management has become a key issue in recent times – disposing of and managing hazardous waste is a challenging task few have been able to take on. Holcim (Lanka) Ltd broke new ground in this regard 12 years ago when their own unique industrial waste management arm, Geocycle, was set up to dispose of waste management in an environmentally friendly manner.

    Against a backdrop of minimal enforcement and low access to technology,there has been an accumulation of industrial waste in...

  • Apr 18 2015

    Kota Kinabalu: Loopholes in the documentation of earth removal permits have seen companies stretching the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) limits. State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said he had found that some companies renewed their earth removal permits on a monthly basis.

    "Some people are very smart … if they apply for the permit either from the District Office or the Land and Survey office, they ask for monthly renewal.

    "But if...

  • Apr 24 2015 [Thailand]

    ENVIRONMENTAL impact assessment approvals should be streamlined, as residential projects worth more than Bt600 billion are waiting for EIA permits, property-industry players say.

    If the EIA committee sped up its approval process, it would be a significant boost to the economy as condominium construction could get under way, Pruksa Real Estate president and chief executive officer Thongma Vijitpongpun said in a recent interview with The Nation.

    He said property firms wanting to...

  • Apr 19 2015 [China]

    Nicaragua’s interoceanic canal project is still making headway despite ongoing trepidation over potential environmental damage and opaque financing details. But this week one of the project’s main skeptics, the administrator of the nearby Panama Canal, threw some cold water on suspicions that the Chinese government may be behind the deal.

    “I just returned from China, and builders there told me that no state company has any interest in financing the [Nicaragua canal] project,” said...

  • Apr 19 2015 [India]

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s grand plan to erect a giant statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the “Statue of Unity” expected to be the tallest in the world at 182 metres, on the Sadhu Bet island on the Narmada near Vadodara, has come under National Green Tribunal scrutiny.

    The tribunal has asked Gujarat to file a reply before May 8 to allegations of irregularities in the project made by activists.

    A group of environmental activists from Gujarat has filed a petition with...

  • Mapping the global battle to protect our planet
    Mar 5 2015

    In 2012 protests erupted in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina over the demolition of a much beloved local park to build a business complex. A movement under the slogan “This Park is Ours” aimed originally at protecting the green space soon broadened into a collective movement aimed against corruption, lack of transparency, economic inequality and dwindling social services. Hundreds of protesters from all social classes and religions gathered daily in the endangered park, becoming part of a...

  • Government and civil society support strong Environmental Impact Assessments
    Dec 4 2014

    Government and civil society representatives highlighted the need for strong and inclusive environmental impact assessment (EIA) policies and practices in the Mekong region at a meeting this week in Bangkok, Thailand.

    Organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) -supported Mekong Partnership for the Environment (MPE) project and the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN), the December 1-3 event, “Environmental Impact Assessment...

  • 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...

Member Profile

Initially established as a supporting body for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in 1987, the Philippine Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) became a line bureau with its own offices and independent enforcement authority in 2002. It is the national authority responsible for pollution prevention and control, and environmental impact assessment.

EMB is guided by the vision of a nation empowered to protect its finite natural resources in pursuit of sustainable development, to ensure a...