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

Read the Joint Statement on Evnvironmental Compliance and Enforcement in Asia. Read more

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.
  • Jan 20 2015

    PEOPLE LIVING near a gold mine in the central north are calling for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to urgently intervene after hundreds of villagers were found to have heavy-metal contamination.

    Wunpen Promrungsun yesterday submitted a petition to Prayut yesterday on behalf of those affected by the Akara Resources gold mine.

    The petition calls for Prayut to order the Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS) and Rangsit University to jointly conduct tests on local people...

  • Jan 14 2015

    Thai authorities have ordered the suspension for 30 days of an Australian gold mine in northern Thailand amid concerns over the health of thousands of villagers living nearby.

    Random urine and blood tests showed above-standard arsenic and manganese levels in villagers near Kingsgate Consolidated's Chatree gold mine 280 kilometres north of Bangkok, according to Porntip Rojanasunan, director-general of the Justice Ministry's Central Institute of Forensic Science.

    An order from...

  • Jan 7 2015

    China on Wednesday granted public interest groups more power to sue those that flout environmental protection laws, the country’s highest court said, as Beijing steps up efforts to curb pollution that regularly chokes major cities.

    Social groups that work to fight polluters judicially will gain special status and have court fees reduced, the Supreme People’s Court said on its website.

    They will also be allowed to sue firms or individuals across China, regardless of where the...

  • Jan 20 2015 [Thailand]

    THE CENTRAL Administrative Court may scrap EIA and construction permit for a Bt2.8-billion condominium project in Bangkok's Lak Si district next month in response to a complaint from long-time residents in the area.

    The verdict is scheduled to be handed down on February 13.

    Stop Global Warming Association (SGWA) president Srisuwan Janya voiced hope yesterday that the court would scrap the construction and the EIA on grounds that the commissioner of justice in the case had...

  • Jan 8 2015 [U.S.A.]

    Environmental and social justice groups in the United States and around the world are applauding a provision of the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Act, passed by the U.S. Congress just before the Christmas recess. The measure requires the U.S. Treasury Department to oppose any World Bank policy that provides less protection for the environment or for human rights than the bank’s current safeguards.

    For months, the groups, some members of Congress and even another multilateral bank have...

  • Dec 22 2014 [Pakistan]

    The Sindh High Court (SHC) ordered on Monday that a fresh ‘environmental impact assessment (EIA)’ of the two proposed nuclear plants in Karachi be carried out according to the law.

    The test will be carried out in accordance with Section 17 of the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) Act, 2014, read with Pakistan Environmental and EIA Regulations, 2014. Headed by SHC Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar, the bench ordered that fresh EIA must be carried out within three months. Until...

  • 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...

  • Stronger leadership and more stringent legal enforcement cited as ways to improve Thailand’s environmental governance
    Oct 14 2014
    Dr. Peter King

    Bangkok, Thailand – Stronger leadership in Thailand’s environmental administration and more stringent enforcement of green regulations are among recommendations to improving the country’s environmental governance.

    Addressing officials from Thailand’s Ministry of National Resources and Environment’s (MoNRE) Department of Environmental...

Member Profile

Established by the elevation of the State Environmental Protection Agency to the cabinet level in 2008, the PRC’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) is responsible for protecting China’s air, water, and land from pollution and contamination.

The Ministry’s mission is to control environmental pollution, protect nature and ecology, supervise nuclear safety, and safeguard public health and environmental safety.

MEP is the national authority that formulates and directs national environmental...

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.