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.
  • Oct 28 2014

    Interior permanent secretary Wiboon Sanguanpong said that all elements of the project were ready to go, including staffing and finance, but they were still awaiting approval from the director-general of the Treasury Department for construction to begin.

    Mr Wiboon said the pilot waste-to-energy project was planned on a 400-rai block of land (640,000 square metres) in Mahaphram sub-district of Bang Ban district in Ayutthaya province. The land is under the jurisdiction of the Treasury...

  • Oct 1 2014

    The Supreme Court of India acted wisely to protect both the nation’s democracy and environment in a landmark decision last week that orders the government to scrap 214 coal mining concessions. Among the cancellations is a concession granted to Essar Energy and its Indian partner, Hindalco Industries, in the Mahan forest in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Local communities had fought bitterly to block the mine, which they feared would destroy large tracts of the forest where they live.

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  • Sep 26 2014

    Depending on which side of the fence people have found themselves on, the responses to the quick regulatory changes that the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has brought about over the last three months have clearly differed. The changes have ranged from bringing in calculated dilutions, striking a balance between environment and economy, ensuring regulatory efficiency to removing roadblocks to economic growth. The number of hits on the Ministry’s website has...

  • Oct 27 2014 [Laos] [Thailand]

    This move, via national consultation forums, comes in response to controversy over many dams built on the river now affecting people in many states, especially those in downstream areas.

    "We will listen to local people's opinions," Chaiporn Siripornpibul said as representative of the Thai National Mekong Committee and inspector for Thailand's Natural Resources and Environment Ministry.

    Chaiporn said the consultation process would take place in all eight provinces along the...

  • Oct 22 2014 [India]

    Six years ago, former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone for the 3,000MW Dibang multipurpose dam project. The dam, to be built across the Dibang river, in the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, will be the country’s largest. The state plans to build more than 160 dams in the coming years.

    Dibang dam will not only generate power but supposedly control floods in the plains of neighbouring Assam state. The dam’s reservoir was estimated to submerge 5,000...

  • Oct 1 2014 [India]

    The Supreme Court of India acted wisely to protect both the nation’s democracy and environment in a landmark decision last week that orders the government to scrap 214 coal mining concessions. Among the cancellations is a concession granted to Essar Energy and its Indian partner, Hindalco Industries, in the Mahan forest in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Local communities had fought bitterly to block the mine, which they feared would destroy large tracts of the forest where they live.

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  • 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...

  • AECEN Strengthens EIA Compliance in Asia: INECE
    Apr 25 2014

    Minimizing adverse environmental impacts of economic development accompanied by rapid urbanization and industrial growth remains a significant compliance and enforcement challenge for Asia. While many governments have developed legal and institutional frameworks for environmental and social safeguards, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws and regulations remains weak due in large part to technical, financial, and human capacity limitations.

    In the region, effective...

Member Profile

Established in 1973, the Indonesia State Ministry of Environment (MOE) is responsible for national environmental policy and planning in the country.

The MOE is guided by its vision for reliable and proactive institutional action for sustainable development and prosperity through the application of good environmental governance principles. Its goals include building partnerships for fair, efficient use of environmental resources and protecting communities through pollution and resource damage prevention...

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