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.
  • Mar 26 2014

    Industrial Works Department head Natthapol Natthasomboon said today (Wednesday) last year alone there were 20.88 million units of discarded electric and electronic devices. These included 9.14 million landline telephones, 2.43 million television sets, 3.3 million units of portable audio and video players, 1.99 million personal computers, 1.5 million fax machines, 710,000 airconditioners and 872,000 refrigerators.

    He said that disposal of these electric and electronic garbages was not...

  • Mar 26 2014

    ENVIRONMENTAL experts are testing samples from around the burned-out garbage dump at Samut Prakan's tambon Praksa for toxic substances in the soil, air and underground water, in order to find out where they came from.

    At the same time, the recent massive fire at the garbage dump has prompted pollution-control agencies to revise their designation of pollution-control zones in 23 provinces nationwide.

    The move comes after the Pollution Control Department (PCD) learnt that Samut...

  • Mar 25 2014

    A multinational corporation was allowed to pollute Canberra water with toxic chemicals in a case exposing more than a decade of failings by ACT authorities.

    Koppers Wood Products' timber treatment plant in Hume caused hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen made infamous by environmental activist Erin Brockovich, to leach into groundwater at up to 2430 times the safe limit by 2007.

    A Fairfax investigation has found the ACT government, despite knowing of the pollution, obtained no...

  • Feb 28 2014 [Thailand]

    The Central Administrative Court has ruled to halt construction of a biomass power plant in Prachuap Khiri Khan's Bang Saphan Noi district.

    The court decided local officials do not have the authority to issue a building licence for the plant.

    A group of 290 plaintiffs from tambon Pak Phraek filed a complaint with the Central Administrative Court on Dec 13, 2012. The complaint asked the court to nullify a provincial appeal committee order that allowed tambon Pak Phraek's...

  • Feb 27 2014 [Thailand]

    Environmental and health impact assessments required for all large-scale projects have become so problematic that they need "reform" to avoid further confrontations between local people and project owners, a seminar on environmental reform was told yesterday.

    Both the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the Environment and Health Impact Assessment (EHIA) studies are carried out with such outdated frameworks and laws that they fail to provide locals with the right to protect and...

  • Jan 14 2014 [India]

    In a significant development, the Gujarat High Court on Monday ordered the suspension of all commercial and development activity inside the 21 units at the Adani Group’s Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) at Mundra in Kutch district with immediate effect.

    A division bench of the High Court, comprising Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J.B. Pardiwala, passed the order following a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by the villagers of Navinal, located inside...

  • Greening Governance in Asia-Pacific
    Aug 6 2012

    Once every two years, IGES releases a white paper focusing on key policy agendas in the Asia-Pacific region. The Fourth IGES White Paper, entitled "Greening Governance in Asia-Pacific" examines innovative approaches to governance and institutions that have emerged from the region and recommends governance arrangements and policy solutions to accelerate the transition to a green economy, and argues that, without significant governance reform in Asia-Pacific, global sustainable development...

  • AECEN support Indonesia efforts to prepare new guidelines on public participation and the environment
    Jul 20 2012

    On July 10-11, 2012, the Indonesia Ministry of Environment (MOE) conducted a workshop on Strengthening Public Participation on Environmental Management in Indonesia. Co-organized with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), about 100 participants from government agencies, NGOs, academia and the private sector shared ideas on the Public Participation Guide developed by USEPA and the application of public participation principles in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA...

  • Dato' Hajah Rosnani Receives 2011 AECEN Award
    Mar 28 2012

    The AECEN 2011 Award for Commitment and Outstanding Service by a Woman was presented to Dato’ Hajah Rosnani binti Ibrahim, former Director General of the Department of Environment, Malaysia.

    Dr. Monthip Sriratana Tabucanon (Senior Adviser to the Senate, Commission on Natural Resources and Environment, Office of the Parliament, Thailand and 2009 AECEN Award winner), representing the panel of judges, praised Dato’ Hajah Rosnani’s outstanding leadership of Malaysia DOE and her driving...

Member Profile

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...

Featured Good Practice

Nov 20 2009

The Environment Impact Assessment is ideally an integral component of a project's planning process. It identifies potential risks given the present scenario and the perceived impact of the project's activities. Given this, the EIA gives recommendations given the set of information available during the time of the assessment. However, once the project takes place, a review of the EIA is seldom made. There is a need to revisit the EIA especially if perceived environment conditions change.