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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.
  • Feb 2 2015

    Nearly 90 per cent of China's big cities failed to meet air quality standards in 2014, but that was still an improvement on 2013, the country's environment ministry says.

    Amid growing public disquiet about smog and other environmental risks, China said last year it would "declare war on pollution" and it has started to eliminate substandard industrial capacity and reduce coal consumption.

    The Ministry of Environmental Protection said on its website that only eight of the 74...

  • 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...

  • Feb 2 2015 [Thailand]

    Mahidol University's Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies has defended its study on the impact of a gold mine in Phichit, saying the results disclosed by the mining operator are not yet complete.

    The university's research team said yesterday it had worked with toxicologists to examine the blood and urine of villagers in the area for manganese and arsenic contamination after reports that the mine was proving toxic to workers and the environment.

    They are comparing samples...

  • Jan 31 2015 [Malaysia]

    WWF-Malaysia has urged the Government to adopt best practices to improve the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) system to better protect the environment.

    Noting the recent disagreements between three parties concerned with regards to the shrimp aquaculture development in Pitas, WWF-Malaysia believes that the cause of the disagreement goes beyond misunderstanding and miscommunication of the EIA review process.

    Citing the two Stop-Work Orders previously issued to the Pitas...

  • Jan 29 2015 [Thailand]

    Thailand should create an independent body to tackle issues regarding environment and health impact assessments (EHIA), says the National Reform Council's Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

    Some members are concerned the existing body which studies EHIAs cannot be impartial as it made up solely of state officials.

    Hannarong Yaowalert, a member of the committee, told a forum on environmental reform yesterday that the proposed body must be independent of politics and...

  • 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

The Ministry of Environment (MOE) of Japan was formed in 2001 from the former Environmental Agency established in 1971. MOE is responsible for government-wide environmental planning and policies under the Basic Environmental Law of 1993.
MOE promotes policies towards establishing a sustainable society. MOE takes a lead and play a proactive role in promoting environmental policies across the government through the implementation of the basic environment plan. MOE aims to promotes policies for waste...

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.