• Mekong nations set up group for environmental impact assessments

    May 15 2015
    BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) -- Officials and civil society representatives from across the Mekong region have agreed to establish a working group to develop a regional public participation guideline for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) this week in Hanoi, Vietnam. In a statement released Thursday, the Mekong Regional Technical Working Group for EIA brings together governments, civil society organisations (CSOs), and will expand to cover private sector and EIA experts to improve regional cooperation for effective EIA policy and practices. The group aims to reduce the social and...

  • Mekong Governments, Civil Society Reach Agreement on Environmental Impact Assessment Agenda

    May 14 2015
    HANOI, May 14, 2015 – In a ground-breaking agreement, government officials and civil society representatives from across the Mekong region established a working group to develop a regional public participation guideline for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) this week in Hanoi, Vietnam. The Mekong Regional Technical Working Group for EIA brings together governments, civil society organizations (CSOs), and will expand to cover private sector and EIA experts to improve regional cooperation for effective EIA policy and practices. The group aims to reduce the social and environmental impacts...

  • Mekong nations to set up EIA working group

    May 14 2015
    In the statement released today, the Mekong Regional Technical Working Group for EIA brings together governments, civil society organisations (CSOs), and will expand to cover private sector and EIA experts to improve regional cooperation for effective EIA policy and practices. The group aims to reduce the social and environmental impacts of regional infrastructure projects, particularly as the upcoming Association of Southeast Nations (Asean) Economic Community further hastens trans-boundary investments. "This could set an excellent platform and process helping to increase cooperation and...

  • 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 Bosnian spring that came to represent a struggle for human dignity and accountability under most...

  • 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 Policy and Practice in the Mekong Region: Safeguarding Sustainable Development,” brought together more than 50...

  • 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 ADB workshop held last week, he highlighted how AECEN has strengthened government capacities on compliance and enforcement, using South-South cooperation (...

  • Stronger leadership and more stringent legal enforcement cited as ways to improve Thailand’s environmental governance

    Oct 14 2014
    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 Quality Promotion (DEQP), Dr. Peter King, Head of the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) Secretariat shared ways to improve Thailand’s environmental governance in his keynote address “Good Governance for Better Environment.” In his...

  • 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 compliance with Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) requirements has been consistently identified as a priority...

  • 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 will remain an under-implemented ideal rather than a new reality. For the paper and more information: http...

  • 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) process. In addition to technical input from USEPA, resource persons from Malaysia, Thailand and the...

  • Robotic eel tracks down pollution in lakes

    Jul 27 2017

    Researchers at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a robotic eel that can efficiently scan a source of water for pollution and wirelessly deliver the data it gathers in real time. The robotic eel mimics its namesake by swimming through the water with a similar locomotion to find and follow signs of pollution.

    Water quality samples are typically taken by hand on a regular schedule, but the process is slow and only represents the quality of the water at the spots where it was sampled. The a team of robotic eels could more regularly take measurements and cover the expanse of a body of water.

    “There are many advantages to using swimming robots. They...


  • Specialist 'environmental court' gets NRSA backing

    Jul 20 2017

    The National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) has endorsed a plan to create an environmental court overseeing cases involving pollution and its impact on the public.

    The NRSA on Tuesday voted 90 to 1 with 10 abstentions in favour of approving a report proposed by a national reform committee on law and justice. The meeting, held at parliament, was chaired by the assembly's vice-chairman, Alongkorn Ponlaboot. The report will soon be forwarded to the Justice Ministry, the National Legislative Assembly and the cabinet for consideration.

    Sayumporn Limthai, a member of the reform committee and former member of the now-defunct National Reform Council, said the court, which will...


  • Police probe dump over outflow fears

    Jun 28 2017

    Rayong: The Rayong industrial officer has filed a complaint with the police, asking that it investigate a deserted industrial waste site close to Dok Krai Reservoir in Pluak Daeng district.

    It is suspected that 200,000 tonnes of toxic waste which went missing last year might be buried there.

    The authorities were compelled to act after polluted water was discovered at the industrial waste site, which may put the reservoir at risk of contamination.

    The site was also emanating an unpleasant smell caused by hydrogen sulphide.

    After investigating the site, the officers suspected that 200,000 tonnes of toxic waste which reportedly went missing from a waste...


  • China's new environment minister urges 'protracted war' on pollution

    Jun 27 2017

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Tuesday appointed a new environment minister who has promised a "protracted battle" to clean up the nation's notoriously polluted air, water and soil.

    Xinhua news agency named the minister as Li Ganjie, 52, who takes up the job less than a month after he was named the new party chief of the Ministry of Environmental Protection.

    On his first day in that job, he told staff to take environmental protection to "a new level" and wage a "protracted battle" against pollution. He takes over the job from Chen Jining, who was appointed acting mayor of Beijing last month.

    A former masters student in nuclear reactor engineering at Tsinghua University...


  • Fridges dumped in canals, Chiang Mai swamped

    Jun 16 2017

    Deputy Mayor Chatree Chuamanocharn on Friday acknowledged the survey of municipal waterways conducted by Nakhon Chiang Mai Municipality officials implementing the “Ying Thing, Ying Tuam” campaign – whose name translates roughly as “The more garbage disposed of in the wrong places, the worse the flooding”.

    Chatree said the situation was particularly bad along the Mae Kha Canal in the Fa Mai neighbourhood, the exit point for water draining out of the urban area. Garbage collected there in a bottleneck, he said, impeding drainage.

    He said municipality workers had recently pulled discarded mattresses, large tree branches and even a refrigerator and washing machine from the...


  • Waste disposal fees to triple

    Jun 14 2017

    The household garbage management rate will be tripled nationwide, to replace the current unrealistic rate that does not cover the actual waste management cost, the Ministry of Interior says.

    The new rate for households will be a minimum of 60 baht per month, up from 20 baht.

    Dhana Yantrakovit, deputy chief of the Department of Local Administration (DLA), said the new garbage management fee will be introduced immediately after ministerial regulations related to waste management are announced.

    He was speaking at a seminar entitled "Waste and Hazardous Waste Management at the Local Level", organised by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

    However,...


  • Nearly 14,000 Companies in China Violate Pollution Rules

    Jun 13 2017

    Environmental inspectors in northern China have found that nearly 14,000 companies, or 70 percent of the businesses they examined, failed to meet environmental standards for controlling air pollution, according to a state news agency report.

    The inspectors working for the Ministry of Environmental Protection came up with those results after two months of work across 28 cities in northern China, said Xinhua, the state news agency. The companies and industries varied widely, including businesses such as wool processing and furniture production.

    More than 4,700 companies were in unauthorized locations, lacked the proper certificates and failed to meet emissions standards, said...


  • Govt failing on environment, efforts to curb pollution: report

    Jun 6 2017

    On World Environmental Day yesterday, EARTH released a report on pollution in Thailand in 2015 and 2016, exposing serious problems at the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate in Rayong, unresolved issues at gold mines in Phichit and Loei, and ongoing environmental conflicts related to waste management and coal-fired power plant projects.

    Atthapon Rittichart, a technical officer with EARTH, said people around the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate were suffering from high amounts of toxic substances in the environment, with many pollution-monitoring stations detecting high amounts of volatile organic compounds beyond safe levels, leading to extraordinarily high rates of cancer.

    ...


  • Chinese inspectors find widespread violations of environment rules

    May 30 2017

    BEIJING, May 30 (Xinhua) -- The latest round of air pollution inspections in China have uncovered many violations of environmental rules among companies.

    Some 23 inspection teams examined 319 businesses on Sunday and discovered that 251 companies, or 79 percent of the total, violated environmental standards in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and other nearby areas.

    Excessive emissions, insufficient pollution-control equipment or failure to install pollution-control equipment were among the most common problems for the inspected businesses, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said Monday in a statement.

    The ministry has asked local authorities to shut down...


  • Google Street View Cars Are Mapping Methane Leaks

    Mar 24 2017

    Natural gas pipeline leaks that pose a safety hazard are quickly addressed. But what about leaks too small to pose a threat? These mall leaks are often overlooked and they collectively release tons of methane, a greenhouse gas 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

    However, thanks to researchers from Colorado State University, the University of Northern Colorado, and Conservation Science Partners—who’ve teamed up with the Environmental Defense Fund—a small unit of Google Street View cars are turning into mobile methane sensors to monitor leaks that have flown under the radar.

    A...

  • Stand-alone EIA body sought in bill

    Jul 25 2017
    An environmental advocacy group yesterday filed a petition with the Ministry of National Resources and Environment, demanding the agency include their proposals in a draft law designed to protect and preserve the environment. The People's Network of Sustainable Development has long pressed the state to set up an independent body to conduct environmental impact assessments (EIAs) and environmental and health impact assessments (EHIAs) fairly and transparently. Prasitchai Nunual, a key coordinator of the group, said local people have been suffering the consequences of harmful industrial...

  • Public input on environment bill ‘inadequate’

    Jul 19 2017
    The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry on Monday arranged a series of public hearings for the new bill, although activists say that the sessions are not enough to reflect the opinions of all affected people. They also warned that unless the law is well drafted, the problems of enforcing environmental law such as the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) would remain and even get worse. Supaporn Malailoi, the manager of Environmental Litigation and Advocacy for the Wants (EnLAW) Foundation, said the overall hearing process was not enough to ensure perfect legislation for the people. “...

  • High-speed train project clears EIA

    Jul 7 2017
    The National Environment Board (NEB) has approved the first phase of the high-speed train project from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. The board has, however, warned over the possible environmental effects on Bueng Boraphet, a large freshwater swamp and lake in central Thailand, that the train is set to transverse. The board on Thursday approved the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study for the high-speed train project. But the board recommended monitoring and implementation measures to limit the impact on Bueng Boraphet in Nakhon Sawan province. Wijarn Simachaya, permanent secretary of the...

  • Upstream projects risk Mekong Delta disaster

    Jun 16 2017
    FEARS are rising in the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam about food and social insecurity caused by hydropower dams and water-diversion projects planned or already started further upstream. The delta has an extensive system of canals and green paddy fields that stretches for kilometres, creating a part of the world that seems blessed with abundance like a virtual Garden of Eden. Local people are down-to-earth, but troubled by the increasingly frequent and serious saltwater intrusion, which destroys their crops, while the riverbanks and seashore are eroding at an alarming rate. One farmer in...

  • Court halts Ratchadamri condo project

    Jan 9 2017
    The Central Administrative Court has suspended a construction licence given to a high-end residence project on Ratchadamri Road, saying the Office of the Privy Purse does not have authority to endorse the licence request. Srisuwan Janya, president of the Stop Global Warming Association who filed a petition to the court, said the court ruled in favour of his request. He argued the licence for the Makadlekluang II Residence in Pathumwan district was obtained illegally. The court said the Office of the Privy Purse is not a corporation, but is only a "unit" under the Bureau of the Royal Household...

  • Phetchabun national park road proposal put on hold

    Dec 29 2016
    THE NATIONAL Environment Board has resolved against the Highways Department’s proposal to expand roads in Phetchabun province’s Nam Nao National Park, saying the proposal should be reviewed and other feasible options considered. Phetchabun national park road proposal put on hold The board, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, considered the proposal in which the department aimed to expand the road cutting through 40 kilometres of the national park. The No 12 road is part of a regional route linking Tak’s Mae Sot on the Myanmar border in the West to the edge of the Northeast...

  • Bangkok and a problem of architecture

    Sep 19 2016
    A few weeks ago, Thais gaped in awe at MahaNakhon, that new ultramodern high-rise on bustling Sathon. Now our collective attention is being diverted to Wiman Phra-in, or Abode of Indra, a much-talked about architectural design intended as a landmark in the Chao Phraya riverside promenade project. The name suggests a feature with a pointed spiral structure that offers nothing less than paradise. Unfortunately, the debate is not about the purity of the design. It's more about allegations of shameful plagiarism of those involved in the project. The issue drew public attention after celebrity...

  • Land-rights dispute delays Chao Phraya study

    Sep 10 2016
    Members of community say they have deeds to land earmarked for promenade as opponents to plane threaten court action. WITH LESS than one month until deadline, model schemes for the first 12 kilometres of the Chao Phraya for All riverside promenade project have yet to be finalised due to a land-rights identification problem at Wat Dhevaraj Kunchon Community, the study team said yesterday. Meanwhile, the study was attacked by an opposition group for lacking essential information and failing to list alternative choices for the development. They warned that they may file a complaint to the...

  • Communities deeply divided over southern power plant plans

    Sep 10 2016
    PINK and green flags flying outside homes in the peaceful Tambon Pak Bang fishing village in Songkhla’s Thepa district may be merely insignificant decorations to the outsider. But to residents of the quiet community they represent a clear division over plans for a major coal-fired power plant on their doorstep. Local communities in the South are clearly divided over plans by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) to locate coal-fired power projects in Thepa district and Krabi's Nuea Khlong district. When The Nation visited Tambon Pak Bang, where a 2,200-megawatt power plant...

  • Activists fume over plan to use Article 44 for dam

    Sep 4 2016
    ENVIRONMENTAL groups have strongly opposed a plan by the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry to seek invocation of special powers under Article 44 of the post-coup interim charter to commence construction of the controversial Mae Wong dam in Nakhon Sawan province. In a statement released by the 19 organisations yesterday, they said Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister General Chatchai Sarikulya wanted to implement a project that was against the government's reforestation campaign. They also said the project was not in line with the water management plan suggested by the Seub Nakhasathien...
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AECEN Regional Forum 24 Nov 2008 - 26 Nov 2008
Sustainability Panel Discussions 20 Apr 2009
Executive Committee Meeting 29 May 2009
Indonesia Ministry of Environment (MOE) and Singapore National Environment Agency (NEA) Focused Group Discussion on Final Recommendations and Twinning Outcomes 28 Aug 2009
2009 AECEN Regional Forum in Singapore 12 Oct 2009 - 14 Oct 2009
Workshop on Promoting Improved Court Policies and Practices on the Environment in Thailand 20 Apr 2010 - 23 Apr 2010
Workshop on Capacity- Building for Environmental Impact Assessment in Asia 9 Jun 2010 - 10 Jun 2010
Regional Workshop on Soil Contamination and Land Remediation 12 Jul 2010 - 14 Jul 2010
Thai Judicial Workshop 18 Sep 2010 - 20 Sep 2010
Regional Forum 2010 10 Nov 2010 - 12 Nov 2010
Environmental Enforcement Workshop 18 Jan 2011 - 19 Jan 2011
Principles and Tools for Effective Environmental Regulation: Sharing of Experience and Good Practices from Australia 9 Mar 2011 - 10 Mar 2011
Launching of Twinning Partnership between Korea and Vietnam 21 Mar 2011 - 24 Mar 2011
Strengthening Environmental Adjudication: Sharing of Indonesian and Philippine Experience 28 Apr 2011 - 29 Apr 2011
AECEN Executive Committee Meeting 3 May 2011 - 4 May 2011
National Consultation on Criteria and Training Curriculum for EIA Consultant Registration Scheme in Nepal 12 May 2011
Observational Program: Strengthening Contaminated Soil Monitoring in Vietnam 17 May 2011 - 20 May 2011
Indonesia and Philippines: Cooperation on Strengthening Capacity on Environmental Adjudication 24 May 2011 - 28 May 2011
Environmental Compliance Assistance Center (ECAC) Task Force Meeting 24 May 2011 - 27 May 2011
AECEN and INECE organize Summit of Regional Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Networks 18 Jun 2011