• 4 more mining firms get nod to operate

    Jan 29 2016
    PANAJI: The Goa state pollution control board (GSPCB) has decided to grant consent to operate under the Air and Water acts to four more mining companies with an iron ore extraction limit of 1.5 million tonnes. This implies that the total iron ore extraction limit has now gone up to 15 million tonnes. GSPCB chairman Jose Manual Noronha said as per the consent, Geetabala Parulekar can extract 0.9 million metric tonnes of iron ore; V G Quenim, 0.197 million metric tonnes; Dattaraj Velingker, 0.07 million metric tonnes, and N S Narvekar minerals, 0.39 million tonnes. The GSPCB, in July last year...

  • 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...

  • China should consume more natural gas to control air pollution: expert

    Jan 31 2016

    SANYA, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- China should increase the proportion of natural gas in an energy mix currently dominated by coal to cut air pollution, an expert said Sunday.

    Compared with coal, the burning of natural gas emits 20 percent less of carbon dioxide and 99 percent of smoke dust, which can substantially improve efficiency and reduce waste, Zheng Xinli, macro economist and president of China Association of Policy Science, told a seminar held in Sanya of southernmost Hainan Province.

    China's coal-burning plants are considered one of the major causes of smog across northern regions this winter.

    Around two thirds of the country's energy comes from coal, while...


  • Odd-Even scheme: NGT seeks air quality report from government

    Jan 30 2016

    The green tribunal on Friday directed the Delhi government to submit a report on ambient air quality in the national capital during the implementation of the odd-even scheme.

    The direction came while hearing a plea seeking ban on three-wheelers running on two-stroke engines and quadricycles on the ground that they cause pollution.

    The green panel constituted a committee comprising officials from the Union ministry of road transport, the Delhi government, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and directed them to conduct a survey on the level of emissions generated by the vehicles.

    “The committee shall take samples...


  • 4 more mining firms get nod to operate

    Jan 29 2016

    PANAJI: The Goa state pollution control board (GSPCB) has decided to grant consent to operate under the Air and Water acts to four more mining companies with an iron ore extraction limit of 1.5 million tonnes. This implies that the total iron ore extraction limit has now gone up to 15 million tonnes.

    GSPCB chairman Jose Manual Noronha said as per the consent, Geetabala Parulekar can extract 0.9 million metric tonnes of iron ore; V G Quenim, 0.197 million metric tonnes; Dattaraj Velingker, 0.07 million metric tonnes, and N S Narvekar minerals, 0.39 million tonnes.

    The GSPCB, in July last year, had granted consent to operate to 56 mining leases to mine 13.79 million tonnes of...


  • EU calls for greater enforcement powers in wake of VW dieselgate scandal

    Jan 28 2016

    Four months after cheating revelations at Volkswagen rocked Germany, the EU has proposed new rules for assessing car emissions in Europe, saying tests should only be carried out by independent labs, the software protocols should be public and there should be roadside spot checks.

    Car manufacturers would no longer pay the test laboratory directly, to avoid potential conflicts of interest, and laboratories that break the rules would have rights to certify the emissions of new cars withdrawn.

    The Commission also wants powers to recall vehicles that breach the stated emissions and to carry out spot checks on the road. It would also oblige vehicle manufacturers to disclose...


  • Xinhua Insight: China localities to improve air quailty

    Jan 28 2016

    BEIJING, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Angst hit Liu Min on Thursday as severe smog returned to the eastern city of Jinan and the air quality index (AQI) gave a reading of 250.

    Luckily, a strong cold front helped to disperse the smog in the capital of Shandong Province. In December, however, the city was not so lucky, as heavy smog across a large swathe of north China remained for nearly two thirds of the month.

    Lui admitted that she often contemplates moving back to her hometown in southern Guangdong Province where the air is much better.

    Jinan was the most polluted of 74 major cities nationwide in September and October last year.

    "The local government has rolled out a...


  • Beijing to inject $3.5 billion to reduce air pollution

    Jan 27 2016

    The city of Beijing will cut the level of PM2.5 in the air by 5 per cent this year, and will allocate more funds for projects to reduce emissions, an environmental official said.

    To achieve the goal, the capital will inject 16.5 billion yuan (S$3.57 billion) into projects to reduce air pollution in 2016, up from 5.9 billion yuan in 2015, said Yu Jianhua, chief engineer of the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau.

    The money will subsidize projects including cutting coal consumption in rural areas, phasing out old vehicles with high emissions and shutting down 300 polluting companies, he said during a news conference at a session of the Beijing's People's...


  • Chinese Court Moves to Halt Cross-Boundary Water Pollution

    Jan 26 2016

    A Chinese court ruled this month for a nongovernmental public interest group in its effort to use a new provision in the legal system to stop cross-boundary water pollution.

    A court in the Wanzhou district of the state-level municipality of Chongqing in south-central China ruled in favor of Chongqing Green Volunteer Association, which had filed a public interest lawsuit against a mining company in neighboring Hubei province for the pollution that contaminated a local reservoir in the Three Gorges Reservoir area.

    The case appears to be the first successful ruling in favor of an environmental group in such a public interest lawsuit dealing with cross-boundary water pollution...


  • China Reaffirms Record Pollution Penalty

    Jan 25 2016

    China's top court last week upheld an earlier ruling to impose a record-high penalty of 160 million yuan (US$26 million) on six companies from the city of Taizhou in eastern Jiangsu province for discharging waste acids into two rivers.

    Although the court’s decision set an unprecedented example for businesses in China to better manage industrial waste, it only marks the beginning of the country’s uphill battle against its massive water pollution crisis, analysts say.

    “This is not gonna improve overnight. There’s been a lot of mechanism and rules that have been building over the past decade,” said Jennifer Turner, director of the China Environmental Forum at the Woodrow...


  • Beijing to invest 16.54 bn yuan to tackle air pollution in 2016

    Jan 25 2016

    BEIJING: Beijing plans to invest 16.54 billion yuan to tackle the air pollution and sets a target to reduce average annual PM2.5 concentration by 5 per cent this year, according to the municipal government work report released Saturday.

    According to the annual report on air pollution control from the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau, Beijing enjoyed 186 blue-sky days, or 51 per cent, during 2015. Additionally, the number of days with good air amounted to two weeks longer than in 2014. PM 2.5 concentrations decreased by 10 per cent since 2013. Especially in the first ten months of last year, PM 2.5 concentration decreased to 69.7 cumulative micrograms/cubic meter, down 21.8...


  • Just Odd-even is Not Enough, Says CPCB

    Jan 25 2016

    NEW DELHI: The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has found lack of any clear trends and wide fluctuations in concentration of pollutants during the odd-even experiment in Delhi. The lack of any clear trend shows that no single action can substantially reduce air pollution levels in the capital, the CPCB said in a report.

    While there was likely to be some reduction in air pollution due to the odd-even scheme, a single factor or action cannot substantially reduce air pollution levels in Delhi, it said.

    The report analysed air quality in Delhi before, during and after the odd-even experiment. The board also called for a comprehensive set of actions and an integrated...


  • CDC fails to recognise community rights

    Feb 2 2016
    The draft charter by the Meechai Ruchupan-led Constitution Drafting Committee which was released on Friday is surrounded by controversy. Politicians from opposite ends of the political spectrum detest it. Academics are not reluctant to express reservations. The same goes for the population at large. For us, the contentious issue of this 270-section draft charter lies with the fact that it fails to recognise community rights. Pattara Khampitak, a CDC member, came out to defend the draft, saying that community rights remained intact as stipulated in Section 53 (the state has the duty to...

  • Govt ‘risks public health’ by bypassing city-planning laws

    Feb 1 2016
    ACADEMICS have criticised the junta's order to allow the construction of polluting factories in restricted areas, regardless of city-planning codes, arguing the move will see the expansion of environmentally harmful industries and adversely affect public health and livelihoods. On January 20, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) issued order 4/2559 under Article 44 of the interim constitution to exempt from city planning laws the construction of power plants, gas plants, water-treatment facilities, garbage incinerators, landfills and recycling plants. The order sparked concern...

  • Jaya Lays Foundation for Supercritical Thermal Power Plant

    Feb 1 2016
    CHENNAI: The Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa laid the foundation for a coal-based 800MW supercritical thermal power project to be set up for Rs 6,376 crore at Athipattu, Tiruvallur district. The project is to come up on 250 acres at the complex where North Chennai Thermal Power Project I and II are located and is expected to be commissioned in August 2019. This is another step to make Tamil Nadu a power surplus State. The Chief Minister laid the foundation through the video conferencing facility at the Secretariat on January 29. She handed over the Rs 2,759 crore work order for designing the...

  • Sabah Corridor risks making orangutans, elephants extinct

    Jan 31 2016
    KINABATANGAN: Malaysian non-governmental organisation (NGO), Friends of the Orangutan (Foto), has raised concern over the environmental impact of Sabah’s development at the North-East of Sabah, the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary (LKWS), and has urged the government to reconsider the move. In a statement, Foto Director, Upreshpal Singh said, “The Kinabatangan region is already very fragmented and protected species such as the Bornean orangutan and pygmy elephant populations are decreasing; their survival in the area will only be a bigger challenge if such a project was approved.” He...

  • Counting the coal costs

    Jan 31 2016
    The much discussed China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), having an investment portfolio of $46 billion, envisages several electricity generation projects to be set up at a cost of around $35 billion. These projects include those depending on gas, solar energy and coal. It is predicted that around 10,400 MW of energy would be added to the national grid by March 2018, against the total projected supply of 16,400 MW on the completion of these projects. Against this backdrop, there is a debate about the use of imported coal as source of energy and the environmental cost of using “inefficient”...

  • Malaysia's sudden mining boom turns into a headache

    Jan 31 2016
    Malaysia enjoyed a multimillion-dollar windfall after neighboring Indonesia banned exports of bauxite, quickly transforming an industry that hardly existed until 2013 into China's biggest supplier. But now quarries and dusty rock piles have left swaths of farmland resembling moonscapes as some residents complain of pollution. This month the government halted mining for a three-month moratorium to gain control over an industry that's exposed gaps in Malaysia's mining laws. "If everything followed standard procedure, this would not be happening," said Teh Teck Tee, managing director of Aras...

  • Cable car project realignment over Middle Bank raises concerns

    Jan 29 2016
    The Middle Bank is partly a seagrass bed – a natural marine ecosystem and breeding spot for marine life – located near the Gazumbo Island next to the Penang Bridge. It is visible during low tide. A source told The Star Online that although the structures would have a small footprint, the construction would still kick up tonnes of seabed sediment that could hurt the seagrass. “The cable pylons are 50m apart and the towers are 500m from each other. Middle Bank is 1km from the island, so how close will the pylons be to the seagrass bed?” the source asked. The realignment would also see the cable...

  • Massive sea reclamation project under PTMP to begin as early as 2018

    Jan 29 2016
    GEORGE TOWN: A massive sea reclamation to form two man-made islands is slated to start as early as 2018 under the proposed RM27 billion Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP), said a state executive councillor. State Local Government and Traffic Management Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the oddly-shaped islands with an area of 1,320 hectares would be built at the same time, subject to approval by the federal authorities. He shed light about the mechanism of the upcoming massive reclamation off the southern tip of the island in Permatang Damar Laut in a public dialogue last evening here...

  • Oil recycling plant closed

    Jan 29 2016
    An illegal oil reprocessing factory in Taoyuan’s Guanyin District (觀音), which is estimated to have processed more than 1 million tonnes of waste engine oil while illicitly discharging untreated wastewater into nearby waterways for the past decade, has been uncovered and shut down by the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA). The agency yesterday said that it received complaints that a foul odor was emanating from a metal-roofed facility in the district’s coastal area and oil sludge was found near it, but efforts to collect evidence were thwarted as the facility was guarded and was...

  • PM confirms SEZ assessments

    Jan 27 2016
    Environmental and health assessments must be conducted before the construction of power plants despite orders issued under Section 44 to clear the way for the development of 10 special economic zones (SEZs), Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha confirmed yesterday. The premier asserted that construction of power plants will depend on environment and health impact assessment (EHIA) reports and environmental impact assessment (EIA) studies. Some industrial development projects have encountered legal issues as several areas were considered green and yellow protected zones. If the EHIAs and EIAs are...
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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