• 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...

  • Centre bypasses law to restart work on Polavaram project

    Jul 28 2015

    Without completing the statutory public hearings in Odisha and Chhattisgarh, Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar has done away with a stop-work order against the Polavaram dam, allowing construction work to resume.

    He did so at the personal request of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and without informing Odisha and Chhattisgarh. Also, the orders of the environment ministry have not been put in the public domain.

    The project is expected to displace about 200,000 and affect 300 villages, according to the 2010 environmental clearance order which uses data of 2001 population of these...

  • Environmental industry tapping power of cloud

    Jul 28 2015

    Recently, a series of integrated application equipment and products in the industry of "Internet + environmental protection" have attracted widespread attention at the 14th China International Environmental Protection Exhibition & Conference. Smart and green air quality AIO, urban dust monitoring equipment, etc. based on green cloud computation have been popular at the exhibition.

    Through internet perception (sampling), real-time transmission, smart data analysis, and real-time result push, "cloud platform of water treatment big data" generated from integration of service of water treatment, big data and cloud computation has been shown by Miao Wei from Henan Dahe Water-...

  • China's ability to tackle air pollution doubtful, says veteran US policymaker

    Jul 26 2015

    A veteran US policymaker responsible for cleaning up the smoggy skies of Los Angeles decades ago has voiced concern over Beijing's ability to tackle its notorious air pollution.

    James Lents, former executive officer of California's South Coast Air Quality Management District, said Beijing and other Chinese cities might not have sufficient people who adequately understood the pollution problem, and that they needed to come up with better long-term plans.

    In an interview with the Post on the sidelines of a Sino-US forum on air pollution, Lents said comprehensive pollution data and targeted approaches had been vital in removing smog in the Californian city.

    "It took us...

  • China Air Pollution: US Expert Doubts Country Will Be Able To Curb Rampant Smog

    Jul 26 2015

    A prominent U.S. environmental expert has raised doubts about China's ability to curb its rampant air pollution problem, despite recent reports that the country's clampdown against pollution was making some progress.

    In an interview with the South China Morning Post, James Lents, who oversaw the internationally lauded program to curb air pollution in southern California, expressed concerns about a number of issues.

    "[Los Angeles] developed a plan, we understood what the emissions were, what caused them and what would be the best ways to reduce them. I don't often see a plan like that for the [mainland] cities," Lents told...

  • Govt readies plan to clear winter air in Delhi

    Jul 25 2015

    Environment minister Prakash Javadekar announced a slew of measures on Friday including closure of polluting industries, opening of the Western Expressway in 2016 and tamper-proof pollution checks for vehicles in Delhi to improve air quality in the Capital this winter.

    A sustained campaign to highlight the toxic air in Delhi, the most polluted city in the world according to the WHO, pushed Javadekar to join hands with state governments in the national capital region (NCR) and draft an action plan for the area where pollution monitoring systems are sometimes inadequate.

    As part of the action plan, the government will increase the number of air pollution monitoring stations...

  • TERI says pollution at toll plazas putting workers' health at risk

    Jul 25 2015

    Amid hue and cry over deteriorating air quality in the National Capital, a new study of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) conducted by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has revealed that pollution at toll plazas is beyond the permissible limits, thereby putting workers at high risk of respiratory diseases.

    The researchers selected 23 tolls plaza (highway toll plazas and municipal toll plazas) in the city and recorded values for eight hours.

    A high level of air pollution at almost all locations with Particulate Matter (PM2.5) values exceeding the national permissible limit was found. The highest eight-hour average concentration of PM2.5 was observed at...

  • A parliamentary panel asks government not to rush with changes in existing green laws

    Jul 25 2015

    NEW DELHI: Flagging concerns of civil societies, NGOs and experts, a parliamentary panel has asked the government not to rush through the proposals of a high-level committee to bring amendments in six existing green laws, saying it would result in "unacceptable dilution" of the present environment protection architecture.

    Considering views of over 50 organizations\individuals\experts from across the country, the panel - Parliamentary Standing Committee on environment and forests - has recommended that the government should, rather, give due consideration to the views expressed by stakeholders before proceeding with the suggestions of the high-level committee (HLC) that had...

  • China's carbon exchanges bend the rules to meet compliance targets

    Jul 24 2015

    The vast majority of firms covered by China's pilot carbon emission exchanges met their targets this year, but success was achieved largely by flexible regulations and a supply glut that kept permits cheap, participants said.

    After China's Chongqing met its deadline on Thursday, all seven of the country's pilot emissions trading schemes have now finished the trading year, with nearly all complying. A total of 35 million permits have been traded, with prices ranging from 11.7 yuan ($1.88) in Shanghai and 42 yuan in Beijing.

    Ahead of talks in Paris at the end of 2015 on a new binding global climate accord, China has pledged to bring greenhouse gases to a peak by around 2030,...

  • Review of environmental laws 'absolute necessity': CSE

    Jul 24 2015

    NEW DELHI: Welcoming a parliamentary panel's recommendation of setting a new committee to review green laws, a Delhi-based green body said that evaluation of existing systems have become an "absolute necessity".

    The Standing Committee on Science and Technology and Environment and Forest in its report had recommended formation of a new committee to consider afresh specific areas of environmental policy after it found the objections raised by experts on the proposals of a high level committee constituted to review green laws as "valid".

    "A review of our environmental laws has become an absolute necessity as the existing systems are not working well. We need major reforms in...

  • Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei to bring 'APEC blue' back for parade

    Jul 24 2015

    Beijing, along with Tianjin Municipality and Hebei province, a region referred to as Jingjinji, are bonding together to improve the air quality for the September military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

    Standard of the air quality will be set according to that of last year's APEC period when six provincial regions - Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia and Shandong - launched a joint air protection project, said Chen Tian, chief of Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau. An expert committee has also been founded like last year to play a think tank role.

    Apart from addressing the air issue alone, Beijing and Tianjin are expected to...

  • Power plant hearing goes off smoothly

    Jul 28 2015
    THE hearing on the construction of a coal-fired power plant in Songkhla's Thepha district passed off without violence yesterday, although the opposition claimed that supporters who joined the public review were bribed. Songkhla Governor Thamrong Chareonkul chaired the first day of the third public hearing on the Thepha power plant at Tambon Pak Bang Administrative Organisation. The venue was reportedly heavily guarded and there were claims the opposition group was kept away from the event. Pol Kongsue, assistant governor generation 3 of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat...

  • Protesters shun power plant hearing

    Jul 28 2015
    Songkhla: Protesters boycotted a public hearing Monday on a new coal-fired power plant project planned for Thepha district, after being told they could not attend if they brought their protest placards. The third and final hearing on the Environment and Health Impact Assessment (EHIA) for the 2,200-megawatt coal-fired power plant, which will be the largest of its kind in Thailand, was held at the Pak Bang Tambon Administration Organisation (TAO) office. Tight security measures were employed at the hearing, organised by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat), the project owner...

  • BTS sets route of Silom line extension

    Jul 28 2015
    The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration on Tuesday officially announced the route for the next phase of the BTS Silom line extension to serve commuters in Thon Buri. The route was selected among three proposed at the BMA's second public hearing today. The Silom line currently ends at Bang Wa station on Phetkasem-Ratchaphruek Road in western Bangkok. The extended route would go north along Ratchaphruek Road, past Bang Waek-Charansanitwong Soi 13, a road linking Phran Nok to Phutthamonthon Sai 4, Boromratchonnanee Road, Kanchanaphisek Road and end near the State Railway of Thailand's Red Line (...

  • Potash firm trying to calm locals in Udon about mine

    Jul 27 2015
    Asia Pacific Potash Corp (APPC) said sharing information should help clear misunderstanding and facilitate efforts for it to start its potash mining in the northeastern province. "The mine will benefit all sides," the company insisted. APPC's plan to start mining in Udon Thani has faced stiff opposition from people living in Prachaksinlapakhom district for years. The locals say they are concerned about the impact the mine will have on their health and environment. However, APPC insists that it has conducted the EIA in line with set standards and has put in place measures to prevent and...

  • Razor wire rings Thepha power plant hearing

    Jul 27 2015
    A public hearing on the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand's proposed coal-fired power plant in Songkhla's Thepha district opened amid tight security on Monday, with the project's opponents prevented from entering. Coils of barbed wire were stretched around the office of Pak Bang tambon administration organisation, the venue for the hearing, to prevent villagers who oppose the project from getting inside. About 1,500 soldiers and police were deployed around the TAO office. Another 500 defence volunteers from various villages were deployed inside the TAO compound. The Pattani - Hat...

  • Japan Minister Plans to Oppose 2 Coal Power Plants, Nikkei Says

    Jul 27 2015
    Japan’s environment minister plans to oppose two new coal-fired power projects amid concerns Japan may fail to meet its target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Nikkei newspaper reported. Yoshio Mochizuki plans to submit letters of opposition to the trade minister, the newspaper reported Monday without attribution. The projects are planned in Aichi and Chiba prefectures. While Japan’s environment ministry oversees environmental impact assessments of power projects, only the trade ministry can give permission to build a power plant. Chubu Electric Power Co. plans to set up a 1,070-...

  • Rayong fishermen mark 2 years since oil spill

    Jul 27 2015
    Small fishermen in Rayong on Monday called on Thailand's biggest petrochemical company to do more to rehabilitate oil-spill impacted sites along the province’s coastline, saying they still are living with the after effects of a spill two years ago. The demand was made at a forum held by the local Small-Scale Fishery Association to mark the second anniversary of the July 27, 2013 oil spill caused by the rupture of a PTT Global Chemical Plc offshore pipeline near the Map Ta Phut industrial estate that spilled 50,000 litres of crude oil into the sea. The leak blackened Ao Phrao beach on the...

  • Residents demand new environment, traffic studies on DASH

    Jul 27 2015
    PETALING JAYA, July 27 — The Petaling Jaya City Council should commission new environmental and traffic assessments for the controversial Damansara-Shah Alam Expressway (DASH) as the existing studies are “invalid and flawed”, residents claimed today. Say No To DASH (SNTD) — made up of Petaling Jaya residents opposed to the new highway project — claimed that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) submitted to the local council were questionable as they were both funded by the highway’s developer, Prolintas Bhd. “We feel that an independent study should be...

  • Report warns industry to prepare for the unsavoury side of tourism

    Jul 27 2015
    The tourism impact assessment was conducted by the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business, the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the Institute for Human Rights and Business. “Children are particularly vulnerable to impacts from tourism. Lessons from neighbouring countries, particularly Cambodia and Thailand, highlight the importance of awareness-raising for both tour operators and tourists of the potential for negative impacts on children,” said the report, which was published on the Ministry of Tourism website on July 19. “The infrastructure and society are poorly prepared to receive a...

  • Centre’s data indicates states slow in giving green nod to projects

    Jul 27 2015
    New Delhi: Pending green clearances often attract criticism from industry lobbies and the incumbent government faces the risk of being labelled anti-development. Many governments at the centre have faced it. While the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has been clearing projects at a fast pace, at times even drawing criticism for doing so, the states are lagging behind. At least 10,640 projects are pending with the State Environmental Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) of state governments as on May, according to data prepared by the Union ministry of environment, forests and...
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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