• 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...

  • Nations to step up haze fight

    Jul 30 2015

    JAKARTA: Five Asean countries, including Brunei, agreed to remain vigilant and step up their efforts to minimise any possible occurrence of transboundary smoke haze from land and forest fires in anticipation of the extended drier weather in the coming months.

    This is a move to deal with the high risks of occasional extended periods of drier and warmer conditions due to the possibility of the prevailing moderate El Nino strengthening in the coming months.

    This was among other outcomes in Jakarta, Indonesia yesterday during the 17th Meeting of the Sub-Regional Ministerial Steering Committee (MSC) on Transboundary Haze Pollution, which was attended by ministers responsible for...


  • Environmental recognition for Let's Sea

    Jul 29 2015

    Let's Sea Hua Hin Al Fresco Resort is a pioneering destination that continues to set high standards of hospitality and design in the Hua Hin area and beyond.

    Environmental recognition for Let's Sea

    Let's Sea Hua Hin Al Fresco Resort (www.LetUsSea.com) was recently accredited with ISO14001 in recognition of its achievements in environment management. The certificate underlines the beachside resort's commitment to keeping and improving environment performance as much as its compliance with law and regulations. Let's Sea Hua Hin Al Fresco Resort is a pioneering...


  • China court allows first pollution suit under new law

    Jul 29 2015

    China's Qingdao Maritime Court on Monday ruled that a lawsuit against ConocoPhillips China and China National Offshore Oil for a 2011 oil spill can proceed. The suit was brought by China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation [official website, in Chinese; press release, in Chinese] and it the first case to proceed since the country revised a law (Environmental Protection Law Article 58, PDF; LOC backgrounder) allowing NGOs to directly sue polluters in the public interest. The Chinese government...


  • China's environmental chiefs summon Zhengzhou mayor over worsening smog

    Jul 29 2015

    The Ministry of Environmental Protection has summoned the mayor of Zhengzhou for a closed-door "talk" over its worsening air pollution, as the Henan provincial capital became the third most polluted city in China.

    Revisions to the Environmental Protection Law give the ministry the power to admonish local leaders for failing to rein in polluters, and Zhengzhou is the first provincial capital to be singled out.

    Over the course of the two-hour meeting city officials explained the measures they had taken to curb air pollution, news portal Thepaper.cn reported.

    "We have to address our problems. There are no excuses," Mayor Ma Yi was quoted by local newspaper the Dahe...


  • 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-...


  • Oil giants sued over Bohai spill

    Jul 27 2015

    BEIJING, July 27 (Xinhuanet) -- A landmark lawsuit has been filed against two oil giants in a maritime court over the oil spill in 2011 that polluted a huge area of Bohai Bay in Northeast China.

    The suit, filed against ConocoPhillips and China National Offshore Oil Corp, is the first public interest litigation brought by a nonprofit organization over marine environmental pollution to be accepted by a court.

    Such a move was not possible until a new environmental protection law took effect on Jan 1.

    The China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation said on Sunday it had been told by the maritime court in Qingdao, Shandong province, that the suit had...


  • 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...


  • Locals fight garbage power plant scheme

    Jul 30 2015
    In the letter, they said the Industry Ministry's report declaring their area as suitable for the plant was faulty and demanded that related agencies review the report and plan. "The Industry Ministry's report that it is suitable to build such a power plant in Chiangrak Yai isn't true. When we tried to contact the Chiangrak Yai sub-district administrative organisation, they just avoided giving us details. We then reported our concerns to many provincial agencies, but got no response," the group's representatives said. The plant is expected to cost about Bt6.7 billion. The group also said...

  • Japan’s Coal Hunger Poses Costly Challenge to Emissions

    Jul 30 2015
    Japan will depend on new coal technology that’s more than twice the cost of traditional plants to meet its targets on reducing global warming pollution. In a plan formally adopted earlier this month, Japan said it expects coal to generate about a quarter of the nation’s electricity by 2030. For Japan to meet this target and still meet its goal of reducing climate-warming gases “every single one of the new coal-fired power plants has to have technology that reduces emissions,” Joseph Jacobelli, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, said by phone. “But that’s easier said than done because that...

  • Expressway expansion: Saplings to be planted

    Jul 30 2015
    CDA spokesperson Ramzan Sajid said the authority will follow the Environment Protection Agency’s guidelines by planting four times more trees than are removed in various areas of the capital. He said the civic agency will attempt to mitigate damage to the environment during the project by planting four saplings against each tree that is cut down in the greenbelts, as well as on both sides of the highway. He also said an environmental impact assessment is in progress under the guidance of a leading environmental agency. Work on widening the Islamabad Expressway began on July 1. Source URL:...

  • EPA halts villa construction in coastal area

    Jul 30 2015
    The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) yesterday halted the Shanyuan Palms Holiday Villas project in Taitung County over concerns about the proposed site, which is zoned as a coastal protection area. The Coastal Zone Management Act (海岸管理法), passed in February, requires the central government and Taitung County Government to coordinate and outline coastal protection areas by Tuesday next week. The project’s proposed site overlooks Shanyuan Beach in Dulan Bay (都蘭灣), which has a high probability of being zoned as a coastal protection area, meaning that other than public infrastructure...

  • Japan’s reliance on coal, especially clean tech, poses costly challenge to cut emissions

    Jul 30 2015
    Japan will depend on new coal technology that’s more than twice the cost of traditional plants to meet its targets on reducing global warming pollution. In a plan formally adopted earlier in July, Japan said it expects coal to generate about a quarter of the nation’s electricity by 2030. For Japan to meet this target and still meet its goal of reducing climate-warming gases, “every single one of the new coal-fired power plants has to have technology that reduces emissions,” Joseph Jacobelli, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, said by phone. “But that’s easier said than done because that...

  • Activists hold alternative plant 'review'

    Jul 29 2015
    Songkhla: Residents protesting against plans for a new coal-fired power plant and sea port in Thepa district held their own "public review" Tuesday. The move followed their boycott of the third and final public hearing on the Environmental and Health Impact Assessments (EHIA) for the 2,200 megawatt power plant and sea port, organised by project owner Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat). "We believe the session held by Egat is not fair for those who don't agree with the project," said Isdares Hayeeda, deputy mayor of Thepha district municipality. The protesters snubbed the...

  • Strong-arm tactics hold country back

    Jul 29 2015
    When you hold a public hearing, the goal is to listen to wide-ranging opinions on the issue at hand, isn't it? In hearings on controversial matters, government officials are supposed to play the neutral role to bring about open discussions to reach a well-informed decision, aren't they? What happened at the public hearing on a new coal-fired power plant in Songkhla's Thepa district on Monday underscored once again a very sad fact: state authorities have not only failed to do their duties, they are at the forefront in the war on natural resources against the people. Instead of making the...

  • Environmental audit on Freeport a must

    Jul 29 2015
    The government and miner PT Freeport Indonesia are due to negotiate a contract extension two years before the current contract ends in 2021. The firm seems to have gained a green light through a special mining permit. The history of environmental damage should be considered, in which Freeport’s destructive capacity increased after raising its production from 75,000 tons to 300,000 tons of ore daily. During 2006-2007, the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) assessed that the damage caused by Freeport regarding its tailing dam alone reached the size of Bandung, the capital of West...

  • 'Thepha model' eyed for other power projects

    Jul 29 2015
    THE Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) declared yesterday that the public review on its coal-fired power plant and coal pier project in Songkhla's Thepha district was a success, and that it was planning to use the "Thepha model" for other such projects in the future. "The Thepha model involves providing information to locals and then letting them spread it among their neighbours," Egat assistant governor Pol Kongsue explained. He said under the Thepha model, some locals were taken on educational trips and were given a chance to interact with experts. He added that in the...

  • 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...
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2nd INTERPOL Environmental Compliance and Enforcement 16 Nov 2015 - 18 Nov 2015
Regional Conference on "Next Generation Compliance in Asia” 21 Sep 2015 - 23 Sep 2015
Regional Symposium on “Shared Solutions: Safeguarding Sustainable Development in the Mekong Region” 25 Aug 2015 - 27 Aug 2015
Regional workshop on Impact Assessment and the ASEAN Economic Community: A Way Forward for Regional Collaboration 12 May 2015 - 13 May 2015
Environmental Impact Assessment Policy and Practice in the Mekong Region: Safeguarding Sustainable Development 1 Dec 2014 - 3 Dec 2014
Regional Workshop on the Conduct of Environmental Performance Assessment in the Greater Mekong Sub-region and ASEAN Region 17 Oct 2014
Training workshop on EIA report review EIA: A case of hydro power sector with Japanese experience 17 Sep 2014 - 18 Sep 2014
Training workshop on EIA report review: A case of thermal power sector with Japanese experience 5 Aug 2014
Capacity Development Workshop - Twinning Partnerships on EIA: Lao PDR-Japan and Sri Lanka-Japan 25 Jun 2014 - 27 Jun 2014
Technical Workshop on Environmental Crime: A New Priority Area of ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC) 22 Apr 2014 - 25 Apr 2014
Consultation Workshop Twinning Partnership on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Between Lao PDR and Japan 9 Jan 2014
Consultation Workshop Twinning Partnership on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Between Sri Lanka and Japan 10 Dec 2013
First National Convention on the Philippine EIS System 19 Jun 2013 - 21 Jun 2013
Strengthening Public Participation on Environmental Management in Indonesia 10 Jul 2012 - 11 Jul 2012
Choosing Our Future: Open and Participatory Sustainable Development Governance 19 Jun 2012
World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability 17 Jun 2012 - 20 Jun 2012
Environmental Governance and Social Inclusion Panel 16 Jun 2012
The Rio+20 Colloquium on Environmental Law & Justice 16 Jun 2012
Regional Forum 2012 28 Mar 2012 - 30 Mar 2012
Strengthening Contaminated Soil Monitoring in Vietnam 29 Nov 2011 - 30 Nov 2011