• 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...

  • Controlling environmental pollution government’s top priority

    Jul 1 2015

    LUCKNOW: Calling for public participation in its drive to reduce pollution, Union environment ministry said on Tuesday it was committed to taking steps to control pollution. Speaking about the measures taken to monitor pollution, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar said the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has started receiving online data on status of compliance on the discharge of effluents and emissions by the industry. Javadekar also said out of 2, 800 industries, more than 920 industries have installed 24x7 monitoring devices to monitor emissions and effluents. He also said another 400 industrial units have moved...

  • 920 industrial units install pollution monitoring devices

    Jun 30 2015

    The Environment Ministry today said that 920 critically polluting industries have installed real-time monitoring devices at their effluent and emission discharge points in compliance with its directives.

    Terming it as a "big leap" in pollution management, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said new industrial units in distillery, textile, tannery and others sectors have been "mandated" to install 24/7 pollution monitoring system and achieve Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD).

    He also said that installation of ZLDs will become mandatory for all the new units seeking permission to operate.

    However, petrochemicals, oil refining and thermal power industrial units have...

  • Primary School Evacuated After Chemical Blast in China's Guangdong

    Jun 30 2015

    Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have evacuated a school campus following an explosion at a nearby chemical factory, sending dozens to hospital for medical checks, officials and local media said on Tuesday.

    Fifty-seven students and a teacher were evacuated from the Tongmao Primary School in Guangdong's Dongsheng township and taken to the hospital following a blast and subsequent leakage from the Huili Chemical Factory just 100 meters away from their classrooms, local media reported.

    According to the Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis Daily newspaper, the leak came after a failed transformer sparked an explosion in the plant.

    An official who...

  • China's Overall Air Quality Improved in 2014 And Early 2015

    Jun 30 2015

    Addressing lawmakers during a bi-monthly session of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, environment minister Chen Jining said stricter enforcement of tough environmental laws was a key factor in curbing air pollution.

    One year after the world's second-largest economy "declared war" on pollution after decades of pursuing growth at the expense of the environment, air pollution has become one of the top concerns for Chinese citizens, particularly those living in big, industrial cities in the central and eastern regions of the country.

    According to an MEP communique released earlier this month, only 16 of the 161 major cities subject to air quality...

  • New law on environmental crimes approved

    Jun 29 2015

    On May 19 2015 the Italian Senate gave final approval to a long-awaited law on environmental crimes (Draft Law 1345(B)). As a result, Italy has finally systematically codified its legislation on environmental crimes in line with the EU Environmental Crime Directive (2008/99/EC), which holds that member states must ensure that environmental crimes are punishable by "effective, proportional and dissuasive" penalties. The new law features several new elements, including:

    • a specific chapter on environmental crimes within the Criminal Code (Title VI-bis), which encompasses newly codified offences such as:
    • - environmental pollution (Article 452-bis); ...

  • Chasing the public's acceptance

    Jun 29 2015

    Under the package, internal reorganisation is underway, as well as adoption of new technology to reach the public, in support of the ministry's ultimate goal of ensuring energy security.0

    "Public acceptance is the key goal," said Twarath Sutabutr, deputy permanent secretary for energy. "We need to restore our image and enhance the immunity of Thailand's energy sector. Corruption prevention is one thing that can win us the public's trust."

    More than 40 resource-rich countries have joined the EITI, which requires extensive disclosure and measures to improve accountability in how oil, gas and minerals are governed. Each country is committed to publishing accounts showing all...

  • My ministry fails to enforce environmental laws: Manju

    Jun 29 2015

    Environment and Forest Minister Anwar Hossain Manju claimed Sunday that his ministry failed to enforce the environmental laws against errant industrialists and polluters, fearing an 'allegation of sabotage' against him by the government.

    "The law stipulates that all the old brick kilns should be banned. But if I would have closed those kilns, then I would have been labelled as saboteur for hampering the government's development projects," he said.

    The minister made the comment while addressing as the chief guest a consultative meeting on the 'Seventh Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) Consultation on Sectoral Chapters; Chapter-4: Knowledge Economy and Information Communications...

  • China says thousands arrested suspected of environmental crimes

    Jun 29 2015

    Chinese police arrested thousands of people suspected of environmental crimes last year, a minister told parliament on Monday, as the world's most populous country vows to get serious on protecting the environment.

    Facing mounting public pressure, leaders in Beijing have declared a war on pollution, vowing to abandon a decades-old growth-at-all-costs economic model that has spoiled much of China's water, skies and soil.

    But forcing growth-obsessed local governments and powerful state-owned enterprises to comply with the new laws and standards has become one of its biggest challenges.

    Beijing has repeatedly promised to strengthen monitoring and law enforcement, and a...

  • More than 8,400 arrested in China for environmental crimes in 2014

    Jun 29 2015

    Chinese police arrested thousands of people suspected of environmental crimes last year, a minister told parliament Monday, while at the same time vowing to get serious about protecting the environment.

    Environment Minister Chen Jining told a bi-monthly session of the National People's Congress' standing committee that the number of criminal cases handed over to the police by environmental protection departments in 2014 reached 2,080, twice the total number during the previous decade. More than 8,400 people were arrested, according to a transcript of Chen's address published on the parliament's website.

    Facing mounting public pressure, leaders in Beijing have declared a...

  • Delhi budget aims to address air pollution with transport reforms

    Jun 29 2015

    Delhi-based non-profit Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has welcomed the budget pitch of the Delhi government which prioritises public transport augmentation and service for all.

    It says the government has taken a step forward to apply the “polluter pays” principle and impose a congestion tax on incoming trucks—the revenue will be used to augment the city’s public transport system.

    Daily travel trips in Delhi are expected to touch 25.3 million, leading to alarmingly high pollution levels in the city. Anumita Roychowdhury, CSE’s executive director and head of its air pollution control campaign, says the travel choices of the people will determine the livability of...

  • Tourist firms rally against coal plant

    Jul 1 2015
    Southern tourist operators have called on the government to scrap plans for the construction of an 800-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Krabi for fear of its impact on the resort province. Watana Thanasakcharoen, chairman of the Southern Chamber of Commerce, said Andaman coastal provinces did not need a project with a power generation goal designed to support the needs of the industrial sector over that of local people. The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) said 45% of power generated from the coal-fired power plant will go to the industrial sector, 30% to households...

  • City airport upgrades to start by 2016

    Jun 30 2015
    The Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) aims to expand Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports to be able to cope with up to 120 million passengers a year by 2021, according to the AoT president, Nitinai Sirismatthakarn. The AoT is working on a master plan to develop the airports in line with growth in the aviation industry, said Mr Nitinai, speaking after an event to celebrate the company's 36th birthday. "We expect to complete the master plan by early next year," Mr Nitinai said. Under the plan, the AoT will invest between 130-140 billion baht over five years in the airports. Suvarnabhumi airport...

  • Orange Line returns to original route through Huai Khwang

    Jun 30 2015
    The Mass Rapid Transit Authority has reversed course on the route for its Orange Line extension, agreeing to return to the original plan of having the electric railway serve low-income residents and students rather than luxury-condominium owners. MRTA governor Peerayudh Singpatanakul said Tuesday his organisation would follow a directive from the Commission for the Management of Land Traffic by having the Taling Chan-Min Buri line run through the Pracha Songkhro community in Huai Khwang district instead of along skyscraper-lined Rama IX Road. The direction from the CMLT, chaired by Deputy...

  • Local scientist says Bakun dam water toxic

    Jun 29 2015
    According to Dr Elli Luhat, the tests which were carried out by a university in California as well as Jiao Tong University in Shanghai in May reportedly showed aluminium levels in the water at 4.41 milligram per litre (mg/l) – exceeding the level of the Malaysian National Standard’s criteria for raw water of between 0.01 and 0.24mg/l . “The water is considered toxic,” said Luhat, an executive chairman of a company specialising in water treatment. Luhat, whose family was also one of thousands displaced by the construction of the controversial dam in Ulu Belaga, said the high aluminium levels...

  • RP Energy faces transmission problem

    Jun 29 2015
    MANILA, Philippines - After winning its thorny legal battles early this year, the planned 600-megawatt coal-fired power plant of RP Energy inside the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales faces yet another challenge – a major transmission problem. As such, the plant would have to initially run at just 300 MW instead of the original 600 MW until the issue is resolved, said businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan, chairman of the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco). Meralco, through its power generation arm MGen, is part of RP Energy, the company behind the controversial coal-fired project in Subic. Other...

  • Lao Provincial Official to Grant Concession for Public Property to Chinese Investor

    Jun 29 2015
    A Lao official has decided to grant a land concession to a Chinese investor to develop the area around one of the country’s most famous natural landmarks, despite heavy criticism by locals who oppose such deals involving public property. Khampheng Saysompheng, governor of Luang Prabang province in northern Laos, approved China’s A-Cho Group Company for a land concession to develop the area surrounding the Khouangxi waterfalls, a popular tourist attraction. The governor, who is also the son-in-law of former President Khamtay Siphandone and husband of Viengthong Siphandone, president of the...

  • ‘Go Green’ to support Kristang settlers

    Jun 28 2015
    PETALING JAYA — Fed-up with the deafening silence from the authorities on the status of the RM40 billion Melaka Gateway project, settlers in Ujong Pasir, Malacca plan to take matters into their own hands. Spearheaded by the Malacca Portuguese-Eurasian Community, a month-long “go green” campaign was launched on Friday to create awareness on the impact the development project has on settlers including fishermen living in the area. Its president Michael Singho said it has been three months since a stop work order was issued to the developer, who has been carrying out land reclamation works, but...

  • Egat steams ahead with critical Phuket power upgrade

    Jun 28 2015
    Yet the move to upgrade Phuket’s power supply is critical, say officials from the Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand (Egat), with the island consuming more electricity with each passing year. Phuket’s demand this year requires 391MW of electrical supply, Wichai Simadhamnand, Assistant Governor of Egat’s Transmission System Construction division, told a meeting in Phuket last week (June 18). Egat predicts that Phuket will need 432MW of supply by next year. That number is expected to grow to 462MW in 2017, 494MW in 2018, 529MW in 2019, he said However, currently supply to the island...

  • Communities in Cagayan reject offshore mining operation

    Jun 26 2015
    Also present were Atty. Carmelo Segui of the EMB head office, members of the EIA review committee, PHILKAIROS Incorporated the commissioned preparer of the EIA report and officials from Peniel Mining Corporation, the proponent of the said hearing. During the open forum, the communities questioned the effects of the proposed mining operation in the concerned areas and the impacts it will bring to the communities’ primary source of livelihood which is fishing. Buguey alone has an estimate of 800 fishermen whose fishing grounds are situated in the area of operations of Peniel’s mining project...

  • Pak Bara will rank among nation's top 'green ports': officials

    Jun 25 2015
    "It will be eco-friendly," Marine Department director-general Chula Sukmanop said at a recent forum. "The port will accommodate and carry goods only in the form of container ships, which will ensure safety and prevent any possible substance leakage". The project is now undergoing a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and preparing an environmental health impact assessment (EHIA). The SEA will be completed in April 2016, while the EHIA will start as soon as the government approves the budget of Bt120 million. If given the green light, the Pak Bara Deep-sea Port project will include about...
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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
Pilot Training of EIA Professionals in Nepal 3 Nov 2011 - 4 Nov 2011
Regional Workshop on Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation in Environmental Impact Assessment in Asia 25 Oct 2011 - 26 Oct 2011
Thailand and New Zealand to Share Experience on Community Participation in Watershed Restoration 20 Jun 2011 - 24 Jun 2011