Mapping the global battle to protect our planet

Date of Release: 
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.

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Government and civil society support strong Environmental Impact Assessments

Date of Release: 
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.

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AECEN urges ADB to adopt south-south cooperation as preferred capacity building mode

Date of Release: 
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).

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

Date of Release: 
Oct 14 2014
Dr. Peter King

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.

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AECEN Strengthens EIA Compliance in Asia: INECE

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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.

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Greening Governance in Asia-Pacific

Date of Release: 
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.

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AECEN support Indonesia efforts to prepare new guidelines on public participation and the environment

Date of Release: 
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.

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Dato' Hajah Rosnani Receives 2011 AECEN Award

Date of Release: 
Mar 28 2012

The AECEN 2011 Award for Commitment and Outstanding Service by a Woman was presented to Dato’ Hajah Rosnani binti Ibrahim, former Director General of the Department of Environment, Malaysia.

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Philippines Replicates New Environmental Compliance Assistance Center

Date of Release: 
Jan 13 2012

The Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently established an Environmental Compliance Assistance Center (ECAC) catering to local government units (LGUs) in the country. The center will provide fast and reliable technical assistance to local government authorities and officials for their environment- related concerns. The establishment of the ECAC for LGUs is the agency’s response to improve understanding and strengthen capacity of local agencies both as enforcers of environmental laws and also as operators of regulated establishments.

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US EPA Trains Chinese Judges on Environmental Adjudication

Date of Release: 
Dec 7 2011

On November 8-10, 2011, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) worked with Vermont Law School to conduct a judicial training in Kunming, China in collaboration with the China University of Political Science and Law, the Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims, and the Humanities College of Southwest University of Forestry located in Kunming. Approximately 30 judges from three provinces (Yunnan, Hainan, and Guizhou) participated in the training.

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Delhi Government Scales-Up Battle with Air Pollution, Notices Issued to 172 Construction Projects

Date of Release: 
Apr 23 2015

Continuing its crackdown on major sources of air pollution in the national capital, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee has issued notices to 172 ongoing construction projects in the city.

The concerned parties have been directed to submit reports on the current status of construction and steps being taken by them in compliance with the Ministry of Environment and Forests guidelines, 2010, on prevention of dust and garbage accumulation on their sites, while carrying out the construction.

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Holcim Lanka’s Geocycle: Unique Approach To Sustainable Waste Management

Date of Release: 
Apr 19 2015

Waste management has become a key issue in recent times – disposing of and managing hazardous waste is a challenging task few have been able to take on. Holcim (Lanka) Ltd broke new ground in this regard 12 years ago when their own unique industrial waste management arm, Geocycle, was set up to dispose of waste management in an environmentally friendly manner.

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Public works: LDA stopped from starting new development schemes

Date of Release: 
Apr 18 2015

The bench, headed by Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, announced a short order on identical petitions moved by Fahad Malik, Kamil Khan Mumtaz, Faryal Ali Gohar, IA Rehman, Imrana Tiwana and others. The petitioners had challenged the LDA’s authority to carry out such development projects and questioned legality of the corridor project from Qurtaba Chowk on Jail Road to Liberty Roundabout on Gulberg’s Main Boulevard.

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Signal-free corridor project set aside

Date of Release: 
Apr 18 2015

LAHORE - A full bench of the Lahore High Court on Friday set aside Signal Free Corridor project and ordered the Lahore Development Authority not to start any new development project.

A three-member bench headed by Justice Syed mansoor Ali Shah along with other two members Justice Muhammad Yawar Ali and Justice Ayesha A Malik heard the case.

The Lahore Development Authority started a project 7-km long signal-free corridor from Qartaba Chowk Jail Road to Liberty Chowk Main Boulevard, Gulberg of worth Rs1. 5 billion as a pilot project for the smooth running of traffic.

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Masidi says earth removal companies exploiting loopholes

Date of Release: 
Apr 18 2015

Kota Kinabalu: Loopholes in the documentation of earth removal permits have seen companies stretching the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) limits. State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said he had found that some companies renewed their earth removal permits on a monthly basis.

"Some people are very smart … if they apply for the permit either from the District Office or the Land and Survey office, they ask for monthly renewal.

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Only 40% funds for pollution control used in 5 yrs

Date of Release: 
Apr 18 2015

Patna: Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB), the nodal agency for enforcement of environmental laws in the state, has drawn flak from the CAG for failing to draw a comprehensive plan to prevent water and air pollution in Bihar.

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En route to better environmental conservation

Date of Release: 
Apr 16 2015

MUCH coverage has been given to the sombre state of the Malaysian environment. Pollution, it seems, is related to institutional, administrative and legislative limitations. While it is true much still needs to be done to achieve environmental sustainability, not everything is doom and gloom.

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Hong Kong authorities must use iron fist to end land abuse

Date of Release: 
Apr 16 2015

Imagine the frustration when the land you have been farming for decades is suddenly piled high with debris. We are not talking about a dramatic movie plot, but the ordeal of 85-year-old Sheung Shui farmer Lau Oi-kiu. In 2009, she was harassed and evicted from the farmland she had been ploughing for over 60 years. This came after she had rejected a purchase offer for development from powerful village head Hau Chi-keung. Thankfully, justice has prevailed, with the High Court last week ordering Hau and a property agent to pay her HK$1.41 million in compensation.

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Bangladesh govt violates rules while acquiring land for two power plants

Date of Release: 
Apr 16 2015

The government has violated some rules in acquiring land for two coal-fired power plants -- in Rampal and in Matarbari -- and those evicted from their land are still struggling to get compensation, the TIB said yesterday.

In a study, the anti-graft body found that the victims had to bribe officials three to 10 percent of their recompense in advance to receive the money.

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China's pollution fixes explored

Date of Release: 
Apr 15 2015

During China's National People's Congress in Beijing last month, President Xi Jinping threw down the gauntlet on cleaning up pollution. "We are going to punish, with an iron hand, any violators who destroy the ecology or environment," he said, "with no exceptions."

Environmental experts in Washington on Tuesday offered some ideas.

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Event Datesort icon
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
AECEN and INECE organize Summit of Regional Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Networks 18 Jun 2011