AECEN Strengthens EIA Compliance in Asia: INECE

Date of Release: 
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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Vietnam Prepares Draft Guidelines on Contaminated Soil Monitoring

Date of Release: 
Dec 2 2011

On November 29-30, 2011, Vietnam hosted a regional consultation meeting in Hanoi joined by counterpart officials from Korea, Malaysia and Thailand to share ideas on a draft technical guideline on contaminated soil monitoring. At the consultation meeting, experts shared lessons learned and recommendations based on implementation challenges and success in their respective countries. As for the next steps, Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will finalized the technical guidelines and explore opportunities to continue their twinning partnership with Korea.

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Regional Workshop Explores Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation Into EIA

Date of Release: 
Oct 28 2011

On October 25-26, 2011 in Bangkok USAID and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) co-organized a workshop on mainstreaming climate change adaptation and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process under the auspices of the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) and the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN).

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Thailand and New Zealand to Share Experience on Community Participation in Watershed Restoration

Date of Release: 
Jun 30 2011

During June 20-24, the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) and Waikato Regional Council of New Zealand hosted an observational program in Waikato for stakeholder representatives from Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) and civil society groups from the Tha Chin River Basin to see first-hand community involvement tools and techniques in protecting and restoring waters.

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AECEN Shares Experience at INECE 9th International Conference

Date of Release: 
Jun 30 2011

During the 9th International Conference of the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE) held in Whistler, British Columbia on June 20-24, 2011, AECEN members from Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam as well as the AECEN Secretariat shared best practices and outcomes of twinning partnerships.

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Revised eco law will test China's determination to go green

Date of Release: 
Jul 4 2014

As part of its push to combat a growing pollution problem, China is revising its environmental protection law for the first time in 25 years and will enforce the changes in January next year. The question is: Can the country, particularly its courts, walk the talk?

The revised law includes a number of clauses aimed at better preserving the environment and punishing polluters more harshly. The changes will allow third parties, such as nongovernmental organizations, to take legal action against offenders in the name of public interest.

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No pollution solution to Map Ta Phut

Date of Release: 
Jul 3 2014

It has been a nice surprise to see the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) seeking to take an active role in solving the environmental problems surrounding the Map Ta Phut industrial estate in Rayong.

Under an NCPO order, the 76th in the NCPO order series since the military took power on May 22, a new committee was set up to oversee and streamline efforts to tackle environmental problems that have plagued the industrial area in this eastern region for years.

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Asean Not Strong Enough to Fight Haze In Southeast Asia?

Date of Release: 
Jul 2 2014

Every year for the last 23 years, a part of Southeast Asia has been under a thick haze. Yet, in all these years Asean has not been able to get rid of this man-made health and environmental problem. It is not because Asean does not want to. The number of action plans, meetings and pledges show that the haze in Southeast Asia is high priority but the problem is it all gets stuck at the planning or verbalisation stage.

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China Is Using Drones to Fight Pollution

Date of Release: 
Jul 2 2014

China has a novel approach to addressing its air pollution issues: drones.

In the country’s first aerial pollution-monitoring efforts, China deployed 11 unmanned vehicles in June designed to detect illegal nighttime emissions from 254 factories using infrared lights and thermal imaging, according to a Saturday statement from China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection.

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HCM City to close part of multi-million dollar waste treatment plant

Date of Release: 
Jun 19 2014

The installation of waste treatment facilities for landfill No. 3 of Phuoc Hiep complex is nearly completed and the landfill has been operating for eight months, but the HCM City government still wants to close it to prevent pollution after local residents lodged many complaints about the landfill.

Locals said that after rains, the awful smell from the landfill covers an area within a radius of 2-3km. Not only air, the water resources also are seriously polluted, and all local canals have turned black.

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Indonesia's "haze" pollution defences not enough, says green group

Date of Release: 
Jun 18 2014

Indonesia's promises to tackle the upcoming annual "haze" season with a $30 million fund and limited military equipment have been called into question by experts anticipating worse pollution levels than last year due to the El Nino weather pattern.

Indonesia has failed in previous attempts to stop the regional haze, with last year giving the worst pollution readings since 1997. Outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was forced in mid-2013 to apologise to neighbours Singapore and Malaysia, which were blanketed in thick smog caused by forest fires in Indonesia.

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Polluting factories to face legal action

Date of Release: 
Jun 16 2014

Legal action will be taken against all the industrial units that are responsible for polluting the Karnaphuli river, the lifeline of Chittagong city and the country's premier port, Chairman of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) Rear Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed said yesterday.

The responsible industrial units will be identified through spot visits, he declared while addressing the first meeting of a high-powered committee which the shipping ministry has formed with Ahmed as convener to check the river pollution.

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Development projects and environment will go together: Prakash Javadekar

Date of Release: 
Jun 15 2014

Union minister of state for environment Prakash Javadekar on Saturday said that there was no conflict between development projects and environment protection in India. He added that Narendra Modi led government will ensure that development is not halted because of environment clearance and environment is not damaged because of development projects.

Javadekar was speaking to reporters in Pune. When asked about fears expressed by environmentalists that Modi government was pushing for development projects without evaluating environment damages, Javadekar said that there were no such case.

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S'pore malls, hotels told to report waste they dump

Date of Release: 
Jun 15 2014

About 250 shopping malls and hotels in Singapore will need to report waste and recycling data to their National Environment Agency (NEA) from next year.

They must state the weight of waste discarded and channeled for reuse and recycling, broken down by type - such as paper, metals and food. Their reports must reach the agency by the first quarter of next year.

Companies must also submit waste reduction plans.

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Ha Noi suffers from poor waste collection

Date of Release: 
Jun 14 2014

They also said leakage of waste water from trucks that collect rubbish from septic tanks in the city pollute the environment.

Additionally, waste collection points are often overloaded with different types of rubbish. Meanwhile, rubbish is often held at collection points for an entire day before being removed to garbage dumps, spreading offensive odors throughout surrounding areas.

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First National Convention on the Philippine EIS System 19 Jun 2013 - 21 Jun 2013
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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
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
Observational Program: Strengthening Contaminated Soil Monitoring in Vietnam 17 May 2011 - 20 May 2011
National Consultation on Criteria and Training Curriculum for EIA Consultant Registration Scheme in Nepal 12 May 2011