• 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...

  • China to relocate almost 1,000 chemical plants in wake of Tianjin blasts

    Aug 30 2015

    Local governments in China have submitted plans to relocate or upgrade almost 1,000 chemical plants in the wake of the massive explosions in Tianjin earlier this month that killed 147 people.

    The blast at a warehouse storing toxic chemicals was China’s worst industrial accident in recent years. There has been criticism it was located too close to densely populated residential areas.

    China’s industry minister, Miao Wei, said local governments were finally moving ahead to implement plans to relocate and upgrade chemical plants.

    “We started to work with State Administration of Work Safety last year to make arrangements for the relocation and revamping of chemical plants...


  • Sub-Mekong region cooperates in trans-boundary haze pollution

    Aug 21 2015

    Present at the meeting was also the Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community.

    The participants discussed and shared initiatives undertaken by the MSC Mekong nations to mitigate land and forest fires and control smoke haze pollution during the dry season.

    They agreed to work towards achieving the target of hotspot reduction approved at the 4th MSC Mekong Meeting in Laos last year and strengthen regional cooperation and national efforts in meeting the revised targets by an agreed timeline.

    Ministers spoke highly of the significant achievement made through the local, national and region projects and activities as well as the supports from ASEAN...


  • PM2.5 standard to go into effect in Taiwan from next year

    Aug 19 2015

    The PM2.5 air quality monitoring and simulation standard has been added to Taiwan's Air Pollution Control Act, and will take effect on January 1, 2016, the country's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said Monday.

    The amendment to the Air Pollution Control Act is aimed at strengthening the control of emissions of stationary sources of air pollution by the nation's industries.

    The steel industry, petrochemical industry, and electricity generation industry which are emitting a large number of particulates, volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxide, and oxysulfide in Taiwan will be the sectors primarily affected after the amendment goes into effect, the EPA said....


  • Malaysian environmental visit to view Rotorua lakes systems

    Aug 19 2015

    Lake Rotorua’s water quality management systems and science could soon be making a contribution to the improvement of Malaysia’s waterways following a visit by Malaysian Department of Environment officials to Rotorua this week.

    The five officials – four from the Department of Environment and one from the Environment Institute of Malaysia – spent two days in Rotorua with Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) to learn more about water quality management and the practical application of on-farm effluent and water quality regulations.

    The officials also visited Rotorua lakes to view some of the water quality science activities, particularly focusing on nutrient reduction and...


  • Malaysian environmental visit to view Rotorua lakes systems

    Aug 19 2015

    Lake Rotorua’s water quality management systems and science could soon be making a contribution to the improvement of Malaysia’s waterways following a visit by Malaysian Department of Environment officials to Rotorua this week.

    The five officials – four from the Department of Environment and one from the Environment Institute of Malaysia – spent two days in Rotorua with Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) to learn more about water quality management and the practical application of on-farm effluent and water quality regulations.

    The officials also visited Rotorua lakes to view some of the water quality science activities, particularly focusing on nutrient reduction and...


  • Authorities must act now to prevent future deadly disasters

    Aug 15 2015

    If anything good could possibly emerge from the catastrophic industrial explosions in Tianjin - apart from stories of heroism and survival - it would have to be assurance that the authorities will spare no effort in confronting the causes. Alas, until they recognise that prevention is better than the cure of repeated crisis management, that appears a forlorn hope. The official response so far has revealed more questions than answers. Yesterday, at their second press conference after the event, officials still could not say what chemicals were stored in the hazardous goods storage facility that blew up.

    They admitted discrepancies between what company staff said was there and...


  • Officials target China's air pollution with fines, stepped-up enforcement

    Aug 15 2015

    Outdoor air pollution contributes to the deaths of about 4,400 people per day in China, according to a recent scientific paper.

    The paper once again raised concerns about China’s air pollution, as the government, gradually getting ready for the 2022 Winter Olympics, has steadily increased their efforts to combat pollution.

    In November 2014, the world’s biggest emitter of carbon reached a key climate change deal with Washington to cap its emissions by 2030 through increasing its use of renewable, zero-emission energy sources to 20 percent of its total energy budget.

    And in June, with an eye on the UN’s December climate talks in Paris, Beijing formally committed to...


  • How cleaning up China's environment can also be good for its economy

    Aug 14 2015

    China's 13th five-year plan, due for release in 2016, will reportedly include the most ambitious environmental reform agenda attempted in history. A study by Goldman Sachs predicts that, as a result, the Chinese environmental market could be a multibillion-dollar opportunity.

    As pollution in China reaches crisis proportions, leading to a drag on the economy and a rise in social unrest, the government is taking bold steps to remedy the "airpocalypse" situation through a full-scale "war on pollution". One of the biggest challenges, however, will be the ability to finance this green revolution.

    China expects implementation of the measures in the plan to cost at least US$1...


  • Fire Continues to Rage in China as Death Toll Mounts to 56

    Aug 14 2015

    Over 1,000 firefighters aided by military experts trained in nuclear and biological warfare today battled to put out flares emitting toxic fumes in north China as two fresh explosions struck this major port city after two massive blasts killed at least 56 people.

    Fires are still burning at the site of the two massive explosions some 36 hours after the blasts as another 6,200 people were evacuated to prevent further casualties.

    Around 10,000 people were evacuated after the Wednesday blasts in a warehouse storing hazardous chemicals that sent fireballs, cars and containers shooting in the sky.

    Smoke continued to billow out from the massive pile of hundreds of twisted...


  • Air pollution in China is killing 4,000 people every day, a new study finds

    Aug 14 2015

    Air pollution is killing about 4,000 people in China a day, accounting for one in six premature deaths in the world’s most populous country, a new study finds.

    Physicists at the University of California, Berkeley, calculated about 1.6 million people in China die each year from heart, lung and stroke problems because of incredibly polluted air, especially small particles of haze. Earlier studies put the annual Chinese air pollution death toll at one to two million but this is the first to use newly released air monitoring figures.

    The study, to be published in the journal PLOS One, blames emissions from the burning of coal, both for electricity and heating homes. It uses...


  • PMO for compensating Matarbari project-affected people properly

    Aug 31 2015
    The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) recently asked the ministries and departments concerned to ensure proper compensation to the affected people of Matarbari coal-fired power plant, officials said. The directive came as the local people alleged that they were being paid compensation based on a land price fixed several years back. Officials said principal secretary to the PMO Abul Kalam Azad early this month visited the site for Matarbari coal-fired power plant where the local people raised various allegations including lower payment as compensation and non-rehabilitation. The locals alleged...

  • New Macau Wants Extended Public Consultation on Reclamation Blueprint

    Aug 31 2015
    The New Macau Association (ANM) is urging government leaders to extend the public consultation period on the new reclamation zones blueprint, but the Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT) has confirmed it will not extend the consultation, Radio Macau reported. The pro-democracy association held a press conference on Friday to criticize the government for its planning of the five new reclamation zones, which are now under development. The new ANM president Scott Chiang said that residents and government leaders must debate Macau’s new reclamation zones. Dubbing it “a flawed public...

  • Erosion prevention project at Songkhla beach project on hold

    Aug 26 2015
    The decision was reached in talks between governor Thamrong Charoenkul and those who oppose the project after a case was put to the Songkhla Administrative Court. Sor Rattanamanee Polkla, a lawyer for the Community Resource Centre who is involved in the case, said the erosion prevention project would be put on hold until the court delivers a verdict. The hearing has been set by the court for Sept 2. Authorities responsible for the project are at odds with the civic sector over the scheme which started in June to prevent erosion at the most famous beach in the province by constructing concrete...

  • Myanmar incurs wrath of civic groups as hydropower solutions remain its main priority

    Aug 24 2015
    Nyan Tun U told the Confexhub's Myanmar Green Energy Summit that the government would fulfil its target to achieve universal electricity access by 2030. At present, only about 30 per cent of the population has access to electricity. "We are comprehensively and systematically working on plans for sustainability, ensuring efficient and effective use of resources while considering protection of the environment. There is a very huge potential for the green energy sector in Myanmar. However, we need more investment and transfers of know-how," he said. The tasks have been and will be carried out by...

  • MoEF Nod to EIA for Kerala's New Dam Withdrawn

    Aug 22 2015
    NEW DELHI: The wildlife panel of the Union Environment Ministry has withdrawn permission for conducting an environment impact assessment (EIA) study for the new Mullaiperiyar dam after Tamil Nadu informed it that according to an apex court order, agreement between TN and Kerala was necessary for construction of the new dam. In August 2014, the Standing Committee of the National Board for Wildlife, headed by Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, had given the go-ahead to Kerala for conducting the EIA for construction of a new Mullaiperiyar dam in the vicinity of the existing dam. The...

  • Committee defers on geothermal project EIA

    Aug 22 2015
    In a rare ruling on Wednesday, a multibillion-dollar geothermal project that proposes drilling geothermal wells thousands of meters deep in Yilan County was referred to the environmental impact assessment (EIA) grand assembly to decide whether a fourth meeting or a second-phase review is needed. The referral was made by the EIA committee at its third meeting, with members reaching a consensus to either hold an extraordinary fourth meeting, or the project enters a second phase of environmental review, in which more stringent criteria apply. Headed by anti-nuclear activist and National Taiwan...

  • NGO: EKVE reports incomplete

    Aug 22 2015
    AN ENVIRONMENTAL group has voiced its disappointment over the decision by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) to approve the East Klang Valley Expressway (EKVE) project. Treat Every Environment Special (Trees) directors Christa Hashim and Leela Panikkar said they had been disillusioned by the way the project had been pushed through and the overall lack of transparency. “Thousands of residents, NGOs and members of the public have submitted objections to the alignment of the EKVE throughout the process. “While the process for approval may have been followed, many questions raised were left...

  • City Hall split over flyover demolition

    Aug 22 2015
    Internal conflict has stalled City Hall's decision on whether to demolish the Ratchayothin flyover for the Green Line extension of the electric railway, though railway authorities have scrapped the plan over worries it will worsen traffic. City Hall earlier protested the demolition amid fears it would worsen traffic on crowded Phahon Yothin Road, where the elevated rail track is to be built. But when the board of the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand yielded to the opposition, the city officials suddenly went silent. The problem results from an "internal conflict among city officials...

  • ‘Sepa overlooked objections to nuclear power plants’

    Aug 22 2015
    KARACHI: The construction work on the twin nuclear power plant project is moving forward with absolute disregard for the safety and well-being of 20 million people who live in Karachi. Further construction on the project must be halted, says a press statement jointly released by civil society organisations and human rights activists on Friday. The federal and Sindh governments, it says, have failed to consider the serious risks posed by these nuclear power plants, which included a potentially devastating nuclear accident. “The approval of this project has come without proper public...

  • Group claims terms of reference for Sabah beach resort approved without feedback

    Aug 21 2015
    KOTA KINABALU, Aug 21 — A third draft of the Terms of Reference (ToR) for a proposed multi-billion ringgit beachfront development project has been approved without obtaining the necessary public feedback, claimed environmental group Tanjung Aru Action Group 2.0 (TAG 2.0) According to the group a special panel committee comprising nongovernmental organisations and related government departments yesterday approved the ToR of the Tanjung Aru Eco Development, whose two earlier bids drew intense public criticism. The approval means the project may now proceed to the Environmental Impact...
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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