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

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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

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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Mekong Countries Voice Major Concerns Over Laos Dam

Date of Release: 
Dec 17 2014

A public consultation organized by the Mekong River Commission was held in Pakse, Laos, last week, where opponents continued to call for Laos to reconsider a controversial dam project.

Malaysia’s Mega First Corporation, a company tasked with building the Don Sahong dam, briefed regional participants on its social and environmental impacts, in the meeting on Friday.

But officials from Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam remain skeptical of their findings of no significant impact or threat to fish population or migration.

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Court order on Klity Creek 'ignored'

Date of Release: 
Dec 13 2014

The Pollution Control Department (PCD) has violated a court order for it to lay down a rehabilitation plan quickly for the lead-contaminated Klity Creek, the director of the Karen Studies and Development Centre told a seminar yesterday.

"The order requiring the PCD to produce a rehabilitation plan in 90 days was issued by the Supreme Administrative Court in early 2013," Surapong Kongchantuk said. "But so far, I have not seen any clear plans from the PCD."

The department, however, firmly denies this allegation.

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Waste-hit locals offer villages for sale

Date of Release: 
Dec 9 2014

Running out of patience, angry residents in two villages in Krabi suffering from the release of rubber latex and palm oil refinery waste have put all their homes and land up for sale, accusing the state of ignoring their plight.

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Across Borders, Southeast Asia Builds a Governance Platform

Date of Release: 
Dec 2 2014

For the past two and a half years, NRGI partners in Southeast Asia have worked together to create their very own, and very first, regional guide to governance in the extractive sector.

The Framework for Extractive Industries Governance in ASEAN, available here in English, helps member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations address governance challenges they face as they manage natural resource wealth to meet important development goals for current and future generations.

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Villagers fear Chinese firm will reopen “polluting” power plant

Date of Release: 
Nov 29 2014

Villagers from Tikyit in Pinlaung are concerned that a Chinese company will resume operations at a coal-fired power plant in the village, sources say.

A villager, Sai Than Win, said: “We heard that a Chinese company won the tender to run the coal-fired power plant which has not operated since September. We want the government to stop it permanently. When the plant was operating, we smelt saltpetre all the time. It can damage our health. The drinking water became contaminated. When the plant stopped operating, so did the foul smell.”

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Villagers near Phichit gold mine poisoned by heavy metals

Date of Release: 
Nov 28 2014

The institute under the Justice Ministry found manganese and arsenic in 329 of 600 blood samples collected from locals in Thap Khlo district near the mine, which is part of the Chatree Mining Complex operated by Akara Resources Plc. The company operates mines in Saraburi, Phitsanulok and Phetchabun provinces.

Institute chief Porntip Rojanasunan estimated 6,000 people might be contaminated with the two heavy metals as well as cadmium, which was found in plants as far as four kilometres from the mine.

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Without passing a single law, Obama crafts bold environmental plan

Date of Release: 
Nov 28 2014

President Barack Obama could leave office with the most aggressive, far-reaching environmental legacy of any previous occupant of the White House. Yet it is very likely that not a single major environmental law will have passed during his two terms in Washington.

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Vietnam province pulls plug on defense-sensitive Chinese-invested resort project

Date of Release: 
Nov 27 2014

The administration of the central province of Thua Thien-Hue has decided to stop implementing a Chinese-developed resort project at a location deemed sensitive to national defense, the provincial chairman confirmed Wednesday.

Thua Thien-Hue has come under criticism after it licensed World Shine Hong Kong Co. Ltd., whose representatives are Chinese businesspeople, to develop the World Shine – Hue international resort on Cua Khem Cape, where Hai Van Mountain meets the East Vietnam Sea.
The cape is also a border area between the province and the central hub of Da Nang.

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Dam scheme divides Thai officials

Date of Release: 
Nov 20 2014

Somkiat Prajamwong, director of the Office of Project Management at the RID, said officials have agreed to appoint an independent organisation to appraise the value of the Mae Wong forest and study the water management proposal.

He was speaking Wednesday after an Office of Natural Resources and Environment Policy and Planning (Onep) panel, which was tasked with considering the dam's environmental and health impacts, failed to reach a conclusion based on two reports into the project.

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Pollution-free garbage facility hits snag

Date of Release: 
Oct 28 2014

Interior permanent secretary Wiboon Sanguanpong said that all elements of the project were ready to go, including staffing and finance, but they were still awaiting approval from the director-general of the Treasury Department for construction to begin.

Mr Wiboon said the pilot waste-to-energy project was planned on a 400-rai block of land (640,000 square metres) in Mahaphram sub-district of Bang Ban district in Ayutthaya province. The land is under the jurisdiction of the Treasury Department.

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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
Indonesia and Philippines: Cooperation on Strengthening Capacity on Environmental Adjudication 24 May 2011 - 28 May 2011