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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Top lawyer condemns delays in Klity Creek clean-up

Date of Release: 
Aug 17 2014

A top human rights lawyer has criticised the Pollution Control Department (PCD) for lengthy delays in the clean-up of Kanchanaburi’s lead-contaminated Klity Creek.

Speaking after a meeting with the PCD, Lawyers Council of Thailand representative Surapong Kongchantuk said the department must speed up restoration of the creek.

The PCD called a meeting of its Klity Creek working committee on Friday, the first since the Supreme Administration Court ordered the department in January last year to restore the creek.

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Herbicide Use To Increase Dramatically

Date of Release: 
Aug 16 2014

The US is poised to 'deregulate' GMO corn, soybean and cotton varieties resistant to the herbicides 2,4-D and dicamba. The result will be a big increase in the use of those herbicides, as high as 600%. Only a huge public outcry can now stop the GMO-herbicide juggernaut.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and proposed approval for new GMO corn and soybean varieties genetically engineered to be resistant to the toxic herbicide 2,4-D.

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Asbestos pushed on Asia's poorest

Date of Release: 
Aug 12 2014

The executives mingled over tea and sugar cookies, and the chatter was upbeat. Their industry, they said at the conference in the Indian capital, saves lives and brings roofs, walls and pipes to some of the world's poorest people.

The industry's wonder product, though, is one whose very name evokes the opposite: asbestos. A largely outlawed scourge to the developed world, it is still going strong in the developing one, and killing tens of thousands of people each year.

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Pollution case: NGT issues warrants against 6 Mandideep industrialists

Date of Release: 
Aug 8 2014

National Green Tribunal (NGT) central zone bench on Friday issued warrants against six industrialists of Mandideep Industrial Area (MIA) for failure to appear before the tribunal. Industries owned by the six have been accused of pollution and the tribunal is hearing a case with regards to it.

On August 1, tribunal was informed that six industries - M/s Anand Industries, M/s Steel Innovation, M/s Integrated Infosys, Ms/ Shakti Televentures, M/s Tranwin Industries, M/s S S Bindra Flour Mill - were operating without valid consent despite notices.

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Command centre to fight illegal deforestation

Date of Release: 
Aug 6 2014

A command centre, under the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry, will be set up to manage and patrol forest areas to deter unscrupulous people from clearing land here.

“We will streamline and have a systematic approach to patrol the forest areas to try to catch and stop people from burning and cutting down trees,” ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Zoal Azha Yusoff told the media yesterday.

Earlier, he accompanied minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel on a visit to a site that had been cleared in Lojing, Kelantan.

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Plastic bags to be banned in Changu temple

Date of Release: 
Jul 31 2014

Changu Narayan Development Committee in association with The GenNep — Nation First, a youth leadership development programme under the Himalayan Climate Initiative, is set to declare Changu Narayan Temple premises a plastic-free zone from tomorrow, coinciding with Naag Panchami.

Pradip Khatiwada, Program Leader of The GenNep — Nation First, said it was part of ‘No Thanks! I Carry My Own Bag’ campaign which aims to reduce and eventually stop the use of plastic bags in the country for environmental protection.

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Power company vows to comply with Ilocos Norte ordinance

Date of Release: 
Jul 30 2014

After failing to construct a landing ramp in the coastal village of Bayog, this town, the Northwind Power Development Corp., now on the third phase of constructing six additional wind turbines along the Bangui Bay, a wind power farm is set to post a bond to comply with Ilocos Norte’s newly-approved ordinance mandating all business investors to submit a detailed list of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects prior to endorsement.

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Haze Fines Win Indonesia’s Support With Caveats: Southeast Asia

Date of Release: 
Jul 30 2014

The incoming president of Indonesia, a holdout in Southeast Asia’s pact to fight haze, is backing Singapore’s plan to wield heftier fines against overseas polluters as long as sovereignty is respected.

A year after the city-state endured its worst-ever air quality, Singapore presented a bill to Parliament this month that subjects foreign companies to as much as S$2 million ($1.6 million) in fines for illegal emissions, up from S$300,000 before. Indonesia and Singapore have a long-standing dispute over the haze that blows in from land-clearing fires in Sumatra.

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Ayutthaya to relocate huge garbage pile

Date of Release: 
Jul 23 2014

Around 400,000 tonnes of putrid garbage rotting in a dump managed by Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya municipality will be shifted to a new large landfill site within a year.

Management of the rapidly accumulating heap of refuse in the municipality is an urgent project that must be addressed, provincial governor Wittaya Piewpong said on Wednesday.

He said Ayutthaya was among the top 10 provinces with the highest amount of garbage in the country.

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4,000 units fail to submit annual report on e-waste

Date of Release: 
Jul 20 2014

Even as the city is reeling under lack of ways to dispose of the electronic waste, the units which function under the jurisdiction of pollution control board (PCB) have not yet provided details of e-waste generated and its disposal.

As per the 'E-waste Management and Handling Rules, 2011', the units should submit the annual report on e-waste management to the PCB.

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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
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