Member Profiles

Ministry of Environment, Japan

The Ministry of Environment (MOE) of Japan was formed in 2001 from the former Environmental Agency established in 1971. MOE is responsible for government-wide environmental planning and policies under the Basic Environmental Law of 1993. 

Opinion: Scrap the airport ferry fallacy

Date of Release: 
Dec 6 2015

PHUKET: It is hard to believe that 25 million baht in funding has been approved for the design and environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the proposed ‘From the Boat to the Plane’ project.

There is certainly no question that public transport from Phuket International Airport (HKT) to the island’s west coast resort towns is in dire need of improvement, but the answer lies in tackling onshore issues – not taking to the high seas to avoid them.

Vietnam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment

Elevated to the ministry level in 2002, Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment MONRE is responsible for air, land, and water resource management under the Amended Law on Environmental Protection (2006).

As the lead institution for environmental management throughout Vietnam, MONRE is also responsible for long term national environmental planning and for coordinating environmental impact assessments, compliance monitoring, inspections, and enforcement across jurisdictions through the Vietnam Environmental Protection Agency and the Office of the Inspectorate.

India Ministry of Environment and Forests

Established in 1985, the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF) is the central government agency responsible for planning, promotion and coordination of all national environmental activities, including policy formulation, standard setting, and regulation.

Philippine Environmental Management Bureau

Initially established as a supporting body for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in 1987, the Philippine Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) became a line bureau with its own offices and independent enforcement authority in 2002. It is the national authority responsible for pollution prevention and control, and environmental impact assessment.

People’s Republic of China Ministry of Environmental Protection

Established by the elevation of the State Environmental Protection Agency to the cabinet level in 2008, the PRC’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) is responsible for protecting China’s air, water, and land from pollution and contamination.

The Ministry’s mission is to control environmental pollution, protect nature and ecology, supervise nuclear safety, and safeguard public health and environmental safety.

Indonesia Ministry of Environment

Established in 1973, the Indonesia State Ministry of Environment (MOE) is responsible for national environmental policy and planning in the country.

The MOE is guided by its vision for reliable and proactive institutional action for sustainable development and prosperity through the application of good environmental governance principles. Its goals include building partnerships for fair, efficient use of environmental resources and protecting communities through pollution and resource damage prevention.

Malaysia Department of Environment

Established in 1975, the Department of Environment (DOE) of Malaysia is responsible for the prevention, control and abatement of pollution in the country through the enforcement of the Environmental Quality Act of 1974 and its subsidiary legislation.

National Environment Agency of Singapore

The National Environment Agency (NEA) of Singapore is a statutory board under the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR). It champions a clean and green environment and partners the People, Public, and Private sectors in caring for the environment as a way of life. NEA seeks to protect Singapore's air, land and water resources today to ensure sustainable development and quality living for present and future generations. 

Singapore’s NEA joined AECEN in 2005.

Thailand Pollution Control Department

Established in 1992, the Pollution Control Department (PCD) is responsible for the prevention and control of pollution throughout the country through the enforcement of the Enhancement and Conservation of the National Environmental Quality Act of 1992.

PCD is the national agency within Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment with the mission to control, prevent, reduce and eliminate pollution and to conserve and rehabilitate the environment for the benefit of all Thais.

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