Who We Are
Coping with the environmental impacts of rapid urbanization and industrial growth remains a significant challenge for Asia.
While many governments have developed legal and institutional frameworks, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws remains weak due in large part to technical, financial, and human resource limitations. Common challenges include: overlapping and fragmented authority, limited interagency coordination, incomplete decentralization, lack of standardized procedures, weak human and institutional capacity, limited public outreach and involvement, and insufficient program data and performance indicators.
In 2005, environmental agency leaders from 13 Asian countries established the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) to promote improved compliance with environmental legal requirements in Asia. AECEN accomplishes this task through the exchange of innovative policies and practices among member enforcement agencies.
The mission of AECEN is to promote improved compliance with environmental legal requirements in Asia through regional exchange of innovative policies and practices.
Members are national and sub-national agencies from Asian countries committed to improving compliance and enforcement through regional cooperation and information exchange. Members presently include environmental agencies from: Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, People’s Republic of China, Lao PDR, Malaysia, the Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The AECEN Secretariat works with members to support the design and implementation of country and regional activities. Through an integrated mix of technical assistance, program coordination, small grants, and exchanges, the Secretariat supports the various activities of the Network. The Secretariat also provides an information support and coordination function, including assisting the AECEN Executive Committee to implement the Network’s work program and organizing the AECEN Annual Forum. AECEN activities are managed by its secretariat, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES).
An Executive Committee, composed of representatives from members and sponsoring development agencies and donors, serves as the governing body of the Network. The Executive Committee will have no more than nine members, which will include representatives from seven member countries (two from South Asia, two from Southeast Asia, and two from East Asia) and three international development agencies.
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
A multilateral development finance institution, promotes economic and social progress by fighting poverty in Asia and the Pacific. Established in 1966, ADB is a multilateral development finance institution owned by 59 members, mostly from Asia and the Pacific. ADB is playing a key role in supporting the establishment of AECEN.
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Through its regional program Environmental Cooperation-Asia (ECO-Asia), USAID worked to promote the adoption and implementation of improved environmental laws, polices and institutional arrangements in seven Asian countries - Cambodia India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. USAID is playing a key role in supporting the establishment of AECEN.
United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people. EPA employs over 15,000 people across the country, including its headquarters offices in Washington, DC, 10 regional offices, and more than a dozen labs. EPA leads the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts by developing and enforcing regulations; offering financial assistance; performing environmental research; sponsoring voluntary partnerships and programs; furthering environmental education; and publishing information.
Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration (EPAT)
Taiwan is one of the leading environmentally conscious economies in the Asia-Pacific region. Through regional programme International Environmental Partnership (IEP), EPAT works together with USEPA and other partners to strengthen capacity for environmental enforcement and compliance practices throughout the region. IEP also addresses issues such as climate change, circular economy, environmental education, electronic waste management, air pollution, mercury monitoring, and contaminated site clean-up.
Other partners include:
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), World Bank, International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE), the Australasian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulators Network (AELERT), and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Member agencies presently include:
Drs. Rasio Ridho Sani, M.Com., M.P.M., Director General for Environmental and Forestry Law Enforcement, Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Republic of Indonesia.
Dr. Rashid Hasan, Advisor, Ministry of Environment and Forests, India. Ms. Fathimath Reema, Assistant Director, Environmental Protection Agency, Ministry of Housing and Environment, Maldives.
Mr. Teruyoshi Hayamizu, Deputy Director General, Environmental Management Bureau, Ministry of Environment, Japan.
Mr. Cao Liping, Deputy Director General, Department of Environmental Inspection and Enforcement, Ministry of Environmental Protection, China.
Dr. Wijarn Simachaya, Director-General of Pollution Control Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand.
Mr. Le Bu Tuan Anh, Deputy Director General, Inspectorate, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam.
Mr. Nessim Ahmad
Deputy Director General, Regional and Sustainable Development Department, ADB.
Mr. Alfred Nakatsuma
Director of Regional Environment Office, USAID RDMA.
Mr. Davis Jones
Associate Director, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, USEPA.
Mr. Kaveh Zahedi
Regional Director and Representative for Asia and the Pacific, UNEP.