Mekong nations set up group for environmental impact assessments

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.

Technical Workshop on Environmental Crime: A New Priority Area of ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC)

Environmental issues have been given increasing importance by governments worldwide, due to their wide-ranging impact on human security and sustainable long-term economic development. These issues are non-traditional security threats and are becoming more transnational in nature. With its rich natural resources, the ASEAN region is at risk of being a center for transnational crime.

AECEN Strengthens EIA Compliance in Asia: INECE

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.

Philippines Replicates New Environmental Compliance Assistance Center

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.