Recent headline-worthy air pollution events across China make evident that the monitoring and regulation of pollution sources are lacking and that enforcement must be improved. Legal professionals, including judges and lawyers, as well China’s NGO community can play an important part in increasing the enforcement of environmental regulations.
The government has stepped up plans to enhance its compliance with the 1995 Mekong Agreement by conducting seminars in provinces across the country to disseminate the agreement's content.
Secretary General of the Lao National Mekong Committee Secretariat, Ms Monemany Nhoybouakong, reiterated that the government has attached great importance to sustainable development of the Mekong by observing the agreement, which Laos and other Mekong River Commission (MRC) countries signed.
The South Sulawesi administration is to set up an environmental academy, which will begin enrolling students next year. The academy is the first of its kind in Indonesia, concerned as it is with environmental issues.
The establishment of the academy, which will be located in Tonasa subdistrict, Balocci district, Pangkajene Islands regengy, was marked with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between South Sulawesi Governor Syahrul Yasin Limpo and Environment Minister Balthasar Kambuaya in Makassar on Aug. 31.
Building capacity among environmental and customs officials for detecting illegal transboundary shipments of hazardous and electronic wastes was the focus of the Second International Hazardous Waste Inspection Project. 11 countries participated in the Project, which was convened by the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE) Seaport Environmental Security Network (SESN).