Preliminary Assessment of Singapore's Environmental Law

The Singapore Constitution does not contain any provisions on the environment. Neither does Singapore have a framework law on environmental protection and management. There is no mandatory environmental impact assessment (EIA) system laid out in legislation. The present scheme of environmental management in Singapore is scattered throughout numerous Acts and Regulations. EIAs are required on an ad hoc basis at the discretion of the ENV. There has not been much judicial pronouncement or comment on environmental matters - in fact, environmental litigation is almost unknown in Singapore.

Thailand: Dam planning meets fierce resistance

The government's ambitious plans to build the Lower and Upper Yom dams in Phrae province's tambon Sa-Iap may never leave the drawing board, due to fierce opposition from local residents, say critics.

Although work on the dams - among 28 to be built under the water-management mega-scheme - is ready to begin, hundreds of villagers have heavily opposed the project. They have even gone as far as expelling representatives of Panya Consultants - the company hired to assess the project's impact.

Strategic Environmental Assessment in Korea

A powerpoint presentation from Young-Il Song of the Korea Environment Institute (KEI)

Environmental Impact Assessment(EIA)

  • Adopted in 1977 under the Environment Preservation Act
  • Currently, being enforced under the Act on Assessment of Impacts of Works on Environment, Traffic, Disaster, ETC
  • Applied to the development projects (17 Fields 63 Projects)

Preliminary Environmental Review System(PERS)

EIA Case Study of Wind Power Plant in Korea

Wind power plant as a renewable energy is getting popular, so there is social conflict on the site selection of wind power plant. As over 70% of Korea is composed of mountainous landscape, many wind power plants are proposed to be built on mountain ridge and are expected to cause serious environmental problems. The operating wind power plant and the proposed EIA cases of wind power plant show the examples of the expected environmental problems and social conflicts.

Bt300 billion water management construction may be "a waste"

Constructions under the government's costly water-management and flood-prevention modules could end up being useless structures because of a total lack of integration between key modules, a leading academic at Kasetsart University (KU) has warned.

The Cabinet, however, yesterday approved the Water and Flood Management Commission's (WFMC) proposal that the government seek a Bt314-bilion loan to finance the nine modules and supplementary projects.

Fight on to keep Cambodian dam from turning pristine paradise into 'death valley'

Recognised internationally as a natural treasure of biodiversity, Cambodia's Central Cardamom Protected Forest faces mounting pressure from agricultural clearance and infrastructure projects. Now an unlikely alliance of Buddhist monks, students and farmers has started to speak out against the threats, and have even taken to blessing trees in an effort to save them.

Pipeline EIA approval broke law, says Thai judge

he approval of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the Thai-Malaysian gas pipeline in Songkhla 12 years ago was illegal, a Supreme Administrative Court judge said Tuesday.

However, judge Panuphan Chairat stopped short of ordering the revocation of the pipeline's permit, as demanded by a group of 18 residents from Songkhla's Chana district.

The residents, calling themselves the Pipeline Project Opponent Network, say their lives have been affected by the pipeline and that its licensing was illegal.

Thailand: Environmental panels for impact study to be dissolved

The National Environmental Board (NEB) will dissolve three expert panels that study impact assessment reports for government projects and other activities, in a bid to end what officials say is a double standard in such reports for state projects versus private-sector projects.

A prominent environmentalist worried that the plan to dissolve the panels was aimed at speeding up the approval process for the government's Bt350-billion water-management projects, which require environmental and health impact assessments.

Myanmar: EIA for Dawei project out next year

"Right now the draft and field surveys are complete," said Tin Maung Swe, chairwoman of the supporting team for the development of the zone. "The environmental management plan is under way and the EIA is being finalised.

"Two public hearings will be held and they can all be completed in January or February."

Zaw Aung, a researcher at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, said an EIA would show a project's positive and negative impacts on the environment before construction begins.