Taiwan: Academics urge ministry control in Miramar dispute

Lawyers and academics yesterday urged the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) to intervene in the controversial Miramar Resort Hotel project, as the local government has failed to carry out a court ruling ordering that all construction be halted.

The build-operate-transfer (BOT) beachfront hotel project by the Miramar Group and Taitung County Government at Shanyuan Bay (began construction of the main buildings on the 0.997-hectare land in 2005, circumventing the requirement for an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for land measuring more than 1 hectare.

Method Development for the Integrated Impact Assessment in Korea: A Case Study for the Construction of Great Korean Waterway

Mega-project has great impact on the society as a whole. With a rapid transition toward industrialization, Korea has launched a series of mega-projects so far, including the construction of highway between Seoul and Pusan, the railroad construction for the KTX (Korea Train Express), the Saemangeum land reclamation project, and etc.

Thailand: AOT faces another complaint on Suvarnabhumi Airport expansion

This is the third complaint against the company's plan to expand Suvarnahbumi Airport. SGWA also represented two groups of residents living near the airport in lodging the first two complaints.

SGWA president Srisuwan Janya has accused the AoT of never seriously helping the affected people.

"The environmental impact assessment for the airport, which was revised in 2005, has required that the number of passengers not exceed 45 million in a year," Srisuwan said.

AOT expected the airport to accommodate 52.2 million passengers this year.

Thailand: ONEP rejects RID's impact report again

The state environment-watch agency yesterday decided not to give the green light to Nakhon Sawan's Mae Wong Dam project, putting the government's flood-prevention mega-project in the doldrums again.

According to an expert panel of the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), the latest Environmental and Health Impact (EHIA) report submitted by the Royal Irrigation Department (RID) did not meet the criteria set by the panel.

Thailand: Seaport threatens reefs off Satun

The National Economic and Social Advisory Council (Nesac) called a meeting of environmentalists and concerned state agencies to look into the possible effects of the construction of the seaport.

Although the project's environment impact assessment (EIA) was given the nod by the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning in June 2009, concerns about environmental destruction and adverse impact on local communities were still rife.

Vietnam: Hydro projects still a big concern

This was according to Viet Nam Rivers Network member, doctor Le Anh Tuan, who said projects 6 and 6A would occupy 50ha of forest in Cat Tien National Park which was a protected area under the Law on Biodiversity 2009.

The network last Thursday called on the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to review the projects.

Tuan said the projects' environmental impact assessment reports, released by investor Duc Long Gia Lai Group, remained unconvinced, including calculations on earthquake and reservoir-triggered seismicity.

Singapore: Pasir Ris woodland to make way for school

Efforts by some Pasir Ris residents to save a woodland at the junction of Pasir Ris Drive 3 and Elias Road have hit a wall, with development plans for an international school set to go ahead, according to the Ministry of National Development (MND) in two letters addressed to a resident last Tuesday.

The site was among those included in a request-for-interest exercise announced in April, said the letters sent via email and signed by Strategic Planning Manager Loo Jian Sheng for the ministry's Permanent Secretary.

Malaysia: Aerial patrols for the jungles

Environmental protection efforts will be expanded to the skies following the decision to launch the Aerial Jungle Monitoring Programme early next year, the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry said.

The Cabinet had agreed during its meeting last week to provide RM2mil to fund the programme, which is aimed at improving enforcement of environmental laws and regulations, said Minister Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas.

The aerial patrols would keep tabs on development projects that are carried out in the jungle.