In the statement released today, 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. The group aims to reduce the social and environmental impacts of regional infrastructure projects, particularly as the upcoming Association of Southeast Nations (Asean) Economic Community further hastens trans-boundary investments.
HANOI, May 14, 2015 – In a ground-breaking agreement, government officials and civil society representatives from across the Mekong region established a working group to develop a regional public participation guideline for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) this week in Hanoi, Vietnam.
"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.
Myanmar (also known as Burma) is basking in the glory of Barack Obama's visit this week — the first by a sitting American president to a nation that had until recently had been considered a repressive pariah state.
Burma, a resource-rich nation in Southeast Asia, has captured the world's attention in recent months as its military-backed government rolls out unprecedented political and economic reforms.
Mandalay-based environmental group Seinyaungso has called on the government to halt an oil and gas pipeline project in the interests of the country.
The pipelines, which will run from Kyaukpyu in Rakhine State to Yunnan Province in China, are joint projects between China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE). However, Seinyaungso said ownership and management of the piplines was out of Myanmar’s control. Companies from South Korea and India are also investors in the natural gas pipeline.