Vietnam and Korea Agree to Strengthen Contaminated Soil Monitoring in Vietnam

During May 17-20, 2011, during an observational visit to Korea, officials from Korea’s Ministry of Environment of Korea and Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment signed a letter of intent on closer cooperation in sharing experience and expertise related to managing contaminated soil. During the observational program, Korean and Vietnamese experts exchange views to support the development of new guidelines in Vietnam related to contaminated soil monitoring.

Indonesia and Philippines Kick-Off Partnership on Certification of Environmental Judges

On April 28-29, 2011, justices from the Indonesian and Philippine Supreme Courts, officials from respective judicial training institutes and other key partners launched a twinning partnership on strengthening environmental adjudication in Indonesia. Co-organized with the Ministry of Environment, counterparts shared ideas and information on building judicial capacity to better adjudicate environmental cases. U.S.

Thailand and New Zealand Launch Twinning Partnership to Strengthen Community Participation in Watershed Management.

During April 26-29, 2011 experts from Waikato Regional Council and Ministry for the Environment of New Zealand met with counterparts from Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) to initiate a program of cooperation on community participation to protect and restore water quality in the Tha Chin River Basin. During the scoping mission, New Zeland experts met with stakeholders from to exchange lessons learned related to community participation in awareness raising, citizen monitoring, policy formulation and eco-system restoration through community clean-up initiatives.

Korea and Vietnam Launch Twinning Partnership to Strengthen Contaminated Soil Monitoring in Vietnam

During March 21-24, 2011, experts from Ministry of Environment of Korea, Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute and Korea Environment Cooperation met with counterparts from Vietnam to initiate a program of cooperation on contaminated soil management. At the scoping mission, Korean and Vietnamese experts exchange views on legal and policy frameworks to promote effective soil monitoring for suspected contaminated areas.

Australia Trains Vietnamese on Environmental Regulation and Self-monitoring System

Between  9-10 March 2011, experts from the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW) of New South Wales visited Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) to conduct a training entitled “Principles and Tools for Effective Environmental Regulation: Sharing of Experience and Good Practices from Australia.”  The training was conducted as part of a series of activities under the twinning partnership between the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DONRE) of HCMC and DECCW, which was established in 2010 with the assistance of AECEN and the Australasian Environmen

Vietnam and Korea Established Twinning Partnership

During a scoping mission in Hanoi during May 2011, Vietnam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) and Korea Ministry of Environment (KMOE) will cooperate with MoNRE to strengthen Vietnam’s policies and regulations on contaminated soil management and monitoring. Through technical exchanges and targeted training, the partnership will enable the transfer of knowledge and expertise leading to the improvement of Vietnam’s draft regulation on soil contamination monitoring as well as enhance technical capacity of MoNRE and other relevant agencies.

AECEN Member Agencies Develop Replication “Roadmap” for Best Practices on Environmental Compliance

At the AECEN Regional Forum in Kyoto, Japan on 10-12 November 2010, environmental agencies from 16 countries across Asia as well as Australia, Jordan, and the United States shared ideas and experience to strengthen replication of best practices that build on AECEN’s successful twinning partnerships. The Ministry of Environment Japan (MOEJ) showcased innovative environmental compliance and enforcement programs in Japan.

Senior Justices from Nine Countries Attended the Judicial Workshop Held in Bangkok

To strengthen environmental adjudication in Thailand, the Courts of Justice in cooperation with AECEN organized a judicial workshop in Bangkok during September 18-19 to discuss the court’s initiatives to develop new environmental mediation and expert witness rules, and other procedures.   Senior justices from Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines and the United States provided technical inputs to the d

Japan Partners with China to Build Capacity of Local Agencies on Implementing Energy Efficiency Law

On August 25-27, 2010, local officials and experts from China met with counterparts from Japan to share experience on implementing energy efficiency law and policies. Discussions with the city government and site visits in Kawasaki provided participants the opportunity to understand how energy efficiency is being addressed at the local level in Japan. Based on this dialogue, the partners will develop a training program for local agencies in China. Feedback on the training manual will be gathered in a consultation workshop and pilot training in October.