Vietnam and Australia Establish Twinning Partnership to Reduce Industrial Pollution in Ho Chi Minh City

With assistance from the Australasian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulations Network (AELERT), AECEN has established a twinning partnership between the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DONRE) of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW) of New South Wales, Australia. Focusing on industry self-monitoring, self-reporting and recordkeeping of environmental performance, the partnership has an objective to improve institutional capacity at DONRE through dialogue and technical exchanges, leading to the adoption of improved policies and practices for HCMC.

Malaysia Trains Nepal Counterparts on Improved EIA Implementation

As part of the twinning partnership between the Nepal Ministry of Environment (MOE) and the Malaysia Department of Environment (DOE), the Environmental Institute of Malaysia conducted a 10-day training from June 6-17, 2010 for Nepalese counterparts in Kuala Lumpur on improved EIA implementation. The training focused on institutional reforms, a new curriculum for training EIA consultants, EIA enforcement SOPs, monitoring and environmental auditing.

AECEN Launches New “EIA” Initiative in Asia

With support from USAID, AECEN launched a new multi-year initiative to strengthen capabilities in implementing environmental impact assessments (EIA) across Asia and the Pacific. With participation from 20 countries across Asia, EIA practitioners identified capacity innovations and best practices in EIA in a regional workshop held on June 9-10, 2010 at the ADB Headquarters in Manila, Philippines.

Nepal and Malaysia Finalize Twinning Partnership Work Program

As part of the AECEN twinning partnership between the Nepal Ministry of Environment and the Malaysia Department of Environment (DOE) on strengthening environmental impact assessment (EIA) capabilities for the hydropower sector, Nepal partners met with Malaysian counterparts in Kuala Lumpur on April 26-27, 2010 to finalize the work program and initiate activities.  During the meetings, Malaysia DOE and other stakeholders shared details on EIA implementation and experience on their EIA consultant registration scheme.  The work partnership program will include a comprehensive training in cooperation with the Environmental Institute of Malaysia to develop a curriculum, modules and guidelines for use in Nepal, and the creation of a roster of EIA consultants in Nepal.

Nepal and Malaysia Establish Twinning Partnership on Hydropower Planning

The Nepal Ministry of Environment and Malaysia Department of Environment officially launched a twinning arrangement in Kathmandu on January 14, 2010 to strengthen Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) practices for the hydropower sector in Nepal. At a workshop on Sharing EIA Best Practices for the Hydropower Sector, co-organized with the World Bank, Malaysian officials shared innovative approaches on EIA in the hydropower sector. USAID will support the partnership with World Bank under AECEN.

AECEN Links Supreme Courts of Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines on Improved Environmental Adjudication

From November 30 to December 4, 2009, justices from the Supreme Court of Indonesia, High Court of Sumatera, and Ministry of Environment visited Thailand and Philippines to meet with counterparts and identify strategies for replicating the “green benches” and developing a judicial certification program in Indonesia. 

Asian Environmental Agencies Commit to Stronger Enforcement of Environmental Laws

Environmental agency leaders from 14 Asian nations and the United States gathered in Singapore from October 12-14, 2009, to commit to strengthening enforcement and compliance of environmental laws at a meeting organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and AECEN.  Hosted by the Singapore National Environmental Agency, the countries issued a statement calling for Asian governments to promote improved environmental compliance with national legal requirements and international commitments.

Thailand Prepares Policy Framework on Addressing Soil Contamination with Assistance from Japan

Thailand’s Pollution Control Department (PCD) in partnership with other line agencies has adopted a new policy for addressing soil contamination, a major national environmental challenge.  With technical assistance from experts from the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) of Japan, PCD organized a series of consultation workshops and technical exchanges to support development of the new policy framework. 

Philippines Assesses Operations of Environmental Compliance Assistance Centers

The Laguna Lake Development Authority conducted an AECEN-supported assessment of compliance assistance centers on July 29, 2009, in Pasig, Philippines.  The workshop focused on the achievements and challenges in the establishment and operations of compliance assistance centers for the hog farm and slaughterhouse industries in the Laguna de Bay region. 

Indonesia Strengthens Environmental Inspection Capacities

On July 21, 2009, key officials and inspectors from Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment held a consultation workshop in Jakarta to discuss strategies for building environmental inspection capacities.  The recommendations were based on a review and analysis of gaps in Indonesia's inspection mechanisms and strategies, and on insights gained from exchanges with their twinning partner, the Singapore National Environment Agency. The twinning is facilitated by the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN).