AECEN Supports Thailand-Japan Partnership to Combat Soil Contamination

On June 8 -13, 2009, five senior officials from the Pollution Control Department (PCD) of Thailand visited Japan to further a partnership combating soil contamination.  The objective of the visit was to exchange information and best practices with Japanese experts on soil contamination countermeasures that can assist Thailand in developing a national policy framework and institutional arrangements for preventing and rehabilitating soil contamination.

AECEN-funded Environmental Compliance Center to Start-up in West Bengal

Experts from the Philippines and the United States shared best practice and technical experience with officials of West Bengal’s Environmental Compliance Assistance Center (ECAC) in Kolkata from June 15-17, 2009.  The ECAC is being set up to assist key industry operators in the metal works sector to comply with pollution regulations.  ECAC staff and stakeholders benefitted from the successful models of compliance assistance centers in the Philippines and the United States to finalize plans for the West Bengal compliance center to begin operations.  The ECAC is supported

Thailand to Develop National Policy and Institutional Framework for Addressing Soil Contamination

As part of twinning activities between the Pollution Control Department of Thailand (PCD) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) of Japan, representatives from regulatory agencies, universities, environmental groups, and lawyers met on March 31, 2009, in Bangkok to identify challenges and provide recommendations for agencies to effectively manage and rehabilitate contaminated soil, and assess remediation costs and environmental damages. 

Indian State of West Bengal Develops Environmental Compliance Center

On March 26, 2009, in Durgapur, India, the West Bengal Pollution Control Board, in collaboration with the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) organized a consultation workshop to help establish an environmental compliance assistance center addressing the heavily polluting metal processing sector.

Stakeholder representatives reviewed the organizational structure and objectives of the center, identified critical environmental issues to be addressed by the center, and helped develop website and online database.