To initiate establishment of a specialized environmental court in Thailand, the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeals, Administrative Court and other stakeholders shared experience with counterparts from the U.S.
Through a partnership with the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales, Australia and the U.S.
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.
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
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.
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.
The Singapore National Environmental Agency (NEA), through its training affiliate the Singapore Environment Institute (SEI), trained Indonesian environmental compliance inspectors and officials on March 23-26, 2009, in Singapore.
On March 16-19, 2009, eight justices of the Supreme Court of Thailand visited the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales to launch a twinning partnership between the courts
At a workshop held at the Asian Development Bank on March 6, 2009, the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) joined with the ADB and the Environmental Dispute Coordinator Commission of Japan to promote mechanisms for environmental dispute resolution in Asia. Dr.
Nepal's Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology (MoSTE) launched its Country Environmental Analysis (CEA) on February 27, 2009 at a stakeholder meeting in Kathamandu. Developed with support from the World Bank, the CEA provides a foundational analysis of the state of environmental governance and identifies opportunities for reform.