Indonesia and Singapore Launch Twinning Partnership on Environmental Inspection

The Indonesia Ministry of Environment (MOE) and Singapore National Environment Agency (NEA) launched a twinning partnership on environmental inspection on February 13, 2009 in Jakarta. The partnership aims to strengthen the inspection capacities of environmental compliance and enforcement personnel in Indonesia using innovative approaches and practices in Singapore.  Representatives from both countries defined a program of work that will begin with an observational program in Singapore.

AECEN Strengthens Philippine Judicial Training Curriculum

The Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) organized an environmental law training on August 4-6, in Manila to pilot a new environmental training curriculum for Philippine judges. Twenty-five judges from selected branches of the 117 designated environmental courts in the Philippines participated in the training. Senior judges, environmental counsel, and lawyers from the Philippines and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.

Philippines Business Council Cooperates with AECEN-Supported Environmental Compliance Center

The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) in the Philippines has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Baras Business Council (BBC) to establish and operate a Compliance Assistance Center (CAC) for hog farms in the Laguna de Bay Region. Under the agreement, signed July 22, 2008, the LLDA and the BBC will jointly implement the work of the CAC as a public-private partnership to help the hog farms located in the Laguna de Bay Region comply with environmental laws and regulations.

AECEN to Benchmark Institutional Capacity of Environmental Enforcement Agencies in Asia

On July 11, 2008, the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) launched a new initiative to survey and evaluate the institutional capacity of environment agencies in selected Asian countries to establish “benchmarks” for effective, appropriately resourced environmental compliance and enforcement programs. The survey results will support decision-makers in addressing agency capacity challenges, and help influence funding policies and priorities to strengthen rule of law and the environment. USAID provides principal funding support for AECEN.

Environmental Compliance Assistance Centers Officially Launched in the Philippines

On April 29, 2008, the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) formally launched environmental compliance assistance centers in the Laguna de Bay region. The establishment of the centers is a milestone for ensuring compliance with environmental regulations geared to reducing pollution loading into the Laguna de Bay, the largest freshwater lakes in the country. The virtual centers will provide information on applicable pollution control policies and regulations, technology options, potential funding sources, and best practices for the swine and meat processing industries.

West Bengal to Establish India’s First Environmental Compliance Assistance Center

The State of West Bengal organized a stakeholder consultation meeting in Kolkata, India on April 29 to establish a new center that will promote improved compliance with environmental regulations. Hosted by the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) and the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC), the meeting produced an action plan establishing an environmental compliance assistance center that will provide industry with information on policies, legal requirements, clean technologies and finance.

AECEN Executive Committee Welcomes New Asian Members

The Executive Committee of the USAID-funded Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) met on April 25, 2008 in Bangkok and welcomed new members from Indonesia, India, Japan, and Singapore. At the meeting, the Committee developed plans for the AECEN Award for Excellence for Women, a program for sharing best practices by “twinning” member agencies, and the AECEN Regional Forum which will be held in Bali, Indonesia on November 24-26, 2008.

West Bengal Joins Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network

The West Bengal Pollution Control Board of India has joined the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN). With support from USAID and World Bank, West Bengal will establish an environmental compliance assistance center to address pollution generated by small- and medium-sized enterprises. Established in 2005, AECEN works to promote improved compliance with environmental legal requirements in Asia through regional exchange of innovative policies and practices.