Philippines Initiates New Environmental Compliance Assistance Center

The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) and Philippines's National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) organized an orientation for regulators at the Compliance Assistance Center (CAC) for Slaughterhouses in the Laguna de Bay Region in Calauan, Philippines on March 7, 2008. As one of the CAC's first activities, the workshop involved briefing regulators on the CAC's services and the relationship between the CAC and the implementation of environmental laws.

Thailand to Establish Environmental Compliance Assistance Center for Swine Sector

On February 7-8, 2008, with support from AECEN, Thailand 's Pollution Control Department (PCD) conducted consultation workshops with local pig farmers in Nakornpathom and Chachoengsao Provinces on the establishment of environmental compliance assistance centers for the swine sector in the Tha Chin and Bang Pa Kong river basins. Based on the stakeholder consultations and positive endorsement of proposed plans, the national government will establish the centers at each river basin.

The Supreme Court of the Philippines has passed a resolution to designate 117 trial courts for improved environmental adjudication

The environment courts will handle all types of environmental cases. As part of the resolution, the Supreme Court will also conduct training seminars for environmental and appellate court personnel. The Supreme Court developed concrete recommendations to designate specific municipal and regional trial courts to handle environmental cases with technical assistance from AECEN.

Nepal Joins Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network

The Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology of Nepal has joined the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN). The Ministry assigned the Joint Secretary of the Law and Convention Division to serve as their representative to AECEN. Established in 2005, AECEN works to promote improved compliance with environmental legal requirements in Asia through regional exchange of innovative policies and practices. CLICK HERE to read more about AECEN members.

Philippines Launches New Environmental Compliance Assistance Website for Slaughterhouses

On October 15, 2007, the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN), the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), and the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) of the Philippines launched a compliance assistance website (http://www.slaughterhousecac-phil.org), the first of its kind in the Philippines, to provide clear and updated information for the regulated industry to help them understand environmental regulations so they are able to comply with their obligations.

AECEN Assists the Central Environmental Authority of Sri Lanka to Implement Wastewater Discharge Fee System

On August 16, 2007, the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) of Sri Lanka signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the USAID Environmental Cooperation-Asia (ECO-Asia) program, through the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN), to cooperate on a program to implement a Wastewater Discharge Fee (WDF) system. The CEA Chairman emphasized that the proposed WDF system was long overdue and that AECEN support will now enable the CEA to accelerate the process for establishing a wastewater discharge fee system to counter water pollution from industrial sources.

AECEN Assists Indonesia in Assessing Current Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Programs

On July 30, 2007, the Ministry of Environment of Indonesia (MOE), in partnership with the Indonesian Center for Environmental Law (ICEL), conducted a “National Workshop on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement” in Jakarta. The workshop was co-organized with the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN). Eighty representatives from the MOE, Department of National Police, Attorney General’s Office, courts and non-governmental organizations participated in the workshop.

AECEN Study Tour Enables Philippines and Thailand to Explore Strategies for Establishing Compliance Assistance Centers for Hog Farms and Slaughterhouses

On July 23-27, 2007, the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) and the Council of Agriculture (COA) of Taiwan organized an observational program to Taiwan for five delegates from Thailand and the Philippines. The program is part of AECEN’s support to the Pollution Control Department (PCD) of Thailand and the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) of the Philippines in their efforts to establish compliance assistance centers for the swine sector and the slaughterhouse industry in the respective countries.

Philippines Launches New Environmental Compliance Assistance Website for Slaughterhouses

On October 15, 2007, the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN), the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), and the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) of the Philippines launched a compliance assistance website (http://www.slaughterhousecac-phil.org), the first of its kind in the Philippines, to provide clear and updated information for the regulated industry to help them understand environmental regulations s