Environment Impact Assessment related news

Builders violating green norms face the heat

With high-rises popping up across the city, the State government’s environment watchdog is tightening screws on builders.

The State-level Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA), which scrutinises the potential effects on the environs of the city of projects that exceed 20,000 sq. m in built-up area, has identified more than 25 projects that have violated their conditions. Officials said while 10 of them have been taken to court, the process to file charges in the civil court is in the final stages for the remaining violators.

Stop Sasa port dev't project, SC urged

AS THEY stood firm in their stance against the P18.99-billion Davao Sasa Port Modernization Project (DSPM), a Private-Public Partnership (PPP) project in Mindanao led by the PPP Center and the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), concerned citizens and resort owners in Davao City asked the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the multi-billion project.

The group asked the SC to issue a “Writ of Kalikasan” to stop the DOTC from implementing the project.

Hemmed in by Mekong dams

[BANGKOK] The massive expansion of hydropower along the Mekong River is putting 18 per cent of the world’s freshwater fish supply at risk as well as food security in the Mekong region.

Dam development is threatening the region’s rich ecosystem and productivity, partly due to the significant reduction in sediments, according to a new book launched by the non-profit research group WorldFish and the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR).

China to improve environmental impact assessments

BEIJING, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Ministry of Environmental Protection is pinning its hope on laws and regulations to ensure that projects are regulated by environmental impact assessments.

In a ministry statement released Wednesday, Vice Minister Pan Yue was quoted as saying that environmental impact assessment hasn't been adequately enforced, and in some cases, they do not happen at all. Even when the assessment is carried out, the results play hardly any role in evaluation and approval.

Right way forward for the Mekong River

This week in Vientiane, the hydropower industry gather to attend the International Conference and Exhibition on Water Resources and Hydropower Development in Asia.

The conference comes at a time when the pace of dam building on the lower Mekong River mainstream appears to be accelerating at a dangerous speed, and it threatens to leave a path of destruction in its wake.

New Yangon airport terminal scheduled to open next week

A new international terminal at Yangon airport is scheduled to open next week, with some flights to be moved to the new facilities, relieving strained capacity at the country’s main international gateway.

Once complete, the new building will be able to handle 6 million passengers a year, more than double the airport’s current capacity of 2.7 million.

A spokesperson for Asia World Group, whose subsidiary Pioneer Aero-drome Services is building the new terminal, said the opening date is set for March 12, the Myanmar Times reported on Friday.

Japan halts US Okinawa base expansion

Japan's PM Shinzo Abe has agreed to suspend construction work required for the relocation of a controversial US military base in Okinawa.

Mr Abe said he was accepting a court-mediated settlement reached after a long stand-off between the central government and local authorities.

The government wants to move the US Futenma airbase from its densely populated site to a more remote area.

But local officials and residents want the base removed entirely.

Japan has already began land reclamation work off the shore of Camp Schwab, the US base in Henoko, south of Nago city.

Thousands to march against coal plant threat to Bangladesh's Sundarbans forest

Thousands of Bangladeshis will march from the country’s capital, Dhaka, to the world’s biggest mangrove forest next week in protest at plans to build two coal-power plants on the edge of the World Heritage-listed forest.

The organisers of the so-called long march on 10 March hope to persuade the Bangladeshi government to drop its backing for construction of the plants near the Sundarbans, an area of rice paddies, shrimp farms and vast mangrove forests.