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. The workshop was organized with support from the USAID-funded Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) and the World Bank. Representatives from Thailand and Philippines, which are AECEN member agencies, shared best practices on establishing and operating compliance assistance centers. The Printers’ National Environmental Assistance Center of the United States also shared lessons learned and experiences on the establishment of its center. The World Bank discussed longer-term support to the center as a pioneering effort in India to promote industrial environmental compliance assistance.