AECEN News


  • Dato' Hajah Rosnani Receives 2011 AECEN Award

    Mar 28 2012
    The AECEN 2011 Award for Commitment and Outstanding Service by a Woman was presented to Dato’ Hajah Rosnani binti Ibrahim, former Director General of the Department of Environment, Malaysia. Dr. Monthip Sriratana Tabucanon (Senior Adviser to the Senate, Commission on Natural Resources and Environment, Office of the Parliament, Thailand and 2009 AECEN Award winner), representing the panel of judges, praised Dato’ Hajah Rosnani’s outstanding leadership of Malaysia DOE and her driving force behind many initiatives which are looked upon as inspiring and good example by her peers in the region....

  • Philippines Replicates New Environmental Compliance Assistance Center

    Jan 13 2012
    The Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently established an Environmental Compliance Assistance Center (ECAC) catering to local government units (LGUs) in the country. The center will provide fast and reliable technical assistance to local government authorities and officials for their environment- related concerns. The establishment of the ECAC for LGUs is the agency’s response to improve understanding and strengthen capacity of local agencies both as enforcers of environmental laws and also as operators of regulated establishments. A physical center and...

  • US EPA Trains Chinese Judges on Environmental Adjudication

    Dec 7 2011
    On November 8-10, 2011, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) worked with Vermont Law School to conduct a judicial training in Kunming, China in collaboration with the China University of Political Science and Law, the Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims, and the Humanities College of Southwest University of Forestry located in Kunming. Approximately 30 judges from three provinces (Yunnan, Hainan, and Guizhou) participated in the training. The Kunming pilot training was the latest step in a multi-year effort by EPA and VLS to improve court capacity in China to adjudicate...

  • Vietnam Prepares Draft Guidelines on Contaminated Soil Monitoring

    Dec 2 2011
    On November 29-30, 2011, Vietnam hosted a regional consultation meeting in Hanoi joined by counterpart officials from Korea, Malaysia and Thailand to share ideas on a draft technical guideline on contaminated soil monitoring. At the consultation meeting, experts shared lessons learned and recommendations based on implementation challenges and success in their respective countries. As for the next steps, Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will finalized the technical guidelines and explore opportunities to continue their twinning partnership with Korea. For more...

  • Regional Workshop Explores Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation Into EIA

    Oct 28 2011
    On October 25-26, 2011 in Bangkok USAID and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) co-organized a workshop on mainstreaming climate change adaptation and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process under the auspices of the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) and the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN). Attended by over 30 professionals from Asia, workshop sessions raised understanding on the implications of climate change in project planning; explored opportunities and constraints in using EIA to enhance climate resilience of projects;...

  • Thailand and New Zealand to Share Experience on Community Participation in Watershed Restoration

    Jun 30 2011
    During June 20-24, the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) and Waikato Regional Council of New Zealand hosted an observational program in Waikato for stakeholder representatives from Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) and civil society groups from the Tha Chin River Basin to see first-hand community involvement tools and techniques in protecting and restoring waters. The Thai delegation met with representatives from the Waikato Regional Council, Whaingaroa Environment Center, Taupo Lake Care, Landcare group and dairy farmer to discuss citizen participation in...

  • AECEN Shares Experience at INECE 9th International Conference

    Jun 30 2011
    During the 9th International Conference of the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE) held in Whistler, British Columbia on June 20-24, 2011, AECEN members from Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam as well as the AECEN Secretariat shared best practices and outcomes of twinning partnerships. The INECE conference provided an opportunity for practitioners from different regions to share latest developments and efforts in improving environmental governance worldwide, and identified concrete areas of collaboration between agencies, countries and regions, including...

  • Supreme Courts of Philippines and Indonesia Share Experience on Environmental Adjudication

    Jun 2 2011
    On May 25-28, 2011, the Philippine Supreme Court and the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) hosted officials of the Indonesian Supreme Court and other relevant institutions for an observational program in Manila and Pampanga aimed at strengthening judicial capacity and court systems for handling environmental cases in Indonesia. By sharing information and experience, Indonesia plans to establish a certification program for environmental judges and to improve draft guidelines on environmental adjudication. As part of the visit, the Philippines shared information on rules for handling...

  • Nepal Develops Tools to Streamline Environment Review of Hydropower Projects with Support from Malaysia

    May 27 2011
    Through a twinning partnership with the Malaysia Department of Environment, the Nepal Ministry of Environment (MOE) expanded efforts to developed new tools to improve and streamline the environmental impact assessment (EIA) process by developing a training program and registration scheme for EIA consultants. At a consultation workshop on May 24, 2011 in Kathmandu, stakeholders from various sectors provided feedback on the consultant registration scheme and training program aimed at improving the quality of EIA reports and ensuring a more efficient review process. Nepal MOE will conduct a...

  • AECEN Task Force on Environmental Compliance Assistance Centers Meets to Develop Toolkit

    May 27 2011
    During May 24-27, 2011, the AECEN Environmental Compliance Assistance Center Task Force composed of officials from India, Thailand and the Philippines met in Hong Kong and Bangkok to develop a toolkit on establishing environmental compliance assistance centers. During a meeting in Hong Kong, the Task Force met with officials from the Government of Hong Kong to exchange discussions related to establishment, operation and management of compliance assistance centers. In Bangkok, the Task Force provided guidance and inputs to refine the draft toolkit to promote further replication of the...