• Vietnam and Australia Establish Twinning Partnership to Reduce Industrial Pollution in Ho Chi Minh City

    Aug 18 2010
    With assistance from the Australasian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulations Network (AELERT), AECEN has established a twinning partnership between the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DONRE) of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW) of New South Wales, Australia. Focusing on industry self-monitoring, self-reporting and recordkeeping of environmental performance, the partnership has an objective to improve institutional capacity at DONRE through dialogue and technical exchanges, leading to the adoption of improved...

  • Malaysia Trains Nepal Counterparts on Improved EIA Implementation

    Jun 18 2010
    As part of the twinning partnership between the Nepal Ministry of Environment (MOE) and the Malaysia Department of Environment (DOE), the Environmental Institute of Malaysia conducted a 10-day training from June 6-17, 2010 for Nepalese counterparts in Kuala Lumpur on improved EIA implementation. The training focused on institutional reforms, a new curriculum for training EIA consultants, EIA enforcement SOPs, monitoring and environmental auditing. Participants, which included representtaives from the Nepal MOE, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation, Nepal Electricity...

  • AECEN Launches New “EIA” Initiative in Asia

    Jun 14 2010
    With support from USAID, AECEN launched a new multi-year initiative to strengthen capabilities in implementing environmental impact assessments (EIA) across Asia and the Pacific. With participation from 20 countries across Asia, EIA practitioners identified capacity innovations and best practices in EIA in a regional workshop held on June 9-10, 2010 at the ADB Headquarters in Manila, Philippines. With assistance from USAID, AECEN member agencies will establish “twinning” partnerships and other capacity building activities to replicate best practices and ensure effective EIA implementation in...

  • Nepal and Malaysia Finalize Twinning Partnership Work Program

    May 5 2010
    As part of the AECEN twinning partnership between the Nepal Ministry of Environment and the Malaysia Department of Environment (DOE) on strengthening environmental impact assessment (EIA) capabilities for the hydropower sector, Nepal partners met with Malaysian counterparts in Kuala Lumpur on April 26-27, 2010 to finalize the work program and initiate activities.  During the meetings, Malaysia DOE and other stakeholders shared details on EIA implementation and experience on their EIA consultant registration scheme.  The work partnership program will include a comprehensive training...

  • Nepal and Malaysia Establish Twinning Partnership on Hydropower Planning

    Jan 15 2010
    The Nepal Ministry of Environment and Malaysia Department of Environment officially launched a twinning arrangement in Kathmandu on January 14, 2010 to strengthen Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) practices for the hydropower sector in Nepal. At a workshop on Sharing EIA Best Practices for the Hydropower Sector, co-organized with the World Bank, Malaysian officials shared innovative approaches on EIA in the hydropower sector. USAID will support the partnership with World Bank under AECEN.

  • AECEN Links Supreme Courts of Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines on Improved Environmental Adjudication

    Dec 7 2009
    From November 30 to December 4, 2009, justices from the Supreme Court of Indonesia, High Court of Sumatera, and Ministry of Environment visited Thailand and Philippines to meet with counterparts and identify strategies for replicating the “green benches” and developing a judicial certification program in Indonesia.  The delegation met with the Supreme Court of Thailand, the Supreme Administrative Court of Thailand, and the Supreme Court of the Philippines, as well as national training institutes, to share ideas various model of environmental courts and court divisions, as...

  • Asian Environmental Agencies Commit to Stronger Enforcement of Environmental Laws

    Oct 14 2009
    Environmental agency leaders from 14 Asian nations and the United States gathered in Singapore from October 12-14, 2009, to commit to strengthening enforcement and compliance of environmental laws at a meeting organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and AECEN.  Hosted by the Singapore National Environmental Agency, the countries issued a statement calling for Asian governments to promote improved environmental compliance with national legal requirements and international commitments. Participating agencies shared experience on improving environmental enforcement in...

  • Thailand Prepares Policy Framework on Addressing Soil Contamination with Assistance from Japan

    Sep 17 2009
    Thailand’s Pollution Control Department (PCD) in partnership with other line agencies has adopted a new policy for addressing soil contamination, a major national environmental challenge.  With technical assistance from experts from the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) of Japan, PCD organized a series of consultation workshops and technical exchanges to support development of the new policy framework.  In meetings from September 14-17, 2009, PCD presented its draft policy and obtained further feedback from practitioners from Japan and Malaysia.  ...

  • Philippines Assesses Operations of Environmental Compliance Assistance Centers

    Jul 29 2009
    The Laguna Lake Development Authority conducted an AECEN-supported assessment of compliance assistance centers on July 29, 2009, in Pasig, Philippines.  The workshop focused on the achievements and challenges in the establishment and operations of compliance assistance centers for the hog farm and slaughterhouse industries in the Laguna de Bay region.  With participants from industry, government agencies and representatives of compliance assistance centers in Thailand and India, the workshop identified key areas that need to be addressed to sustain the centers and ensure their...

  • Indonesia Strengthens Environmental Inspection Capacities

    Jul 21 2009
    On July 21, 2009, key officials and inspectors from Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment held a consultation workshop in Jakarta to discuss strategies for building environmental inspection capacities.  The recommendations were based on a review and analysis of gaps in Indonesia's inspection mechanisms and strategies, and on insights gained from exchanges with their twinning partner, the Singapore National Environment Agency. The twinning is facilitated by the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN).