AECEN News


  • Thailand Supreme Court Builds Capacity on Assessing Natural Resource Damages

    Jun 22 2009
    Through a partnership with the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales, Australia and the U.S. Department of Justice, the Supreme Court of Thailand shared experience on improved policies and practices for assessing natural resources damages from June 22-26, 2009.  By understanding models for valuing natural resources in other countries, the Supreme Court of Thailand can establish new precedents that provide increased incentives for environmental compliance.  The court partnership is facilitated by the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN).

  • Australia and U.S. Share Experience on Establishing Environmental Court in Thailand

    Jun 22 2009
    To initiate establishment of a specialized environmental court in Thailand, the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeals, Administrative Court and other stakeholders shared experience with counterparts from the U.S. and Australia on environmental courts through consultations and training of over 500 judges and practitioners from June 22-26, 2009.  Judges and experts from the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales and the University of Denver shared specific examples of effective court policies and procedures for consideration by Thai courts.  The court partnership is facilitated by...

  • AECEN-funded Environmental Compliance Center to Start-up in West Bengal

    Jun 15 2009
    Experts from the Philippines and the United States shared best practice and technical experience with officials of West Bengal’s Environmental Compliance Assistance Center (ECAC) in Kolkata from June 15-17, 2009.  The ECAC is being set up to assist key industry operators in the metal works sector to comply with pollution regulations.  ECAC staff and stakeholders benefitted from the successful models of compliance assistance centers in the Philippines and the United States to finalize plans for the West Bengal compliance center to begin operations.  The ECAC is supported...

  • AECEN Supports Thailand-Japan Partnership to Combat Soil Contamination

    Jun 8 2009
    On June 8 -13, 2009, five senior officials from the Pollution Control Department (PCD) of Thailand visited Japan to further a partnership combating soil contamination.  The objective of the visit was to exchange information and best practices with Japanese experts on soil contamination countermeasures that can assist Thailand in developing a national policy framework and institutional arrangements for preventing and rehabilitating soil contamination.  As a next step, PCD will host a consultation workshop in Bangkok in August to discuss the draft national policy framework with...

  • Thailand to Develop National Policy and Institutional Framework for Addressing Soil Contamination

    Mar 31 2009
    As part of twinning activities between the Pollution Control Department of Thailand (PCD) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) of Japan, representatives from regulatory agencies, universities, environmental groups, and lawyers met on March 31, 2009, in Bangkok to identify challenges and provide recommendations for agencies to effectively manage and rehabilitate contaminated soil, and assess remediation costs and environmental damages.  PCD and IGES are preparing a synthesis report for developing a national policy and institutional framework for preventing soil...

  • Indian State of West Bengal Develops Environmental Compliance Center

    Mar 26 2009
    On March 26, 2009, in Durgapur, India, the West Bengal Pollution Control Board, in collaboration with the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) organized a consultation workshop to help establish an environmental compliance assistance center addressing the heavily polluting metal processing sector. Stakeholder representatives reviewed the organizational structure and objectives of the center, identified critical environmental issues to be addressed by the center, and helped develop website and online database.

  • Singapore Builds Capacity of Indonesian Environment Inspectors

    Mar 23 2009
    The Singapore National Environmental Agency (NEA), through its training affiliate the Singapore Environment  Institute (SEI), trained Indonesian environmental compliance inspectors and officials on March 23-26, 2009, in Singapore. The hands-on training program furthers a twinning partnership between the Indonesia Ministry of Environment (MOE) and Singapore’s NEA aimed at strengthening Indonesia’s inspection capacity.  The program included sharing of best practices and innovative mechanisms by NEA as well as site visits to selected facilities.  Lessons from the...

  • AECEN Facilitates Thai and Australian Judicial Partnership on the Environment

    Mar 16 2009
    On March 16-19, 2009, eight justices of the Supreme Court of Thailand visited the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales to launch a twinning partnership between the courts share regional experience on policies and procedures for adjudicating environmental cases, strengthen the ability of Thai senior justices to award appropriate remedies related to natural resource damages, and identify strategies for establishing a specialized environmental court in Thailand.   The Chief Judge of Land and Environment Court will visit the Supreme Court of Thailand in June 2009 to animate a...

  • AECEN Teams up with ADB to Promote Environmental Dispute Resolution in Asia

    Mar 9 2009
    At a workshop held at the Asian Development Bank on March 6, 2009, the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) joined with the ADB and the Environmental Dispute Coordinator Commission of Japan to promote mechanisms for environmental dispute resolution in Asia. Dr. Monthip Sriratana Tabucanon, the Inspector General of Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and former head of Thailand’s Environmental Dispute Prevention and Resolution Center, shared Thailand’s successful experience with environmental dispute resolution as a potential...

  • Nepal Launches Country Environmental Analysis

    Feb 27 2009
    Nepal's Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology (MoSTE) launched its Country Environmental Analysis (CEA) on February 27, 2009 at a stakeholder meeting in Kathamandu.  Developed with support from the World Bank, the CEA provides a foundational analysis of the state of environmental governance and identifies opportunities for reform. Nepal's Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology (MoSTE) launched its Country Environmental Analysis (CEA) on February 27, 2009 at a stakeholder meeting in Kathamandu.  Developed with support from the World Bank, the CEA provides a...