• Philippines Initiates New Environmental Compliance Assistance Center

    Mar 6 2008
    The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) and Philippines's National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) organized an orientation for regulators at the Compliance Assistance Center (CAC) for Slaughterhouses in the Laguna de Bay Region in Calauan, Philippines on March 7, 2008. As one of the CAC's first activities, the workshop involved briefing regulators on the CAC's services and the relationship between the CAC and the implementation of environmental laws. Over 90 participants from local government agencies engaged CAC representatives in a discussion to learn how the center can improve...

  • Thailand to Establish Environmental Compliance Assistance Center for Swine Sector

    Feb 6 2008
    On February 7-8, 2008, with support from AECEN, Thailand 's Pollution Control Department (PCD) conducted consultation workshops with local pig farmers in Nakornpathom and Chachoengsao Provinces on the establishment of environmental compliance assistance centers for the swine sector in the Tha Chin and Bang Pa Kong river basins. Based on the stakeholder consultations and positive endorsement of proposed plans, the national government will establish the centers at each river basin. From the national level, PCD will provide technical guidance and assistance in establishing and launching the...

  • Philippines Creates Blueprint to Support Initiatives and Strategies for Strengthening New Environmental Courts

    Jan 28 2008
    On January 29, 2008, the Supreme Court of the Philippines and the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) and other stakeholders discussed strategies to support and strengthen the Philippines's newly designated environmental courts. Chief Justice Puno reiterated his belief that "all efforts will be undertaken so that the newly designated environmental courts will be manned by 'green judges'-- skillful judges who not only master environmental laws, but also understand the philosophy of environmentalism and ecologism." In the coming months, PHILJA will review and improve the curriculum...

  • The Supreme Court of the Philippines has passed a resolution to designate 117 trial courts for improved environmental adjudication

    Jan 17 2008
    The environment courts will handle all types of environmental cases. As part of the resolution, the Supreme Court will also conduct training seminars for environmental and appellate court personnel. The Supreme Court developed concrete recommendations to designate specific municipal and regional trial courts to handle environmental cases with technical assistance from AECEN. The Supreme Court of the Philippines and the Philippine Judicial Academy also co-organized the Asian Justices Forum on the Environment in Manila in July 2007 to share proposed recommendations with judges from Australia...

  • Philippines Launches New Environmental Compliance Assistance Website for Slaughterhouses

    Oct 14 2007
    On October 15, 2007, the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN), the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), and the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) of the Philippines launched a compliance assistance website (, the first of its kind in the Philippines, to provide clear and updated information for the regulated industry to help them understand environmental regulations so they are able to comply with their obligations. The website was launched at the NMIS grounds as part of the celebrations of the 35th anniversary of NMIS...

  • Nepal Joins Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network

    Oct 14 2007
    The Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology of Nepal has joined the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN). The Ministry assigned the Joint Secretary of the Law and Convention Division to serve as their representative to AECEN. Established in 2005, AECEN works to promote improved compliance with environmental legal requirements in Asia through regional exchange of innovative policies and practices. CLICK HERE to read more about AECEN members.

  • AECEN Assists the Central Environmental Authority of Sri Lanka to Implement Wastewater Discharge Fee System

    Aug 15 2007
    On August 16, 2007, the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) of Sri Lanka signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the USAID Environmental Cooperation-Asia (ECO-Asia) program, through the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN), to cooperate on a program to implement a Wastewater Discharge Fee (WDF) system. The CEA Chairman emphasized that the proposed WDF system was long overdue and that AECEN support will now enable the CEA to accelerate the process for establishing a wastewater discharge fee system to counter water pollution from industrial sources. AECEN will...

  • AECEN Assists Indonesia in Assessing Current Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Programs

    Jul 29 2007
    On July 30, 2007, the Ministry of Environment of Indonesia (MOE), in partnership with the Indonesian Center for Environmental Law (ICEL), conducted a “National Workshop on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement” in Jakarta. The workshop was co-organized with the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN). Eighty representatives from the MOE, Department of National Police, Attorney General’s Office, courts and non-governmental organizations participated in the workshop. Participants discussed the results of the AECEN-supported rapid assessment of the state of...

  • AECEN Study Tour Enables Philippines and Thailand to Explore Strategies for Establishing Compliance Assistance Centers for Hog Farms and Slaughterhouses

    Jul 22 2007
    On July 23-27, 2007, the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) and the Council of Agriculture (COA) of Taiwan organized an observational program to Taiwan for five delegates from Thailand and the Philippines. The program is part of AECEN’s support to the Pollution Control Department (PCD) of Thailand and the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) of the Philippines in their efforts to establish compliance assistance centers for the swine sector and the slaughterhouse industry in the respective countries. Participants discussed various approaches in promoting...

  • Sri Lanka Launches New Wastewater Pollution Charge and Environmental Fund Initiative

    Mar 23 2007
    With support from AECEN, the Sri Lanka Central Environment Authority (CEA) launched a new wastewater pollution charge and environmental fund initiative to address priority industrial wastewater pollution at an inception workshop on June 27, 2007, in Colombo , Sri Lanka . With input from a range of stakeholders, CEA put forward a preliminary action agenda for addressing pollution in the nation's waterways by assessing a load-based fee for a range of industrial sectors. AECEN supports CEA on this initiative as a pilot project. In addition, AECEN facilitated a technical exchange between CEA and...