The Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN)Read more
On 10 November 2016, the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) organised the AECEN Executive Committee Meeting Read more
PACT and MPE in collaboration with AECEN supported the First Meeting Read more
AECEN in collaboration with PCD Thailand and ERIC co-hosted the Regional Read more
AECEN in collaboration with USEPA and EPAT organised the Next Generation Compliance in Asia 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand Read more
Peter King, Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network, provided examples of bilateral technical exchanges, or “twinning partnerships,” Read more
At the 2nd ECE Events in Singapore, INTERPOL brought together Environmental Security and Enforcement agencies from INTERPOL member countries. Read more
Over 21 senior officials from the environmental agencies of AECEN’s Executive Committee member countries attended. Read more
The third webinar in the series explored the decision-making process on projects with transboundary effects. Read more
The GMS Core Environment Program hosted a session on strategic environmental assessment (SEA) at the 36th Annual Conference of IAIA. Read more
AECEN has been commissioned to maintain an environmental impact assessment (EIA) clearinghouse to facilitate knowledge capture and dissemination of information on international and regional best practices in EIA implementation.
Summaries of Recent Events
Mekong nations set up group for environmental impact assessments
May 15 2015
BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) -- Officials and civil society representatives from across the Mekong region have agreed to establish a working group to develop a regional public participation guideline for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) this week in Hanoi, Vietnam.
In a statement released Thursday, the Mekong Regional Technical Working Group for EIA brings together governments, civil society organisations (CSOs), and will expand to cover private sector and EIA experts to improve...
Mekong Governments, Civil Society Reach Agreement on Environmental Impact Assessment Agenda
May 14 2015
HANOI, May 14, 2015 – In a ground-breaking agreement, government officials and civil society representatives from across the Mekong region established a working group to develop a regional public participation guideline for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) this week in Hanoi, Vietnam.
The Mekong Regional Technical Working Group for EIA brings together governments, civil society organizations (CSOs), and will expand to cover private sector and EIA experts to improve regional...
Mekong nations to set up EIA working group
May 14 2015
In the statement released today, the Mekong Regional Technical Working Group for EIA brings together governments, civil society organisations (CSOs), and will expand to cover private sector and EIA experts to improve regional cooperation for effective EIA policy and practices. The group aims to reduce the social and environmental impacts of regional infrastructure projects, particularly as the upcoming Association of Southeast Nations (Asean) Economic Community further hastens trans-boundary...
Jan 26 2017
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Surasak Kanjanarat wants to introduce a plan to charge waste water treatment fees to households and tourists, as part of the ministry's efforts to clean up rivers and canals countrywide, including the Saen Saep canal in the capital.
At a meeting on water treatment for the Saen Saep canal, Gen Surasak said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's initiative to clean the canal will be put into action between 2017-2018, as all stakeholders have agreed...
Jan 23 2017
As 2016 gave way to 2017, residents of Beijing, Tianjin, and many other northern Chinese cities suffered through the longest stretch of stifling air pollution ever recorded in the country. They choked through eight continuous days of thick, light-blocking haze, starting Dec. 30, 2016. This stretch of bad air began only a week after people in 70 northern Chinese cities were enveloped by similar days of haze composed of high concentrations of particles less than 2.5 μm in diameter (PM2.5)....
Jan 23 2017
Cornell engineers hope that clean water runs deep. They have developed a new technique to test for a wide range of micropollutants in lakes, rivers and other potable water sources that vastly outperforms conventional methods.
“Water quality monitoring is conventionally done by narrowly investigating one or a few contaminants at a time. We aimed to develop an analytical method that would be as broad as possible,” said Damian Helbling, assistant professor of civil and environmental...
Jan 9 2017
The Central Administrative Court has suspended a construction licence given to a high-end residence project on Ratchadamri Road, saying the Office of the Privy Purse does not have authority to endorse the licence request.
Srisuwan Janya, president of the Stop Global Warming Association who filed a petition to the court, said the court ruled in favour of his request. He argued the licence for the Makadlekluang II Residence in Pathumwan district was obtained illegally.
Dec 29 2016
THE NATIONAL Environment Board has resolved against the Highways Department’s proposal to expand roads in Phetchabun province’s Nam Nao National Park, saying the proposal should be reviewed and other feasible options considered.
Phetchabun national park road proposal put on hold
The board, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, considered the proposal in which the department aimed to expand the road cutting through 40 kilometres of the national park.
Sep 19 2016
A few weeks ago, Thais gaped in awe at MahaNakhon, that new ultramodern high-rise on bustling Sathon.
Now our collective attention is being diverted to Wiman Phra-in, or Abode of Indra, a much-talked about architectural design intended as a landmark in the Chao Phraya riverside promenade project. The name suggests a feature with a pointed spiral structure that offers nothing less than paradise.
Unfortunately, the debate is not about the purity of the design. It's more about...
Elevated to the ministry level in 2002, Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment MONRE is responsible for air, land, and water resource management under the Amended Law on Environmental Protection (2006).
As the lead institution for environmental management throughout Vietnam, MONRE is also responsible for long term national environmental planning and for coordinating environmental impact assessments, compliance monitoring, inspections, and enforcement across jurisdictions through the...