• 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...

  • Pollution fee high on canal clean-up list

    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 to work together by focusing on enforcing the law against pollution sources.

    Saen Saep is a main canal in Bangkok used for drainage and transportation. It is linked to more than 100 sub-canals...


  • Peering into China’s thick haze of air pollution

    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).

    Also known as ultrafine particulates, PM2.5 consists of solids and liquids. Its sources include carbon black from incomplete combustion as well as sulfates and nitrates. Levels of such ultrafine...


  • New technique IDs micropollutants in New York waterways

    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 engineering. Helbling and Amy Pochodylo, M.S. ’14, published their research as the cover story in the journal Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology.

    “We demonstrate that our...


  • China: Anti-pollution cops to take on Beijing's smog

    Jan 9 2017

    Officials in Beijing are taking steps toward tackling the city's long-standing smog problem with the creation of an environmental police force, according to state media.

    Spearheaded by Beijing's acting mayor Mayor Cai Qi, the political crackdown on burning fossil fuels comes amid a flurry of concern over the country's choking air pollution.

    The move came as a cold front Monday brought some relief to Beijingers, with blue skies visible and air quality levels back at "good" after a week of smog.

    Pollution cops

    "Like many of us, I am used to checking the weather and the air quality index (AQI) of Beijing first thing...


  • China punishes coal, steel companies for violating pollution, safety rules

    Sep 29 2016

    China's state planner has punished hundreds of coal and steel companies by forcing them to close or cut output for violating environmental and safety regulations, the latest effort to crack down on the country's heavily polluting industries.

    The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) forced two steel companies to shut completely, 29 firms to halt production and another 23 to curb output, it said in a statement on Thursday. The closures and curbs followed a nationwide inspection of more than 1,000 steel makers in the world's top producer.

    Among more than 4,600 coal mines inspected, the NDRC has revoked safety certificates for 28 coal mines and forced another 286...


  • Waste crime is 'the new narcotics', says Environment Agency chief

    Sep 22 2016

    Waste crime is the “new narcotics” according to the head of the Environment Agency (EA), offering huge profits as the authorities race to catch up with the damage caused to society.

    Illegal waste activity costs England £1bn a year and more than 1,000 illegal waste sites were discovered last year, more than in the previous two years combined, with 662 still active as of the end of March.

    The offences, sometimes involving organised crime gangs, ranged from illegal dumping of household and industrial waste to massive frauds involving recycling fees and landfill tax. However, action by the EA led to almost 1,000 illegal sites being shut down last year, with fines and...


  • Haze from Indonesian fires may have killed more than 100,000 people – study

    Sep 19 2016

    A smog outbreak in Southeast Asia last year may have caused over 100,000 premature deaths, according to a new study released Monday that triggered calls for action to tackle the “killer haze”.

    Researchers from Harvard and Columbia universities in the US estimated there were more than 90,000 early deaths in Indonesia in areas closest to haze-belching fires, and several thousand more in neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia.

    The new estimate, reached using a complex analytical model, is far higher than the previous official death toll given by authorities of just 19 deaths in Indonesia.

    “If nothing changes, this killer haze will carry on taking a terrible toll, year...


  • Regime’s absolute power is a danger to environment: experts

    Sep 17 2016

    The Thai Environmental Journalists Society held a forum and exhibition on current environmental issues and future challenges yesterday at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. At the forum, many speakers flagged up the environmental issues the country faces.

    Surachai Throngngam, secretary-general of the EnLawThai Foundation, pointed out that many development plans still don't include proper public participation and will have severe adverse impacts on the environment and natural resources. He said this trend would continue in the future due to the military regime's use of special powers.

    "The pushing forward of development projects...


  • Lawsuit Filed to Protect Sea Life From Ocean Acidification, Climate Change

    Sep 8 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO - The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to set new water-quality standards to combat ocean acidification or respond to a three-year-old Center petition demanding the agency address this growing threat to marine life. Despite scientific consensus that federal water-quality standards are outdated and inadequate to protect marine life from the corrosive effects of ocean acidification, the EPA has ignored its legal duties to update the standards.

    “The EPA is ignoring the threat of ocean acidification, and that’s very dangerous. We need to act now to protect oysters, corals and other marine animals that are...


  • Tackling Food Waste as a Way to Save the Climate, Too

    Sep 6 2016

    At his hog farm about a dozen miles from Las Vegas' famed strip, Bob Combs became a celebrity of sorts for hauling thousands of pounds of leftovers from casinos' all-you-can-eat buffets and feeding it to his 3,000 pigs.

    Farmers used to call the practice "garbage feeding." Today, researchers see it as a tool for stemming climate change. That's because the growing amount of wasted food around the world adds methane, a potent greenhouse gas, to the atmosphere as it rots in landfills.

    Combs just happened to be a pioneer recycler.

    "These buffets, they generate so much waste," said Nicole Civita, director of the Food Recovery Project at the University of Arkansas School of...


  • Residents claim potash mines causing problems

    Sep 1 2016
    TRANSPARENCY and strict environmental regulations are needed to avoid problems between local communities and potash mines, an academic said recently. Rungreung Lertsirivorakul, a geologist at Khon Kaen University, said mining companies should make their operation plans clear to the public to avoid problems, adding that suspicious and hidden strategies would only give rise to conflicts. This year Thailand granted concessions for the country's first potash mining operations to the mining companies Thai Kali in Nakhon Ratchasima's Dan Khun Thot district and Asean Potash in Chaiyaphum's Bamnet...

  • AoT commits to expanding Suvarnabhumi

    Aug 27 2016
    Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) has signed three contracts worth 14.9 billion baht to expand Suvarnabhumi airport as the government gears up efforts to turn Thailand into the region's aviation hub. The first contract worth 12 billion baht involves Italian-Thai Development Plc (ITD), hired to construct a concourse, parking bays and a tunnel in the airport's southern area. The second contract at a cost of 1.98 billion baht concerns SG and Interlink Consortium, employed to set up the utility system. Another deal worth 879.9 million baht involves SCS Consortium, which was hired to oversee the...

  • Egat insists on going ahead with Thepa plant

    Aug 25 2016
    CONSTRUCTION of the Thepa coal-fired power plant is set to begin in the second quarter of next year, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) said, even though many locals have refused to sell their land despite facing threats. Egat has so far insisted that it will build the 2,200-megawatt power plant in Songkhla's Thepa district, despite strong protests from local people. The Environment and Health Impact Assessment (EHIA) for both the plant and coal transport has also not been approved by the Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning Office (ONEP). Ratanachai...

  • Council on Environmental Quality finalises guidance for assessing climate impact

    Aug 22 2016
    On August 2 2016 the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued Final Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in National Environmental Policy Act Reviews. The final guidance is intended to provide direction on how federal agencies should address the effects of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change as those agencies satisfy their duties under the National Environmental Policy Act when preparing an environmental impact statement or an environmental assessment when considering the use...

  • Mesco closes in on gold licence

    Aug 9 2016
    After an unexpectedly lengthy review, the Ministry of Environment has approved the environmental and social impact study of Indian mining firm Mesco Gold, clearing the last major hurdle for the company to receive a licence to operate the Kingdom’s first royalty-generating mine. “The Ministry of Environment has given its approval for underground mining over a 12 square kilometre area,” Rajeev Moudgil, director of Mesco Gold (Cambodia) Ltd, said yesterday. The ministry’s nod comes after officials spent 18 months poring over the company’s environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA), a...

  • Weak adherence to environment law leads to licensing of polluting projects

    Aug 8 2016
    The requirement on environmental impact assessment was first set in the 2005 Environment Protection Law and the 1998 Water Resource Law. Later, the Water Resource Law was amended with many new provisions and standards, taking effect in January 2013. In principle, when laws are amended, reports on environmental impact assessment must be made again, while old reports must not be used. Vu Ngoc Long, head of the Southern Institute of Ecology, when talking about the Lee & Man pulp paper project, said that the big problem can be seen in the location of the plant. “Since the plant is projected...

  • White House CEQ Finalizes Guidance for Assessing Climate Impacts in Federal Actions Subject to NEPA

    Aug 4 2016
    On August 2, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued Final Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in National Environmental Policy Act Reviews. The Final Guidance is intended to provide direction on how federal agencies should address the effects of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change as those agencies satisfy their duties under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), or an Environmental Assessment (EA) and when...

  • Rail line across Thailand runs into resistance

    Aug 3 2016
    Work on a railway line that would link the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea has hit a hurdle after opposition by residents in southern Thailand. The National Environment Board on Monday rejected a proposal on the project after locals complained it had been drawn up without their involvement, as required under the law. Its environmental impact assessment "was conducted without people's participation", local and environmental activist Wichoksak Ronnarongpairee told The Straits Times. As a result, the board suspended it pending further consultations with the local community. Dr Kasemsan...

  • Gov Pushes BKK to Finalize Light Rail Project

    Aug 1 2016
    PHUKET: Phuket Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada is fed up. After years of talking and planning a province-wide light rail project, Governor Chamroen is ready for officials to put up or shut up. The governor has called on the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning (OTP) in Bangkok to sort things out in his office next week or dismiss the project entirely. “The study plan started back when I was a vice governor,” the governor said during a Phuket Provincial Hall meeting with OTP representatives last Monday. “Now, I’m the governor and it’s still not done. So that’s it. I’ve had...

  • Songkhla, Satun locals urge rail halt

    Jul 22 2016
    About 20 residents from southern communities affected by the planned Songkhla-Satun Land Bridge Project handed a petition Thursday to the National Environment Board (NEB) asking it suspend its consideration of a rail freight transport project, a part of the proposed Land Bridge scheme. Somboon Khamheng, a coordinator of the People's Network for Natural Resources and Environment Protection in Songkhla and Satun, who led the residents, said they oppose the cargo railway transport project linking the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea because it was initiated without any local consultation or...
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AECEN Regional Forum 24 Nov 2008 - 26 Nov 2008
Sustainability Panel Discussions 20 Apr 2009
Executive Committee Meeting 29 May 2009
Indonesia Ministry of Environment (MOE) and Singapore National Environment Agency (NEA) Focused Group Discussion on Final Recommendations and Twinning Outcomes 28 Aug 2009
2009 AECEN Regional Forum in Singapore 12 Oct 2009 - 14 Oct 2009
Workshop on Promoting Improved Court Policies and Practices on the Environment in Thailand 20 Apr 2010 - 23 Apr 2010
Workshop on Capacity- Building for Environmental Impact Assessment in Asia 9 Jun 2010 - 10 Jun 2010
Regional Workshop on Soil Contamination and Land Remediation 12 Jul 2010 - 14 Jul 2010
Thai Judicial Workshop 18 Sep 2010 - 20 Sep 2010
Regional Forum 2010 10 Nov 2010 - 12 Nov 2010
Environmental Enforcement Workshop 18 Jan 2011 - 19 Jan 2011
Principles and Tools for Effective Environmental Regulation: Sharing of Experience and Good Practices from Australia 9 Mar 2011 - 10 Mar 2011
Launching of Twinning Partnership between Korea and Vietnam 21 Mar 2011 - 24 Mar 2011
Strengthening Environmental Adjudication: Sharing of Indonesian and Philippine Experience 28 Apr 2011 - 29 Apr 2011
AECEN Executive Committee Meeting 3 May 2011 - 4 May 2011
National Consultation on Criteria and Training Curriculum for EIA Consultant Registration Scheme in Nepal 12 May 2011
Observational Program: Strengthening Contaminated Soil Monitoring in Vietnam 17 May 2011 - 20 May 2011
Indonesia and Philippines: Cooperation on Strengthening Capacity on Environmental Adjudication 24 May 2011 - 28 May 2011
Environmental Compliance Assistance Center (ECAC) Task Force Meeting 24 May 2011 - 27 May 2011
AECEN and INECE organize Summit of Regional Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Networks 18 Jun 2011