• Philippines Launches New Environmental Compliance Assistance Website for Slaughterhouses

    Mar 23 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 (http://www.slaughterhousecac-phil.org), 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...

  • Flight in North cancelled as haze problem worsens

    Mar 20 2016

    KAN Air cancelled a Chiang Mai-bound flight yesterday after the haze problem in Mae Hong Son rose to high levels in the Upper North, resulting in visibility being restricted to less than 1,000 metres, Mae Hong Son Airport chief Weerawat Thadong said.

    Weerawat said the 12pm flight cancellation was a safety precaution.

    The noon cancellation resulted in some affected passengers being transported to the city in vans, while others postponed their travel plans.

    The level of small particulate matter up to 10 microns in diameter (PM10) recorded in Mae Hong Son was 233 mcg in the morning, and rose to 244 mcg at 5pm.

    Anything above 120 micrograms is considered unsafe...


  • Green business to reap environmental policy rewards

    Mar 20 2016

    China’s latest round of green policies offers opportunities for environmental and renewable energy companies, analysts say, although a tougher enforcement regime may trip up those who fail to adhere to the new rules.

    Environmental protection is one of the eight priorities in this year’s Government Work Plan, while the 13th Five-Year Plan outline presented to the National People’s Congress also calls for stringent environmental regulations.

    Hard targets on pollution back up these resolutions. In 2016, organic water pollutants will be cut by another 2 per cent while sulfur and nitrogen-based air pollutants may go down by 3 per cent. In addition, a significant cut in airborne...


  • VN invents air pollution control system

    Mar 20 2016

    Scientists of the Viet Nam National University’s technology university have successfully developed an air pollution management system using satellite photos.

    Dr Nguyen Thi Nhat Thanh, from the research team, said Vietnam had not been able to control the increasing volume of emissions from industrial production, transport, construction and rapid urbanisation.

    The level of dust nationwide is measured by only six automatic observation stations managed by the Environment General Department, she said, adding that an air pollution warning system was urgently needed.

    The new system measures air pollution based on data from a satellite station at the Hanoi-based technology...


  • ‘Green vote’ and the economy

    Mar 19 2016

    The ‘Green Vote’ campaign by non-government organizations should go beyond politics and involve a comprehensive discussion about the environment and economy, private think tank ADR Institute on Strategic and International Studies said.

    ADRI president Dindo Manhit said ‘green vote’ manifests the loud call for the next government to approach the issues of environment and economics as one comprehensive agenda.

    Renowned geologist and ADRI trustee CP David agreed, saying that environmental issues facing the country are complex and will need to be seriously addressed by the candidates.

    “Aside from mining, politicians vying for national positions should debate on marine...


  • Alarm over Rayong fish deaths

    Mar 19 2016

    RAYONG — Fishermen and activists in this eastern province want an investigation into the exact cause of mass fish deaths, which authorities insist are part of a natural phenomenon that occurs every year.

    However, some local people suspect waste discharged from factories at the Map Ta Phut industrial estate could be linked to the thousands of dead fish that have washed up on Ta Kuan beach.

    "In all my 60 years I've never seen such massive fish deaths," said Lamom Boonyong, chairman of the Ban Paknam small-scale fishermen's group. "Most of the dead fish are species that are quite resilient. Among them are pla salit hin (rabbitfish) and pla singto (lionfish).

    "We're...


  • BMA dredges weeds out of canals for water management

    Mar 18 2016

    BANGKOK, 18 March 2016 (NNT) – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has dispatched more than 500 officials to different areas across the capital city to remove water hyacinths, as part of efforts to mitigate flood and drought.

    Bangkok Deputy Governor Amorn Kitchawengkul presided over the opening ceremony at Lat Krabang district. The event was attended by Director of the Department of Drainage and Sewerage Sompong Wiangkaew, relevant division heads, and BMA officials.

    Mr. Amorn explained that the canal cleanup was aimed at improving the capital city’s drainage system. The BMA is to complete the task by the end of the month, as instructed by the prime minister....


  • Central Taiwan may be marked air pollution control zone

    Mar 18 2016

    Central Taiwan might be designated a top-grade air pollution control zone, while a Taichung City bylaw aiming to limit coal burning to curb air pollution might be approved by the central government next week, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said.

    At a meeting of the legislature’s Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee yesterday, EPA Minister Wei Kuo-yen (魏國彥) said that by the end of this year, Taichung, Changhua and Nantou might be designated as class-three air pollution control zones, where pollution is most severe according to the agency’s three-class categorization system.

    The area was identified for potential designation as a class-three...


  • Level of PM2.5 in India has not surpassed that of China: Govt

    Mar 17 2016

    Government has rubbished the report brought out last month by the NGO Green Peace India stating that the level of hazardous PM2.5 in India exceeded that of China, last year, saying that its findings were based on the extrapolated and constructed data without field validation.

    "The report brought out by the Green Peace is based on the extrapolated and constructed data without field validation," the government said.The steps taken by the government to mitigate air pollution in metropolitan cities in the country included Notification of National Ambient Air Quality Standards envisaging 12 pollutants, formulation of environmental regulation/statutes and promotion of cleaner production...


  • Villagers cry 'foul' over garbage recycling plant

    Mar 17 2016

    RATCHABURI -- Residents of village 1 in tambon Nam Phu of Muang district have put up cloth banners in front of their houses along the Nam Phu-Nong Nok Karian road protesting against a smelly garbage recycling plant near their community.

    They complain the plant has emitted foul chemical smells for about 15 years. Some of them had put "For sale" signs outside their homes because they could no longer tolerate the bad smell.

    About 100 villagers gathered at the community hall on Thursday, preparing to submit a petition letter to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha through a local government agency.

    Thanu Ngamyingyuad, a village representative, said officials from the...


  • Settle Klong Dan case

    Mar 17 2016

    The corruption-plagued Klong Dan waste water treatment project made news headlines this week. Seven officials, including former natural resources and environment minister Prapat Panyachatraksa, petitioned the Central Administrative Court asking for a review of the high-profile graft case.

    The seven plaintiffs who were responsible for the project are being investigated for alleged negligence causing damage to the state -- a charge which, if substantiated, will make them held collectively accountable for the 10 billion baht in compensation to the project contractor, NVPSKG consortium, as ruled by the Supreme Administrative Court and the arbitration panel.

    Mr Prapat said on...


  • Megaprojects 'will go ahead'

    Mar 14 2016
    Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith has assured investors the ministry's 20 infrastructure projects will go ahead as planned following the military regime's latest order to allow state authorities to "fast-track" mandatory environmental impact assessments (EIAs) for state projects. Mr Arkhom said he has reassured the participating investors that all 20 megaprojects worth 1.796 trillion baht will be implemented by the government. The projects cover all types of transport systems, including railways, maritime and air transport. They include the phase 2 expansion of Suvarnabhumi airport...

  • Regime's 5-year plan raising suspicions

    Mar 14 2016
    Just five years. That is the time required by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to stay in power for the so-called transition period to fulfill its "Big Brother" role after the election, making sure the new elected government will not stray from the reform path crafted by the junta. That is not the junta's only demand -- sorry, proposal -- sent to Meechai Ruchupan's Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) as part of a 16-point joint proposal from the government and the NCPO. It wants an entire non-elected Senate with a tenure of five years, and probably with 200 members, to...

  • Sri Lanka officially informs Chinese investors of resuming construction of Colombo Port City Project

    Mar 14 2016
    Mar 14, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government on Monday officially informed the Chinese investors of resuming the construction of the multibillion dollar Colombo Port City project, one year after its suspension, China's official Xinhua news agency reported. The Ministry of Ports and Shipping, in an official letter to the CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd, said that the company could resume the construction of the project immediately. "At its meeting held on March 9, 2016, the Cabinet of Ministers has granted approval for the project to resume immediately," the letter said. "Accordingly the...

  • Laos vows to limit dam impacts

    Mar 14 2016
    The head of Laos’ ruling party reportedly pledged to limit the downstream impacts of the controversial Don Sahong hydropower dam in his meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen in Vientiane on Saturday. According to a Cambodian state television report covering the visit, the Cambodian premier raised the issue during the meeting and asked his counterpart to do everything he can to ensure “sustainable” water use. “Laos will make an effort to ensure that there will be no impact” in the neighbouring countries, replied Bounhang Vorachith, secretary-general of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party,...

  • Govt defends NCPO’s order no. 9/2559

    Mar 13 2016
    BANGKOK, 13 March 2016 (NNT) – The government has defended order no. 9/2559 recently issued by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), saying that it will boost the country’s economy. Government spokesman Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the NCPO’s order no. 9/2559 was actually meant to promote the well-being of the public through government mega-projects and a revamp of disaster prevention and mitigation. The new order enables state agencies responsible for urgent projects such as the construction of a hospital, or transport and irrigation systems to ask for the cabinet's...

  • Say No To Dash rally on March 20

    Mar 13 2016
    PETALING JAYA: Residents of Damansara Perdana will hold a rally on March 20 to oppose the building of the Damansara-Shah Alam Highway (DASH). Say No To Dash (SNTD) member and resident Alvin Chin told reporters here that the project was illegal as it did not comply with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA). "The state government is doing something illegal and they are just expecting the residents to keep quiet and listen. "We have repeatedly told them of the violation. Despite having previously telling us that they would do something about the matter,...

  • Villagers near Phichit goldmine get healthcare advice

    Mar 13 2016
    MEDICS and public health officials yesterday visited some 200 people living in three villages near a gold mine in Phichit’s Thab Khlo district to provide them healthcare after tests showed they have excessive amounts of heavy metals in their blood. The visit, in which medical advice was also given, was in line with the policy of a five-party committee tasked with solving issues arising from the gold mine's operations. The move followed Rangsit University last week presenting the test results to the committee via Phichit Governor Chatraporn Ratdusadee. The tests revealed 675 of the 1,004...

  • Phuket east coast to airport speedboat taxi proposed

    Mar 11 2016
    PHUKET: The honorary consul to Phuket from Norway proposed on Wednesday that a speedboat taxi service be put in place along the island’s east coast, connecting Phuket International Airport with Chalong. “There are very few options for locals and tourists to get from the airport to Chalong that are both convenient and affordable,” said Pornphan Sittichaivijit, the Royal Norwegian Honorary Consul for Phuket. “With no efficient form of public transportation, everyone is forced to buy a car or motorbike, which leads to heavier traffic congestion.” Ms Pornphan noted that the east-side boat service...

  • PM must stick to his promise

    Mar 11 2016
    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha reiterated the country's commitment to sustainable development to representatives of the G77, a coalition of developing countries in the United Nations, at the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday. As the current chairman of G77, he urged member countries to do the same and work together to promote sustainable development. Last September, the premier also told the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in New York that he supported pro-people, inclusive development that respects the rule of law. Now he must prove true to his words. To protect the environment...

  • China to build Colombo port city as part of biggest foreign investment received by Sri Lanka

    Mar 11 2016
    Sri Lanka Thursday gave go-ahead to a China-backed project to build a port city in Colombo a year after it had been suspended due to environmental concerns. The $1.4 billion project, the biggest ever single foreign investment received by the South Asian nation, falls on China's ambitious 21st Maritime Silk Route. Sri Lanka's Cabinet Committee on Economic Management Thursday allowed for the resumption of the project being headed by Chinese state-owned company China Communications Construction, according to Colombo Page. The project had been suspended March 2015 by the government of President...
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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