• 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 regional cooperation for effective EIA policy and practices. The group aims to reduce the social and...

  • 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 cooperation for effective EIA policy and practices. The group aims to reduce the social and environmental impacts...

  • 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 investments. "This could set an excellent platform and process helping to increase cooperation and...

  • Mapping the global battle to protect our planet

    Mar 5 2015
    In 2012 protests erupted in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina over the demolition of a much beloved local park to build a business complex. A movement under the slogan “This Park is Ours” aimed originally at protecting the green space soon broadened into a collective movement aimed against corruption, lack of transparency, economic inequality and dwindling social services. Hundreds of protesters from all social classes and religions gathered daily in the endangered park, becoming part of a Bosnian spring that came to represent a struggle for human dignity and accountability under most...

  • Government and civil society support strong Environmental Impact Assessments

    Dec 4 2014
    Government and civil society representatives highlighted the need for strong and inclusive environmental impact assessment (EIA) policies and practices in the Mekong region at a meeting this week in Bangkok, Thailand. Organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) -supported Mekong Partnership for the Environment (MPE) project and the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN), the December 1-3 event, “Environmental Impact Assessment Policy and Practice in the Mekong Region: Safeguarding Sustainable Development,” brought together more than 50...

  • AECEN urges ADB to adopt south-south cooperation as preferred capacity building mode

    Oct 14 2014
    Manila, Philippines – Adopt south-south cooperation as the preferred mode for capacity building and support organizations like the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) to act as intermediaries, said Dr. Peter King, Head of the AECEN Secretariat, to the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Speaking to public and private sector officials and representatives from international financial institutions and civil society at an ADB workshop held last week, he highlighted how AECEN has strengthened government capacities on compliance and enforcement, using South-South cooperation (...

  • Stronger leadership and more stringent legal enforcement cited as ways to improve Thailand’s environmental governance

    Oct 14 2014
    Bangkok, Thailand – Stronger leadership in Thailand’s environmental administration and more stringent enforcement of green regulations are among recommendations to improving the country’s environmental governance. Addressing officials from Thailand’s Ministry of National Resources and Environment’s (MoNRE) Department of Environmental Quality Promotion (DEQP), Dr. Peter King, Head of the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) Secretariat shared ways to improve Thailand’s environmental governance in his keynote address “Good Governance for Better Environment.” In his...

  • AECEN Strengthens EIA Compliance in Asia: INECE

    Apr 25 2014
    Minimizing adverse environmental impacts of economic development accompanied by rapid urbanization and industrial growth remains a significant compliance and enforcement challenge for Asia. While many governments have developed legal and institutional frameworks for environmental and social safeguards, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws and regulations remains weak due in large part to technical, financial, and human capacity limitations. In the region, effective compliance with Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) requirements has been consistently identified as a priority...

  • Greening Governance in Asia-Pacific

    Aug 6 2012
    Once every two years, IGES releases a white paper focusing on key policy agendas in the Asia-Pacific region. The Fourth IGES White Paper, entitled "Greening Governance in Asia-Pacific" examines innovative approaches to governance and institutions that have emerged from the region and recommends governance arrangements and policy solutions to accelerate the transition to a green economy, and argues that, without significant governance reform in Asia-Pacific, global sustainable development will remain an under-implemented ideal rather than a new reality. For the paper and more information: http...

  • AECEN support Indonesia efforts to prepare new guidelines on public participation and the environment

    Jul 20 2012
    On July 10-11, 2012, the Indonesia Ministry of Environment (MOE) conducted a workshop on Strengthening Public Participation on Environmental Management in Indonesia. Co-organized with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), about 100 participants from government agencies, NGOs, academia and the private sector shared ideas on the Public Participation Guide developed by USEPA and the application of public participation principles in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process. In addition to technical input from USEPA, resource persons from Malaysia, Thailand and the...

  • Activists slam proposed water pollution act

    Mar 10 2016

    Water conservationists yesterday protested over a proposed amendment to the Water Pollution Control Act (水污染防治法), which would allow treated household wastewater to be added into groundwater systems.

    At a public hearing of an amendment to the act, activists said the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) should prohibit all wastewater from entering groundwater systems and help recycle and process effluent to be reused by industries.

    According to the act, treated industrial wastewater can be added to groundwater to replenish groundwater systems if it does not contain pollutants or toxins, but other types of wastewater — mainly household effluent — are not subject to...


  • Delhi's air pollution is a classic case of environmental injustice

    Mar 9 2016

    The news that India is introducing a new tax on car sales to help combat severe air pollution and congestion problems has unsurprisingly been decried by the country’s car industry.

    The chair of India’s largest car manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki, says the tax “is going to hurt the industry, and will impact growth and affect job creation”. Following the announcement, shares in Maruti Suzuki traded more than 5% lower.

    But others have celebrated the move, recognising that business as usual cannot continue in a country home to the four most polluted cities in the world. “Once Indians owning cars was seen as a sign of economic success. Now this sort of tax is seen as Indians being...


  • Despite Xi’s ‘iron hand’ warning to polluters, city residents still choking under smog

    Mar 8 2016

    BEIJING – Embracing a groundswell of public outrage about toxic air ahead of annual legislative meetings last year in Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping threatened to punish polluters with an “iron hand.”

    Fast forward a year, as delegates with China’s legislature meet again in the capital, and evidence suggests the iron hand may be loosening its grip, highlighting tension between the goals of environmental protection and economic growth, which hit the slowest pace in a quarter century last year.

    While air pollution in the nation’s capital has improved slightly, residents still frequently don face masks to filter the smog, including during a string of days recently when...


  • Govt to change law to act against polluting industries on the basis of online evidence

    Mar 8 2016

    NEW DELHI: The Centre will make necessary changes in existing law to enable use of online data as legal evidence against polluting industries if such units violate permissible emission\effluent limits.

    The move is necessary as 1475 industries have already switched over to the web-based monitoring system and the remaining ones will put in the devices by June 30.

    The amendment in the Environment (Protection) Act, which is to be brought in during the second half of the ongoing Budget session of the Parliament in April-May, will also introduce various kind of penalties for different kind of violations by industries.

    At present, closer of unit is the only option and that...


  • Government proposes new approach to fight haze

    Mar 8 2016

    Chiang Mai: Thailand has proposed each country set its own measures to reduce air particle levels according to their own standards, arguing such "active" measures could then be included in the Asean Haze-Free Roadmap to control transboundary haze pollution.

    The proposal came Monday as high-level Asean officials gathered in the northern province to attend the three-day First Taskforce Meeting to Draft the Roadmap on Asean Cooperation Towards Transboundary Haze Pollution Control with Means of Implementation. Myanmar and Brunei were absent from the meeting.

    Wijarn Simachaya, chief of the Department of Pollution Control, said Asean members have worked together to reduce haze...


  • 24×7 monitoring of polluting industries

    Mar 8 2016

    New Delhi : Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday claimed a major revolution of putting all highly polluting industries in 17 categories under 24×7 monitoring by forcing them to install continuous effluent and emission equipment for online monitoring.

    As many as 1475 of them have already installed these devices and 805 more shall have them by this month end, thus putting 2280 industries in the self-monitoring mode round the clock from April 1, Javadekar said, pointing out that the earlier method of physical sampling and lab testing was found to be inadequate as it could not capture pollution levels all 24 hours.

    His ministry had identified a total of 3145...


  • 1,475 industry units installed pollution monitors since 2015: Prakash Javadekar

    Mar 8 2016

    New Delhi: Nearly half of the 3,145 highly polluting industry units that were issued notices by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in 2015 have installed effluent/emission monitoring systems, the environment ministry said on Monday.

    In 2015, CPCB issued notices to industry units under 17 categories, asking them to install continuous effluent/emission monitoring systems. Of the total 3,145 - 1,475 have installed the devices and 805 are expected to do it by March end.

    The government closed 321 polluting industry units asking them to re-open it only after putting in place the devices. Closure orders were issued to 141 others and action is being initiated against the...


  • China Intensifies Fight Against Pollution, Aims to Further Reduce PM2.5 Concentration Levels

    Mar 7 2016

    China is determined to significantly bring down its pollution levels. The government has unveiled an ambitious paln to address the country's smog problem and provide people with more days with good air quality.

    This was among the highlights of Premier Li Keqiang's Annual Government Work Report, according to China Daily.

    "Pollution control and environmental protection are important to people's health and the sustainable development of the nation," Li said. "So we must work hard to move forward."

    The 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) is the Chinese government's road map for social and economic development. The plan aims to increase the percentage of days with good air...


  • Setting Up AC Plant? No Environment Permit Needed

    Mar 7 2016

    The Ministry of Environment removed 25 industries from the highly polluting list as it released a new classification of industries during the International Conference on ‘Rule of Law For Supporting the 2030 Development Agenda/Sustainable Development Goals’ in New Delhi. “The exercise of re-categorization was being carried out for last one year. This is a landmark decision to give a fair picture of the industries,” said Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar.

    Based on the levels of pollution emitted, the industries have been re- classified into Red, Orange, Green and White. With ‘Red’ denoting the critically polluting industries and ‘White’ the least...


  • Thailand drafting plan to end annual smoke haze in SE Asia

    Mar 7 2016

    CHIANG MAI – Thailand is taking the lead in drafting a plan to set Asean on the road to becoming haze-free, hopefully controlling the annual smog that settles across the region from farmers burning off fields and forests.

    The initiative emerged from a meeting of a working group of senior Asean officials in Chiang Mai, chaired by Natural Resources and Environment Minister Gen Surasak Karnjanarat, to draft a roadmap for a sustainable solution to the problem.

    The goal is to make Southeast Asia a haze-free region by 2020. The plan will focus on cooperation to solve the problem, with no binding penalties.

    Thailand will propose the roadmap for the consideration of Asean...


  • Drought hits several islands off Ranong and parts of Trang

    Mar 8 2016
    THE drought has hit the South, with more than 200 families on islands off Ranong facing water scarcity and two |districts in Trang not having enough water to produce tap-water. Meanwhile, the Irrigation Department revealed that work has started on an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the Mae Wong Dam. Opponents, however, say they have already presented a cheaper method of water management. In Ranong, Banlue Saetan, the mayor of Tambon Pak Nam, said yesterday that the drought had already affected many people living on Chang Island, Lao Island and Payam Island. Water sources on the...

  • Greens Cry Foul Over Circular on Ordinary Sand Mining

    Mar 7 2016
    KOLLAM: Greens are crying foul over a recent circular issued by the Department of Environment and Climate Change, making Environmental Clearance Certificate (ECC) from the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) mandatory for mining or extraction of ordinary sand in the state. According to them, the circular is mute over sand mining from areas of less than 5 hectares and may miss the target which it desires to hit. As per the circular issued by the Environment Department dated February 9, 2016, large-scale extraction of ordinary sand under the guise of ordinary earth is being...

  • Academics warn against political agendas influencing environmentalism in Sasin case

    Mar 7 2016
    ENVIRONMENTALISTS ARE being targeted by political attacks again with the public speculating about the political agenda behind their activism, while academics insist that environmental issues cannot be separated from politics and that activists should be careful about confusing political interests with their campaigns. Shortly after the Irrigation Department suggested that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha reconsider the Mae Wong Dam project, waves of verbal attacks the hit the prominent environmentalist Sasin Chalermlarp, most heavily from the "red shirt" side of the political spectrum. Most...

  • Arborists concerned over soil tests in MacRitchie

    Mar 7 2016
    After going through the Environment Impact Assessment on soil investigations at the Central Catchment Nature Reserve at MacRitchie, plant expert Lahiru Wijedasa is concerned. “The disturbance that might be caused by soil investigation is significant and if damage is caused, it will be irreparable,” the former senior arborist at the Singapore Botanic Gardens told The New Paper. “The most damage from the soil investigations will be on the rare plants and old trees in MacRitchie, from the weight of the machines that will go into the area.” Singapore Arboriculture Society president Rick Thomas...

  • 36 ‘white’ industries exempt from green clearance: Prakash Javadekar

    Mar 7 2016
    New Delhi: The centre has exempted 36 non-polluting industries, termed white industries, such as solar and wind power plants, from green clearance. “The new category of white industries, which is practically non-polluting, will not require environmental clearance (EC) and consent. This is a landmark decision to give a fair picture of the industries,” environment minister Prakash Javadekar said after releasing the new categorization of industries on Saturday based on their pollution load. Major industries in the white category which would not require any clearance from the ministry or consent...

  • Cross Island Line could save commuters 40 minutes: LTA chief

    Mar 7 2016
    SINGAPORE: The Cross Island Line that will stretch from Jurong to Changi could save commuters up to 40 minutes of travel time, said Land Transport Authority (LTA) chief executive Chew Men Leong. The new MRT line, which is scheduled to be ready by 2030, has been the subject of controversy in recent weeks, over one possible option of running the line under the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. Some Singaporeans have even questioned the need for the line in the first place. Speaking to current affairs programme Talking Point, Mr Chew said the new line – with a potential daily ridership of 600,...

  • Right way forward for the Mekong River

    Mar 5 2016
    This week in Vientiane, the hydropower industry gather to attend the International Conference and Exhibition on Water Resources and Hydropower Development in Asia. The conference comes at a time when the pace of dam building on the lower Mekong River mainstream appears to be accelerating at a dangerous speed, and it threatens to leave a path of destruction in its wake. Even as conference participants champion hydropower as clean and renewable energy, communities along the Mekong and its tributaries are reminding anyone who will listen that electricity is not the only product they need from...

  • BMA hires two universities as consultants on ‘Chao Phraya Landmark’ project

    Mar 4 2016
    Deputy city clerk Pattarut Tantranon said yesterday that universities would be paid Bt120 million for the project, and they are required to conduct a detailed survey of the project area; design the project keeping in mind the community and impact from hydrology; as well as carry out an environmental impact assessment. The project covers a 7-kilometre stretch along the river from Rama 7 Bridge to Somdet Phra Pinklao Bridge on both sides. The universities are also tasked with formulating a master plan for the development of the 57km-long Chao Phraya riverside area, study initial environmental...

  • Japan halts US Okinawa base expansion

    Mar 4 2016
    Japan's PM Shinzo Abe has agreed to suspend construction work required for the relocation of a controversial US military base in Okinawa. Mr Abe said he was accepting a court-mediated settlement reached after a long stand-off between the central government and local authorities. The government wants to move the US Futenma airbase from its densely populated site to a more remote area. But local officials and residents want the base removed entirely. Japan has already began land reclamation work off the shore of Camp Schwab, the US base in Henoko, south of Nago city. Mr Abe said he would now be...

  • New Yangon airport terminal scheduled to open next week

    Mar 4 2016
    A new international terminal at Yangon airport is scheduled to open next week, with some flights to be moved to the new facilities, relieving strained capacity at the country’s main international gateway. Once complete, the new building will be able to handle 6 million passengers a year, more than double the airport’s current capacity of 2.7 million. A spokesperson for Asia World Group, whose subsidiary Pioneer Aero-drome Services is building the new terminal, said the opening date is set for March 12, the Myanmar Times reported on Friday. Following a controversial tender, Pioneer Aerodrome...
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AECEN Executive Committee Meeting 2016 10 Nov 2016
Regional Workshop on Strategies and Practices for Water Pollution Enforcement 8 Nov 2016 - 10 Nov 2016
MPE Webinar Series: Public Participation in EIA on Tools and Techniques 29 Sep 2016
MPE Webinar Series: Win-Win Solutions from Public Participation in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) 30 Aug 2016
MPE Webinar Series Session on "Public Participation in Transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)" 15 Jun 2016
SEA Process, Tools and Lessons from the Lower Mekong Region Energy Sector 24 May 2016 - 27 May 2016
IAIA Session: SEA Experience from the GMS 11 May 2016
ASEAN EIA UPDATE AND ROUNDTABLE (SESSION 95) 11 May 2016 - 14 May 2016
IAIA16: Resilience and Sustainability 11 May 2016 - 14 May 2016
MPE Webinar Series Session on “Public Participation in EIA process: Scoping to Evaluation” 5 Apr 2016
MPE Webinar Series Session on Community Participation in EIA/EMMP Monitoring 26 Feb 2016
Some Pointers for Public Participation in Environmental Impact Assessment 24 Feb 2016
2nd INTERPOL Environmental Compliance and Enforcement 16 Nov 2015 - 18 Nov 2015
Eye on Earth Summit 2015: AECEN's Involvement in the Regional Innovative Approaches for Cross-Regional Cooperation in Data Sharing 6 Oct 2015 - 8 Oct 2015
First Meeting of the “Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) 28 Sep 2015 - 29 Sep 2015
Regional Forum on Environmental Compliance in Industrial Sector 24 Sep 2015 - 25 Sep 2015
AECEN Annual Executive Committee Meeting 2015 22 Sep 2015
Regional Conference on "Next Generation Compliance in Asia” 21 Sep 2015 - 23 Sep 2015
Regional Symposium on “Shared Solutions: Safeguarding Sustainable Development in the Mekong Region” 25 Aug 2015 - 27 Aug 2015
Regional workshop on Impact Assessment and the ASEAN Economic Community: A Way Forward for Regional Collaboration 12 May 2015 - 13 May 2015