• 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...

  • 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...

  • Central China province to curb pollution in Dongting Lake

    Mar 7 2016

    Hunan Province in central China will reduce pollution at a major lake along the middle reaches of Yangtze River, in the following five years, local authorities said Sunday.

    Dongting Lake has been left contaminated following years of industrial and agricultural growth, said Li Liqiang, deputy director of Dongting Lake ecological environment monitoring center.

    Chen Xiangqun, vice governor of the province, said that ditches and ponds around the lake will be dredged, and pollution caused by livestock and poultry breading around the lake will also be addressed.

    Garbage heaped up around the lake will be removed and major industrial pollution sources will be identified,...

  • “Chaohu Water Pollution Control Program” Was Announced

    Mar 7 2016

    Recently, reporters learned from the Municipal Environment Protection Department that “Chaohu Water Pollution Control Program” has been issued, marking that the comprehensive water pollution control work of Chaohu has been in full swing. It is reported that Chaohu’s water environment quality will be improved stage by stage by 2020..

    In regard to the full safeguard of ecological security of water environment, full control of pollution discharge, promoting the transformation and upgrading of economic structure, efforts on water resources conservation, and strengthening water environment management, 22 major items including “firmly grasp industrial pollution control” and 43 small...

  • Government seeks report on waste burning

    Mar 7 2016

    In a bid to speed up action against those indulging in burning garbage, leaves, plastic, rubber and other waste material and for not taking measures to control dust at construction sites, the AAP government on Monday will be seeking action-taken reports in this regard from all the municipal bodies, Delhi Pollution Control Committee, DDA and revenue and public work departments.

    All these agencies have been directed to submit their action plans so that a roadmap can be drawn for strict compliance of the NGT orders to bring down air pollution in the city. The meeting is to be chaired by PWD minister Satyendra Jain and environment minister Imran Hussain.

    In the previous meeting...

  • 1000 Incidents Of Environmental Violations Each Day

    Mar 7 2016

    Over 1000 instances of environmental violations by industries are bought to the notice of the ministry each day, Minister for Environment, Prakash Javadekar has said.

    These violations are being tracked by an online monitoring system in over 1100 industrial units,spread across 17 sectors. The system installed at effluent discharge points and chimneys have been put in place to keep a tab on the way these units are affecting the environment.
    “Since the online data is presently not legally accepted as evidence, we will soon move an amendment,” said Javadekar. Currently the ministry deploys its inspectors to visit the violating unit, take samples and file a report. Then cases are...

  • Industries Re-Categorised on Pollution Index by Ministry of Environment

    Mar 6 2016

    With an aim to make it easy to do business in India Environment Ministry released new categories of industries based on their pollution load.

    Minister of State of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Mr. Prakash Javadekar said that, "The new category of White industries which is practically non-polluting will not require Environmental Clearance (EC) and Consent and will help in getting finance from lending institutions. The exercise of Re-categorisation was being carried out for last one year. This is a landmark decision to give a fair picture of the industries."

    The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has developed the criteria of categorisation...

  • China Ramps Up Efforts to Fight Pollution

    Mar 6 2016

    China will intensify its efforts to reduce pollution, Premier Li Keqiang said in his annual Government Work Report on Saturday, citing as an example ambitious targets in fighting smog that will increase the number of days with good air quality.

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

    Lower emissions of major water and air pollutants have been targeted, cutting them by 2 to 3 percent this year. This will help reduce the concentration in the air of PM2.5, particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter that is hazardous to health....

  • 173 polluting units found in Mandoli area

    Mar 3 2016

    NEW DELHI: A survey of Mandoli Industrial Area has found 173 polluting units and gross violations of pollution control norms. Therefore, the Public Grievances Commission has ordered the filing of criminal cases against violators and told Delhi Pollution Control Committee to start sealing those units. It has also ordered the snapping of water and power connections of these units.

    The survey was conducted in January. PGC member N Dilip Kumar stated in his order that an action-taken report submitted by DPCC said its officials, the area SDM and Delhi Police officers inspected these units four times at night. Based on that, three units were issued closure notices under Section 31 of...

  • Spokesman slashes "irresponsible" pollutant emission

    Mar 2 2016

    BEIJING, March 2 (Xinhua) -- A spokesperson with the national political advisory body on Wednesday criticized some factories of breaking environment rules and called for green efforts from the government and public.

    While the country is fighting a serious battle against air pollution, the industrial sector should follow an eco-friendly principle, Wang Guoqing, spokesman for the annual session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, said at a press conference ahead of the session.

    Wang denounced that some companies deactivated their pollution control facilities to cut costs and eluded supervision to discharge pollutants.


  • China raises coal bed methane gas subsidy to help fight air pollution

    Mar 1 2016

    Beijing has raised the subsidy for coal bed methane (cbm) production by half from this year to 2020 in a move to encourage exploration and production of the cleaner-burning fuel as part of its air pollution control initiatives.

    The subsidy for each cubic metre of cbm – natural gas trapped among coal seams – has been raised to 0.3 yuan in the five years to 2020 from 0.2 yuan in previous years, the Ministry of Finance said in a statement posted on its website on Tuesday.

    The move is expected to help struggling producers of the greener but more challenging and expensive to extract natural gas, after Beijing slashed non-residential wholesale natural gas prices by an average of...

  • Publish environmental impact studies as a matter of course

    Mar 2 2016
    I refer to the report “Govt agencies may post environmental impact studies online in future” (Feb 27), which reported that after the unprecedented release online of an environmental impact assessment (EIA) report by the Land Transport Authority, government agencies will consider doing the same for future reports. This is especially if there is significant public interest involved. Publishing such reports online should be the norm, not the exception, especially when the definition of “significant public interest” can be ambiguous. It also allows the Government to better gauge sentiments,...

  • Penang government denies Penaga mangrove forest set to make way for development

    Mar 2 2016
    GEORGE TOWN: The Penang government has refuted a report that a mangrove forest at Penaga on the mainland has been earmarked for development. State Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin said the area was for a aquaculture project instead. He said the area has been gazetted by the state as an Aquaculture Industrial Zone (AIZ) which will be developed to ensure food security. He however stressed studies were still being conducted and shot down allegations land clearing activities have already begun. He said the Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIA)...

  • Airport-to-Patong speedboat shuttle service passes EIA

    Mar 2 2016
    PHUKET: The proposed project to offer a speedboat shuttle service from Phuket International Airport to Patong has passed the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), confirmed the governor today. “We are glad to have the support of the central government for the ‘From the Boat to the Plane’ project,” said Phuket Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada. “It’s an excellent idea as an alternative transport solution for tourists.” In November last year, a 25-million-baht budget was approved for the Phuket International Airport pier project, which will allow tourists to take boats along the west coast to...

  • Thousands to march against coal plant threat to Bangladesh's Sundarbans forest

    Mar 2 2016
    Thousands of Bangladeshis will march from the country’s capital, Dhaka, to the world’s biggest mangrove forest next week in protest at plans to build two coal-power plants on the edge of the World Heritage-listed forest. The organisers of the so-called long march on 10 March hope to persuade the Bangladeshi government to drop its backing for construction of the plants near the Sundarbans, an area of rice paddies, shrimp farms and vast mangrove forests. “No sensible person will deny that there are many alternative ways for electricity generation,” said Anu Muhammad an economist with...

  • Why I am unsympathetic towards residents affected by the Cross Island Line

    Mar 1 2016
    The planned construction of the new Cross Island Line across the Central Catchment Nature Reserve has triggered concerns from environmental organizations. Calling for zero impact on the nature reserve, these groups have suggested an alternative route along Lornie Road. In response, the president of Yew Lian Park Residents’ Association, as the representative of affected residents in the area, opposed this suggestion on the grounds that these residents would lose their homes. [1] As long as we subscribe to pragmatism as a nation, this reasoning is unjustified. Pragmatism often works in...

  • Light rail plans revised amid safety concerns

    Mar 1 2016
    PHUKET: Plans for Phuket’s multi-billion-baht light rail project are being revised again to ensure better safety for motorists using the roads running alongside the proposed track routes, it was announced last week. The Highways Department, under the Ministry of Transport, has requested that the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning (OTPP) modify the numerous level crossings planned along the route between Phuket International Airport and Phuket Town to reduce the possibility of accidents at intersections. Initial plans for level crossings with barriers along the route were...

  • Khaw says, LTA doesn’t know about the cost of the skirting option for Cross-Island Line yet

    Mar 1 2016
    The Land Transport Authority (LTA) does not know the exact cost of the alternative option to run a 9km route skirting the nature reserve for the Cross Island Line (CRL), says Minister for Transport on Monday in Parliament. This comes after the much-publicised claim that the alternative route for CRL would cost $2 billion. LTA chief executive Chew Men Leong had written in a letter to Straits Times on 22 February and said, “Besides land and home acquisitions that could affect families, the extra works could incur $2 billion more in expenditure,” The government is to choose between the two...

  • Shezidao’s future remains uncertain despite vote

    Mar 1 2016
    Development of the Shezidao (社子島) peninsula in Taipei’s Shilin District (士林) is still up in the air, despite residents voting to support Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je’s (柯文哲) plan to turn the area into an “Ecological Shezidao,” because there remains a difference of opinion over the details of the redevelopment plan. Results of the poll, which began on Saturday and ended on Sunday, showed that only about 35 percent of eligible voters cast their votes. Among the votes cast, 59.56 percent supported the “Ecological Shezidao” plan. None of the plans gained more than 900 votes. The city has not allowed...

  • Key step needed in environment assessment process

    Mar 1 2016
    I applaud the Land Transport Authority (LTA) for engaging various stakeholders regarding the Cross Island MRT Line ("Both possible alignments for CRL will be studied" by Mr Chew Men Leong of the LTA; Feb 22). However, the letter showed a significant lack of understanding of the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) process, which has caused undue stress to residents, businesses and nature lovers. In the EIA process, scoping is a critical early step that surfaces social, environmental and economic issues before any project or development (in this case an alignment) is conceptualised, so that...

  • Mae Wong dam pushed by Nakhon Sawan group

    Mar 1 2016
    A group of Nakhon Sawan residents are urging the government to press ahead with construction of the Mae Wong dam, arguing it would help solve drought and flooding problems. Representatives led by Samrong Yiangyong, a member of the Sakae Krang river basin committee, submitted a letter to Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chatchai Sarikulya on Tuesday. They said the dam would resolve alternating problems of water shortages and flooding in the Chao Phraya and Sakae Krang basins. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has inspected the area on Feb 26 and instructed agencies to look into the pros...
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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
IAIA16: Resilience and Sustainability 11 May 2016 - 14 May 2016
IAIA Session: SEA Experience from the GMS 11 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
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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