• Vietnam and Australia Establish Twinning Partnership to Reduce Industrial Pollution in Ho Chi Minh City

    Aug 18 2010
    With assistance from the Australasian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulations Network (AELERT), AECEN has established a twinning partnership between the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DONRE) of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW) of New South Wales, Australia. Focusing on industry self-monitoring, self-reporting and recordkeeping of environmental performance, the partnership has an objective to improve institutional capacity at DONRE through dialogue and technical exchanges, leading to the adoption of improved...

  • Malaysia Trains Nepal Counterparts on Improved EIA Implementation

    Jun 18 2010
    As part of the twinning partnership between the Nepal Ministry of Environment (MOE) and the Malaysia Department of Environment (DOE), the Environmental Institute of Malaysia conducted a 10-day training from June 6-17, 2010 for Nepalese counterparts in Kuala Lumpur on improved EIA implementation. The training focused on institutional reforms, a new curriculum for training EIA consultants, EIA enforcement SOPs, monitoring and environmental auditing. Participants, which included representtaives from the Nepal MOE, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation, Nepal Electricity...

  • AECEN Launches New “EIA” Initiative in Asia

    Jun 14 2010
    With support from USAID, AECEN launched a new multi-year initiative to strengthen capabilities in implementing environmental impact assessments (EIA) across Asia and the Pacific. With participation from 20 countries across Asia, EIA practitioners identified capacity innovations and best practices in EIA in a regional workshop held on June 9-10, 2010 at the ADB Headquarters in Manila, Philippines. With assistance from USAID, AECEN member agencies will establish “twinning” partnerships and other capacity building activities to replicate best practices and ensure effective EIA implementation in...

  • Nepal and Malaysia Finalize Twinning Partnership Work Program

    May 5 2010
    As part of the AECEN twinning partnership between the Nepal Ministry of Environment and the Malaysia Department of Environment (DOE) on strengthening environmental impact assessment (EIA) capabilities for the hydropower sector, Nepal partners met with Malaysian counterparts in Kuala Lumpur on April 26-27, 2010 to finalize the work program and initiate activities.  During the meetings, Malaysia DOE and other stakeholders shared details on EIA implementation and experience on their EIA consultant registration scheme.  The work partnership program will include a comprehensive training...

  • Nepal and Malaysia Establish Twinning Partnership on Hydropower Planning

    Jan 15 2010
    The Nepal Ministry of Environment and Malaysia Department of Environment officially launched a twinning arrangement in Kathmandu on January 14, 2010 to strengthen Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) practices for the hydropower sector in Nepal. At a workshop on Sharing EIA Best Practices for the Hydropower Sector, co-organized with the World Bank, Malaysian officials shared innovative approaches on EIA in the hydropower sector. USAID will support the partnership with World Bank under AECEN.

  • AECEN Links Supreme Courts of Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines on Improved Environmental Adjudication

    Dec 7 2009
    From November 30 to December 4, 2009, justices from the Supreme Court of Indonesia, High Court of Sumatera, and Ministry of Environment visited Thailand and Philippines to meet with counterparts and identify strategies for replicating the “green benches” and developing a judicial certification program in Indonesia.  The delegation met with the Supreme Court of Thailand, the Supreme Administrative Court of Thailand, and the Supreme Court of the Philippines, as well as national training institutes, to share ideas various model of environmental courts and court divisions, as...

  • Asian Environmental Agencies Commit to Stronger Enforcement of Environmental Laws

    Oct 14 2009
    Environmental agency leaders from 14 Asian nations and the United States gathered in Singapore from October 12-14, 2009, to commit to strengthening enforcement and compliance of environmental laws at a meeting organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and AECEN.  Hosted by the Singapore National Environmental Agency, the countries issued a statement calling for Asian governments to promote improved environmental compliance with national legal requirements and international commitments. Participating agencies shared experience on improving environmental enforcement in...

  • Thailand Prepares Policy Framework on Addressing Soil Contamination with Assistance from Japan

    Sep 17 2009
    Thailand’s Pollution Control Department (PCD) in partnership with other line agencies has adopted a new policy for addressing soil contamination, a major national environmental challenge.  With technical assistance from experts from the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) of Japan, PCD organized a series of consultation workshops and technical exchanges to support development of the new policy framework.  In meetings from September 14-17, 2009, PCD presented its draft policy and obtained further feedback from practitioners from Japan and Malaysia.  ...

  • Philippines Assesses Operations of Environmental Compliance Assistance Centers

    Jul 29 2009
    The Laguna Lake Development Authority conducted an AECEN-supported assessment of compliance assistance centers on July 29, 2009, in Pasig, Philippines.  The workshop focused on the achievements and challenges in the establishment and operations of compliance assistance centers for the hog farm and slaughterhouse industries in the Laguna de Bay region.  With participants from industry, government agencies and representatives of compliance assistance centers in Thailand and India, the workshop identified key areas that need to be addressed to sustain the centers and ensure their...

  • Indonesia Strengthens Environmental Inspection Capacities

    Jul 21 2009
    On July 21, 2009, key officials and inspectors from Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment held a consultation workshop in Jakarta to discuss strategies for building environmental inspection capacities.  The recommendations were based on a review and analysis of gaps in Indonesia's inspection mechanisms and strategies, and on insights gained from exchanges with their twinning partner, the Singapore National Environment Agency. The twinning is facilitated by the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN).

  • An Air Purifier for Beijing?

    Aug 1 2016

    While it is recognized that this tower cannot solve the choking smog of Beijing, it is still quite remarkable (pictured below).

    Just 23-foot tall, the Smog Free Tower is the world's first outdoor air cleaner. It operates with a powerful vacuum to suck up pollution into a powerful ionization process and to filter out the dangerous particles and releases purified air. Based upon the Rotterdam tests, the Tower can eliminate 70-80 percent of the impurities in the air from an area the size of a football stadium. The carbon particles extracted from the air will be compressed and sealed in acrylic in the form of rings, cuff links and cubes and then sold with the proceeds intended to be...


  • 196 tonnes of hazardous waste being sent back to Japan

    Jul 28 2016

    CHON BURI - More than 190 tonnes of hazardous electronic and electrical waste will be sent back to Japan on Friday after being illegally imported through Laem Chabang port of this eastern province last year.

    Industry deputy permanent secretary Sakda Pankla inspected the 196.11 tonnes of toxic waste on Thursday. He was accompanied by senior officials from the Department of Industrial Works, the Department of Pollution Control, the Customs Department, and Laem Chabang port and cargo terminal operators.

    This huge amount of hazardous garbage was seized following an inspection of containers at Laem Chabang port by customs and industrial works officials on Aug 28 last year, Mr...


  • Klity offers lessons for us all

    Jul 18 2016

    The scene is almost deja vu: A group of Karen villagers dressed in traditional costume and their representative lawyers clad in solemn suits hold their hands high in victory. The location is the Supreme Court. Journalists rush to interview them and file reports that read: "Klity villagers win court battle". Again.

    These poor Karen villagers, who experienced devastating health problems or lost loved ones from lead poisoning after years of consuming water from a creek contaminated by untreated waste discharges by Kanchanaburi-based mining company Lead Concentrates (Thailand), have twice won a historic lawsuit.

    In January 2013, they won a case against the Pollution Control...


  • Thailand and the Lao PDR have agreed on cross-border pollution management efforts

    Jul 14 2016

    BANGKOK, 14 July 2016 (NNT) - Thailand and the Lao PDR have agreed on pollution management efforts and ways to cope with cross-border pollution, particularly wildfire smoke.

    Director-General of the Pollution Control Department (PCD) Wijarn Simachaya said from May 31 to July 14, the PCD had held a workshop to enhance the work capabilities of the staff of the newly established pollution control department of the Lao PDR. The workshop focused on field operations and shared Thailand’s expertise on dealing with airborne pollution such as smoke from wildfires, hazardous waste management and analyzing chemical samples from laboratories.

    He said that Thailand has expressed its...


  • Formosa to pay US$500mil. compensation for environmental disaster in central Vietnam

    Jun 30 2016

    Formosa also made five commitments, including $500 million of compensation. It was the official information released at a government press conference in Hanoi this afternoon.

    The press conference attracted public attention since it released the long-awaited official causes of mass fish deaths in the central coastal provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue.

    At the press conference, a record of Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Limited Company Chairman Chen Yuan Cheng’s apology to Vietnamese people was also released.

    In his speech, Chen, on behalf of the company’s 6,300 officials and workers, accepted responsibility and offered an apology to the...


  • Pollution Control Dept to restore Khli Ti Stream in Kanchanaburi Province after lead contamination

    Jun 28 2016

    KANCHANABURI, 28 June 2016 (NNT) - The Pollution Control Department is preparing to restore Khli Ti Stream in Kanchanaburi province after lead contamination. The project is expected to take 1,000 days and has a budget of 584 million baht.

    Director-General of the Pollution Control Department Wijarn Simachaya said that with a finalized budget of 584 million baht, the department has commenced with the e-bidding process, which will conclude on August 11. After the auction, the winning bidder will be able to begin project operations in the same month.

    The project includes the construction of landfills, restoring areas near the mineral processing plant, construct two additional...


  • Obama signs bipartisan chemical safety bill

    Jun 22 2016

    WASHINGTON — The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act is the first major update to environmental legislation in two decades, overhauling the process for regulating toxic chemicals, allowing the Environmental Protection Agency to ban substances like asbestos, and limiting the secrecy around those chemicals after 10 years,

    But that's not the only reason why President Obama chose to sign the bill Wednesday in a public ceremony at the White House: It's also a rare example of bipartisanship from a Congress widely seen as unable to agree on much of anything.

    The bill passed the House 403 to 12 and the Senate by voice vote.

    "I want the American...


  • Heavy-handed actions crushing villagers

    Jun 20 2016

    The intensified crackdown on encroachment and logging by the military regime has dealt a heavy blow to villagers who live in harmony with nature in protected forest areas, while leaving most influential big timber businesses unscratched.

    The suppression followed two orders issued in 2014 by the National Council for Peace and Order designed to protect and reclaim the forests and which impose harsh punishment for encroachment on protected areas and for illegal logging.

    In 2014, the authorities conducted a raid in Ban Thung Pa Kha, in Mae Hong Son's Mae La Noi district, and rounded up 39 ethnic Pakayaw -- or Karen -- villagers who acquired small amounts of wood, 4-5 logs each...


  • PCD steers up five-year and 20-year pollution control plans

    Jun 11 2016

    BANGKOK, 11 June 2016 (NNT) – The Pollution Control Department (PCD) is preparing to execute five-year and 20-year pollution management plans alongside a new National Economic and Social Development Plan to ensure proper pollution control.

    PCD Director General Wijarn Simachaya said the department has issued the five-year and 20-year pollution management plans for periods during 2017-2021 and during 2017-2036 in order to push forward pollution control operations in Thailand.

    The 20-year plan is composed of six key measures, namely the promotion of environmental friendly products manufacturing; the promotion of environmental friendly products consumption; the enhancement in...


  • America's water testing problems must and can be fixed, experts say

    Jun 4 2016

    A tragedy of widespread testing failures in US drinking water is that experts believe the remedies are fairly straightforward – if there is political will.

    As the Guardian has revealed, at least 33 cities across 17 states have used water testing methods that regulators and experts have said may inaccurately reduce lead levels found in tests.

    Marc Edwards, the Virginia Tech scientist who helped uncover the Flint disaster, said some of this “cheating” could even be criminal in nature. Officials in Michigan face criminal charges in part because they used some of these techniques to allegedly lower lead levels in the city.

    The Guardian’s analysis of thousands of water...


  • Port City project will cause a severe disaster – Prof. Katupotha

    May 28 2016
    If rocks are mined during the next two years at the rate mentioned in the Supplementary Environmental Impact Assessment Report on the Colombo Port City project, supplies for local and national requirement will be severely affected, academics highlighted. Emeritus Professor at the Department of Geography of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Sri Jayewardenepure, Jinadasa Katupotha said that the report had not mentioned the quantities of explosive materials which would be used at sites in the Districts of Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara, from where rocks and rock...

  • Akara sued for B500m over gold-mine impacts

    May 27 2016
    About 300 Phetchabun and Phichit residents on Friday filed a 500-million-baht lawsuit against Akara Resources Plc over health, environmental and resource impacts stemming from its gold-mining operation. The Lawyers Council of Thailand brought some 30 residents representing the plaintiffs' group to the Civil Court on Ratchadaphisek Road in Bangkok. The 300 denizens of tambons Thai Dong in Phetchabun's Wang Pong district and Khao Jed Luk in Phichit's Thab Khlo district demanded compensation of 1.58 million baht each and a 50-million-baht contribution by the company to an environmental clean-up...

  • MoEF panel gives ToR for project with Nepal

    May 26 2016
    In a significant step, an expert panel of the Union environment ministry has recommended the terms of references for long-impending joint India-Nepal Pancheshwar multipurpose project to avoid any delay in its environmental impact study. A joint mechanism to consider the environmental impact assessment of the full project was also called for. The development comes about two years after both the countries signed the charter for the Pancheshwar Development Authority (PDA), renewing hopes for the implementation of the 17-year-long bilateral project and strengthen power cooperation between the two...

  • Thilawa SEZ phase two nears completion

    May 25 2016
    The first phase of the 400-hectare Zone A was finished last September and the second phase is almost complete, said U Thein Han, chair of Myanmar Japan Thilawa Development (MJTD). More than 85 percent of the land in Zone A has been reserved by 69 light-industry manufacturers from across the globe, he said. Of these, nine are already exporting their products, ranging from car parts to garments and electronic gadgets. Twenty-seven companies are preparing to begin operations and 33 more are starting to build factories, U Thein Han added. The zone became commercially operational and was formally...

  • Government to revive Versova-Bandra Sea Link project

    May 19 2016
    Opposition from environmentalists as well as residents and various problems during execution of Coastal Road between Bandra and Versova is making the state government revive its Versova-Bandra Sea Link project despite having scrapped the entire sea link project on Mumbai's Western Coast. Therefore, there is a possibility of a Coastal Road that snakes from South Mumbai to Kandivli — completely skipping the Bandra-Versova section. As the state government has given nod to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) Coastal Road plan instead of the chain of sea links, the most problematic section...

  • Action against THDC If Found Guilty: NGT

    May 18 2016
    The managing director of Tehri Hydro Development Corporation (THDC) would be liable and would be dealt with in accordance with the law in case of default in the 444 MW capacity Vishnugad-Peepalkoti hydro electric project. This was stated recently by the National Green Tribunal while hearing on a case of Vimal Bhai versus Tehri Hydro Development Corporation, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the Government of Uttarakhand. According to the appellant Vimal Bhai, the case of Vishnugad-Peepalkoti power project on the Alaknanda river is in the National Green Tribunal regarding...

  • Cabinet considers measures addressing public concerns such as farmer's debt and water management

    May 16 2016
    The Cabinet has considered had a meeting in which many measures to relieve public hardships, including the solution to farmer’s debt issue and water management were on the agenda. The Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has chaired a Cabinet meeting today which include the consideration of projects to relieve public hardships and agricultural development projects. In the meeting, the Cabinet considered the proposed loans and plans for water management projects, including an water allocation study plan to increase the water at Bhumibol Dam, an environmental impact assessment for a water...

  • Gold miners face business shutdown

    May 11 2016
    Thailand's gold mining industry is set to go out of business as the cabinet has decided to stop renewing and issuing licences for gold ore exploration and gold mining following a public outcry over health and environmental issues. Speaking after a cabinet meeting Tuesday, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha insisted gold mining will cease by the end of this year. Steps will also be taken to rehabilitate mining areas and help workers set to lose their jobs. Industry Minister Atchaka Sibunruang said the cabinet had acknowledged a joint decision by four ministries - the Industry, Public Health,...

  • Dawei locals launch campaign against Chinese oil refinery plans

    May 11 2016
    This quiet stretch of coast just south of Dawei is today used mostly for swimming and fishing by local villagers or the occasional tourist (see related story). But the northern area of the bay is set to become part of a Chinese plan to build Myanmar’s largest oil refinery – which controversially received approval in the final days of former president U Thein Sein’s administration. The estimated figure of US$3 billion would rank it among the biggest foreign investments for the country but an investigation by The Myanmar Times has found the development remains cloaked in uncertainty and...

  • 527 projects waiting for environmental clearances: Centre

    May 10 2016
    Over 500 projects in various sectors are pending for environmental clearances, the Lok Saha was informed today. "The number of projects under consideration in the Ministry for Environmental clearances are 527. The proposals are processed for approval as per the provisions under the Environment Impact Assessment Notification, 2006. These projects are accorded approval within the stipulated time frame and after receiving requisite document from the Project Proponent and state government," Union Environment minister Prakash Javadekar told the Lok Saha in a written reply. He said ministry has...
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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