• Indonesia and Singapore Launch Twinning Partnership on Environmental Inspection

    Feb 13 2009
    The Indonesia Ministry of Environment (MOE) and Singapore National Environment Agency (NEA) launched a twinning partnership on environmental inspection on February 13, 2009 in Jakarta. The partnership aims to strengthen the inspection capacities of environmental compliance and enforcement personnel in Indonesia using innovative approaches and practices in Singapore.  Representatives from both countries defined a program of work that will begin with an observational program in Singapore.

  • USAID Joins with OECD to Strengthen Capacity of Environmental Agencies

    Sep 23 2008
    The Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) have joined hands to help strengthen environmental agencies in Asia by evaluating human and institutional capacity limitations to effective enforcement. At a workshop on September 24-25 in Paris, France, senior Asia officials, with support from AECEN, shared experience on capacity challenges, and adopted a framework and benchmarks for assessing the capacity needs. AECEN, funded by the United States Agency for International Development, will use this outcome...

  • Stakeholders Support New Environmental Compliance Assistance Center in West Bengal, India

    Sep 22 2008
    At a consultation meeting organized by the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) in Kolkata, India on September 23, 2008, stakeholders from industrial associations and universities committed to supporting West Bengal’s newly established Environmental Compliance Assistance Center (ECAC). Meeting participants included representatives from the West Bengal Chamber of Commerce, Indian Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Small and Medium Industries, and selected universities. WBPCB provided information on strategies and plans to establish and operate the ECAC through a range of...

  • AECEN Strengthens Philippine Judicial Training Curriculum

    Aug 3 2008
    The Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) organized an environmental law training on August 4-6, in Manila to pilot a new environmental training curriculum for Philippine judges. Twenty-five judges from selected branches of the 117 designated environmental courts in the Philippines participated in the training. Senior judges, environmental counsel, and lawyers from the Philippines and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) provided assistance during the training to strengthen capacities on adjudication of environmental cases, using an improved curriculum, which...

  • Philippines Business Council Cooperates with AECEN-Supported Environmental Compliance Center

    Jul 21 2008
    The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) in the Philippines has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Baras Business Council (BBC) to establish and operate a Compliance Assistance Center (CAC) for hog farms in the Laguna de Bay Region. Under the agreement, signed July 22, 2008, the LLDA and the BBC will jointly implement the work of the CAC as a public-private partnership to help the hog farms located in the Laguna de Bay Region comply with environmental laws and regulations. The project is supported by USAID through its ECO-Asia Program and the Asian Environmental Compliance and...

  • AECEN to Benchmark Institutional Capacity of Environmental Enforcement Agencies in Asia

    Jul 10 2008
    On July 11, 2008, the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) launched a new initiative to survey and evaluate the institutional capacity of environment agencies in selected Asian countries to establish “benchmarks” for effective, appropriately resourced environmental compliance and enforcement programs. The survey results will support decision-makers in addressing agency capacity challenges, and help influence funding policies and priorities to strengthen rule of law and the environment. USAID provides principal funding support for AECEN.

  • West Bengal to Establish India’s First Environmental Compliance Assistance Center

    Apr 28 2008
    The State of West Bengal organized a stakeholder consultation meeting in Kolkata, India on April 29 to establish a new center that will promote improved compliance with environmental regulations. Hosted by the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) and the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC), the meeting produced an action plan establishing an environmental compliance assistance center that will provide industry with information on policies, legal requirements, clean technologies and finance. The workshop was organized with support from the USAID-funded Asian...

  • Environmental Compliance Assistance Centers Officially Launched in the Philippines

    Apr 28 2008
    On April 29, 2008, the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) formally launched environmental compliance assistance centers in the Laguna de Bay region. The establishment of the centers is a milestone for ensuring compliance with environmental regulations geared to reducing pollution loading into the Laguna de Bay, the largest freshwater lakes in the country. The virtual centers will provide information on applicable pollution control policies and regulations, technology options, potential funding sources, and best practices for the swine and meat processing industries. LLDA will use...

  • AECEN Executive Committee Welcomes New Asian Members

    Apr 24 2008
    The Executive Committee of the USAID-funded Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) met on April 25, 2008 in Bangkok and welcomed new members from Indonesia, India, Japan, and Singapore. At the meeting, the Committee developed plans for the AECEN Award for Excellence for Women, a program for sharing best practices by “twinning” member agencies, and the AECEN Regional Forum which will be held in Bali, Indonesia on November 24-26, 2008.

  • West Bengal Joins Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network

    Mar 20 2008
    The West Bengal Pollution Control Board of India has joined the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN). With support from USAID and World Bank, West Bengal will establish an environmental compliance assistance center to address pollution generated by small- and medium-sized enterprises. Established in 2005, AECEN works to promote improved compliance with environmental legal requirements in Asia through regional exchange of innovative policies and practices. AECEN Members are national and sub-national agencies from Asian countries, and include agencies from India,...

  • Calls for action mount as six Indian cities hit top 10 of air pollution

    May 12 2016

    Environmental campaigners in India have called for the government to implement a “stringent, time-bound” plan to curb air pollution in cities, as a new World Health Organisation report suggests that six of the 10 most polluted cities in the world are in India.

    The report, which contains data from 795 cities in 67 countries between 2008 and 2013, shows Indian cities have some of the highest concentrations of particulate pollution, which can cause fatal damage to the heart and lungs.

    According to the WHO, air pollution is currently the greatest environmental risk to public health and causes about 3 million premature deaths globally every year.

    Six Indian cities –...


  • China gets tougher on environmental violations

    May 11 2016

    China imposed stiffer punishments on companies that violated environmental laws last year, according to new research that illustrates Beijing’s growing resolve to push through aspects of a greener social agenda.

    The research, conducted by financial index provider MSCI, recorded a near doubling in the cost of environmental penalties on selected companies in 2015 compared with the previous year and a near tripling in the likelihood that punitive action would be taken against offenders.

    The study covered 155 Chinese companies that are constituents of the MSCI Emerging Markets Index.

    The findings correspond with Beijing’s policy — evident in the Five-Year Plan covering...


  • 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, Natural Resources and Environment and Science and Technology ministries - to stop...


  • Pesticides blamed for sickening 31 in Battambang

    May 9 2016

    Water contaminated by pesticides has been blamed for poisoning 31 people in Battambang’s Samlot district.

    The victims, aged from 6 months to 40 years, were taken to Ka Sang health centre suffering vomiting, fever and headaches after using water from a stream and pond in Prey Thhom village on Thursday. All were expected to recover.

    Provincial health service deputy director Ouk Vithiear said pesticides probably seeped into the water from the surrounding farmland.

    “Pesticides used by local farmers got into the local pond and spread to a stream, where people get drinking water, on May 3,” said Vithiear.

    However, Prey Thhom village chief Chmunh Deab said many of...


  • China tries a different tack to curb air pollution

    May 4 2016

    SHANGHAI/BEIJING -- The dark haze of pollution enveloping Beijing is not only a serious health hazard, it also disrupts daily life. "When pollution is really severe, schools close down and I have to ask for leave from work to take care of my 8-year-old daughter," said Zhang Caixia, a 34-year-old mother of two who lives in the Chinese capital. "It's affecting my life a lot."

    In Beijing, concentrations of PM2.5 -- fine particles of dust, dirt, soot, smoke and liquid droplets that are suspended in the air and are considered especially hazardous -- briefly exceeded 1,000 micrograms per cubic meter at the end of last year, 40 times the World Health Organization's recommended guidelines...


  • Capital residents want city to inspect cement factory

    May 3 2016

    Representatives of 51 families living in the capital’s Chbar Ampov district yesterday delivered a petition to Phnom Penh Municipal Hall calling on authorities to inspect a cement factory they fear may be dangerous and damaging to their health.

    The Sambath Meancheng Concrete Company operates a sand-dredging and cement-mixing business in Veal Sbov commune’s Kdei Ta Koy village. Residents say the factory fills their home with sand and cement dust, and that its machinery keeps them awake at night, vibrating with such intensity that it causes nearby buildings to crack.

    “Cement flies into the house and onto our clothes,” said Bu Phalla, one of the representatives who delivered...


  • Gold-mining in Peru: forests razed, millions lost, virgins auctioned

    May 1 2016

    Three people in a motorised canoe on the mighty River Santiago in Peru’s northern Amazon some weeks ago saw something deeply alarming. It was one dredge and between 15 and 20 men mining for gold up one left-bank tributary.

    Two of the people in the canoe were consultants for Lima-based NGO DAR, which has dubbed the River Santiago Peru’s “last frontier” for illegal mining. “In the Amazon gold extraction is only known about in the Madre de Dios and Puno regions in the south of the country,” Esteban Valle Riestra, one of DAR’s consultants, told the Guardian. “The shift to the north, where in the Santiago basin it started within the last three years, is something new.”

    Valle...


  • Long-term exposure to particulate air pollutants associated with numerous cancers

    Apr 29 2016

    The study between the University of Birmingham and University of Hong Kong, published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, adds to growing concern around the health risks of prolonged exposure to ambient fine particulate matter.

    Particulate matter is the term for particles found in the air, including hydrocarbons and heavy metals produced by transportation and power generation, among other sources. This study focused on ambient fine particulate matter, or matter with an aerodynamic diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5).

    For every 10 microgram per cubic meter (µg/m³) of increased exposure to...


  • Klity villagers fight never-ending battle

    Apr 27 2016

    Justice delayed is justice denied. This legal maxim hit the victims of the Klity creek lead poisoning tragedy hard on Tuesday.

    Ethnic Karen forest dweller Kamthorn Srisuwanmala, 47, and other victims of the lead poisoning at Klity Lang, Kanchanaburi, arrived at the provincial court with high hopes. They left with heavy hearts.

    The Supreme Court was scheduled to issue the final verdict in their court case against Lead Concentrates (Thailand), the mining company which released toxic waste water into their creek for decades, resulting in numerous deaths, illnesses and disabilities.

    Since the First and Appeal courts already ruled in the Klity forest dwellers' favour,...


  • Final ruling on Klity Creek compensation case delayed

    Apr 26 2016

    A final ruling in a 119-million-baht lawsuit against a lead-separation company for poisoning a natural water source in Kanchanaburi 13 years ago was postponed on Tuesday after the provincial court found a defendant had yet to pay a court fee.

    The suit, filed by eight Karen villagers, named Lead Concentrate (Thailand) Co as first defendant and its owner, Kongsak Kleebbua, as second defendant.

    The court postponed the reading to June 21 on the grounds that it could not announce a Supreme Court ruling in the case unless Mr Kongsak would settles a 200,000-baht court fee, said Somchai Armeen, a member of the Lawyers Council of Thailand.

    In 2012, the Appeal Court said it...


  • NCPO orders ‘will cause more conflict’

    Mar 19 2016
    EXPERTS have warned that the government will be responsible for more serious rights violations, plus economic disparity - and the next political time-bomb - if it continues its use of "special power". Key panellists at an academic conference yesterday on communal rights, the environment and city planning, urged the government to stop using power under Article 44 of the interim charter, as they voiced concern that it would cause a new round of political conflict. The event was arranged by 11 public organisations, plus Rangsit and Thammasat universities. The warning follows the National Council...

  • Hub coal project will reduce poverty in Pakistan

    Mar 19 2016
    Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif has said that the Hub coal power project will not only bring prosperity to the country but will also accelerate the pace of development in Balochistan. He was talking with a delegation of the Hub Power Company (Hubco) comprising Chief Executive Khalid Mansoor, New Ventures Senior Vice President Tahir Jawaid, Chairman of the coal project company – China Power Hub Generation Company, Huang Yuntao and CPHGC CEO Zhao Yonggang who met with Federal Minister for Water and Power Khwaja Asif and Secretary Water and Power Younus Dagha on Friday....

  • NCPO dead wrong in ignoring the EIA process

    Mar 18 2016
    LAST WEEK Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, in his capacity as the head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), issued an order that will result in cutting lengthy development procedures for some state projects so preparations for construction can be controversially carried out parallel to environmental impact assessments (EIA’s). That practice contradicts what is stated in the Environmental Promotion and Protection Act. The preparation for a project before it has received an EIA could proceed with Cabinet endorsement. It appeared Prayut realised the negative implications of the...

  • SRT proposes seven rail projects

    Mar 18 2016
    The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) will propose seven dual-track railway routes to the cabinet for its approval this month. SRT Governor Wutthichart Kalayanamitr yesterday said the seven double-track rail lines will be submitted to the Transport Ministry before being forwarded to the cabinet. If the submissions are approved, bidding for the seven rail routes will be held. The SRT planned to propose the seven railway projects after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha exercised Section 44 of the interim charter to fast-track them. Under the order, the bidding and the environmental impact...

  • Revoke Article 44, say NGOs

    Mar 18 2016
    A MASSIVE coalition of 60 civil society groups have urged the government to refrain from exercising special powers under Article 44 of the interim charter, which recently allowed major development projects to bypass proper Environme-ntal Impact Assessments (EIAs). At yesterday's panel discussion on the issue, non-government organisations (NGOs) also warned that conflicts with affected communities could result in violence. Organised by the Thai Society of Environmental Journalists and 60 civil society organisations, the panel said the National Council for Peace and Order's (NCPO) order No 9/...

  • Museum expansion slammed

    Mar 18 2016
    A pre-environmental impact assessment (EIA) inspection of a National Palace Museum expansion project yesterday met with protests from local residents, who said the project poses safety risks and could increase traffic congestion near their neighborhoods because of the flawed design of a parking lot dedicated to tour buses. Taipei Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Liou Ming-lone (劉銘龍) told a meeting in Shilin District (士林) that due to amendments to the Environmental Impact Assessment Act (環境影響評估法) putting local governments in charge of overseeing establishments of cultural...

  • Myanmar races ahead as we back-pedal

    Mar 17 2016
    All eyes have been on Myanmar this week as it finally voted a new president, Htin Kyaw, into office, in so doing becoming the latest debutante into the democratic club. A close aide (for many he is a proxy) of democracy icon Aug San Suu Kyi, who is blocked from taking up the role due to constitutional hurdles, Htin Kyaw is the first civilian leader of the country since 1962. The new Myanmar government faces high expectations. We know the multi-ethnic country of 60 million, with chronic problems of ethnic tensions, will not turn into a fully fledged democratic society overnight. Yet, I would...

  • Residents want MPAJ to release EIA of Bukit Antarabangsa project

    Mar 17 2016
    NO DECISION has been made on a proposed mixed development project in Bukit Antarabangsa, Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) president Abdul Hamid Abdul Hussain said. He said the project was discussed at the Selangor Economic Action Council (MTES) on Feb 18. “They have not made any decision because there are several issues pending. “The state government has asked MPAJ to check on the conditions set by the technical departments of the project. “The developers will be required to explain their measures to comply with the conditions,” he disclosed. He said this included slope and soil...

  • Stop Sasa port dev't project, SC urged

    Mar 16 2016
    AS THEY stood firm in their stance against the P18.99-billion Davao Sasa Port Modernization Project (DSPM), a Private-Public Partnership (PPP) project in Mindanao led by the PPP Center and the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), concerned citizens and resort owners in Davao City asked the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the multi-billion project. The group asked the SC to issue a “Writ of Kalikasan” to stop the DOTC from implementing the project. The writ is a legal remedy for persons whose right to “a balanced and healthful ecology” is violated. This right is enshrined in...

  • Kaeng Krachan and the state's charade

    Mar 16 2016
    In his column "From the Prime Minister's Heart" in the government's newsletter, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha reaffirms his administration's commitment to sustainable development and the sufficiency economy. The gap between words and actions is as wide as an ocean. In the government's proposal to Unesco to classify Kaeng Krachan forest as a World Heritage Site, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment pledged commitment to the rights of indigenous forest dwellers, saying they would be allowed to live on their ancestral land and participate in managing the national park. The gap between words...
Event Datesort icon
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