• Philippines Initiates New Environmental Compliance Assistance Center

    Mar 6 2008
    The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) and Philippines's National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) organized an orientation for regulators at the Compliance Assistance Center (CAC) for Slaughterhouses in the Laguna de Bay Region in Calauan, Philippines on March 7, 2008. As one of the CAC's first activities, the workshop involved briefing regulators on the CAC's services and the relationship between the CAC and the implementation of environmental laws. Over 90 participants from local government agencies engaged CAC representatives in a discussion to learn how the center can improve...

  • Thailand to Establish Environmental Compliance Assistance Center for Swine Sector

    Feb 6 2008
    On February 7-8, 2008, with support from AECEN, Thailand 's Pollution Control Department (PCD) conducted consultation workshops with local pig farmers in Nakornpathom and Chachoengsao Provinces on the establishment of environmental compliance assistance centers for the swine sector in the Tha Chin and Bang Pa Kong river basins. Based on the stakeholder consultations and positive endorsement of proposed plans, the national government will establish the centers at each river basin. From the national level, PCD will provide technical guidance and assistance in establishing and launching the...

  • Philippines Creates Blueprint to Support Initiatives and Strategies for Strengthening New Environmental Courts

    Jan 28 2008
    On January 29, 2008, the Supreme Court of the Philippines and the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) and other stakeholders discussed strategies to support and strengthen the Philippines's newly designated environmental courts. Chief Justice Puno reiterated his belief that "all efforts will be undertaken so that the newly designated environmental courts will be manned by 'green judges'-- skillful judges who not only master environmental laws, but also understand the philosophy of environmentalism and ecologism." In the coming months, PHILJA will review and improve the curriculum...

  • The Supreme Court of the Philippines has passed a resolution to designate 117 trial courts for improved environmental adjudication

    Jan 17 2008
    The environment courts will handle all types of environmental cases. As part of the resolution, the Supreme Court will also conduct training seminars for environmental and appellate court personnel. The Supreme Court developed concrete recommendations to designate specific municipal and regional trial courts to handle environmental cases with technical assistance from AECEN. The Supreme Court of the Philippines and the Philippine Judicial Academy also co-organized the Asian Justices Forum on the Environment in Manila in July 2007 to share proposed recommendations with judges from Australia...

  • Philippines Launches New Environmental Compliance Assistance Website for Slaughterhouses

    Oct 14 2007
    On October 15, 2007, the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN), the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), and the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) of the Philippines launched a compliance assistance website (http://www.slaughterhousecac-phil.org), the first of its kind in the Philippines, to provide clear and updated information for the regulated industry to help them understand environmental regulations so they are able to comply with their obligations. The website was launched at the NMIS grounds as part of the celebrations of the 35th anniversary of NMIS...

  • Nepal Joins Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network

    Oct 14 2007
    The Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology of Nepal has joined the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN). The Ministry assigned the Joint Secretary of the Law and Convention Division to serve as their representative to AECEN. Established in 2005, AECEN works to promote improved compliance with environmental legal requirements in Asia through regional exchange of innovative policies and practices. CLICK HERE to read more about AECEN members.

  • AECEN Assists the Central Environmental Authority of Sri Lanka to Implement Wastewater Discharge Fee System

    Aug 15 2007
    On August 16, 2007, the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) of Sri Lanka signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the USAID Environmental Cooperation-Asia (ECO-Asia) program, through the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN), to cooperate on a program to implement a Wastewater Discharge Fee (WDF) system. The CEA Chairman emphasized that the proposed WDF system was long overdue and that AECEN support will now enable the CEA to accelerate the process for establishing a wastewater discharge fee system to counter water pollution from industrial sources. AECEN will...

  • AECEN Assists Indonesia in Assessing Current Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Programs

    Jul 29 2007
    On July 30, 2007, the Ministry of Environment of Indonesia (MOE), in partnership with the Indonesian Center for Environmental Law (ICEL), conducted a “National Workshop on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement” in Jakarta. The workshop was co-organized with the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN). Eighty representatives from the MOE, Department of National Police, Attorney General’s Office, courts and non-governmental organizations participated in the workshop. Participants discussed the results of the AECEN-supported rapid assessment of the state of...

  • AECEN Study Tour Enables Philippines and Thailand to Explore Strategies for Establishing Compliance Assistance Centers for Hog Farms and Slaughterhouses

    Jul 22 2007
    On July 23-27, 2007, the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) and the Council of Agriculture (COA) of Taiwan organized an observational program to Taiwan for five delegates from Thailand and the Philippines. The program is part of AECEN’s support to the Pollution Control Department (PCD) of Thailand and the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) of the Philippines in their efforts to establish compliance assistance centers for the swine sector and the slaughterhouse industry in the respective countries. Participants discussed various approaches in promoting...

  • Sri Lanka Launches New Wastewater Pollution Charge and Environmental Fund Initiative

    Mar 23 2007
    With support from AECEN, the Sri Lanka Central Environment Authority (CEA) launched a new wastewater pollution charge and environmental fund initiative to address priority industrial wastewater pollution at an inception workshop on June 27, 2007, in Colombo , Sri Lanka . With input from a range of stakeholders, CEA put forward a preliminary action agenda for addressing pollution in the nation's waterways by assessing a load-based fee for a range of industrial sectors. AECEN supports CEA on this initiative as a pilot project. In addition, AECEN facilitated a technical exchange between CEA and...

  • Licence extension linked to gold mine ‘to be based on scientific data

    Apr 24 2016

    A team from four ministries yesterday visited Chatree gold mine in Phichit to inspect the mine and get information from both opponents and supporters of the gold mine.

    The officials were led by Industry Minister Atchaka Sibunruang, Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsat-ayadorn, Science Minister Pichet Durongkaveroj, and Pollution Control Department chief Wijarn Simachaya, who represented the Natural Resource and Environment Minister.

    Atchaka said the assessment on renewing the metallurgy licence would be finalised prior to the deadline on May 13, when the mine's licence expires, but for now the minister was not able to say if the licence would be renewed or not.

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  • Neighbouring countries to get devices to check air-quality

    Apr 21 2016

    THAILAND HAS installed devices for air-quality checks in Laos, and will make similar installations in Myanmar and Cambodia in a bid to fight the threat of smog.

    Pollution Control Department (PCD) director-general Wijarn Simachaya disclosed yesterday that the installation in Vientiane had already been completed.

    "Next year, we will install similar devices in the two other neighbouring countries," he said.

    Because wind can blow unhealthy smoke from one country to another, smog has been a shared threat in the region. Hotpots in nearby countries can affect Thailand. "We have already written to the Asean secretary-general, asking for help in getting Myanmar, Laos and...


  • Vietnam investigates mass fish deaths

    Apr 21 2016

    Vietnam said on Thursday it was investigating whether pollution is to blame for a spate of mysterious mass fish deaths along the country’s central coast after huge amounts of marine life washed ashore in recent days.

    Tonnes of fish, including rare species which live far offshore and in the deep, have been discovered on beaches along the country’s central coastal provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Tri, Quang Binh and Hue.

    “We have never seen anything like it,” aquaculture official Nhu Van Can told AFP on Thursday.

    The strange situation first came to light when farmed fish in the area began dying in great numbers, he said, with locals later discovering huge numbers of dead...


  • Microbots Could Play Key Role in Cleaning Up Our Water Systems

    Apr 18 2016

    What if we could not only clean up the heavy metals in our water systems, but also recycle those metals and reuse them?

    A new study from the Institute for Intelligent Systems in Germany and the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia in Spain suggests that, soon, we might be doing just that.

    Scientists have developed microbots with the ability to clean up 95 percent of heavy metal waste from water systems within an hour.

    Microbots, essentially tiny robots, are designed for specific purposes. Most — like the ones in this study — are smaller in diameter than a strand of human hair.

    Made of three layers, the microbots propel themselves around polluted waterways...


  • Lao e-waste plant raises pollution concerns

    Apr 8 2016

    An industrial plant that mines cast-off electronics for their valuable metals appears to be pumping polluted waste water into the neighborhood surrounding Vientiane’s Special Economic Zone causing contamination levels to jump dramatically, local residents told RFA’s Lao Service.

    The Hokeng Metal Processing Co. plant located in Nonthong village in Vientiane’s Saythany district reclaims copper, lead and other valuable minerals from computers, televisions, batteries and other castoff electronics, and then resells the metals to customers worldwide.

    “I see the plant drain the waste water into the surrounding fields, and during the rainy season it will spread to other areas,”...


  • With New Tools, A Focus On Urban Methane Leaks

    Apr 4 2016

    Battered by storms and weakened with age, the natural gas distribution pipes of urban New Jersey have long been in need of repair. And for a long time, the state’s largest utility, Public Service and Enterprise Group (PSE&G), has wanted to replace them. The problem is that pipelines cost upwards of $1.3 million per mile, and the utility owns 4,330 miles of them. Replacing it all would cost at least $6 billion, not to mention decades of work.

    In December 2014, however, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) approached the utility with a solution. Using new technology that can trace methane emissions back to their sources with great precision,researchers could home in on the...


  • Lao PDR prepares ‘polluter pays’ legislation

    Mar 28 2016

    The government of Lao PDR is preparing legislation for a scheme that will see industrial enterprises pay for the pollution they cause.

    A Presidential Provision on Environmental Tax is expected to be submitted to the President’s Office this year and if approved will give a legal mandate for a ‘polluter pays’ scheme that aims to incentivize industries to adopt cleaner technologies and practices. Proponents also hope it will generate enough revenue to help develop a national pollution monitoring system as well as mitigate or offset some of the environmental damage from pollution.

    The Presidential Provision will outline the structure of the scheme, including target pollutants...


  • Air Force, officials tackle smog

    Mar 25 2016

    ‘Water flights’ planned to counter pollution in Chiang Rai as residents risk health problems; agricultural fires blamed

    SEVEN provinces in the North are now suffering bad air pollution, with Chiang Rai the hardest-hit and residents at risk of developing health problems. As of yesterday, the amount of small dust particles (PM10) in Chiang Rai jumped to 304 micrograms per cubic metre of air - far over the safe level of 120 micrograms.

    In a bid to help ease the air-quality problem, the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) will dispatch planes to spray water to mitigate the problem.

    The level of air pollution could affect the health of people in the area, the Pollution Control...


  • Haze forces 64,000 into hospitals in the North

    Mar 22 2016

    Dr Suraphan Sangsawang, acting director of the Regional Health Promotion Centre 10 Chiang Mai, said reports from 90 hospitals in the area showed that the number of patients with coronary artery and respiratory diseases had increased dramatically as the region's haze worsened last week.

    Suraphan said Chiang Mai had the highest number of patients at 17,359, followed by Chiang Rai at 11,779 and Lampang at 10,228.

    The volume of particulate matter with a maximum diameter of 10 microns (PM10) rose yesterday above the safe level of 120 micrograms per cubic metre in many Northern provinces. According to the Pollution Control Department, the three districts with the highest PM10...


  • Polluted village demands compensation from factories

    Mar 21 2016

    TRANG -- Residents of a village polluted by two factories producing raw rubber sheets say they have been offered too little compensation for the daily health hazards they face.

    The people of Moo 1 village in tambon Na Muang Phet, Sikao district, complain the two nearby factories have discharged polluted water and emitted foul smells, causing hundreds of adults and children to suffer from chronic coughing, lung ailments and asthma for more than two years.

    Many of them had been admitted to Trang Hospital for treatment, and some of them would be needing medical care for the rest of their lives. They said seven children were in a serious condition.

    The villagers had...


  • World's biggest waste incineration plant planned in China

    Mar 16 2016
    China’s southern city of Shenzhen is planning to build three waste incineration power plants, including the one which will be the world’s largest in the next three years, the People’s Daily reported on Tuesday. According to Wang Guobin, director of Shenzhen City Urban Administrative and Law Enforcement Bureau, the biggest plant alone can handle one third of Shenzhen’s garbage and will be put into use in 2018. “The projects have got their Environmental Impact Assessment approval and finished the levelling construction. The main body construction will start by the end of this year,” said Wang....

  • Opinion: Travelling at light speed

    Mar 16 2016
    PHUKET: Phuket’s light rail system will be the first of its kind outside of the Greater Bangkok area. During construction, there will certainly be some bottlenecks as far as traffic is concerned. However, we have already prepared plans to lessen or avoid potential traffic congestion as much as we can. Some people are concerned about rumors that we will be using existing lanes to build the light rail, causing more traffic than necessary. However, there are no lane closures proposed at all. The light rail system is set to be situated on medians. Nonetheless, in some areas it will be necessary...

  • Talk of the town - environmental conversations in Singapore

    Mar 16 2016
    There has been one thing dominating the environmental conversation in Singapore recently, and that is the Phase 1 Environmental Impact Assessment, or EIA, for the Cross-Island Line that was gazetted by the Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA) on 5 February 2016. The assessment of environmental impacts relates to the site investigation works needed for a proposed alignment of a new Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line that would run beneath part of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve (CCNR) and the MacRitchie Reservoir. The dialogue around the impact of these works, the suitability of...

  • Order flawed but regime doesn't care

    Mar 15 2016
    The military regime's order No.9/2559 allowing certain infrastructure and development projects to be opened for bidding before an environmental impact assessment (EIA) study is carried out is illogical. What is worse is the ruling military probably knows how hollow its rationale is, and they don't care. Government figures and top state officials have rushed out to defend the National Council for Peace and Order's (NCPO) command allowing state agencies or enterprises to start engaging the private sector to undertake large-scale projects before the result of the EIA is known. The order covers...

  • Hemmed in by Mekong dams

    Mar 15 2016
    [BANGKOK] The massive expansion of hydropower along the Mekong River is putting 18 per cent of the world’s freshwater fish supply at risk as well as food security in the Mekong region. Dam development is threatening the region’s rich ecosystem and productivity, partly due to the significant reduction in sediments, according to a new book launched by the non-profit research group WorldFish and the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR). From only 16 dams operating in 2000, the number of dams along the river is expected to increase between 77 and 136 by 2030. The...

  • Grand Unity returns to condos

    Mar 15 2016
    Grand Unity Development Co, a condominium subsidiary of SET-listed Univentures Plc (UV) owned by liquor tycoon Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, is set to resume new condo launches with three projects worth a combined 4.2 billion baht. After launching just one project last year on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road in the Ratchayothin area in April, Grand Unity has stayed on the sidelines as it waits for environmental impact assessment approval for its new project, said president Worawat Srisa-an. The company postponed new launches last year as the property tax incentives available from Oct 29, 2015 to April 28...

  • NLD under pressure to scrap hydropower projects

    Mar 15 2016
    Karen Rivers Watch, which has been active in campaigning against the series of more than a dozen dams planned along the river in China and Myanmar, said the projects were in breach of people’s rights and desires. An NLD official yesterday said the new government would re-examine the projects. Marking the International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Dams, a movement that began in Brazil in 1997, environmental groups in Myanmar, including in Kachin State, held events to urge the NLD-led government coming into office on April 1 to scrap power-sharing projects under negotiation with China...

  • NGT issues notice to central Ministry of Environment and Forest over illegal mining at Narmada and Chambal mines

    Mar 15 2016
    Bhopal: On illegal sand excavation from 450 sand mines of Narmada and Chambal rivers, National Green Tribunal bench held by Justice Sonam Phintso Wangdi and S S Garbyal on Monday, issued a show cause notice to state government, mining corporation, Madhya Pradesh State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA), pollution control board, and central Ministry of Environment and Forest to give the reason behind ongoing activity without permission, within 15 days. The PIL in this case was filed by Vinayak Parihar last week, following which the bench decided to question the authorities....

  • Local resistance fails to halt Myeik coal-fired power plant

    Mar 15 2016
    Beside Lut Lut village – 12 miles (19.3 kilometres) from Myeik – Than Phyo Thu Mining Company and Myeik Public Corporation plan to build and operate the plant to distribute electricity around the area. U Myo Win Than, director of Than Phyo Thu Mining, said the company will spend K48 billion on the project, after signing with the Ministry of Electric Power in 2012 to build the power plant on 160 acres of land. “[Our company] bought all the land, but we only need 20 acres to construct the power plant,” he said, adding that they have already imported some of the necessary machines and settled...

  • Builders violating green norms face the heat

    Mar 14 2016
    With high-rises popping up across the city, the State government’s environment watchdog is tightening screws on builders. The State-level Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA), which scrutinises the potential effects on the environs of the city of projects that exceed 20,000 sq. m in built-up area, has identified more than 25 projects that have violated their conditions. Officials said while 10 of them have been taken to court, the process to file charges in the civil court is in the final stages for the remaining violators. One of the recurring violations is commencement of...
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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
IAIA16: Resilience and Sustainability 11 May 2016 - 14 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
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