• 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...

  • Flight in North cancelled as haze problem worsens

    Mar 20 2016

    KAN Air cancelled a Chiang Mai-bound flight yesterday after the haze problem in Mae Hong Son rose to high levels in the Upper North, resulting in visibility being restricted to less than 1,000 metres, Mae Hong Son Airport chief Weerawat Thadong said.

    Weerawat said the 12pm flight cancellation was a safety precaution.

    The noon cancellation resulted in some affected passengers being transported to the city in vans, while others postponed their travel plans.

    The level of small particulate matter up to 10 microns in diameter (PM10) recorded in Mae Hong Son was 233 mcg in the morning, and rose to 244 mcg at 5pm.

    Anything above 120 micrograms is considered unsafe...

  • Green business to reap environmental policy rewards

    Mar 20 2016

    China’s latest round of green policies offers opportunities for environmental and renewable energy companies, analysts say, although a tougher enforcement regime may trip up those who fail to adhere to the new rules.

    Environmental protection is one of the eight priorities in this year’s Government Work Plan, while the 13th Five-Year Plan outline presented to the National People’s Congress also calls for stringent environmental regulations.

    Hard targets on pollution back up these resolutions. In 2016, organic water pollutants will be cut by another 2 per cent while sulfur and nitrogen-based air pollutants may go down by 3 per cent. In addition, a significant cut in airborne...

  • VN invents air pollution control system

    Mar 20 2016

    Scientists of the Viet Nam National University’s technology university have successfully developed an air pollution management system using satellite photos.

    Dr Nguyen Thi Nhat Thanh, from the research team, said Vietnam had not been able to control the increasing volume of emissions from industrial production, transport, construction and rapid urbanisation.

    The level of dust nationwide is measured by only six automatic observation stations managed by the Environment General Department, she said, adding that an air pollution warning system was urgently needed.

    The new system measures air pollution based on data from a satellite station at the Hanoi-based technology...

  • ‘Green vote’ and the economy

    Mar 19 2016

    The ‘Green Vote’ campaign by non-government organizations should go beyond politics and involve a comprehensive discussion about the environment and economy, private think tank ADR Institute on Strategic and International Studies said.

    ADRI president Dindo Manhit said ‘green vote’ manifests the loud call for the next government to approach the issues of environment and economics as one comprehensive agenda.

    Renowned geologist and ADRI trustee CP David agreed, saying that environmental issues facing the country are complex and will need to be seriously addressed by the candidates.

    “Aside from mining, politicians vying for national positions should debate on marine...

  • Alarm over Rayong fish deaths

    Mar 19 2016

    RAYONG — Fishermen and activists in this eastern province want an investigation into the exact cause of mass fish deaths, which authorities insist are part of a natural phenomenon that occurs every year.

    However, some local people suspect waste discharged from factories at the Map Ta Phut industrial estate could be linked to the thousands of dead fish that have washed up on Ta Kuan beach.

    "In all my 60 years I've never seen such massive fish deaths," said Lamom Boonyong, chairman of the Ban Paknam small-scale fishermen's group. "Most of the dead fish are species that are quite resilient. Among them are pla salit hin (rabbitfish) and pla singto (lionfish).


  • BMA dredges weeds out of canals for water management

    Mar 18 2016

    BANGKOK, 18 March 2016 (NNT) – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has dispatched more than 500 officials to different areas across the capital city to remove water hyacinths, as part of efforts to mitigate flood and drought.

    Bangkok Deputy Governor Amorn Kitchawengkul presided over the opening ceremony at Lat Krabang district. The event was attended by Director of the Department of Drainage and Sewerage Sompong Wiangkaew, relevant division heads, and BMA officials.

    Mr. Amorn explained that the canal cleanup was aimed at improving the capital city’s drainage system. The BMA is to complete the task by the end of the month, as instructed by the prime minister....

  • Central Taiwan may be marked air pollution control zone

    Mar 18 2016

    Central Taiwan might be designated a top-grade air pollution control zone, while a Taichung City bylaw aiming to limit coal burning to curb air pollution might be approved by the central government next week, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said.

    At a meeting of the legislature’s Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee yesterday, EPA Minister Wei Kuo-yen (魏國彥) said that by the end of this year, Taichung, Changhua and Nantou might be designated as class-three air pollution control zones, where pollution is most severe according to the agency’s three-class categorization system.

    The area was identified for potential designation as a class-three...

  • Level of PM2.5 in India has not surpassed that of China: Govt

    Mar 17 2016

    Government has rubbished the report brought out last month by the NGO Green Peace India stating that the level of hazardous PM2.5 in India exceeded that of China, last year, saying that its findings were based on the extrapolated and constructed data without field validation.

    "The report brought out by the Green Peace is based on the extrapolated and constructed data without field validation," the government said.The steps taken by the government to mitigate air pollution in metropolitan cities in the country included Notification of National Ambient Air Quality Standards envisaging 12 pollutants, formulation of environmental regulation/statutes and promotion of cleaner production...

  • Villagers cry 'foul' over garbage recycling plant

    Mar 17 2016

    RATCHABURI -- Residents of village 1 in tambon Nam Phu of Muang district have put up cloth banners in front of their houses along the Nam Phu-Nong Nok Karian road protesting against a smelly garbage recycling plant near their community.

    They complain the plant has emitted foul chemical smells for about 15 years. Some of them had put "For sale" signs outside their homes because they could no longer tolerate the bad smell.

    About 100 villagers gathered at the community hall on Thursday, preparing to submit a petition letter to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha through a local government agency.

    Thanu Ngamyingyuad, a village representative, said officials from the...

  • Settle Klong Dan case

    Mar 17 2016

    The corruption-plagued Klong Dan waste water treatment project made news headlines this week. Seven officials, including former natural resources and environment minister Prapat Panyachatraksa, petitioned the Central Administrative Court asking for a review of the high-profile graft case.

    The seven plaintiffs who were responsible for the project are being investigated for alleged negligence causing damage to the state -- a charge which, if substantiated, will make them held collectively accountable for the 10 billion baht in compensation to the project contractor, NVPSKG consortium, as ruled by the Supreme Administrative Court and the arbitration panel.

    Mr Prapat said on...

  • 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...

  • Megaprojects 'will go ahead'

    Mar 14 2016
    Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith has assured investors the ministry's 20 infrastructure projects will go ahead as planned following the military regime's latest order to allow state authorities to "fast-track" mandatory environmental impact assessments (EIAs) for state projects. Mr Arkhom said he has reassured the participating investors that all 20 megaprojects worth 1.796 trillion baht will be implemented by the government. The projects cover all types of transport systems, including railways, maritime and air transport. They include the phase 2 expansion of Suvarnabhumi airport...

  • Regime's 5-year plan raising suspicions

    Mar 14 2016
    Just five years. That is the time required by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to stay in power for the so-called transition period to fulfill its "Big Brother" role after the election, making sure the new elected government will not stray from the reform path crafted by the junta. That is not the junta's only demand -- sorry, proposal -- sent to Meechai Ruchupan's Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) as part of a 16-point joint proposal from the government and the NCPO. It wants an entire non-elected Senate with a tenure of five years, and probably with 200 members, to...

  • Sri Lanka officially informs Chinese investors of resuming construction of Colombo Port City Project

    Mar 14 2016
    Mar 14, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government on Monday officially informed the Chinese investors of resuming the construction of the multibillion dollar Colombo Port City project, one year after its suspension, China's official Xinhua news agency reported. The Ministry of Ports and Shipping, in an official letter to the CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd, said that the company could resume the construction of the project immediately. "At its meeting held on March 9, 2016, the Cabinet of Ministers has granted approval for the project to resume immediately," the letter said. "Accordingly the...

  • Laos vows to limit dam impacts

    Mar 14 2016
    The head of Laos’ ruling party reportedly pledged to limit the downstream impacts of the controversial Don Sahong hydropower dam in his meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen in Vientiane on Saturday. According to a Cambodian state television report covering the visit, the Cambodian premier raised the issue during the meeting and asked his counterpart to do everything he can to ensure “sustainable” water use. “Laos will make an effort to ensure that there will be no impact” in the neighbouring countries, replied Bounhang Vorachith, secretary-general of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party,...
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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
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