• Philippines Launches New Environmental Compliance Assistance Website for Slaughterhouses

    Mar 23 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...

  • Smog levels start to climb in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai

    Mar 17 2016

    THE AMOUNT of small particulate matter of up to 10 microns in diameter (PM10) in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces has gone beyond safety levels for two consecutive days, while the readings in other provinces in the North remained within the safe level of 120 micrograms per cubic metre.

    The Pollution Control Department (PCD) yesterday said the Chiang Mai smog situation with PM10 readings averaging at 63-68 micrograms has not had a negative effect on local peoples' health, even though yesterday's readings peaked at 149 micrograms in Chiang Dao district following a reading of 184 micrograms on Tuesday.

    The PCD admitted that the smog might affect visibility slightly as the...

  • China: Beijing man photographs three years' worth of smog from his window

    Mar 17 2016

    Beijing (CNN) -- The view from Zou Yi's window is fickle. Some days he can see every detail of the Beijing Television skyscraper across the way. Some days he can hardly see it at all. Such is daily life for the millions who live under Beijing's polluted skies. What makes Zou unique is his steadfastness in documenting the city's air quality -- every day for three years. Each morning before going to work, Zou first takes a picture of the skyscraper from his thirteenth floor living room. No matter whether it's an endearing blue sky or a hazardous haze, he posts the picture on social media along with the air quality index. "I want the pictures to speak for me," Zou told CNN....

  • Pollution watch at centre of next odd-even plan

    Mar 17 2016

    New Delhi: As the second phase of the odd-even scheme is approaching, the Delhi government is fleshing out a robust air pollution monitoring plan.

    Delhi Pollution Control Committee recently floated a global tender for hand-held air pollution monitoring devices, which scientists hope would come before the plan kicks in. The major change in the scheme this time would be in the way monitoring is done and the locations selected, officials said.

    Between January 1and 15, Delhi government had collected air quality readings from more than 180 locations around the city but compared them with the city's average levels in the previous year and sometimes with 2014 levels. Even though...

  • CPC criticized over emissions data

    Mar 17 2016

    State-run oil refiner CPC Corp, Taiwan (CPC) failed to seek environmental approval for modifications made to its facility in Kaohsiung Siaogang District (小港) due to emissions issues, environmentalists said alleging that the company made up false emission numbers.

    Following the closure of a major CPC oil refinery in Kaohsiung’s Houjin (後勁) area last year, the company proposed to expand a facility in Siaogang’s Dalinpu (大林埔) area to process reformates — substances that are converted from naphtha and used to make gasoline.

    However, CPC terminated the expansion project due to construction difficulties and the establishment of an air pollution control zone in Kaohsiung and...

  • Koide Hiroaki: an insider's exposé of the Fukushima nuclear disaster

    Mar 17 2016

    His powerful critique of the 'nuclear village' and active involvement in anti-nuclear movements "earned him an honourable form of purgatory as a permanent assistant professor at Kyoto University."

    Koide retired from Kyoto University in the spring of 2015, but continues to write and act as an important voice of conscience for many who share his vision of the future free from nuclear energy and weapons.

    He has authored 20 books on the subject. Professor Kasai Hirotaka and I visited his office at Kyoto University's Research Reactor Institute in Kumatori, Osaka, on December 26th, 2014 for this interview.

    We believe that the contents of the interview, which offer new...

  • It's not just cancer! Radiation, genomic instability and heritable genetic damage

    Mar 17 2016

    Those who fear the effects of radiation always focus on cancer. But the most frightening and serious consequences of radiation are genetic.

    Cancer is just one small bleak reflection, a flash of cold light from a facet of the iceberg of genetic damage to life on Earth constructed from human folly, power-lust and stupidity.

    Cancer is a genetic disease expressed at the cellular level. But genetic effects are transmitted across the generations.

    It was Herman Joseph Muller, an American scientist, who discovered the most serious effects of ionizing radiation - hereditary defects in the descendants of exposed parents - in the 1920s. He exposed fruit flies - drosophila - to...

  • Ex environment minister and colleagues ask for a retrial of the Klong Dan case

    Mar 16 2016

    The Central Administrative Court was on Tuesday asked for a retrial of the Klong Dan case in which the Pollution Control Department was ordered by the Supreme Administrative Court to pay the NVPSKG consortium about 10 billion baht for the corruption-plagued project.
    The petition was submitted by former natural resources and environment minister Praphat Panyachartrak, Mr Apichai Chavacharoenpant, former director-general of Pollution Control Department and five former officials responsible for the contract between the department and the consortium.

    The seven plaintiffs told the Central Administrative Court that they lost the case to the NVPSKG because the arbitrary committee,...

  • Northern Thai provinces fighting against smog from Myanmar

    Mar 16 2016

    BANGKOK, 16 March 2016 (NNT) – The northern provinces have imposed measures to prevent and control forest fires due to wildfire smoke from the neighboring country.

    The Department of Pollution Control on Tuesday announced that the amount of particulate matter was last measured at 115 micrograms/cubic meter in Mueang district. In Mae Sai district on the Thai-Myanmar borders, the level of particulate matter was 152 micrograms/cubic meter which was higher than safe levels, said the department.

    In Chiang Rai, a ban on all types of burning is imposed for 60 days, or from 17 February -16 April. Manpower and equipment have been prepared to handle the smog.

    In Mae Hong Son, a...

  • Environment behind nearly quarter of global deaths: WHO

    Mar 15 2016

    GENEVA - One in four deaths worldwide are due to environmental factors like air, water and soil pollution, as well as unsafe roads and workplace stress, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday.

    An estimated 12.6 million people died in 2012 as a result of living and working in unhealthy environments, 23 percent of all deaths reported globally, according to the new study.

    "If countries do not take actions to make environments where people live and work healthy, millions will continue to become ill and die too young," warned WHO chief Margaret Chan in a statement.

    The report defines environmental causes broadly, drawing links between a long line of...

  • Farglory shopping mall fined NT$6 million for fourth pollution offense

    Mar 15 2016

    TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Farglory Group's (遠雄企業集團) shopping mall was fined NT$6 million for discharging wastewater into a creek for the fourth time on record, local authorities said on Monday.

    A 100-meter sheet of white foam was found floating in the Kanggaokeng Creek (康誥坑溪) in New Taipei City last Wednesday, according to New Taipei City's Environmental Protection Department (環保局).

    Local authorities said they traced the waste to Farglory's iFG Shopping Mall (遠雄購物中心), where foam had spilled from a wastewater tank into a discharge system intended for rainwater.

    The shopping center was fined NT$6 million, the maximum penalty possible, for what was its fourth violation of the...

  • Govt defends NCPO’s order no. 9/2559

    Mar 13 2016
    BANGKOK, 13 March 2016 (NNT) – The government has defended order no. 9/2559 recently issued by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), saying that it will boost the country’s economy. Government spokesman Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the NCPO’s order no. 9/2559 was actually meant to promote the well-being of the public through government mega-projects and a revamp of disaster prevention and mitigation. The new order enables state agencies responsible for urgent projects such as the construction of a hospital, or transport and irrigation systems to ask for the cabinet's...

  • Say No To Dash rally on March 20

    Mar 13 2016
    PETALING JAYA: Residents of Damansara Perdana will hold a rally on March 20 to oppose the building of the Damansara-Shah Alam Highway (DASH). Say No To Dash (SNTD) member and resident Alvin Chin told reporters here that the project was illegal as it did not comply with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA). "The state government is doing something illegal and they are just expecting the residents to keep quiet and listen. "We have repeatedly told them of the violation. Despite having previously telling us that they would do something about the matter,...

  • Villagers near Phichit goldmine get healthcare advice

    Mar 13 2016
    MEDICS and public health officials yesterday visited some 200 people living in three villages near a gold mine in Phichit’s Thab Khlo district to provide them healthcare after tests showed they have excessive amounts of heavy metals in their blood. The visit, in which medical advice was also given, was in line with the policy of a five-party committee tasked with solving issues arising from the gold mine's operations. The move followed Rangsit University last week presenting the test results to the committee via Phichit Governor Chatraporn Ratdusadee. The tests revealed 675 of the 1,004...

  • Phuket east coast to airport speedboat taxi proposed

    Mar 11 2016
    PHUKET: The honorary consul to Phuket from Norway proposed on Wednesday that a speedboat taxi service be put in place along the island’s east coast, connecting Phuket International Airport with Chalong. “There are very few options for locals and tourists to get from the airport to Chalong that are both convenient and affordable,” said Pornphan Sittichaivijit, the Royal Norwegian Honorary Consul for Phuket. “With no efficient form of public transportation, everyone is forced to buy a car or motorbike, which leads to heavier traffic congestion.” Ms Pornphan noted that the east-side boat service...

  • PM must stick to his promise

    Mar 11 2016
    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha reiterated the country's commitment to sustainable development to representatives of the G77, a coalition of developing countries in the United Nations, at the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday. As the current chairman of G77, he urged member countries to do the same and work together to promote sustainable development. Last September, the premier also told the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in New York that he supported pro-people, inclusive development that respects the rule of law. Now he must prove true to his words. To protect the environment...

  • China to build Colombo port city as part of biggest foreign investment received by Sri Lanka

    Mar 11 2016
    Sri Lanka Thursday gave go-ahead to a China-backed project to build a port city in Colombo a year after it had been suspended due to environmental concerns. The $1.4 billion project, the biggest ever single foreign investment received by the South Asian nation, falls on China's ambitious 21st Maritime Silk Route. Sri Lanka's Cabinet Committee on Economic Management Thursday allowed for the resumption of the project being headed by Chinese state-owned company China Communications Construction, according to Colombo Page. The project had been suspended March 2015 by the government of President...

  • Malaysia's Forest City primed for green development

    Mar 11 2016
    Malaysia announced that Forest City, a joint venture project by Hong Kong-listed Country Garden Holdings and Johor’s Esplanade Danga 88, will enjoy duty-free zone privileges along with a slew of tax incentives to lure further investment. “To ensure the success of Forest City, I am pleased to declare duty free zone area at Forest City, enabling local residents, businesses and tourists to benefit from the work, live and play environment,” said Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak in a statement. Najib officiated at the grand opening of the project on Sunday with Johor’s Sultan...

  • The Sahiwal power plant

    Mar 11 2016
    The districts of Sahiwal and Okara are known for fertile land that produces a huge harvest of grain, potato, sugarcane and fodder. They are also home to precious livestock, such as the Sahiwal cow and the Neeli-Ravi Buffalo. The Royal Veterinary Corps have set up a major breeding and dairy farm near Okara. In Pattoki, there is a buffalo research centre. The narrow belt of these districts has helped Pakistan become the third largest milk producer in the world. This has led to many companies setting up milk plants and collection points, uplifting the economy of the region. Apart from its...

  • Govt defends junta order to push development projects

    Mar 11 2016
    THE JUNTA’S latest order looks set to speed up 62 projects as it allows key preparations for implementation pending a proper environmental impact assessment (EIA). Various government figures yesterday chorused that the order, issued by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on Tuesday, would deliver benefits to the public and the government without a threat to the environment. "The order allows preparations on other fronts of the projects to go ahead while the EIA is being prepared. If we wait until the EIA is completed first, the development of the country will be delayed," said...

  • Junta order well-intentioned, but is it the right way?

    Mar 11 2016
    Activists see this order as bringing cheer to the business sector, but suffering to people. The junta's order can be seen as an attempt to boost the economy by investment spending considering the withering exports. Since Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha took power in 2014, a number of projects that were supposed to have taken off have fallen short of the government's target. One of the main reasons is the long period required for the EIA process, resulting in construction costs and compensation for land expropriation surging. Some projects took as long as eight years to pass the EIA. Last...
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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