• Mekong nations set up group for environmental impact assessments

    May 15 2015
    BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) -- Officials and civil society representatives from across the Mekong region have agreed to establish a working group to develop a regional public participation guideline for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) this week in Hanoi, Vietnam. In a statement released Thursday, the Mekong Regional Technical Working Group for EIA brings together governments, civil society organisations (CSOs), and will expand to cover private sector and EIA experts to improve regional cooperation for effective EIA policy and practices. The group aims to reduce the social and...

  • Mekong Governments, Civil Society Reach Agreement on Environmental Impact Assessment Agenda

    May 14 2015
    HANOI, May 14, 2015 – In a ground-breaking agreement, government officials and civil society representatives from across the Mekong region established a working group to develop a regional public participation guideline for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) this week in Hanoi, Vietnam. The Mekong Regional Technical Working Group for EIA brings together governments, civil society organizations (CSOs), and will expand to cover private sector and EIA experts to improve regional cooperation for effective EIA policy and practices. The group aims to reduce the social and environmental impacts...

  • Mekong nations to set up EIA working group

    May 14 2015
    In the statement released today, the Mekong Regional Technical Working Group for EIA brings together governments, civil society organisations (CSOs), and will expand to cover private sector and EIA experts to improve regional cooperation for effective EIA policy and practices. The group aims to reduce the social and environmental impacts of regional infrastructure projects, particularly as the upcoming Association of Southeast Nations (Asean) Economic Community further hastens trans-boundary investments. "This could set an excellent platform and process helping to increase cooperation and...

  • Mapping the global battle to protect our planet

    Mar 5 2015
    In 2012 protests erupted in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina over the demolition of a much beloved local park to build a business complex. A movement under the slogan “This Park is Ours” aimed originally at protecting the green space soon broadened into a collective movement aimed against corruption, lack of transparency, economic inequality and dwindling social services. Hundreds of protesters from all social classes and religions gathered daily in the endangered park, becoming part of a Bosnian spring that came to represent a struggle for human dignity and accountability under most...

  • Government and civil society support strong Environmental Impact Assessments

    Dec 4 2014
    Government and civil society representatives highlighted the need for strong and inclusive environmental impact assessment (EIA) policies and practices in the Mekong region at a meeting this week in Bangkok, Thailand. Organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) -supported Mekong Partnership for the Environment (MPE) project and the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN), the December 1-3 event, “Environmental Impact Assessment Policy and Practice in the Mekong Region: Safeguarding Sustainable Development,” brought together more than 50...

  • AECEN urges ADB to adopt south-south cooperation as preferred capacity building mode

    Oct 14 2014
    Manila, Philippines – Adopt south-south cooperation as the preferred mode for capacity building and support organizations like the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) to act as intermediaries, said Dr. Peter King, Head of the AECEN Secretariat, to the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Speaking to public and private sector officials and representatives from international financial institutions and civil society at an ADB workshop held last week, he highlighted how AECEN has strengthened government capacities on compliance and enforcement, using South-South cooperation (...

  • Stronger leadership and more stringent legal enforcement cited as ways to improve Thailand’s environmental governance

    Oct 14 2014
    Bangkok, Thailand – Stronger leadership in Thailand’s environmental administration and more stringent enforcement of green regulations are among recommendations to improving the country’s environmental governance. Addressing officials from Thailand’s Ministry of National Resources and Environment’s (MoNRE) Department of Environmental Quality Promotion (DEQP), Dr. Peter King, Head of the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) Secretariat shared ways to improve Thailand’s environmental governance in his keynote address “Good Governance for Better Environment.” In his...

  • AECEN Strengthens EIA Compliance in Asia: INECE

    Apr 25 2014
    Minimizing adverse environmental impacts of economic development accompanied by rapid urbanization and industrial growth remains a significant compliance and enforcement challenge for Asia. While many governments have developed legal and institutional frameworks for environmental and social safeguards, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws and regulations remains weak due in large part to technical, financial, and human capacity limitations. In the region, effective compliance with Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) requirements has been consistently identified as a priority...

  • Greening Governance in Asia-Pacific

    Aug 6 2012
    Once every two years, IGES releases a white paper focusing on key policy agendas in the Asia-Pacific region. The Fourth IGES White Paper, entitled "Greening Governance in Asia-Pacific" examines innovative approaches to governance and institutions that have emerged from the region and recommends governance arrangements and policy solutions to accelerate the transition to a green economy, and argues that, without significant governance reform in Asia-Pacific, global sustainable development will remain an under-implemented ideal rather than a new reality. For the paper and more information: http...

  • AECEN support Indonesia efforts to prepare new guidelines on public participation and the environment

    Jul 20 2012
    On July 10-11, 2012, the Indonesia Ministry of Environment (MOE) conducted a workshop on Strengthening Public Participation on Environmental Management in Indonesia. Co-organized with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), about 100 participants from government agencies, NGOs, academia and the private sector shared ideas on the Public Participation Guide developed by USEPA and the application of public participation principles in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process. In addition to technical input from USEPA, resource persons from Malaysia, Thailand and 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Hotel project fails to pass its review

    Mar 11 2016
    A hotel project in Taitung County’s Shanyuan Bay (杉原灣) failed to pass an environmental review yesterday, as the development is on an archeological site, while environmental groups said there are too many development plans in the county that could harm the environment. The Dulan Bay Golden Sea Resort project, which plans to develop an 11.3-hectare area at Shanyuan Bay to build a 500-room hotel complex, is one of six planned hotel projects lining the bay, including the controversial Miramar Resort Hotel and Shanyuan Palm Beach Resort projects. Yesterday’s review evaluated the alterations made...

  • Sri Lankan government gets go-ahead to resume China funded Port City Project

    Mar 10 2016
    Mar 10, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has received the go-ahead to resume the China-funded Colombo Port City Project and accordingly the project agreement with China will be extended for another six months from mid-March. The current Sri Lankan government on 6th of March 2015 temporarily suspended the US$ 1.4 billion Colombo Port City project, launched by the previous government in partnership with China in September 2014, due to the environmental issues and called for a comprehensive environmental impact assessment. Following the environmental impact assessment (EIA), the Cabinet...

  • NCPO order number 9/2559 defended

    Mar 10 2016
    Mrs Raweewan Phuridet, secretary-general of ONREPP, disclosed Thursday that there is now a backlog of some 2,400 projects under consideration regarding their environment impacts assessment studies. Since the deliberation process is lengthy and time consuming, she said that order number 9/2559 which will help speed up the implementation of over 70 major projects, especially transport mega projects. Regarding some projects which have been implemented by the private sector in parallel with EIA consideration, Mr Supote Tovichakchaikul, spokesman of the Ministry of Natural Resources and...

  • Activists in Dhaka Protest Against India-Bangladesh Power Plant

    Mar 10 2016
    DHAKA: Hundreds of Bangladeshi activists set off on a 200 km march from Dhaka to the Sundarbans on Thursday to protest against the $1.5 billion power plant near the world's largest mangrove forests which straddle both Bangladesh and India. The four-day march of environmentalists, and cultural and political activists started at Dhaka's National Press Club and was being led by a platform of left-leaning political parties, social and cultural activists, experts and professionals -- named the National Committee on Protection of Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports, Xinhua reported. Anu...

  • Bangladeshi activists launch protest march against Indo-Bangla power plant near Sundarbans

    Mar 10 2016
    DHAKA, March 10 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of Bangladeshi environmentalists, cultural and political activists set off on a 200-km march from capital Dhaka on Thursday morning to Sundarbans to protest against the 1.5 billion-U.S. dollar power plant near the world's largest mangrove forests which straddle both Bangladesh and India. The four-day long march, which started at Dhaka's National Press Club, is being led by a platform of left-leaning political parties, social and cultural activists, experts and professionals -- National Committee on Protection of Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports...

  • Petronas heading towards final decision on Canada project

    Mar 10 2016
    KUALA LUMPUR: Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas), through its subsidiary, Pacific NorthWest LNG (PNW LNG), is heading towards a final investment decision on its Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) project. Responding to recent media reports on the status of the project, Petronas said the Canadian environmental impact assessment process for the PNW LNG project was still ongoing. A final report would be produced by the relevant agency to be submitted to the Canadian government for approval, Petronas said in a statement yesterday. “Petronas, together with the project shareholders, will review...
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