• 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...

  • Fourth High-Level Forum Develops Declaration on Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation

    Dec 1 2011

    The Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness adopted a declaration titled the "Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation." The Forum reviewed global progress on aid effectiveness, including a review of targets set in the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, shared experiences in delivering the best results, and developed new commitments toward effectiveness of aid in reducing poverty, achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and supporting development beyond 2015.

    The Forum (HLF-4) took place in Busan, Republic of Korea, from 29 November-1 December 2011, and was organized by the Republic of Korea and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation...


  • INECE submission for Rio+20

    Nov 1 2011

    The Importance of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement for Sustainable Development for the Rio+20 Conference Submitted by The International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE)

    Summary

    Robust national environmental compliance and enforcement systems for environmental and energy laws are critical parts of an effective overall governance strategy to meet green economy, poverty eradication, and sustainable development objectives. Multidisciplinary approaches to capacity building for parliamentarians, inspectors, prosecutors, and judges are keys to this process.

    Well designed environmental laws and regulations, which include implementation and...


  • Law aims to solve jurisdiction disputes between environmental agencies

    Oct 24 2011

    A recently proposed complementary law represents hope for the end of jurisdiction disputes among federal, state and local environmental agencies in Brazil, increasing the efficiency of environmental permitting procedures and allowing the country to develop its infrastructure in a swift and environmentally conscious manner. Proposition of the law has therefore been classified as a matter of urgency.

    Read full article: http://www.internationallawoffice.com/...


  • EIA Regulations 2011 drafted in the Maldives

    Oct 19 2011

    A new regulations for EIA has been drafted with some minor changes, in this new regulation Environmental Management Plans are introduced as means by which small scale developments that do not require EIA could be undertaken by approving an EMP.

    The Regulation awaits approval from other government agencies and Attorney Generals office

    For more information: http://epa.gov.mv/


  • Enforcement and Compliance Mapping

    Oct 6 2011

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the release of a new mapping feature in EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) database. As part of EPA’s ongoing effort to improve transparency, the EPA and State Enforcement Actions Map will allow the public to access federal and state enforcement information in an interactive format and to compare enforcement action information by state. The map will be refreshed monthly to include up to date information about the enforcement actions taken to address violations of air, water, and waste laws. This map will be a better visual aid for those people wishing to see what is happening in a given physical area....


  • Enforcement and Compliance Mapping

    Oct 6 2011

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the release of a new mapping feature in EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) database. As part of EPA’s ongoing effort to improve transparency, the EPA and State Enforcement Actions Map will allow the public to access federal and state enforcement information in an interactive format and to compare enforcement action information by state. The map will be refreshed monthly to include up to date information about the enforcement actions taken to address violations of air, water, and waste laws. This map will be a better visual aid for those people wishing to see what is happening in a given physical area....


  • National plan to improve air quality

    Sep 19 2011

    Federal, state and territory environment ministers yesterday promised to take a "fresh look at Australia's air quality", vowing to use the plan to prioritise and respond to the review's 23 recommendations.

    The review into Australia's air quality standards, last updated in 2003, found that for the pollutants monitored, there was no safe level of exposure. "The results . . . show that there are significant health effects at current levels of air pollution in Australian cities," it said.

    Read full story:...


  • China: Villagers protest at Zhejiang solar panel plant

    Sep 19 2011

    Around 500 people started gathering at Zhejiang Jinko Solar company in Haining city, Zhejiang province, on Thursday.

    Some of protesters stormed the factory, overturning several company cars and destroying offices, officials said.

    Residents in the nearby village of Hongxiao said they became concerned after the deaths of a large number of river fish.

    Read full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14963354


  • Chinese gov't mulls rules on timely reporting of environmental emergencies

    Sep 15 2011

    The government is mulling rules to punish those who fail to perform their duties to timely report major pollution cases, according to a senior official with the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP).

    The MEP and the Ministry of Supervision will jointly release the regulations on questioning the responsibilities of relevant parties in failing to deal with major environmental emergencies properly, said MEP vice minister Zhang Lijun Wednesday at a meeting on the safety of drinking water sources.

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  • Villagers dispute agency's ecological damage figure

    Sep 14 2011

    Villagers accused of causing global warming through forest encroachment intend to ask the Administrative Court to revoke a regulation that allows a government agency to file a civil case against them. Boon Saejoong of the Land Reform Network said the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department (DNP) model for calculating the cost of damage caused by deforestation was unreasonable.

    Read full article: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/256410/villagers-dispute-...


  • Malaysia: EIA report on Petronas' $24b project approved

    Sep 28 2012
    The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report on the Petronas Refinery and Petrochemicals Integrated Development (Rapid) project has been approved after it had fulfilled requirements under Section 34A(2) of the Environmental Quality Act 1974. Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, who confirmed this during a press conference here yesterday, said the report was approved on Aug 27. The approval of the EIA by the Department of Environment also entailed an Environmental Management Plan (EMP), which outlines guidelines for sustainable management of the environment in areas in and around the...

  • IEAT to appeal Rayong ruling

    Sep 27 2012
    The Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) plans to file a court appeal today or tomorrow over the recent ruling on an ecological industrial estate plan in Rayong province. The IEAT is ready to appeal to the court and provide additional details, said governor Verapong Chaiperm, adding that IRPC Plc has finished its environmental impact assessment (EIA). The Rayong Administrative Court ruled this month a proposed ecological industrial estate by the IEAT and IRPC, the chemical arm of the national oil conglomerate PTT Plc, planned for the province's Ban Khai district violates the law, as...

  • Network calls for controls on biomass power plants

    Sep 27 2012
    A local health promotion network has urged the government to impose tight controls on the growing number of biomass power projects. Many of these projects have reduced their generating capacity to avoid being forced to conduct environmental impact studies, it said. Northeastern Thailand Development Foundation (Net) manager Wichitra Chusakul yesterday said the power projects have tried to bring down their power generating capacities to no more than 9.9 megawatts (MW). If these projects' production capacities reach 10MW, then they are required by law to undergo environmental impact assessment (...

  • Mongolia: The amended Law on Environmental Impact Assessment

    Sep 25 2012
    The Parliament of Mongolia passed on May 17 an amended Law on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) that had been submitted to it on December 30, 2011. As every mining activity has some impact on the environment, the new amendments, as well as the untouched provisions of the law, are to be carefully considered by the mining industry. Earlier, the Law on Water Pollution Fee and amendments to the Law on Water drastically increased the responsibility of entities regarding use of water, including additional payments for polluting the water. Since this will be calculated on the basis of the amount...

  • Koh Samet’s controversial pier

    Sep 23 2012
    The construction of a pier on Koh Samet, a tourist island off the Rayong provincial coast in eastern Thailand, has triggered a conflict between concerned agencies. Each party has its own justifications for and against the pier. While on an inspection of forest encroachment by private resorts on Koh Samet, Damrong Phidet, director general of the National Parks Department, discovered a gigantic pier, covered with a blue plastic roof, stretching out into the sea. Informed by the authorities that permission has yet to be granted for its construction, Mr Damrong immediately ordered a halt to...

  • Environmental Impact Assessment should be a part of the curricula, experts says

    Sep 14 2012
    Educationists and environmental experts on Thursday, called for including the subject of Environmental Impact Assessment into curricula, to educate students and raise awareness regarding this important issue. Experts from all over the country gathered at the capital to evolve a strategy for working towards improving the EIA Curriculum for universities in the countries. Inaugurating the workshop, Muhammad Javed Malik, Secretary, Planning and Development, stressed the need for educating every single person in the country, as every individual had a role to play and contribute towards the...

  • Malaysia: Environment court opens

    Sep 10 2012
    The start of the first and specialised Environmental Court in Jalan Duta today is a beacon of hope for those who are working closely on or championing environmental issues. Department of Environment (DoE) director-general Halimah Hassan described the formation as "very positive" and hoped more environmental cases would be heard and cleared at a faster rate. "I hope the court will be able to create a greater deterrent for environmental criminals. This is because environmental crime is a serious matter. To assist the court, we will continue with our enforcement and operation," she said. Halimah...

  • Another Pakistani mega project starts sans EIA report

    Sep 7 2012
    The Punjab government is all set to launch work on the Rs1.017 billion 6th Road flyover from September 15 without getting the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) report, which is mandatory for such projects. The construction work will be started next week while the formal groundbreaking ceremony will be held on September 15. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif will lay the foundation of the flyover and the Institute of Urology and Kidney Transplant at Shamsabad besides inaugurating the Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology. It may be noted that the Punjab government has become habitual to ignoring the...

  • Activist to sue in bid to block Suvarnabhumi expansion

    Sep 2 2012
    An environmental advocate plans to file a lawsuit against Suvarnabhumi airport in the hopes of stopping its planned expansion, saying work has begun on the project despite required impact studies not being carried out. Srisuwan Janya, president of the Stop Global Warming Association, said the airport has begun its 62.5 billion baht expansion despite not having carried out environmental and health impact assessments. He has been authorised by about 390 people living around the airport to file a lawsuit with the Administrative Court calling for a halt to the expansion. The Transport Ministry...

  • Work on high-speed rail project faces two-year delay over EIA

    Jul 23 2012
    "Undertaking an environment impact assessment together with a public hearing might take as long as two years after the feasibility study for a project is completed," Chula Sukmanop, inspector-general of the Transport Ministry and acting director of the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning (OTP), said last week. For the Bangkok-Chiang Mai high-speed train route, the OTP has received the result of the project's feasibility study from Japan, he said. However, for the Bangkok-Chiang Mai and Bangkok-Nong Khai lines, the OTP is still waiting for the feasibility study supported by...
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