• 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...

  • China ‘doing better job at pollution control than developed countries’

    Mar 12 2016

    THERE will be no return to the era of pursuing economic growth at the expense of the environment, despite the slowing economy, China’s Minister of Environmental Protection Chen Jining said yesterday.

    For example, China would continue to restructure its economy away from heavily polluting companies and create more room for “good” companies to develop and focus on technological innovation, he said.

    However, there was a need to rein in local governments, some of whom are still reluctant to enforce environmental laws, favoring economic growth instead.

    “We need to hold local governments accountable,” said Chen.

    “Only if we hold them accountable for environmental...


  • Getting off scot-free: how CEOs survive environmental controversies unscathed

    Mar 12 2016

    Volkswagen announced on Wednesday that its top US boss, Michael Horn, would be leaving the company “effective immediately”, six months after the car giant’s global CEO resigned as the emissions cheating scandal became public. But a CEO losing his or her job following an environmental controversy is more the exception than the rule, according to a new study.

    The report, by researchers at Australia’s University of Adelaide, found that the heads of companies embroiled in environmental lawsuits tend to suffer little to no damage to their reputation. This is in contrast to CEOs of companies accused of financial fraud, who, according to prior research, are more likely to lose their jobs...


  • Getting off scot-free: how CEOs survive environmental controversies unscathed

    Mar 12 2016

    Volkswagen announced on Wednesday that its top US boss, Michael Horn, would be leaving the company “effective immediately”, six months after the car giant’s global CEO resigned as the emissions cheating scandal became public. But a CEO losing his or her job following an environmental controversy is more the exception than the rule, according to a new study.

    The report, by researchers at Australia’s University of Adelaide, found that the heads of companies embroiled in environmental lawsuits tend to suffer little to no damage to their reputation. This is in contrast to CEOs of companies accused of financial fraud, who, according to prior research, are more likely to lose their jobs...


  • China to complete environmental supervision reform in two years

    Mar 11 2016

    A new reform is in the works to ensure independent and effective law enforcement by local watchdogs in China, Minister of Environmental Protection Chen Jining said on Friday.

    The reform on law enforcement management of environmental watchdogs under the provincial level is aimed at tackling the intervention of local protectionism in environmental supervision and prompting local governments to assume their responsibilities in environmental protection, he said.

    A pilot program will be conducted within one year and the whole reform will be completed before 2018 when the incumbent cabinet's tenure comes to an end, Chen said at a press conference on the sidelines of the...


  • China Focus: Responsibility flows downstream for Chinese river chiefs

    Mar 11 2016

    GUIYANG, March 11 (Xinhua) -- District official Tang Youbo was surprised when he was bestowed with the title of River Chief for Sancha River, a tributary to the Yangtze River, China's longest.

    As head of the government of Pingba district, Anshun city, Tang is not only responsible for his own district, but now oversees the water quality of Sancha, 40 kilometers of which lies in his jurisdiction.

    "Once the water quality of Sancha drops, as a river chief, I am the first to bear the blame, regardless of who polluted the river," said Tang.

    China first adopted the practice of appointing local heads of government as Hezhang, or river chiefs, in 2007.

    The mechanism...


  • China’s environment chief touts ‘clean’ coal tech but admits people need to clean up their act too

    Mar 11 2016

    Environment Minister Chen Jining said China was spearheading efforts to promote cleaner use of coal, requiring coal power plants to cut emissions to about on par with using natural gas.

    But he admitted proper governance and supervision were key to achieving a clean environment.

    The mainland launched a nationwide programme at the end of last year to refit all coal-fired power plants with “ultra-low” emission technologies by 2020.

    “This will overturn many people’s belief that coal is dirty,” Chen told a press conference in Beijing on Friday.

    Coal has been increasingly blamed as a major contributor to the nation’s smog crisis as it accounts for more than 60 per...


  • Tackling Pollution in China's 13th Five Year Plan: Emphasis on Enforcement

    Mar 11 2016

    Air pollution continues to plague vast regions of China, but the country is making visible progress. In a press conference in Beijing this morning, Minister of Environmental Protection Chen Jining reported that average ambient levels of PM 2.5, the most dangerous air pollutant, were down by 14.1 percent in 74 key cities last year, the first year after China established a national PM 2.5 standard of 35 ug/m3. The Pearl River Delta region actually achieved overall compliance with the national standard. These results were corroborated by US NASA satellites, which observed apparent reductions of particulate matter in eastern and central China.

    There is still, however, a long way to go...


  • The EPA Reveals National Enforcement Initiatives Ahead of 2016 Election

    Mar 11 2016

    If you thought you had to wait until after the 2016 election to learn about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) next iteration of National Enforcement Initiatives—think again. The EPA has announced that, as of Oct. 1, 2016, it will focus on two new enforcement initiatives (and expand one existing initiative) during the next three years. The agency also announced the continuation of four prior enforcement initiatives and the conclusion of its initiative for reducing pollution from mineral processing operations.

    Collectively, the new initiatives span four major environmental categories: air, energy extraction, hazardous chemicals and water. Focused enforcement in these areas...


  • Pollution control board agrees to upload all lake info online

    Mar 10 2016

    The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) has promised to upload on its website information related to No Objection Certificates (NoCs) issued to industries and residential buildings, the list of members in its lake watchdog committee as well as real-time air and water quality analysis.

    It was an immediate assurance given by KSPCB Chairman Lakshman to lake conservationists and non- governmental organisations (NGO), which sought transparency in the board’s functioning at a meeting here on Wednesday.

    Prof Arbind Gupta from Save Bangalore Lakes Trust wanted to know the status of all private and public sewage treatment plants through which at least of half of the...


  • Poisar river’s pollution 100 times higher than safe limit

    Mar 10 2016

    The Poisar river, originating from the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, is polluted over 100 times the safety limit — making its water unsafe for human consumption and uninhabitable for both plant and animal life.

    Researchers working on the Nallah Restoration Report conducted biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) tests — an analysis aimed at determining the quantity of oxygen required by plants and animals for surviving in water — only to find that the number was as high as 414.73 mg per litre at certain locations along the seven-km river.

    The report was compiled by the Environmental Policy and Research India (EPRI) over 2014-15.

    Central Pollution Control Board guidelines...


  • Activists slam 'fast-track' order

    Mar 10 2016
    A grassroots network has lashed out at the use of special powers to "fast track" mandatory environmental impact assessments (EIA) for megaprojects. A network of 46 civic groups, including Sueb Nakhasathien Foundation (SNF) and the Stop Global Warming Association (SGWA), issued a statement Wednesday, calling on the government to scrap an order issued on Monday by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, in his capacity as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) chief. Order No.9/2559 to amend a law on environmental conservation will destroy basic human rights on environmental protection and...

  • Groups vow to fight NCPO order

    Mar 10 2016
    MORE THAN 40 environmental groups have joined forces in a fight against the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)'s order, which they claim threatens to push state projects at the expense of the environment. While many other countries in the region such as China recently strengthened their environment projection laws, the latest move by the junta likely lowers the guard to attract investment. The joint statement by 46 environmental organisations - including the Stop Global Warming Association (SGWA) and the Seub Nakhasathien Foundation - yesterday demanded the scrapping of the...

  • Dawei locals, CSOs raise concerns over violation of human rights

    Mar 10 2016
    CIVIL SOCIETY organisations (CSOs) and local residents living near the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) have called for action from the Japanese, Myanmar and Thai governments to tackle human rights violations before allowing the project to resume. On Monday, they issued a joint statement urging the governments to take action against, among others, corruption among governmental departments related to the project, forced relocation, and to solve the problems before resuming the ground construction of the project. "If the project is to continue in the old way without finding the root causes to...

  • Court revokes order setting up Rayong industrial estate

    Mar 9 2016
    RAYONG – Villagers in Muang district have won a long-running case in the Administrative Court, which on Wednesday revoked the order establishing the Lakchai Muang Yang industrial estate in their area. The LK-Rubber Industrial City Hub was being developed by Bangkok-based Tribeca Enterprise Co Ltd, a subsidiary of rubber firm Thai Hua group. The court upheld a petition filed by the Stop Global Warming Association and 133 villagers of tambon Samnuk Thong against the chairman of the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) and five associates for their failure to follow legal procedure on...

  • Petronas taking steps to mature Canada LNG project

    Mar 9 2016
    KUALA LUMPUR: Petronas, through its subsidiary, Pacific NorthWest LNG (PNW LNG), is proactively taking steps to mature its Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) project towards its final investment decision. 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 on Wedneday. The national oil corporation also said it would review the...

  • Network opposes renewal of gold miner's licence

    Mar 8 2016
    A network of people affected by gold mining in Phichit and Phetchabun provinces is campaigning against any renewal of the licence of the country's largest gold miner, Akara Resources Ltd, which expires on May 31. About 60 representatives of the network on Tuesday petitioned Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, chief of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), to disallow the licence renewal. The complaint was lodged at the complaints centre at the PM’s office of the permanent secretary’s public service centre. The network also wants the prime minister to look into whether the expansion...

  • Penang mega project to start in June

    Mar 8 2016
    KUALA LUMPUR: The RM6.3 billion Penang mega project to build three expressways and an undersea tunnel linking Penang island to the mainland will kick off in June, with the construction of the Air Itam-Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway bypass. Consortium Zenith BUCG Sdn Bhd (CZBUCG) chairman Datuk Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli said starting mid-way (of the Air Itam-Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu bypass) would be the paired-road from Jalan Tanjung Bungah to Teluk Bahang. Zarul said construction of the third road from Gurney Drive to Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu would commence after the first two are completed. He said...

  • Golden Land ramps up investment budget

    Mar 8 2016
    SET­-listed developer Golden Land Property Development Plc (GOLD) has raised its annual land investment budget to 3 billion baht from the usual 1-2 billion after securing new funding in January. According to Somboon Wasinchutchawal, senior executive vice-president for finance and accounting, new funds worth 4.97 billion baht were made available following a capital injection by a new shareholder, Singapore-­listed property firm Frasers Centrepoint Limited, through its subsidiary Frasers Property Holdings (Thailand) Co. In January, Frasers purchased 685.7 million new shares of Golden Land at 7....

  • Mumbai to Lose 12,000 Trees to Freight Corridor

    Mar 8 2016
    Just under a week after this newspaper reported the forest department's clearance to let the Delhi-Mumbai Freight Corridor to run through the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, both the environmental damage and the human displacement the project will cause is becoming clear. While senior forest officials on Monday admitted that the Mumbai Metropolitan Area will lose nearly 12,000 trees, 20,000 families in 24 villages around Dighi port in Raigad district have now refused to give up their land for the Delhi-Mumbai-Industrial Corridor, of which the freight corridor is a part. The Delhi-Mumbai-...

  • Forest City developer presses ahead amid reclamation issues

    Mar 8 2016
    The mega Forest City project off Johor Baru seems to be going full steam ahead despite ongoing controversy over its reclamation plans and even as other developers have either shelved scheduled project launches or dropped them altogether. Forest City's China developer Country Garden has already started work on one of the four islands that will eventually comprise the largest mixed development in Johor Baru. The project has an estimated value of $58.3 billion and is slated to be completed in phases over the next two decades. Some reclamation of the Johor Strait has started, where the project...
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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
IAIA Session: SEA Experience from the GMS 11 May 2016
ASEAN EIA UPDATE AND ROUNDTABLE (SESSION 95) 11 May 2016 - 14 May 2016
IAIA16: Resilience and Sustainability 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