• 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...

  • 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-...

  • Hungarian toxic chemical sludge spill firm fined

    Sep 14 2011

    Ten people died and serious damage to the environment was caused by the leak at a MAL Zrt plant in early October.

    A government statement said the fine reflected the unprecedented volume of hazardous material released when reservoir walls were breached.

    Read full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14922301

  • Sri Lanka Recognizes Green Enterprises with the National Green Awards

    Aug 24 2011

    The National Green Awards to recognize industrial Enterprises and other sectors such as Hotels, Schools, Local Authorities which are operating in an environmentally friendly manner, was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka under the distinguished patronage of His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The event was organized by the Central Environmental Authority which is the main regulatory agency for environmental protection and Management in Sri Lanka.

    For more information: http://www.cea.lk/

  • China to set stricter emission standards for thermal power plants

    Aug 23 2011

    China's environmental authorities are mulling over stiff new emissions standards for thermal power plants amid concerns that they may increase costs and lead to more losses.

    The new standards, consistent with an earlier version issued in January, will be released for public consultation in late August, according to the Ministry of Environment Protection.

    Read full story: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-08/23/c_131068820.htm

  • Hanoi spends VND3 billion for environment project

    Aug 13 2011

    VietNamNet Bridge – Hanoi authorities have decided to invest VND3.3 billion ($160,000) to design the plan on environment protection to 2020, with the vision to 2030. The project aims to prevent and reduce regression of natural resources, environmental pollution and gradually improve the environmental quality, effectiveness of using natural resources and the city’s environmental management capability. The city assigns the Department of Natural Resources and Environment as the investor of this project.

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  • Pollution problems worsen in capital

    Aug 9 2011

    Environmentalists reported that pollution has recently worsened in Ha Noi, caused by solid and water waste as well as exhaust fumes. Contamination has seriously affected local residents' health and daily lives, they said. Fourteen hospitals in the western part of the city had their waste treatment systems downgraded, and eight central hospitals temporarily treated waste with Cloramin B when their systems failed.

    Read full article: http://www.monre.gov.vn/v35/default....

  • Cleaning Citarum

    Aug 8 2011

    It has been two years since the government embarked on a grand scheme to clean Citarum River and its tributaries, which 25 million people depend on water and electricity.

    The first year was spent planning the gargantuan task of cleaning the heavily polluted river, while last year saw the start of several programs out of a total of 80 that are planned.

    The program, Integrated Citarum: Water Resources Management Investment Program — or the Citarum Roadmap for short — is a 15-year plan to reduce pollution in the Citarum River. The roadmap encompasses 80 activities, from waterway management and environmental preservation, to disaster mitigation and community empowerment.


  • Java has worst water, air quality: minister

    Aug 7 2011

    Environment Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta says the quality of water and air in Java is the worst among islands nationwide. As a province, Jakarta has the worst water and air quality.

    Citing the 2011 report on the country's environment, Gusti said Jakarta and several other cities in Java designated only 10 percent of their areas as "green areas", in contrast to the required 30 percent.

    Read full story: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/08/07/java-has-worst-water-air-q...

  • Farmers accuse polluting company of destroying livelihoods

    Aug 7 2011

    Fishermen living near the waste treatment plant of state-owned Sonadezi Corporation in southern Vietnam have accused the company of hurting their livelihoods by dumping untreated sewage into the river.

    Last Thursday, after observing the plant in Dong Nai Province for a month, Vietnamese environmental police caught the plant red-handed discharging untreated waste into the Dong Nai River after a one-month watch.

    After finding smelly sewage flowing from the sluice gates of the company’s waste treatment facility into the river, they raided the plant and discovered that the waste treatment system did not work, and untreated waste was being dumped directly through three...

  • Administrative courts launch new environmental case divisions

    Aug 3 2011

    The new divisions are intended to speed up the legal proceedings involving environment-related cases to better ensure justice and solve problems more quickly, said Supreme Administrative Court president Hassawut Withitwiriyakul.The divisions were inaugurated at the Supreme Administrative Court, the Central Administrative Court and nine regional administrative courts across the country.

    Read full story: http://www.bangkokpost.com/lite/news/250008/...

  • 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/

  • Nepal Strengthens EIA Practices to Speed Sustainable Hydropower

    Nepal faces an ongoing challenge in bringing hydropower projects on line. Power outages in Kathmandu can be as much as 18 hours a day. Challenge With only about 15 percent of rural households having access to electricity, expanding hydropower is a top priority in Nepal. To develop new or expanded hydropower systems, the Nepal Ministry of Environment (MOE) is working to strengthen its systems and capabilities for conducting environmental impact assessments (EIA). Priority challenges of the Ministry include: (1) improving the quality of EIA reports; (2) processing EIA reports...
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