Establishing Environmental Compliance Assistance Center in Thailand

Cleaning Up Thailand's Rivers
Start Date: 
08/2006
Partners
Pollution Control Department (PCD)
Thailand
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
USA
AECEN worked with PCD to establish centers that promote compliance with environmental regulations in the swine sector.

Challenge

The Bang Pakong River flows through a large pig farming area in Thailand. The run-off from those 830 farms and their 667,660 pigs has made the Bang Pakong one of many severely polluted rivers in the country. Other water bodies polluted by pig farm run-off include the Tha Chin, the Chao Praya, the Lam Ta Klong, and Songkhla Lake.

Initiative

To address pollution run-off from pig farms, AECEN worked with Thailand’s Pollution Control Department (PCD) to initiate a program for establishing centers that promote compliance with environmental regulations in the swine sector. The focus of the initial centers was pig farms in the Tha Chin and Bang Pakong River basins. PCD and AECEN organized workshops with pig farmers to get feedback on a model for the centers, training on agricultural best practices and outreach materials. AECEN also facilitated a peer exchange between PCD staff and a compliance assistance center in Taiwan. To help pilot a virtual compliance assistance center, AECEN provided support to Kasetsart University, a leader in the sector, in working with PCD to create a database of environmental requirements, a website and training materials.

Results

PCD established a virtual center anchored by a website with a comprehensive database of regulations and technologies targeting pig farmers in the Tha Chin and Bang Pakong River basins (http://thaiecac.net/). PCD also established two new policies on compliance assistance centers, and trained over 150 stakeholders. Demonstrating its commitment to the program, PCD has allocated over $500,000 for the next five years to develop new centers in four additional river basins—the Chao Praya River in 2009, Songkhla Lake in 2010, Lam Ta Klong River in 2011, and Ping River in 2012. Through this success, AECEN has catalyzed development of a similar center addressing industrial pollution in West Bengal, India.

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