Southeast Asian Countries Gathered in Bangkok to Develop Next Generation Environmental Compliance Strategies in Asia
Organized by Environmental Protection Administration Taiwan (EPAT), United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN), the “Next Generation Compliance in Asia” conference took place on Sept. 21-23 in Bangkok. There were 48 participants attended the event, including government officials from 16 countries, representatives of Asian Development Bank, United States Agency for International Development and various research institutions.
The conference address issues of environmental law enforcement such as national enforcement systems in Asia, compliance programs effectiveness improvement, community regulation and public engagement, and advanced technologies for detecting violations. Apart from the experience sharing section, all the attendees also went on a sit visit of Map Ta Phut industrial zone to obtain more information regarding air quality control and monitoring.
Cynthia Giles, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency predicted that environmental enforcement authorities will increasingly rely on technology to regulate pollution and monitor the quality of the environment, according to the statement.
“Through the conference, different countries will be able to share their experiences in environmental compliance and enforcement and work together to protect the earth.”, said Mr. Ching-Lnag, Hsiao, head of the EPA’s Bureau of Environmental Inspection of EPAT.
The “Next Generation Compliance in Asia” conference is part of the International Environmental Partnership (IEP) which launched on April 2014. Through this event, it is expected that the cooperation network of environmental law enforcement can be further enhanced and that compliance schemes among different nations can be implemented. laws.