First Meeting of ASEAN Judicial Working Group to Deepen Cooperation on Environment

Published on Monday, 3 November 2014

HA NOI, VIET NAM – The ASEAN Judiciaries Working Group on Environment met here today for the first time to explore ways to deepen cooperation on the region’s environmental problems in advance of the fourth ASEAN Chief Justices’ Roundtable on Environment taking place in Ha Noi in November.

“Southeast Asia has a significant amount of the world’s natural capital and biodiversity yet faces immense common challenges of environmental enforcement, and the judiciary plays a key role in helping to address them,” said Kala Mulqueeny, Principal Counsel at the Asian Development Bank (ADB). “This meeting is an important step in deepening cooperation among the region’s judiciaries to ensure that environmental laws are implemented and enforced, and groups and communities have access to a fair and transparent judicial process in environmental matters.”

Climate change, natural disasters, deforestation, transboundary haze, biodiversity loss, and pollution are among the ASEAN region’s common environmental challenges. These threats pose challenges to shared natural growth and the livelihoods of millions of people who depend on them. They are also frequent topics of discussions at the ASEAN Chief Justices’ Roundtable on Environment sponsored by ADB in partnership with host judiciaries. [Read full story]