ADB Law and Policy Reform Program
Asian Development Bank

Environmental Impact Assessment in South East Asia - A Comparative Analysis

In this webinar, Matthew Baird discusses Environmental Impact Assessment in South East Asia, and examines environmental and social safeguards through the EIA process looking at the ten ASEAN member states. 

Matthew Baird has over 30 years of experience in environmental and planning law in Australia and Asia. Since being called to the New South Wales Bar in 1991, Matthew has been at the forefront of environmental litigation in Australia. Since 2014 he has been an advisor on EIA and environmental law to the Myanmar Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC). He was an advisor and Member of the Permanent Secretariat of the Technical Working Group for Cambodian Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment (MONRE) from 2013-2018 for the drafting of an new EIA Law for Cambodia and then the drafting of the Environmental Code of Cambodia. 

Matthew has also been the key advisor to the UN Environment Programme and the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) on the proposal for an ASEAN framework agreement on EIA to promote a more rights-based approach to development within ASEAN. He has presented at three AICHR workshops and has drafted two major comparative reviews of EIA law and practice within ASEAN. This followed the work done with PACT Mekong Partnership on the Environment (MPE) in developing Guidelines for Public Participation in EUA in the Mekong Region.

This course has been moved as a certificate course on ADB E-Learn. Contact the Train-the-Trainers Team for any questions or feedback.