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Collaboration with Indonesia

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Indonesia is a key actor in the global environmental arena. In addition to significant ecological resources, Indonesia also has the fourth largest population in the world and the third largest greenhouse gas emissions.

EPA’s collaboration with Indonesia advances the Agency's six international priorities.

Explore our work with Indonesia:



Building Strong Institutions and Legal Structures:

EPA and the Indonesian Ministry of Environment Exit EPA disclaimer (MOE) are exchanging technical information on environmental information and environmental impact assessments, including recent distance learning events on environmental impact assessments and permits. In 2013, MOE also participated in environment inspections training courses led by EPA in Singapore and Taiwan. Futher cooperation in this area is anticipated. Finally, in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN), Exit EPA disclaimer EPA and MOE also convened a workshop on strengthening public participation in environmental management in Indonesia in 2012. This workshop, which included experts from around the Asia-Pacific region, not only shared EPA’s Public Participation Guide, but also prompted several countries to reexamine their public participation policies, particularly in regards to environmental impact assessments.

Combating Climate Change by Limiting Pollutants:

In 2010, Indonesia joined the Global Methane Initiative (GMI). Exit EPA disclaimer Under GMI, Indonesia is an active partner in the waste and oil and gas sectors.

Improving Air Quality:

In the 1990s, EPA and Indonesia collaborated to evaluate air emissions from forest fires and to phase out lead in gasoline. Over the years, EPA has been cooperating with Indonesian partners and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) through work under the Global Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles. EPA is also partnering with the City of Jakarta and the Indonesian Ministry of Environment on “Breathe Easy, Jakarta,” a program to improve air quality and protect human health in the capital region. This program, which includes air quality management trainings and technical assistance, is intended to serve as a model for urban air quality management for other major cities.

Reducing Exposure to Toxic Chemicals:

Indonesia participates in the International E-Waste Management Network (IEMN) and a regional working group on mercury monitoring, both coordinated by EPA and Environmental Protection Administration Taiwan (EPAT). In 2011 and 2012, EPA partnered with UNEP and Blacksmith Institute to address mercury emissions and children’s health impacts from artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM). This project demonstrated improved technologies at the local level, increased education regarding health impacts, and progress towards a national action plan to reduce mercury from ASGM in Indonesia. Additionally, in 2010, EPA hosted an Indonesian study tour to the U.S. to discuss hazardous waste management.

High level officials from EPA and the Indonesian Ministry of Environment met in September 2012 to discuss collaboration and technical exchanges.




Distance learning on environmental impact assessments and permitting. Above, EPA presents from the United States. Below, over 30 participants watch from Indonesia through a digital video conference. Bottom photo credit: @America.


KEY PARTNERS Exit EPA disclaimer

Indonesian Ministry of Environment U.S. Embassy Jakarta
Indonesia Ministry of Energy and Mineral ResourcesU.S. Trade and Development Agency
Indonesian Ministry of Public Works U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
City of Jakarta UNEP Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles
Komite Penghapusan Bensin Bertimbel UNEP Chemicals Branch
Swisscontact-Indonesia Desert Research Institute
Blacksmith Institute




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For additional information about EPA's work with Indonesia, contact:

Rakhi Kasat
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2650R)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
Email: kasat.rakhi@epa.gov
Phone: (202) 564-6600

Katherine Buckley
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2650R)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
Email: buckley.katherine@epa.gov
Phone: (202) 564-6600

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