Regional Activities in the Middle East
By working across a region, the EPA can share its experiences with a vast number of people, making work more efficient. Regional forums also allow for the countries to share their experiences with each other, as well as with the EPA. Below are some examples of how the EPA works regionally in the Middle East and North Africa.
Current Regional Activities in the Middle East Include:
- Public Participation in Environmental Decision-making
- Regional Networks
- Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV)
- Middle East Environment Ministries, Partners and Other Resources
Each of these is explored in detail below.
Public Participation Guide: Engage the public. Preserve the planet.
EPA launched an international public participation toolkit, which is located on EPA’s website, and which provides tools for public participation and public outreach in environmental decision-making. It is designed with government agencies in mind and is initially focused on the Middle East, citing examples of public participation and public outreach throughout the Middle East. It will be also used in other regions of the world, including Central America, Chile, Africa, and Asia.
Regional environmental enforcement networks promote the rule of law, good environmental governance and sustainable development within a specific region by strengthening capacity to implement and enforce environmental requirements. EPA has helped to build, support and launch regional networks in the Middle East. These include:
The networks provide a means for participating countries to cooperate in the implementation of environmental law and encourage exchange in the field of environmental compliance and enforcement.
Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV)
EPA has worked with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) to launch the development of a Middle East and North Africa Roadmap for Clean Fuels and Vehicles, with the goal of moving the region to lead-free and lower-sulfur fuel and introducing more fuel efficient and cleaner vehicles.
In support of this goal, UNEP held a Clean Fuels and Vehicles Middle East regional workshop in September 2010 in Cairo, Egypt.
Back to: EPA's Programs in the Middle East
For additional information on EPA's work in the Middle East, contact:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2650R)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460