EPA’s engagement in Asia and the Pacific Islands helps safeguard our domestic environment; protect the health of our citizens; address global environmental issues; and improve the safety of products and food. Our work in Asia focuses on the largest developing economies and population centers, including China, India, and Indonesia. We have more limited partnerships with Australia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and other environmental partners in the region. Our efforts in the region support EPA’s six international priorities and benefit the environment and public health in the United States, as well as that of our partners.
Explore our work in the Asia/Pacific Region:
- Greater China
- Other Activities in Asia and the Pacific Islands
- Other Regional Partners
- Key Partner Organizations and Agencies
EPA and the Environmental Protection Administration Taiwan (EPAT) are now coordinating the newly named International E-Waste Management Network (IEMN). Originally formed at an international e-waste workshop in October 2012, the network is enabling environmental officials from within and beyond the Asia-Pacific region to exchange experiences and best practices on e-waste.
EPA and China have collaborated on environmental issues for over two decades. Generally, this collaboration has focused on the protection of air and water; the management of toxics and waste; and on building capacity on environmental law implementation and enforcement. Collaboration will soon be expanded to include new areas including the development of environmental law and institutions; environmental information; and mercury reduction.
Learn more about EPA’s Environmental Cooperation in Greater China
In the context of the U.S.’s expanding relationship with India, EPA is seeking to engage its Indian partners in new and collaborative ways. Recent work includes implementation of pilot programs in the areas of drinking water quality and air quality management. Today, the Government of India and EPA are evaluating new ways to partner on governance issues and addressing the trans-boundary movement of e-waste into India.
Learn more about EPA’s Environmental Cooperation in India
Due to its significant environmental footprint and unparalleled ecological resources, Indonesia emerged as a priority partner for EPA in 2009. “Breathe Easy, Jakarta,” one of EPA’s new programs in Indonesia, is a partnership with the City of Jakarta to improve air quality. EPA also plans to partner with the Indonesian Government to address other key issues such as environmental enforcement and public participation.
Learn more about EPA’s Environmental Cooperation in Indonesia
EPA does not currently have active bilateral programs in Afghanistan, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, or Sri Lanka. We occasionally engage these countries through multilateral fora (e.g. AECEN, APEC, ASEAN ); through regional and global initiatives (e.g. The Global Methane Initiative ); or on select technical issues. EPA’s Office of International and Tribal Affairs continues to serve as EPA’s point of contact for information or requests related to these counties.
For additional information on EPA's work in Asia and the Pacific, contact:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2670R)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460