EPA Programs in Thailand
EPA has had a long history of cooperation with Thailand on topics ranging from environmental enforcement to public participation to watershed cooperation. Many of these programs and partnerships achieved successes, such as stronger environmental legislation and improved air quality, and became models for EPA’s partnership with other countries in the region. Today, we continue to engage this important partner through regional working groups and targeted assistance. Our efforts with Thailand correspond with EPA's six international priorities.
Explore our work in Thailand:
Building Strong Institutions and Legal Structures:
From 1997 to 2007, EPA worked with the Thai government to build capacity around conflict resolution, environmental enforcement, emergency preparedness, adjudication of environmental cases, development of regulations and guidelines for environmental impact assessments by industry, and promotion of improved public participation. For example, EPA shared our experience with environmental legislation in 2001 when Thailand was drafting its first comprehensive environmental public participation law. Also, in 2003, EPA trained 30 environmental mediator trainers, who customized EPA's course and presented it to over 300 additional people over the next several years.
Today, Thailand participates in a regional environmental information working group that was formed through collaboration by the Environmental Protection Administration Taiwan and EPA. This group allows environmental information officials from around the region to share best practices and discuss challenges to collecting and sharing environmental information.
Combating Climate Change by Limiting Pollutants:
Thailand joined the Global Methane Initiative (GMI) in 2008. Under this partnership, EPA has provided technical assistance to reduce methane emissions for landfills and livestock waste.
Improving Air Quality:
From 2001 to 2006, EPA partnered with the Thai Pollution Control Department on an air quality management program in Bangkok. This program included a variety of technical assistance and capacity building, including efforts on topics such as air quality monitoring, emission inventories, air quality modeling, promotion of cleaner fuels and vehicles (particularly the phase out of lead in gasoline), and air quality training. The Thai government credited EPA for significant air quality improvements in the region.
EPA also worked with the Thai government on an air quality study of Map Ta Phut from 2002-2004. EPA continued to support this effort in March 2011, with a follow-up analysis and further recommendations on the current air quality monitoring and modeling efforts in Map Ta Phut.
In 2012, the Thai Air Pollution Center of Excellence (TAPCE) celebrated its tenth anniversary of training public and private air pollution professionals on the tools needed for their trade. Based on EPA's Air Pollution Training Institute, TAPCE provides Thai public officials, private sector officers, and students critical skills to implement Thailand's environmental programs and policies. Example courses include air toxics, permit writing, and ambient monitoring.
Expanding Access to Clean Water:
EPA partnered with Thailand to improve water quality from 2002-2008.
Reducing Exposure to Toxic Chemicals:
EPA has worked with the Thai government to develop improved policies for regulation of toxics. For example, EPA partnered with Thailand to work on reduction of mercury from medical waste. Thailand also participated in a regional mercury monitoring workshop hosted by EPA and Taiwan in December 2011.
|Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment||Pollution Control Department|
|U.S. Embassy in Thailand|
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For additional information about EPA's work with Thailand, contact:
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2650R)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
Phone: (202) 564-6600