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International Cooperation

EPA Efforts in the Asia-Pacific Region

EPA works with nations in the Asia-Pacific region to protect the global environment and public health.  Our work focuses on the largest developing economies and population centers, including China and Vietnam. We also collaborate on initiatives in Australia, Japan, Singapore, and Taiwan, and partner with the Asian Development Bank.

Explore our work in the Asia-Pacific region:


Examples of Work in the Region

China

EPA and China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) have a long-standing partnership that has advanced the environmental protection capacities in both the United States and China. The collaboration is focused on six key areas of cooperation:  1) improving air quality; 2) reducing water pollution; 3) preventing exposure to chemicals and toxics; 4) remediating soil, hazardous and solid waste; 5) improving environmental enforcement and compliance; and 6) enhancing environmental laws and institutions. Collaboration since the first U.S.-China Joint Committee on Environmental Cooperation (JCEC) in 2007 has expanded the quality of environmental protection expertise at both EPA and MEP and has equipped China to achieve significant milestones in the development of its environmental protection laws and policies.

  • April 2019: EPA participated in an Environmental Law Symposium hosted by the China Ministry of Ecology and Environment and Jiangsu Province Environmental Protection Bureau. The symposium focused on implementation of China’s new Soil Pollution Prevention and Control Law, which took effect in January 2019. EPA shared experience and lessons learned in preventing and addressing contaminated sites in the United States, while China discussed national and provincial efforts for the prevention and clean-up of soil pollution. 

Vietnam

Environmental officials from USEPA, Vietnam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Taiwan EPA visit Bali Refuse to learn about recycling and environmental education.A coastal nation of approximately ninety-four million people, Vietnam is one of Asia’s fastest emerging economies and an important environmental partner for EPA.  EPA is collaborating with Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) to strengthen environmental laws and institutions by training environmental officials on reviewing environmental impact assessments, conducting environmental inspections, developing permitting standards, enforcing regulations, and providing environmental information to the public.  These efforts are advancing increased compliance with environmental laws, improved air and water quality, better waste management, increased public participation and access to environmental information, and improved chemical management by industry. 
 
  • May 2019: EPA and MONROE partnered with the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE) and Taiwan EPA to hold a five-day exchange program in Taipei.  The goal of the program was to share experiences between MONROE and EPA Taiwan in implementing environmental impact assessments, waste and wastewater management, and extended producer responsibility.  Participants engaged in discussions and visited several sites highlighting Taiwan EPA’s environmental management and environmental education, which will inform MONROE’s programs in Vietnam.

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Where We Work

Explore the links below to learn more about EPA's collaboration with government ministries in the following countries in the Asia Pacific Region.

EPA does not currently have active bilateral programs in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka or Thailand.  We occasionally engage these countries through multilateral, regional and global initiatives; or on select technical issues.

EPA’s Office of International and Tribal Affairs serves as EPA’s point of contact for information and requests related to foreign countries.

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Contacts

For additional information on EPA's work in Asia and the Pacific, contact:
Brenda Doroski 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2650R)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
(202) 564-6600