EPA Efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean
Learn more about our work in Latin America and the Caribbean:
On this page:
- EPA Participation in the Latin American Network for Environmental Enforcement and Compliance (REDLAFICA)
- Selected Trade Agreements in the Region
- Other Work in the Region
On other pages:
- EPA Collaboration with Brazil
- EPA Collaboration with Chile
- Capacity-Building Programs Under the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR)
- EPA Collaboration with Peru
EPA Participation in the Latin American Network for Environmental Enforcement and Compliance (REDLAFICA)
Redlafica (formerly Redsufica) is an organization created in 2013 by Colombia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru with the objective of improving environmental enforcement and compliance in the Latin American region, ratifying a commitment to advance the environmental protection and strengthen the role of the organizations involved in environmental enforcement and compliance. It is currently comprised of public institutions that exercise environmental enforcement functions in the four founding countries, as well as the following: Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, and the Dominican Republic.
The entities that make up the Network seek to solve cross-border environmental problems and effects, develop indicators associated with environmental inspection and compliance at the regional level, strengthen the capacity of professionals through training, as well as share international practices, information and approaches on environmental problems in different countries.
November 2022: EPA participated in the annual meeting of the Latin American Network for Environmental Enforcement and Compliance(REDLAFICA, formerly REDSUFICA), held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. REDLAFICA members discussed activities implemented in the previous year as well as activities to be within the Strategic Plan for 2022-2025. Planned work may include activities in priority areas: enforcement and compliance in the mining, fisheries and forestry sectors; contaminated sites; coordination among agencies that oversee issues; and updating the REDLAFICA website. During the meeting, they also named Chile as the Chair for the Network. Interactions in this meeting built upon EPA participation in previous annual REDLAFICA meetings.
- U.S.-Panama Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (ECA) (State Department website archive)
- About the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement (FTA)
- Full Text of the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement
EPA collaborated with the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in the identification of EMA’s air quality management program priorities. Examples of EPA participation under this collaboration include: the organization of and participation in a technical scoping mission to help assess Trinidad and Tobago’s air quality management institutional and technical capabilities, as well as a study tour of a small group of EMA’s technical staff to the U.S. to learn about air quality management program key elements. In addition, EPA designed a template with the essential elements for a regional air quality center of excellence.