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EPA Collaboration with Chile
Explore our work with Chile:
August 2015: OITA staff delivered a successful one-day workshop regarding Public Participation in Environmental Decision Making to representatives of Chile’s Ministry of Environment in Santiago, Chile. Based on EPA’s Public Participation Guide, the workshop provided participants with tools to identify best practices for planning, skills and behaviors so they can design and implement a meaningful public participation program.
August 2015: EPA, with Chile's Superintendence of the Environment (SMA), delivered two courses on the collection and use of forensic evidence of environmental violations in Santiago and Valdivia, Chile. The objective of the courses was to strengthen the capacity of representatives of the various agencies that undertake enforcement and compliance activities. Attendees included inspectors from Chilean ministries, members of the environmental tribunals, and enforcement officials from Peru and Colombia.
- Learn more: “SMA organizes international course on environmental enforcement in Valdivia” Exit(Spanish)
October 2014: Under our cooperative work program, EPA hosted a study tour of Arizona copper mines for representatives of Chile’s Ministries of Environment and Mines. The purpose of the tour was to show participants how environmental remediation is accomplished at large scale operating copper mines in the US located in semi-arid climates similar to those found in Chile. The study tour visited two mines in Arizona.
September 2014: EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board and DOJ’s Natural Resource Division co-hosted a study tour for judges of the new Chilean environmental tribunals. Four judges and three attorneys from the Santiago and Valdivia tribunals traveled to the US to participate in the study tour, designed to provide a forum for the Chilean delegation and US experts to share best practices, tools and common challenges in the adjudication of environmental cases.
August 2014: EPA presented a new international course on the use of sampling techniques to develop forensic evidence of environmental violations in cooperation with the Chilean Superintendent for the Environment, INECE,Exit and INTERPOL.Exit The 3-day course is based on the new Pollution Crime Forensic Investigation Manual from the INTERPOL Environmental Crimes Committee. The course was presented as an initial capacity building activity for the South America Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (in Spanish: Red Sudamericana de Fiscalización y Cumplimiento)Exit with participants from Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador.
- Development of curricula for judges on adjudicating environmental enforcement cases
- Training the Environment Superintendency (Superintendencia del Medioambiente- SMA) inspectors on inspection and enforcement
- Technical consultation and assistance on a variety of environmental enforcement issues as needed
- Deployment of NEPAssist, a tool that facilitates the environmental review process and project planning in relation to environmental considerations
- Management of environmental aspects of mine closure
- Abandoned mine risk evaluation
- Identification of cost effective mine remediation
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|US Department of State||Chile Ministry of Foreign Relations|
|Chile Ministry of Environment||Chile Ministry of Mining|
|Chile Superintendencia del Medioambiente||Servicio de Evaluación Ambiental|
|Corporación Nacional Forestal|