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International Cooperation

EPA Collaboration with Chile

The U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement entered into force in January 2004. Recognizing the importance of protecting the environment while promoting sustainable development, the Governments negotiated an associated Environmental Cooperation Agreement, which is the basis for our environmental cooperation. As a global partner in trade and the environment, Chile is a priority country for U.S. environmental cooperation.

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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. 

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.  


Environmental Governance

EPA works with a variety of Chilean Agencies, such as the Environment Superintendency (Superintendencia del MedioambienteExit and the Ministry of Environment Exitto strengthen environmental enforcement and compliance of environmental laws and regulations. Activities include:
  • 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


To strengthen institutional capacity in the institutions that govern the mining sector, EPA will build the capacity of Chile’s Ministries of Mining (Ministerio de MineríaExit and Environment (Ministerio del Medio AmbienteExit with a variety of collaborative workshops and information exchanges.
Specific efforts will aim to increase the capacity of Chilean government representatives regarding:
  • Management of environmental aspects of mine closure
  • Abandoned mine risk evaluation
  • Identification of cost effective mine remediation 

Public Participation

To increase environmental public participation in decision-making, EPA will partner with the Chilean Ministry of Environment and other Agencies such as the Environmental Evaluation Service (Servicio de Evaluación Ambiental) Exit to build the capacity of Chile’s government institutions in this area. 
This will include delivering public participation workshops to foster public participation and enhanced government outreach, and exchange best practices.

Environmental Education

To enhance educator knowledge of environmental issues and improve teaching skills in formal and informal programs, EPA is partnering with the Chilean Ministry of Environment to exchange best practices. 
This work will be accomplished through a workshop with Chile’s government agencies and non-government institutions to exchange best practices, as well as a series of workshops geared towards effective learning and teaching about environmental issues in an outdoor setting.

Agreements and Relevant Documents

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Key Partners

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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  

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Learn More About Chile

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For additional information on EPA's work with Chile, contact:
Nadtya Hong
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2650R)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460