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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Highlights 

  • January 2014: EPA Region 2 staff facilitated a South American regional public participation workshop in Santiago, Chile on January 7-8, 2014. Attendees included representatives from Chile, Peru, Colombia and Uruguay. The two-day workshop focused on public participation, conflict resolution, social media and working with indigenous communities and resulted in the formation of a public participation network for the South American countries that is hosted on Google circle.
  • November 2013: The first meeting of the South American Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (Red Sudamericana de Fiscalización y Cumplimiento Ambiental (REFCA)) was in Santiago, Chile, November 5 – 6, 2013. Senior level participants from the environmental enforcement authorities from Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador agreed to form a network to strengthen cooperation among themselves and other countries in the region to improve enforcement and strengthen compliance with environmental laws to ensure high levels of protection.
  • October 2013: EPA mining experts participated in a workshop on risk assessment and management in mine sites. Over 40 participants from over 10 Chilean institutions and the Embassy of Japan participated in the two-day workshop, part of our planned environmental cooperation activities under the US-Chile FTA. 
  • August 2013: Two US environmental education experts (one EPA, one non-EPA) led a successful environmental education workshop in Frutillar, Chile. Undertaken through our FTA environmental cooperation, the workshop was geared towards Chilean teachers from "green" certified schools, who learned a new curriculum for outdoor environmental education. The workshop was attended by approximately 30 participants.

Activities

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

Mining

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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Contacts

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
(202)-564-1391