International Cooperation

EPA Engagements with Indonesia

Indonesia is a key actor in the global environmental arena. In addition to significant ecological resources, Indonesia also has the fourth largest population in the world and the third largest greenhouse gas emissions. EPA’s collaboration with Indonesia advances EPA's six international priorities.
Note: At the end of 2014, the Indonesia Ministry of Environment (MOE) merged with the Indonesia Ministry of Forestry to form the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF). You will see both MOE and MOEF referenced in the content below. 

Recent Engagements

Past Engagements

Recent Engagements

May 2015: 

EPA and the Indonesia Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) held their fifth distance learning program on EIAs and permitting on May 7. This program, conducted via videoconference, helps implement EIA technical cooperation under the EPA-MOEF Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

The discussion focused on predicting impacts on water quality and quantity from energy projects. Thirty-five participants from Indonesia joined an expert on water modeling from the U.S. Federal Regulatory Energy Commission (FERC) for this discussion. Participants included MOEF staff, academics, experts from a state-owned electricity company, and the EIA forum of Indonesia.

During the program, EPA and FERC presented an overview of water quality and quantity impacts, explained the use of modeling in preparing environmental impact statements, and discussed modelling of surface water quality. Presenters also suggested modeling approaches for the Indonesian context, and encouraged increased role of universities in modeling.

EPA and MoEF expect to hold additional EIA distance learning programs in 2015. 

May 2015: 

EPA's grantee partners visited Jakarta in the first week of May to lead training sessions and partner meetings.  Discussions included air modeling, air monitoring, and inventories.  The team provided technical consultation to Jakarta’s air group regarding the siting and operation of the current air monitors, as well as potential for additional monitors. 

EPA’s grantee partners are engaging with the City of Jakarta and the Indonesia Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) on “Breathe Easy, Jakarta." The team worked with City and Ministry officials on approaches for continued development of air inventories and modeling generation.  They also explored outreach approaches for air quality information. 

April 2015

The U.S. Embassy hosted an Earth Day event on air pollution and health on April 21 at the @America Facility in Jakarta. This outreach event raised awareness of the public health impacts of air emissions. The event also announced a new Air Quality Monitoring Program, led by the U.S. Department of State. 

U.S. Ambassador Blake opened the event. Several members of the EPA grantee ‘Breathe Easy, Jakarta’ team participated in the event, moderating a panel session and presenting on PM 2.5 monitoring. 

December 2014: 

EPA and DOJ officials provide environmental enforcement training in Indonesia in December 2014."Protecting the Environment through Regulatory Enforcement and Criminal Prosecution," an environmental enforcement workshop, took place in Medan, Indonesia from December 9-11.  The workshop was presented by EPA, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Indonesia Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF).

This training was the first to bring together participants from multiple agencies across Indonesia to discuss challenges and strategies related to better environmental enforcement and improved interagency cooperation in the field. The workshop included over 40 participants representing local and national police, prosecutors, and MoEF enforcement officials from different regions of Indonesia.  Indonesian officials that had been previously trained by EPA in Taipei, Singapore and Washington D.C. also helped deliver the course. 

September 2014: 

Following 2 contaminated site assessments, EPA officials present at an International site remediation conference in Indonesia in September 2014. EPA, the Indonesia Ministry of Environment (MOE), and EPA Taiwan visited two contaminated sites in Indonesia, an oil-contaminated site and a location involving historic small-scale smelting of metals. The joint site assistance visits took place between September 21-29, 2014.  Following the site visits, the team presented at the International Conference on Site Remediation.

EPA provided follow-up recommendations for both sites, some of which have already been implemented by MOE. 

August 2014: 

EPA official participates in fourth EPA-MOEF EIA distance learning program. EPA and the Indonesia Ministry of Environment (MOE) held their fourth distance learning program on EIAs and permitting on August 20, 2014.  This program focused on the modification of permits and implications for EIA processes.  Approximately 25 participants joined from Indonesia via teleconference, including MOE staff, academics, private sector representatives, and the EIA forum of Indonesia.

During the program, EPA presented on U.S. permit modification processes for water, air, and hazardous waste facilities, as well as general principles to consider for permit modification. The Indonesian participants asked questions about public engagement, the differences between minor versus major modifications, and how to address modifications from various sectors. 

June 2014: 

EPA hosted a high level delegation from the Indonesia Ministry of Environment on June 16-19, 2014. The delegation was headed by the Indonesian Deputy Minister for Hazardous Waste and Solid Waste Management, and the Head of the Bureau of Planning and International Cooperation. The purpose of this visit was to advance cooperation under the EPA-MOE MOU and to begin to discuss priority areas of collaboration for 2015-2016. 

During this visit, EPA and MOE reviewed progress under their joint 2013-2014 workplan, including technical exchanges on environmental impact assessments and on clean fuels. EPA and MOE also discussed potential areas of future activity, including site remediation technical assistance and environmental enforcement trainings. EPA and MOE also held a series of technical discussions on other topics including: environmental enforcement, air quality, clean fuels and vehicles, mercury and ASGM, site remediation, the Global Methane Initiative, and emergency response.

During the meeting, EPA and MOE highlighted the deepening of the relationship between the two organizations and noted key outcomes of that strong partnership. EPA and MOE also began a discussion on priority areas for the 2015-2016 workplan. 

Past Engagements

Nov-Dec 2013: 

MOE officials visited an air quality monitor as part of a study tour to EPA in December 2013 to learn more about U.S. air quality management practices.In November and December of 2013, EPA hosted several high-level delegations from Indonesia, primarily from the Indonesian Ministry of Environment. The purpose of these visits was to learn more about U.S. environmental policies and technologies. Discussions with these delegations covered a range of topics including environmental impact assessments (EIAs), permitting, enforcement, and air quality management. 

The delegations not only met with EPA officials, but also other federal, state, and local partners. The delegations also had the opportunity to visit wastewater, air quality, and laboratory facilities to learn about the use of the technologies and providing environmental information to the public. The Indonesian delegations plan use the information gained through these visits to help refine their policies and procedures for enforcement, EIA, and air quality. These visits helped implement the EPA-MOE 2013-2014 workplan. 

June 2013:

On June 13th, the Indonesian Ministry of Environment hosted an EPA official at their offices in Jakarta, Indonesia to recognize accomplishments from the 2011-2012 joint workplan and discuss the EPA-MOE joint 2013-2014 workplan.

EPA and Indonesia noted progress on several areas, including exchanges on development of environmental impact assessments and environmental permits, collection and use of environmental information, and management of urban air quality. Over the next two years, EPA and MOE hope to expand cooperation on areas such as environmental enforcement and improved fuel quality.

In addition, EPA and MOE participated in the Climate and Environment Working Group of the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership, including a Special Open Forum and Public Consultation on U.S.-Indonesia Cooperation on Climate Change and Environment.

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September 2012: 

group photo from Indonesia Meeting 2012
High level officials from EPA and the Indonesian Ministry of Environment met in September 2012 to discuss collaboration and conduct technical exchanges.

On September 17-20, EPA hosted a high level delegation from the Indonesian Ministry of Environment. This delegation included Minister Kambuaya, Executive Secretary Roosita, and several staff members.

During this visit, EPA and MOE reviewed progress to date on joint programs under the 2011-2012 workplan and discussed activities that could be included in future workplans. EPA and MOE noted technical exchanges on reduction of mercury from artisanal and small-scale gold mining, development of environmental impact assessments, and management of hazardous waste as three of the key areas of activity.

EPA and MOE also held a series of technical discussions on topics including environmental sustainability, environmental information and data collection, environmental laboratory management, and transboundary pollution. Finally, EPA and MOE participated in the Third U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership Meetings. 

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July 2011:

Former EPA Assistant Administrator for International Affairs, Michelle DePass, meets with the Indonesian Ministry of Environment (MOE) to agree on the first joint EPA-MOE workplan.
EPA’s Assistant Administrator for International and Tribal Affairs, Michelle DePass, visited Indonesia to participate in the second U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership meeting to advance environmental cooperation with Indonesia. The meeting was chaired by Secretary Clinton and Indonesian Foreign Minister Natalegawa, and Assistant Administrator DePass led discussions on green investments and public-private collaboration to improve environmental protection.
During her visit to Jakarta, EPA and Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment (MOE) agreed on a joint workplan under the recently signed EPA-MOE Memorandum of Understanding. Activities will include cooperation to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals, address transboundary pollution, and strengthen environmental institutions. Assistant Administrator DePass also joined Jakarta city officials to convene government, NGO, and private sector partners to launch the “Breathe Easy, Jakarta” stakeholders group, which will work to improve air quality and protect public health in the city through joint development of cost-effective, science-based strategies. She highlighted the critical role that each partner plays in the implementation and success of this program.
Assistant Administrator DePass made several additional visits, including speaking to nearly two hundred high school students about recycling and leading a discussion on green careers with students, NGOs, and representatives from the business community.
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June 2011: 

U.S. Ambassador Marciel (on behalf of Former EPA Administrator Jackson) and Minister Hatta sign a Memorandum of Understanding between EPA and the Indonesian Ministry of Environment.

EPA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indonesian Ministry of the Environment (MOE) to cooperate on environmental protection and sustainable utilization of natural resources. Ambassador Scot Marciel signed the agreement on behalf of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. This agreement creates a broad framework of cooperation between EPA and MOE on a variety of shared priorities including air quality, environmental governance, and reduction of toxics.

Also signed during the ceremony was an Annex under the MOU setting a framework for cooperation for the “Breathe Easy, Jakarta” program. Under this partnership program, EPA will work with the Jakarta Administration to gain a better understanding of Jakarta’s air quality challenges and develop cost-effective strategies for improving air quality and protecting public health. 

February 2010:

DePass met with Fauzi Bowo, Governor of Jakarta, to discuss the details of the Breathe Easy, Jakarta program. (Photo: Erik A Kurniawan, U.S. Embassy Jakarta)
EPA’s Assistant Administrator for International Affairs, Michelle DePass, visited Jakarta to advance EPA cooperation in Indonesia and to follow up on the Administrator’s 2009 visit.
EPA and Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment agreed to cooperate on joint environmental initiatives, including air quality and environmental governance projects.
The visit to Jakarta also continued the conversation with local NGOs. Assistant Administrator DePass visited Rawa Bebek, a Jakarta neighborhood that has had successful community-driven initiatives on recycling and composting.

October 2009: 

Former Administrator Jackson visits a local air quality monitoring station in Jakarta, October 2009.
Then-EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson traveled to Jakarta to represent President Obama at the inauguration of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. This visit opened a new chapter in EPA and U.S. engagement with Indonesia.
Administrator Jackson met with Dr. Emil Salim, President Yudhoyono’s Environmental Advisor, and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), to hear about Indonesia’s environmental successes and challenges.
She also met with Fauzi Bowo, the Governor of Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta, and offered technical assistance focusing in particular on air quality.


For additional information about EPA's work with Indonesia, contact:
Rakhi Kasat
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2650R)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
Phone: (202) 564-6600
Katherine Buckley
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2650R)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
Phone: (202) 564-6600