STRIPE: Strengthening the Right to Information for People and the Environment
STRIPE, “Strengthening the Right to Information for People and the Environment,” is a two-year research project undertaken by the World Resources Institute with its partners, the Thailand Environment Institute (TEI) and Indonesian Center for Environmental Law (ICEL) as part of the work of the Access Initiative (TAI). The project has sought to assess the use of the Freedom of information Law in Indonesia and Thailand to obtain access to discrete types of environmental and pollution control information, the availability of proactively released information on air and water and the challenges faced by communities and activists in heavily polluted areas to obtain information on air and water quality.
- Highlight the findings of the STRIPE project and propose new actions to improve the current right of access to environmental information in the region.
- Provide a space for peer learning about issues faced by communities and activists in seeking access to environmental information through the use of freedom of information laws and promotion of proactive release of environmental information.
- Share experiences and learning both by government national agencies and international organizations to develop strong regulatory mechanisms for the release of pollution control information in useful formats e.g. Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers and assess opportunities to expand STRIPE to the invited countries for wider regional impact.
8:30 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 9:10 Welcome From The Access Initiative, World Resources Institute, Overview of the Day’s Goals (Carole Excell, Senior Associate, The Access Initiative, WRI)
9:10 – 9:20 Welcome from the Indonesian Center for Environmental Law (Henri Subagiyo, Executive Director, ICEL)
9:20 – 9:40 Welcome from Thailand Environment Institute (Chuthatip Maneepong, Program Manager, TEI)
9:40 – 10:00 Introductions
10:00 – 12:00 The STRIPE Project Panel: Findings on Access to Environmental Information and Policy Gaps Identified (Chair: Eszter Filippinyi, Program Officer, Right to Information Fund, OSF)
This panel will provide an overview of the STRIPE project and its findings on gaps in citizen access to air and water information in Indonesia and Thailand. It will highlight policy recommendations and potential advocacy strategies for improving access to environmental information.
10:00 – 10:15 Overview of STRIPE Findings (Carole Excell, Senior Associate, The Access Initiative, WRI)
10:15 – 10:30 Access to Environmental Information in Indonesia (Dyah Paramita, STRIPE Project Manager, ICEL)
10:30 – 10:45 Access to Environmental Information In Thailand (Somrudee Nicro, former STRIPE Thailand Project Director)
10:45 – 12:00 Questions and Discussion
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 Roundtable on the State of Access to Environmental Information and Country-Specific Targeted Goals and Actions (Chair: Jon Callahan, President, Mazama Science)
This roundtable will explore the key issues surrounding regional access to environmental information and the challenges to the proactive release of information. It will highlight the specific advocacy strategies being used to improve access and obstacles to moving forward.
1:00 – 2:00 Overview Presentations
Philippines: Arvin Jo, TAI/Aeteno School of Government China: Wu Qi, NRDC China Japan: Masami Kittaka, Aarhus Network Japan Mongolia: Tserenjav Demberel, Transparency Foundation
2:00 – 2:30 Group Discussion
2:30 – 3:30 Breakout Discussion of Lessons Learned, Overall Trends and Priority Actions (Facilitators: Henri Subagiyo, Executive Director, ICEL, Somrudee Nicro, former STRIPE Thailand Project Director, J. Oyuntulkhuur, Manager for Governance Program, OSF Mongolia)
Breakout groups will provide participants with an opportunity for further in-depth discussion.
3:30 – 3:45 Break
3:45 – 4:30 Breakout Group Report Backs and Discussion
4:30 – 5:30 Review and conclusions: Prepare for DAY 2 (Facilitator: Carole Excell, Senior Associate, WRI)
Participants will discuss the important conclusions from the day and outline civil society goals and objectives for the rest of the regional meeting and the concluding Statement of Priorities for Access to Environmental Information on Air and Water.