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 – 9:20 Welcome Addresses
Welcome from ICEL (Henri Subagiyo, Executive Director, ICEL)
Welcome from TIFA (Irman G. Lanti, Executive Director, Tifa Foundation)
Welcome from Government of Indonesia (Henri Bastaman, Deputy for Technical Infrastructure and Capacity Building in Environmental Management, Indonesian Ministry of Environment)
9:20 – 9:35 Welcome from The Access Initiative, World Resources Institute, Outline of Meeting Goals and Objectives (Carole Excell, Senior Associate, The Access Initiative, WRI)
9:35 – 11:05 Overview of STRIPE (Chair: Tanti Budi Suryani, Tifa Foundation)
This panel will provide an overview of the STRIPE project and its findings on the proactive release and citizen access to air and water information. Best practice policy recommendations as well as the experiences of Indonesian and Thailand community members will be highlighted.
9:35 – 9:50 STRIPE and Citizen Access to Air and Water Pollution Information (Carole Excell, Senior Associate, The Access Initiative, WRI)
9:50 – 10:05 Indonesia’s STRIPE findings (Dyah Paramita STRIPE Project Manager, ICEL)
10:05 – 10:20 Thailand’s STRIPE Findings (Somrudee Nicro, former STRIPE Thailand Project Director)
10:20 – 10:35 The Community Experience with STRIPE (Sutti Atchasai, Secretary General, The Eastern People’s Network, Thailand, Sutiadi, Indonesian Community Representative)
10:35 – 11:05 Questions and Discussion
11:05 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:35 Government Priorities Implementing FOI Laws and Access to Environmental Information, (Chair: Professor Noriko Okubo, Graduate School of Law and Politics, Osaka University)
This session will focus on government programs to improve access to environmental information including the proactive release of air and water information. It will highlight current FOI law implementation priorities and ideas for addressing barriers to access.
11:15 – 11:30 Indonesia: Access to environmental information in Indonesia (Henri Bastaman, Depute for Technical Infrastructure and Capacity Building in Environmental Management, Indonesian MOE)
11:30 – 11:45 Indonesia: FOI Implementation (Alamsyah Saragih, Commission of Information)
11:45 – 12:00 Thailand: Access to environmental information in Thailand (Wijarn Simachaya, Secretary General, Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, Ministry of Natural resources and Environment)
12:00 – 12:15 Thailand: FOI Implementation (Pol. Lt. Col. Thienrath Vichiensan, the Director of the Office of the Official Information Board, Thailand)
12:15 – 12:35 Questions and Discussion
12:35 – 1:35 Lunch
1:35 – 3:00 Government and Civil Society Strategies to Improve Freedom of Information Laws and the Release of Permitting and Enforcement Information (Chair: Vera Barrantes, Training Associate, Chemicals and Waste Management Programme UNITAR)
This session will focus on innovative strategies civil society and governments have or could use to provide greater access to information. It will highlight how to provide community access to monitoring, permitting and enforcement information.
1:35 – 1:50 Creating Usable Data (Jon Callahan, President, Mazama Science)
1:50 – 2:05 China: Accessing Permitting and Enforcement Information, (Wang Jingjing, IPE)
2:05 – 2:20 Mongolia: Utilizing FOI legislation to Access Environmental Information (Batjav Lhamjav, Mongolian Ministry of Environment)
2:20 – 2:35 Japan: Strategies for Improving Citizen Access and the Role of Information Commissioners (Professor Noriko Okubo, Graduate School of Law and Politics, Osaka University)
2:35 – 3:00 Discussion
3:00 – 4:00 Breakout Study Groups: These breakout sessions will focus on important elements for strengthening access and transparency. Discussion will center on improving FOI laws and implementation to better provide citizen access to environmental information on air and water. Increasing transparency strategies for governmental and company pollution information, with special emphasis on permitting and enforcement information, will also be discussed.
These concurrent sessions are designed to encourage a deeper discussion in the following areas:
Improvement in FOI laws (Facilitator: Eszter Filippinyi, Program Officer, Right to Information Fund, OSF)
Release of permitting and enforcement information by Government (Facilitator: Carole Excell, Senior Associate, The Access Initiative, WRI)
4:00 – 5:30 Breakout Group Report-backs
4:00 – 4:30 Breakout Group Panel FOI Law Improvements Release of Permitting and Enforcement Information
4:30 – 5:30 Discussion with an Eye towards Concluding Statement Priorities (Facilitator: Elizabeth Moses, STRIPE team member, WRI)