STRIPE: Strengthening the Right to Information for People and the Environment
Apr 17, 2013
Location: 
Hotel Alila Jakarta, Jalan Pecenongan Kav 7-17, Jakarta, 10120
Date: 
May 1, 2013
Sponsoring Organization(s): 
WRI, ICEL

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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Agenda

8:30- 9:00 Registration

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome Back and Goals for the Day (Carole Excell, Senior Associate, the Access Initiative, WRI)

9:15 – 11:00 Strategies Utilized to Create and Strengthen PRTRs and Access to Usable Air and Water Information from Around the Region (Chair: Henri Bastaman, Depute for Technical Infrastructure and Capacity Building in Environmental Management, Indonesian Ministry of Environment)

This session will focus on the necessary design and implementation components for environmental disclosure programs (such as PRTRs or environmental performance rating programs) including the challenges and/or plans for effective communication of usable air and water information for communities.

9:15 – 9:30 PRTRs (Vera Barrantes, Training Associate, Chemicals and Waste Management Programme United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR))

9:30 – 9:45 Japan: PRTR (Masami Kittaka, Aarhus Network Japan)

9:45 – 10:00 Philippines: PRTR (Beau Baconguis, Greenpeace Philippines)

10:00 – 11:00 Discussion

11:00 – 12:00 Breakout Study Groups:
These breakout sessions will focus on important elements for strengthening access and transparency. Discussion will center on how to make information more usable for communities including better communication of environmental and public health risks. Participants will also explore environmental disclosure options with special emphasis on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers, to further explore how to increase transparency and the release of company pollution information.

These concurrent sessions are designed to encourage a deeper discussion in the following areas:

Usability of environmental information and priority parameters for water and air (Facilitator: Jon Callahan, President, Mazama Science)

Proactive disclosure including PRTRs (Facilitator: Elizabeth Moses, STRIPE Team Member, WRI)

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 Breakout Group Report-backs

1:30 – 2:00 Breakout Group Panel

Usability of environmental information and priority parameters for water and air, Proactive disclosure including PRTRs

2:00 – 3:00 Discussion with an Eye towards Concluding Statement Priorities

3:00 – 3:30 Break

3:30 – 4:45 Distribution and Facilitated Discussion: Agreement on the Statement of Priorities for Access to Environmental Information on Air and Water (Facilitator: Carole Excell, Senior Associate, The Access Initiative, WRI)

Based on the regional meeting discussions, this session will focus on creating a concluding statement on the fundamental priorities for improving access to environmental information. It will include ideas for enhancing community access to air and water pollution information as well as outline specific government and civil society actions needed to achieve goals.

4:45 – 5:00 Closing and Group Photo

AttachmentSize
PRTRs, V.Barrantes6.01 MB
Japan: PRTR, M.Kittaka5.79 MB
Philippines: PRTR, B.Baconguis3.55 MB
Biographies of Presenters39.5 KB
JAKARTA DECLARATION on people and the environment57.5 KB