Strengthening Public Participation on Environmental Management in Indonesia

July. 10, 2012
Strengthening Public Participation
on Environmental Management in Indonesia
July 10-11, 2012
Jakarta, Indonesia

Background Rapid economic growth in Asia has resulted in significant environmental, social and economic costs. While many governments have developed new environmental legal frameworks to respond to this challenge, effective implementation and enforcement of environmental laws has remained weak due in large part to technical, financial and human resource limitations. To ensure that laws are implemented effectively and that environmental management remains relevant and constructive, involvement of the public and various stakeholders in the process should be addressed as well. Thus, environmental agencies have undertaken a range of approaches and strategies to strengthen public participation in their various programs and at different levels of decision-making. With the enactment of the new Environmental Management and Protection Act (EPMA) of Indonesia in 2009, provisions on public participation were enhanced. In line with developing a national strategy on public participation and implementing appropriate mechanisms in accordance with the EPMA, there is a need to strengthen capacity of national and local environmental agencies in the country in engaging and involving the public. In addition, continuing dialogue with various stakeholders on policies and practices would be helpful as concrete steps and strategies are identified. Program Objectives On July 10-11, 2012, the State Ministry of Environment (MOE) of Indonesia will host a training workshop on Strengthening Public Participation on Environmental Management in Indonesia. The event will be conducted in collaboration with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The objectives of this two-day event are to:

  • Gain a common understanding of the basic principles of public participation in addressing environmental concerns/ issues
  • Share the key features of the EPA public participation guide
  • Share best practices, challenges, and strategies in engaging the public in Indonesia
  • Develop the building blocks for strategies for communication and coordination among government officials and key stakeholders
  • Discuss MOE’s draft public participation strategy and possible EIA guidelines on public participation

Event Format The workshop will include: expert presentations, interactive discussions, small group breakout sessions on best practices and case studies; and group deliberations on various public participation strategies and tools. Participants: Workshop participants will be mainly from Indonesia-- government officials, both decision makers and staff involved in public participation at the national and local level, and representatives from NGOs, academe and others. Technical input will be provided by experts from US EPA and complemented by sharing of best practices and approaches from 2-3 resource persons from Asia (AECEN members). Date: July 10-11, 2012 Location: The Four Seasons Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia Language: Bahasa Indonesia and English. Simultaneous translation will be provided Organizers: Indonesia State Ministry of Environment, United States Agency for International Development, United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network