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International Cooperation

EPA Efforts in the Asia-Pacific Region

EPA’s engagement in the Asia-Pacific region helps safeguard our domestic environment; protect the health of our citizens; address global environmental issues; and improve the safety of products and food.

Our work in Asia focuses on the largest developing economies and population centers, including Greater China and Indonesia. We also collaborate with others such as Australia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Our efforts in the region support EPA’s international priorities and benefit the environment and public health in the United States, as well as that of our partners.

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Combating air pollution and growing clean energy economies are major themes of the EPA’s collaboration with Greater China. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy traveled to Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong in December 2013 to advance these and other international priorities with counterparts at the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), National Development and Reform Commission, and with other partners.

EPA is working with China on control of emissions of particulate matter, ozone, and volatile organic compounds, training provincial air quality managers, and sharing information on energy efficient buildings. Learn more about the mission to China and EPA’s collaboration with China.

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Where We Work

EPA does not currently have active bilateral programs in Afghanistan, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, or Sri Lanka.

We occasionally engage these countries through multilateral fora (e.g. Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network [AECEN], Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation [APEC], Association of Southeast Asian Nations [ASEAN]); through regional and global initiatives (e.g. The Global Methane Initiative); or on select technical issues.

EPA’s Office of International and Tribal Affairs continues to serve as EPA’s point of contact for information or requests related to these counties. 

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    For additional information on EPA's work in Asia and the Pacific, contact:
    Mark Kasman 
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2670R)
    1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20460
    (202) 564-6600