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Wri stripe regional meeting: Overview of STRIPE Findings


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Wri stripe regional meeting: Overview of STRIPE Findings

  1. 1. Strengthening the right to information for People and the EnvironmentApril 29-May 1Jakarta IndonesiaSTRIPEREGIONAL MEETINGCarole ExcellOverview of STRIPEfindingsApril 29-May 1Jakarta Indonesia
  2. 2. STRIPE’s Objectives
  3. 3. Indonesia Thailand• Tubanan village, CentralJava• Tanjung Jati B coalSteam fired power plant(AIR)• Pontang village, Serang,Banten.• Indah Kiat Pulp andPaper (IKPP) (WATER)• Indonesia Center forEnvironmental Law(ICEL) and coalition• Community of NongFab• Community of ClongNum Hoo• Both in Map ta PhutPetrochemicalIndustrial estate• (AIR and WATER)• Partners – ThailandEnvironmental Instituteand coalition
  4. 4. Strengthening the right to information for People and the EnvironmentApril 29-May 1Jakarta IndonesiaMethodology
  5. 5. Community Training
  6. 6. How STRIPE Works• ID needed info• ID if legal mandate for collection and release• ID Availability• If info not available, file FOI Request• Monitor and track• Follow through FOI Request, incl. appeal• Advocacy strategies created by each partnerand implemented
  7. 7. Findings• Extensive legal provisions governing rightto information in both countries
  8. 8. Information was made availableproactively but it was limited inscopeThailand:- More informationreleased on pollution in generalIndonesia:-More information onenvironmental performanceFindings- Disclosure of EnvironmentalInformation Proactively
  9. 9. Overall Response Rate for FOI requests
  10. 10. •Muterefusalswere anobstacleFindings – Mute Refusals
  11. 11. Local Governments, Public Authorities, andState Agencies Had Varying Response Rates
  12. 12. Findings – Varying time to respond to a request
  13. 13. Facility information Results
  14. 14. • Gaps in the way industryis regulated were found– Failure to includestandards on toxicchemicals– Limited monitoringrequirements on permits– Failure to conduct publichearings for renewal ofpermits– Failure to take action forbreach of standardsFindings
  15. 15. Response by Type of Requestor
  16. 16. Response by Requestor Type
  17. 17. FindingsAppeal Response
  18. 18. Similar Barriers to Communities
  19. 19. OutcomesAn increase in the use of FOILaw175 requests were made bylocal partners and communitymembersA determination of gaps anddeficiencies in national right toinformation law and practice aswell as the regulation ofpollution
  20. 20. Outcomes• The first assessment ofproactive release ofinformation on air andwater pollution (7categories).• The community in Seranggot the government to doan environmental audit ofthe IKPP mill• Enforcement of the right toinformation in both themediation and appealmechanisms.• Capacity Building forGovernment, civil societyand communities
  21. 21. • Communities need to have the space toparticipate in decision-making to use information• Pollution control is aided by citizen action andparticipation in policy, permitting andenforcement• Transparency policies are needed byGovernment and Civil society to addresspollution control compliance.• Proactive release of usable environmentalinformation is needed in both countriesLessons Learned
  22. 22. "Those of us who understandthe complex concept of theenvironment have the burden toact. We must not tire. We mustnot give up. We must persist "Dr. Wangari Maathai (NobelPeace Prize Laureate, 1940-2011)