Environment, Science & Technology
The Environment, Science, Technology and Health Section
Many elements of the U.S. Embassy deal with environment, science, technology and health in some way. The Environment, Science and Technology section in the Economic Section represents the Department of State, which coordinates U.S. international environment, science, technology and Health (ESTH) policy. Several U.S. Government agencies have ESTH interests and activities, which may involve overseas work, generally conducted through agreements between U.S. agencies and their overseas counterpart. The ESTH section helps to facilitate these contacts and to oversee the implementation of ESTH agreements with the goal of advancing cooperative bilateral work in relevant areas. Subjects covered by the ESTH office include environmental protection and conservation of natural resources, sustainable development, climate change adaptation, alternative and renewal energy, basic and applied sciences, health, and technology.
The ESTH section is responsible for remaining abreast of monitoring changes, researching, analyzing, and assisting with reporting on environment, agriculture, science, technology and health, and for advising on emerging issues and trends and their implications.
It develops and maintains a diverse network of contacts, facilitating interaction between them and the Embassy as appropriate. Using this information and written sources it ensures USG remain well-versed in issues relevant to Bolivia. Among the ESTH office duties are:
- Embassy liaison with government, economic, private sector, and social sector ESTH contacts.
- Analyze and report on key ESTH developments.
- Assists with identifying opportunities to advance U.S. and Bolivian common interests through creative programming ideas.