TAI Bolivia delivered a workshop for the Vice-Ministry of the Environment
The Access Initiative Coalition in Bolivia this year has been focusing on building the National System of Environmental Information (NSEI) because one of the main constraints in the country for access to environmental information is the lack of data and systematized information.
For this purpose the Coalition has been cooperating with the Vice ministry of the Environment 1, on the design of the NSEI, and on June 10th, the Coalition delivered a workshop for the Vice ministry’s officials on the Indicators that the System should include to follow up the state of the Bolivian environment and to deliver information to the public.
The System of Environmental Information was one of the provisions of the Law of the Environment (1992), however it has never been implemented because it was not considered a priority of the former administrations. Another important provision that has not been implemented was the Report on the State of the Bolivian Environment that had to be published every 5 years. Therefore, our proposal is that the NSEI should be instrumental for elaborating the Report.
Currently the Vice minister of the Environment, Juan Pablo Ramos, has shown strong political will towards access rights. Thus the Vice ministry, in April, sent their Commitments to the Partnership for the Principle 10, after the process of peer review. The Vice Ministry, also organized a Documentation Centre on Environmental Quality, to make available to the public the Environmental Impact Assessments, and Environmental Licenses, among other important documents. It should be highlighted that these documents were kept almost secret, despite that according to the Law of the Environment this information had to be available to the public. Setting the System of Information is seen as crucial for improving the Ministry’s performance regarding access rights.
1 The Vice ministry forms part of the Ministry of the Environment and Water, and is the main environmental authority of the country.
PRODENA, June 2009