Nov 14, 2008
National Campaign for TAI Assessment in Macedonia.

I would like to inform you that from 12.11.2008 to 23.11.2008 Florozon succeeded in conducting the National Campaign for TAI Assessment in Macedonia. The campaign will be realized through a radio spot and the distribution of informative materials in the centre of Skopje. The radio spot is of educational character. It is presented on national level and its aim is to introduce the three types of rights for access to information, public participation and access to justice to the public.

Oct 30, 2008
India’s Environmental Impact Assessment Process & Failure to Protect the Yamuna River from the Thirst of Development
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The Environmental Impact Assessment Notification of 2006 (amended in July 2004 to incorporate new and expansion/modernization projects; originally enacted in 1994) under the Environment (Protection) Act of 1986 requires that a scheduled list of projects and activities must provide for public consultations and receive prior environmental clearances from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), the environmental arm of India’s Central Government. However, there are blatant loopholes in this spineless attempt to prioritize the welfare of the environment over the continuous blossom of construction for the sake of economic development.

Oct 17, 2008
New WRI publication - Good governance in the U.S. executive branch
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How will the United States’ President-elect run his administration? The answer to this question will have direct impacts on the American people’s health, safety and the quality of their environment.

Oct 17, 2008
Memo on Access to Information Laws

Professor Svitlana Kravchenko has written a memorandum on access to information laws, especially dealing with access to environmental information. The memorandum is a pointer to the state of the art in access to environmental information laws.

Oct 9, 2008
INDIA: DISTRICT COURT INTERVENES TO STOP FAULTY PUBLIC HEARING

In a rare instance, the District Court of Raigarh on 17-9-2008, in the Central Indian State of Chhattisgarh, stayed the proposed Public Hearing for seven projects which included thermal power plants and steel plant expansion projects on the ground of non compliance with the procedure stipulated under the Environment Impact Assessment Notification.

Oct 8, 2008
Memo on Freedom of Association

Carlos Ponce has written a Memo on the Freedom of Association. It serves as a resource for the various restrictions placed upon NGOs (CSOs) around the world, laws and regulations that protect NGOs, and guidelines to NGOs and activists on how to persevere in their objectives despite operating within corrupt or militant regimes.

This Memo can be found on the Resources page:

http://www.accessinitiative.org/resources

Oct 8, 2008
Environmental and Social Assessment Memo

Robert Goodland has written an Informative Memo about Environmental and Social Assessments (ESAs).

It details the essential elements of ESAs and also introduces new trends and components to the ESA, such as Climate Change and Sustainability Assessments.

The Memo can be found on the Resources page:

http://www.accessinitiative.org/resources

Oct 8, 2008
India's first 'Referendum" on an Industrial Project ?

In a very first in terms of public participation in environmental decision making, the State/Provincial Government of the western Indian State of Maharashtra organized on 22nd of September 2008 a Referendum in District Raigad for deciding the fate of the new Special Economic Zone.

Oct 2, 2008
LET JUSTICE FLOW - A TAI SUCCESS STORY

This is a story about how community leaders activated the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka to intervene and save a river the Deduru Oya. If you cannot view the video from the video frame below you can do so by clicking here

The Deduru Oya river bed had been mined for years for sand. Sand is used in buildings and road construction. Over exploitation of the river had lead to major environmental damage river bank erosion, lowering of the water table, salt water intrusion, poor water quality and habitat destruction.

Oct 1, 2008
Guatemala promulga Ley de Acceso a la Información Publica (Español/English)
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Luego de varios meses de análisis y debates, el Congreso de la República aprobó por unanimidad la Ley de Acceso a la Información Pública. La Ley entrará en vigencia 180 días después de su publicación.

Con esta Ley los ciudadanos tendrán garantizado su derecho de acceso a la información que se encuentre en poder de los funcionarios públicos y contribuirá a la transparencia del Estado.

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