El pasado 8 de Julio la Corte Suprema de Justicia de la Nación, determinó en un histórico fallo, la responsabilidad del Estado Nacional, la Provincia de Buenos Aires y la ciudad de Buenos Aires, en la prevención y saneamiento del daño ambiental existente en la cuenca Matanza Riachuelo.
Pro Public, the leader of the TAI Nepal Coalition, is looking for ways to influence the Constituent Assembly, the government body mandated to write the new constitution for the Republic of Nepal, in order to enshrine access into the highest law of the country. The Thailand Environment Institute (TEI), which carried out a similar, successful campaign in Thailand has this advice for Nepal (below the fold):
The benefit of Right to Information and citizens’ participation in environmental issues is not just limited to NGO’s and citizens. It can also be of great help to government officers, especially to those trying to implement the law and Judgments of Court but who face resistance from other departments.
Dear TAI partners & CoP members
As you know, Climate Change is actually one of the most environmental challenges, and access rights are closely related to mitigation and adaptation processes. Access rights play a very important role involving communities, governments, business, citizens and other stakeholders in decision making respect the climate governance.
In October 2006, the environmental movement welcomed the adoption of the regulation on public participation and consultation in decision making. This fact generated great expectation by the implications in environmental management.
However, in May 2008, President Correa issued a new regulation that governs the mechanisms for social participation in environmental management.
The TAI assessments in Northern India were conceptualized as Research for Action and not just plain academic research. As planned, the action would take place once the research findings and assessments are completed. However, we are happy to share this story on how action seems to have started before the assessments are completed!
From June 18 to 21, 2008, the 8th CIVICUS World Assembly gathered over 900 civil society delegates around the world, from almost 120 countries. The conference focused on three crucial issues: people, participation and power.
Through various workshops, plenaries, exchanges of experiences and interaction with civil society organizations in Glasgow and around in Scotland, participants were able to share experiences, learning and challenges, and develop strategies for a fairer world.”
After years of research and writing, the World Resources Institute has launched Voice and Choice: Opening the Door to Environmental Democracy, based on the work of The Access Initiative in 26 countries and a comprehensive literature review.
The full version of this book and an executive summary are available here: http://www.accessinitiative.org/resource/voice-and-choice-op...
Radio story on the media opening up access to information in China…
News from TAI Cameroon partner Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme Cameroon (BDCPC). See the attached pdf for details.