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This paper appears as an online annex to the World Resource’s Institute’s publication A Seat at the Table: Including the Poor in Environmental Decision-Making. Data comes from case studies prepared by members of the Access Initiative (TAI), a global network that promotes access to information, participation, and justice in environmental decision-making. (http://www.accessinitiative.org/)
This draft working paper presents the findings and lessons from research spanning two years and six countries on the interaction between poverty, access rights, and environment.
We are posting it here in the hopes of having some public commentary which might shape a final draft. In the spirit of transparency and openness, we invite any and all to respond to all or part of the paper.
For the second round of studies on poverty, four countries–Cameroon, Paraguay, Philippines, and Sri Lanka–carried out case studies on access rights and poverty. The four studies are included for public perusal below.
These four studies will make up the basis for a review of the current Access Initiative methodology. This will be summarized in an upcoming discussion paper due in the next month.