Press Room
Jun 5, 2008
Freedom of Information Not Enough to Hold Governments Accountable on Environment

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 5, 2008 – While many national governments have made real progress in honoring their 1992 Rio Earth Summit commitments to better include the public in environmental decisions, a new book released here today in honor of World Environment Day finds that all the countries studied have fallen short in some aspect.

Access to information is essential, but in order to act on the information they get, people need to be able to participate in a fair and open process,” said Jonathan Lash, president of the World Resources Institute (WRI), which produced the book.