Introduction to the Public Participation Discussion Group
Welcome to the discussion.
My intention in starting this group is to bring together our experiences in the practice of public participation. To ask questions about the different ways that the public are encouraged/ enabled/ patronised/ prevented/ misled etc. In other words:
what tools have you found useful? what are the resources that you have found most useful? what are the ways of communicating and dialogue that work best in your country and could these be useful for others to learn from? what are the pitfalls?
In this discussion we can help each other by talking about the difficulties we have experienced and the mistakes we have made as well as the good practice we have developed.
The Irish Government has recently taken the lead in setting up a taskforce on Public Participation on behalf of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention, and I see great possibilities here for synergy between TAI and the Aarhus family.