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:

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

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)

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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