Regional Conference on Freedom of Information Laws (FOI) in the Caribbean: Improving Management for the Environment
A regional meeting to discuss the status of Freedom of Information Laws in the Caribbean was held on March, 20-21st in Kingston, Jamaica. A total of 57 participants from 12 Caribbean countries attended the conference. The Conference was organized by the Jamaica Environment Trust, the World Resources Institute, the Access Initiative, Jamaicans for Justice, The Mona School of Business and Management and the Unit of Access to Information of the Government of Jamaica.
Representatives from LAC Countries meet with Civil Society Experts to Agree on Next Steps for Principle 10
Governments from 14 countries met in Guadalajara, Mexico on May, 16th and 17th, 2013. The meeting was held to discuss and approve a plan of action for 2013-2014 to implement the Principle 10 Declaration. The plan of action aims at identifying capacity gaps, methods for cooperation and the type of regional instrument needed to strengthen transparency, public participation and access to justice in the region. 12 civil society experts attended, one from each of the countries in attendance.
Main Outcomes of the Guadalajara Meeting
One of the main outcomes of the Rio+20 Summit in June 2012 was the adoption of the Latin America and the Caribbean Principle 10 Declaration by 10 countries, marking the first time that developing countries came together to formally consider the creation of a regional legally binding instrument to implement Principle 10.
In 1981, Asberga purchased a small plot of land in Cockpit Country, Trelawny, Jamaica where she has lived since then. This was the only land she owned. She grew crops to sustain herself and sell in the market. In 2006, she applied to the local parish council for permission to subdivide her land. The parish council refused permission on the basis that her land was located on or in proximity to bauxite reserves. Asberga did not know what to do.