Public participation in environmental decision making

Research theme: Environment and human rights.

Since the 1992 Rio Declaration, several environmental agreements emphasise participatory rights and the need to include communities in the environmental decision-making processes.

Time and again, a lack of community engagement along with weak information and consultation procedure that disregard the voice of the affected communities have resulted in unsustainable resource management.

This project examines examples from developed and developing countries and shows the need for increased participation of non-state actors, joint management of shared natural resources and stronger obligations of government agencies to involve communities in natural resource decisions.

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