Representatives of the Public to Participate in Workshop on Good Practices on Access Rights Prior to Major Environmental Negotiation Elected Representatives of the Public and members of civil society organizations will participate on Monday, August 8 th in a training workshop on good practices regarding access to information, public participation and justice in environmental matters, organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the Dominican Republic.
This activity that will be held at the Crowne Plaza Santo Domingo Hotel, from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm, precedes the Fourth Negotiation Meeting of the Regional Agreement on this matter which runs from Tuesday, August 9 th to Friday, August 12 th .
The workshop aims to discuss and analyze experiences in the application of Principle 10 in Latin America and the Caribbean. The idea is to share trends, actions, challenges and lessons learned in order to evaluate and define the key issues for the effective implementation of the rights of access to information, participation and justice in environmental matters.
As part of the workshop, the website of the public and civil society on Principle 10 will be officially launched. This new and valuable tool will support the dissemination of important information such as the advancements on the negotiation of the Regional Agreement, as well as general information on access rights and their application in different countries of the region.
Euren Cuevas, from Instituto de Abogados para la Protección del Medio Ambiente (INSAPROMA), Dominican Republic, noted that "Governments will negotiate provisions on public participation at the meeting commencing on August 9 th , so the good practices that will be shared in this workshop
are important for the negotiation process."
Danielle Andrade, Elected Representative of the Public (Jamaica), said "It is very important that more and more people of civil society, especially from Caribbean countries know about these access rights. Our economies are based on our ecosystem; with increasing regional investments, we need strong safeguards to ensure sustainable use of our natural resources and that our livelihoods, health and lives are not adversely affected by poor environmental decisions."
What is the Declaration of Latin America and the Caribbean on Principle 10?
It is a political commitment made by several governments of the region to promote a change in the way decisions are made and to begin negotiating a Regional Agreement that will bring standards in access to information, participation and justice in their countries. This commitment seeks to ensure that all people in Latin America and the Caribbean participate in environmental decisions that affect them directly. This Regional Agreement will help citizens to obtain information, participate in decision-making, prevent the development of projects that could damage their lives and livelihoods, and prevent the proliferation of social and environmental conflicts. Any country in Latin America and the Caribbean can join the negotiation process for the Regional Agreement by signing the Declaration, simply contact the Technical Secretariat for this process, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean at firstname.lastname@example.org.