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Maastricht Recommendations on Promoting Effective Public Participation in Decision-Making in Environmental Matters Prepared Under the Aarhus Convention

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These recommendations are based on existing good practice and are intended as a practical tool to provide helpful guidance and to improve the implementation of the provisions of the Aarhus Convention in decision-making to: a) assist Parties when designing their legal framework on public participation in environmental decision-making; b) assist public officials when designing and carrying out public participation procedures on environmental decision-making under the Convention, and c) provide an invaluable tool through which to share expertise and good practice so as to promote participation. The Recommendations may also be of value to public, NGOs and the private sector involved in environmental matters.

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Annex

While overall responsibility for each stage of a public participation procedure will always rest with the public authority which is competent to take the decision, that authority may seek to delegate certain of the administrative tasks regarding the procedure to other bodies, e.g., a public authority closer to the site of the proposed activity, an independent entity specializing in public participation or the developer. The table overleaf clarifies which tasks may, and which may not, be delegated to such bodies under the Convention.

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