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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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Foreword

In many countries across the world active environmental citizenship is flourishing. Citizens are increasingly aware of their right to have a say on the environment they live in and to demand participation in decisions that may affect their own and their children’s lives. However, environmental democracy is not a given. Its increasing importance is a response to the implementation of numerous projects in the past that have had a significant impact on the environment and the livelihoods of people. These projects were pursued over the objections of the public and, in particular, those of vulnerable groups, such as children and women, rural communities and the poor.

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