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Eighth meeting of the Task Force on Public Participation in Decision-making under the Aarhus Convention

8 - 9 October 2018

Salle XXVII, Palais des Nations Geneva, Switzerland.

The eighth meeting of the Task Force on Public Participation in Decision-making was held on 8 to 9 October 2018 in Geneva (Palais des Nations, Building E (door 40), Salle XXVII).


The Task Force discussed items of a systemic nature on ensuring effective public participation, namely: (i) meaningful and early public participation; (ii) the availability of all relevant documents to the public; (iii) effective notification and time frames for public participation; and (vi) ensuring that greater account is taken of the comments from the public in the final decisions, and ensuring the appropriate provision of feedback on how the public’s comments have been taken into account in the decisions.


The Task Force also discussed issues related to the protection of persons exercising their rights in conformity with the provisions of the Convention and held a thematic session on product-related decision-making and chemicals. In addition, the meeting provided an opportunity to share experiences on the use of the Maastricht Recommendations on Promoting Effective Public Participation in Decision-making in Environmental Matters (ECE/MP.PP/2014/2/Add.2).

Meeting documents, statements and presentations delivered at the meeting are below. Read more about the meeting in news article here

 

 

 

Documents 

Document titleENGFRERUS
Provisional Agenda (AC/TF.PP-8/Inf.1)PDF
List of speakers (AC/TF.PP-8/Inf.1/Add.1)PDF
Report
Key outcomes of the meeting (AC/TF.PP-8/Inf.7)PDF
List of Participants
For all agenda items
Maastricht Recommendations on Public Participation in Decision-makingPDFPDFPDF
Aarhus Good Practice
Item 2. Ensuring effective public participation
Selected relevant resources (AC/TF.PP-8/Inf.2)PDF
Overview of the implementation of articles 6, 7 and 8 of the Aarhus Convention (AC/TF.PP-8/Inf.3)PDF
Selected considerations, findings and reports of the Compliance Committee relating to effective public participation (AC/TF.PP-8/Inf.4)PDF
Item 3. Protection of persons exercising their rights in conformity with the provisions of the Convention
Overview of the implementation of article 3, paragraph 8, of the Aarhus Convention (AC/TF.PP-8/Inf.5)PDF
Selected considerations, findings and reports of the Compliance Committee relating to the implementation of article 3, paragraph 8, of the Aarhus Convention (AC/TF.PP-8/Inf.6)PDF

Statements and Presentations

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Item 2. Ensuring effective public participation
(i) Meaningful and early public participation
Facilitator: Mr. Dmytro Skrylnikov (member of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee)PDF
Mr. Massimo COZZONE, Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, Italy PDF
Ms. Emilia LIASKA, Hellenic Society for the Protection of the Environment and the Cultural heritage PDF
(ii) The availability of all relevant documents to the public
Effective public participation: a new platform to access to environmental information and data in France
Ms. Aurélie GUILLEMOT, Ministry for an Ecological and Solidary Transition, France
PDF

EIA Registry in Ukraine - new opportunities for effective public participation
Ms. Galyna SIEROVA, Aarhus Centre Kyiv, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Ukraine

PDF
The public participation in EIA and SEA in Belarus, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine - trends and lessons
Ms. Tamara MALKOVA, ICO “Green Dossier”, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum
PDF
(iii) Effective notification and time frames for public participation
Effective notification and time frames for public participation related to specific activities – the Swedish system
Ms. Anna BERGLUND, Ministry of the Environment and Energy, Sweden
PDF
(iv) Ensuring that greater account is taken of the comments from the public in the final decisions, and ensuring the appropriate provision of feedback on how the public’s comments have been taken into account in the decisions
Example of Romania
Ms. Elena DUMITRU, Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations and other International organisations in Geneva
PDF
Lessons learned from the application of the European Union SEA Directive Mr. Plamen PEEV, Bluelink Foundation PDF
Item 3: Protection of persons exercising their rights in conformity with the provisions of the Convention
(i) Introduction
Article 3, paragraph 8, of the Aarhus Convention
Mr. Jonas EBBESSON, Chair of the Compliance Committee
PDF
NGOs perspective on systemic challenges encountered
Mr. Yves LADOR, Earthjustice
PDF
(ii) Experiences of Parties and stakeholders
Effective Public Participation in Decision-making from Latvian Perspective
Ms. Marta OSLEJA, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Latvia
PDF
Promoting safe and effective public participation without persecution and harassment
Mr. Kanybek ISABAEV, Information Aarhus Centre, Osh, Kyrgyzstan
PDF
The International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers’ Association
Mr. Jamie WILLIAMSON, International Code of Conduct Association
PDF
(iii) Mechanisms and tools
United Nations Special Procedures: Protection of Environmental Human Rights Defenders
Mr. Jamshid GAZIYEV, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
PDF
Environmental Rights Initiative
Ms. Eva DUER, United Nations Environment Programme
PDF
Aarhus Convention compliance mechanism needs a tool to deal with issues of environmental activists persecution
Mr. Siarhei MAHONAU, Ecohome
PDF
Item 4: Thematic focus: chemicals and product related decision-making
Case study from Serbia
Ms. Gordana PETKOVIC, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Serbia
PDF
Case study from Georgia
Ms. Nino GOKHELASHVILI, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Georgia
PDF
NGOs perspective
Ms. Anke STOCK, Women Engage for a Common Future
PDF
Item 5: Maastricht Recommendations on Promoting Effective Public Participation in Decision-making in Environmental Matters

Promoting Maastricht recommendations in the Republic of Kazakhstan
Ms. Natalya DAULETYAROVA, Ministry of Energy, Kazakhstan

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