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Meetings and Events


Workshop on Public Participation in Strategic Decision-making

3 - 4 December 2007

Sofia, Bulgaria

At its sixth meeting (April 2006), the Working Group of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention agreed to hold a workshop on public participation in strategic decision-making (PPSD). The two-day workshop was held on Monday and Tuesday, 3 and 4 December 2007 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The workshop discussed existing practices for public participation in plans, programmes and policies as well as in the preparation of laws and regulations that may have a significant effect on the environment (Articles 7 and 8 of the Aarhus Convention). There was a strong focus on presenting concrete good practice examples of how the public can be effectively involved in certain types of strategic decisions. The workshop was intended to provide an opportunity for a broad exchange of different views amongst experts of the Aarhus and Espoo Conventions and the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment (Espoo/SEA Protocol) and interested NGOs.

The workshop programme was developed between Austria, Bulgaria and the Aarhus Convention Bureau in consultation with the Espoo Convention Bureau. Significant funding for the workshop was provided by the Government of Austria. The workshop was hosted by the Government of Bulgaria.

Workshop documentation

The agenda and list of participants for the workshop can be found below, together with the compendium of case studies that was the main background document for the workshop. The powerpoint presentations of the speakers are also available below.

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Agenda

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List of participants

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Report of workshop (in English)

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Executive summary of workshop prepared by Austria
(in English)

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Compendium (in English)

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Presentations:

Overview of PPSD in the UNECE area (David Aspinwall)

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Overview of the Aarhus Convention's requirements for PPSD (Jerzy Jendroska)

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Experiences with the SEA Directive (European Commission)

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PPSD with respect to legislation

Danish experience with the assessment of bills (Denmark)

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The new public participation mechanism introduced by the Parliament of Moldova (Eco-TIRAS International Environmental Association)

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PPSD in specific sectors

Regional plans for development and the national programme for ports development in Bulgaria (Bulgaria)

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SEA of the regional land use plan for the development of wind energy in the county of Rogaland (Norway)

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SEA for the Vienna waste management plan 2007 (Kerstin Arbter)

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The Water Code and policy in Armenia (Armenia)

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PPSD regarding policies

The French "public debate" on transportation policy in southern France (France)

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The electronic discussions of CARNet (CARNet)

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PPSD at the local and national level

The Aylesham Masterplan (Nick Wates Associates)

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Participate! Decide! Win! in Danilovgrad, Montenegro (NGO Green Home)

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The new Hungarian rural development programme (National Society of Conservationists/Friends of the Earth Hungary)

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