6-8 June 2012
This event was organised under the auspices of the Task Force on Public Participation in Decision-making of the Aarhus Convention and the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Forests of Romania and Women in Europe for a Common Future.
The event covered a broad range of issues regarding public participation in environmental decision-making with a special focus on decision-making on water and health-related matters. The event examined decisions in a range of other environmental sectors, enabling a cross-fertilization of ideas and experiences. The programme addressed key issues of concern for Parties and stakeholders, examining obstacles and challenges to effective public participation, and explored good practices and innovative tools to address them.
The meeting involved experts from countries from the UNECE region and from international organizations, who offered advanced expertise in public participation in environmental decision-making and/or in the implementation of the Protocol on Water and Health.
The event had a key role in the development of two important products being prepared under each instrument. Participants discussed and provided input on (i) new recommendations currently being prepared under the Aarhus Convention on public participation regarding environmental matters and (ii) the new guidelines/manual for involving the public in consultations and decision-making processes being prepared under the Protocol on Water and Health.
For further information on this event please see the links below.
Aarhus Convention's draft recommendations on public participation in decision-making
Draft outline on guidelines on public participation under the Protocol on Water and Health
List of Participants
Opening Session:Setting the scene
Introducing the Aarhus Convention
Introducing the Protocol on Water and Health
Public participation under the Protocol on Water and Health
Public Participation under the Aarhus Convention :A useful model for water and health?
Session 1: Key obstacles to, and possible solutions, to ensuring
Eurobarometer - Survey on attitudes of Europeans towards
Key challenges to effective public participation: European ECO-Forum’s experiences
Ticking boxes versus genuine public participation in water management in Ireland
Key obstacles to public participation in the two projects of water
Session 2: Specific issues related to public participation in the implementation of
Raising awareness of the Protocol on Water and Health
Involving the public in the preparation of national reports: the Aarhus experience
Public participation – Lessons learnt from human rights protection mechanisms
Session 3: Developing the capacity of civil society/NGOs, public authorities
Theme 1: Structural tools to facilitate effective public participation
Guidelines on access to information and public participation for private
Public participation in multi-optional decision-making
Public participation in the Regional Health and Environment Plan for the
The South Caucasus Public Center of Excellency on Water and Health:
Theme 2: Practical techniques to facilitate effective public participation
Good practices for public participation in Romania
Good practices in public participation in decision-making on
Outreach to marginalized people: practical tools
Public participation on water and health in Armenia: now and for the future
Experiences in enhancing public participation in water and health related decision-making in Uzbekistan
Parallel session 1: Assessing the Aarhus Convention’s provisions on public participation in decisions having a significant impact on the environment, including, inter alia, product-related decision-making and in particular how these provisions might be further elaborated
Theme 1: Public participation in product- related decision making
Public participation in decision-making on nanotechnology
Public participation in sustainable production and consumption
Public participation in product standardisation
Theme 2: Future development of article 6 of the Aarhus Convention
Recent developments in EU legislation relevant to the future development of article 6
Gaps and weaknesses in article 6
Challenges of article 6 to effective public participation
Possible future directions for article 6