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Environmental issues are best handled with the participation of all concerned citizens, at the relevant level. At the national level, each individual shall have appropriate access to information concerning the environment that is held by public authorities, including information on hazardous materials and activities in their communities, and the opportunity to participate in decision-making processes. States shall facilitate and encourage public awareness and participation by making information widely available. Effective access to judicial and administrative proceedings, including redress and remedy, shall be provided (Source: Rio Principle 10)

Public participation is the process by which an organization consults with interested or affected individuals, organizations, and government entities before making a decision. Public participation is two-way communication and collaborative problem solving with the goal of achieving better and more acceptable decisions. Public participation prevents or minimizes disputes by creating a process for resolving issues before they become polarized. (Source: International Association of Publica Participation)


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community involvement
public involvement
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participation publique
участие общественности
participación pública
المشاركة الجماهيرية

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Multilateral environment agreements tagged with public participation

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Convention on Biological Diversity
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
Stockholm Convention
Cartagena Protocol
Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds
International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
Prevention and Emergency Protocol
Specially Protected Areas and Biodiversity Protocol
Hazardous Wastes Protocol
Aarhus Convention
Espoo Convention
Noumea Convention
Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents
Minamata Convention on Mercury
Carpathian Convention
United Nations Environment Assembly
ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution