Voice and Choice represents the culmination of several years of research, experimentation, and reform by governments, civil society organizations, and industry in implementing access to information, public participation, and access to justice in decisions that affect the environment.
access to information
It would be impossible to identify all the decisions to be made by governments that will affect the environment in different places in the coming years.
Opening the Door To Environmental Democracy
Voice and Choice finds that governments have made significant progress in establishing the legal infrastructure of rights and opportunities for “access”. Constitutions and laws now guarantee freedom of information in more than 69 countries. Many governments have enacted administrative processes...
On a recent trip into the rainforests of the Indonesian part of Borneo Island, our team got first-hand accounts of the effects, causes---and the possible solutions---to rampant illegal logging.
Environmental democracy is about government being transparent, accountable, and involving people in decisions that affect their environment. 20 countries in The Access Initiative (TAI) network are expanding their work to promote environmental democracy. Here is a summary of what's ahead in 2008 and beyond.
As part of World Water Day, The Access Initiative (TAI) is releasing a case study of how in 2004, poor data dissemination put the citizens of the capital of the world's richest country at risk from lead in their drinking water.
The Access Initiative (TAI) and its partners are launching the first of its kind assessment of environmental governance in China. It is the first step towards engaging civil society organizations and government agencies to promote the public transparency, participation, and accountability that are essential foundations for sustainable development.
Once isolated Paraguay has changed radically due to a boom in soybean exports, which has brought changes in land and pesticide use.
The representatives of more than 100 countries attending December's U.N. climate conference in Bali, Indonesia, finally focused on the important role tropical forests play in global warming.