Public representatives will participate in Workshop of good practices on access rights prior to major environmental negotiation

PRESS RELEASE
Santo Sunday, August 5, 2016

Public representatives will participate in Workshop of good practices on access rights prior to major environmental negotiation.
Elected representatives of the public and members of civil society organizations will participate on Monday, August 8 in a training workshop on good practices regarding access to information, public participation and justice in environmental matters, organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the Dominican Republic.
This activity will take place at the Crown Plaza Hotel Santo Domingo, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., precedes the Fourth Meeting of the Regional Negotiating Agreement on this subject to be held on Tuesday, 9 to Friday 12 August.
The workshop aims to discuss and analyze the experiences in the application of Principle 10 in Latin America and the Caribbean. Trends, actions, challenges and lessons learned in order to evaluate and define the key issues for the effective implementation of the rights of access to information, participation and justice in environmental matters will be shared.
As part of the workshop, the official launch of the website of the public and civil society on Principle 10, which will serve as a valuable tool in spreading on the progress of the negotiation of the Regional Agreement will be made, as well as general information on access rights and their application in different countries of the region.
Euren Cuevas Medina, form the Lawyers Institute for Environmental Protection (INSAPROMA) of the Dominican Republic, said that “Governments negotiate provisions on access rights, which are fundamental rights in the meeting that begins Tuesday 9 so good practices to be shared in this workshop are important for the negotiation process.”
Meanwhile, Danielle Andrade, Electa Public Representative for Jamaica, said that “it is very important that more and more people from civil society, especially Caribbean countries, know about these access rights. Our economies are based on our ecosystem; with increasing regional investments, we need strong safeguards to ensure sustainable use of our natural resources and our livelihoods, our health and life itself are not adversely affected by poor environmental decisions. “

What is the Declaration of Latin America and the Caribbean on Principle 10?

It is a political commitment made by several governments of the region to promote a change in how decisions are made and to begin negotiating a regional agreement that will bring standards on access to information, participation and justice in their countries. This commitment seeks to ensure that all people in Latin America and the Caribbean can participate in environmental decisions that affect them directly. This Regional Agreement will help citizens to obtain information, participate in decision-making and prevent the development of projects that could damage their lives and livelihoods, and prevent the proliferation of socio-environmental conflicts. Any country in Latin America and the Caribbean can join the negotiation process by signing the Declaration. To do this, you should contact the Technical Secretariat of this process, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), in the mail: principio10.lac@cepal.org.
For more information:
Andrea Sanhueza – Public Representative Electa (Chile) – andreasanhuezae@gmail.com
Danielle Andrade – Elected Representative of the Public (Jamaica) – dandrade.law@gmail.com
Paola Valdes – Media: periodistalacp10@gmail.com

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