GUIDELINES FOR THE AARHUS CONVENTION APPLICATION IN RUSSIA
InEcA’s experts took part in the developing The Guidelines for the Aarhus Convention application in Russia in the part “Public participation in decision-making process” in 2013.
The World Wildlife Fund had become an initiator of developing The Guidelines for Aarhus Convention application in Russia in 2013. The publication was prepared and edited with the support of the German Federal ministry of environment, nature protection and nuclear reactor safety within the bound of the program of consulting assistance to Central and Eastern Europe countries, Caucas region and Central Asia and Federal agency of environmental protection of Germany.
In the Guidelines there is an analysis of the Russian legislation compliance with the provisions of The UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (known as the Aarhus Convention). The Guidelines is devoted to citizens, non-governmental organizations, also governmental authorities and business, which enterprise performance is connected with the environmental matters.
InEcA’s experts took part in the developing The Guidelines for Aarhus Convention application in Russia in 2013. InEcA’s specialists prepared the Guidelines parts, where the particular tools and mechanisms of the Aarhus Convention chapter implementation (chapters # 6, 7, 8) in the issues of public participation in the decision-making process were reviewed. Also there were presented terms and definitions, used in the Convention, references to legislative and normative documents, regulated the public participation in the decision-making process in Russia; the analysis of the Russian legislation compliance with the provisions of the Aarhus Convention. On the base of InEcA’s experience there were given the recommendations for effective public participation in the decision-making process of environmental matters.
The e-version of the Guidelines is available on the web-site of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF): (link: http://www.wwf.ru/data/legislation/orhuss_web_1.pdf).