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  • Come to a shared understanding of access rights. Talk about access rights on an international level and Principle 10 as well as how it is being implemented on a national level. Create a common vision of TAI for your country. This should be aspirational. Who do you want to influence? What kind of “on the ground changes do you hope to see? Understand TAI research methodology. Measuring “governance” is often seen as subjective. TAI has developed a sound methodology and this will be the subject of much discussion. The end objectives of TAI is on the ground change. Work begins, not ends with solid research. A “plan of action” harnesses the research to push for real, lasting changes. Finally, the research team will divide up tasks and prepare to start working!
  • International development of access rights principles Main points: Most important international agreement on access rights is Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration, 1992. 178 countries signed the Rio Declaration. The three “procedural” access rights. 1) access to information 2) public participation 3) access to justice are codified in Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration. Principle 10 is the most important international agreement on access rights and establishes important principles of access. However, access rights have to be implemented on a NATIONAL level.
  • International development of access rights Main points: Six years after Rio, UNECE adopted Aarhus The most important articulation of Principle 10. Importantly, it is LEGALLY BINDING on states that ratify it. The convention has “teeth” It is a European convention but open to all countries to join
  • Main points: UNEP created Draft guidelines for the development of national legislation on access to information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters The purpose of these voluntary guidelines is to provide general guidance to States, primarily developing countries on effective implementation of their commitments to Principle 10 of the 1992 Rio Declaration on Environment and Development within the framework of their national legislation and processes.
  • What are access rights? Main points: Access rights ensure that people have a right to participate in decisions that affect the environment. It ensures more representative, equitable and effective environmental decision-making. There are three “procedural” access rights. 1) access to information 2) public participation 3) access to justice All of these are propped up by the substantive right to a clean or healthy environment. Access rights have been incorporated into many national governments consitututions.
  • What is access? And what does it look like? Main points: Who’s voice is being heard? (inclusive) Do they have all of the information they need? (transparency) Who is not there? Will the concerns be addressed? (accountability)
  • Explain the benefits of access to information. Use examples to illustrate.
  • Explain the benefits of public participation. Use examples to illustrate.
  • Explain the benefits of access to justice. Use examples to illustrate.
  • What is the access initiative and how does it fit in? Main points: The access initiative was started in 2000 to assess the progress of implementing Principle 10, ten years after Rio. TAI is now the largest global network of Civil Society Organizations working to promote access rights on a national level. Network now includes over 150 CS0s in 40 countries. Over 32 Country assessments have been completed. TAI network combines research with “on the ground change”
  • How is the global network organized? Main points: The access initiative was started in 2000 to assess the progress of implementing Principle 10, ten years after Rio. TAI is now the largest global network of Civil Society Organizations working to promote access rights on a national level. Network now includes over 150 CS0s in 40 countries. Decentralized leadership Three levels of leadership; 1) Global secretariat 2) Regional lead organizations 3) National coalition of CSOs (not shown on diagram)
  • Main Points: Introduce regional lead organizations Their contact information can be found at the end of the training manual
  • Main points: On an international level there are two main roles 1)global secretariat 2) Regional leads TAI as a network is decentralizing, meaning that regional leads have greater power and autonomy. Discuss the roles of the global secretariat and the regional leads.
  • Main points: On a national level the TAI network has three major roles 1) national lead 2) National TAI coalition 3) National Advisory Panel Discuss the roles and responsibilities of each one
  • Main points: The ultimate goal is to close gaps in access law, institutions and practices We do this through evidence-based advocacy: the study of real events, real institutions and real problems to come up with real solutions Look at legal, institutional and capacity structures at the national level Rely on national level CSOs and build capacity of CSOs to improve access nationally
  • Main Points: Fill in with text from Carole’s section in the Training Manual
  • Main Points: Explain each of the 7 steps. This training will focus almost entirely on step 3 The training should prepare you to complete steps 4-7
  • Main Points: Widen network: Engage more countries and more CSOs Deepen Advocacy: Place greater emphasis on post-assessment advocacy and work for on the ground changes Diversify Activities: Make several levels of assessments available (full, core, single pillar, sectoral, water, climate change, etc)
  • Main points: Facilities Level Information is a required case study for access to information. Examples include compliance reports and Pollution Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs). To add this case you will select the case type of “facilities level reporting” then choose the case details from the following list: Reports on environmental compliance PRTRs Reports from industry audits select “surface water quality” for case details.
  • Main Points: The TAI assessment measures LAW and PRACTICE for access to justice, public participation, access to justice and capacity building. LAW is measures the legal framework. It requires desk research only and evaluates the quality of constitutional and national law. The law indicators are generated by looking at pieces of legislation, regulations etc. This includes the general provisions provided in the Constitution to the specific rules that impact access to information, public participation, access to justice and capacity building. PRACTICE indicators measures access “on the ground” through case studies. The are designed to look at access across a variety of scales and types of decision-making processes as well as look sat efforts to build capacity of target groups (e.g. government officials. CSOs, media, the public)
  • What does the TAI assessment evaluate? (Quick introduction to the TAI methodology) Main points: The TAI assessment measures both LAW and PRACTICE at a national level. The law evaluation is completed with legal research and assesses the quality of the access rights as enshrined in the law. Capacity building evaluation looks at the legal requirements to provide capacity building on access rights. The case studies assess PRACTICE. Look at “on the ground” experiences with access. Case studies captures gaps in implementation (gaps between law and practice). It also identifies areas in which practice may be better than the legal framework.
  • Main Points: This is an example of a public participation indicator. This is indicator #60. Trainer reads the full question and the values. Researchers are provided with more information than this—there are also research guidelines. It is VERY important that you read the guidelines as it explains, for instance what a “clear description” is. Guidelines for this question are: CSOs often play a pivotal role in bringing attention to problems and holding government accountable. It is therefore vital that effective registration and unencumbered operation of CSOs be facilitated by a country’s laws and rules. This indicator focuses on learning whether the legal framework supports CSOs’ ability to operate. Key components of an enabling environment include (but are not limited to): • consistent rules for all CSOs • reasonable registration costs • clear registration, incorporation and reporting procedures • appropriate timeframes • open (not selective) eligibility criteria Definitions: “CSOs - Civil Society Organizations” include organizations that are neither part of the private (for profit) nor governmental sectors. “Laws and rules” include the laws of the relevant geographic area (country, province, city, etc) and/or the rules and policies that govern the ministries or other government institutions that have jurisdiction over CSOs. “Enabling environment” includes consistent rules for all CSOs, reasonable registration costs, clear registration procedures, appropriate timeframes, and open (not selective) eligibility criteria. Additionally, the Guidelines give recommended research methods. For this indicator they are: Recommended Research Methods and Sources: 1. Legal Research: Review laws and rules establishing the procedures, costs, registration, reporting and other requirements for CSOs registration and operation 2. Document review: Review statistics regarding average income in the country and GDP to determine what qualifies as “reasonable registration costs.” Include the data in your assessment report and/or the Explanation for this indicator.
  • Main points: Case studies are the way that we measure access rights “on the ground” or access in practice. There are three categories of case studies: Access to information Public participation Access to justice In addition case studies also measure capacity building in each and every case study. 6 case studies are chosen to study the access principles and the poor. Two case studies that are relevant to the concerns of the poor are conducted in each category (access to information, public participation and access to justice.
  • Main Points: A case form MUST be filled out for each case that is completed. It should summarize the case. This is VERY important as it provides the context and background information in which to understand your case study. ACTIVITY: go through case form handouts and explain the information in detail.
  • Main Points: The sources to consult for legal indicators in the TAI research are the same across all 4 pillars (access to information, public participation, access to justice and capacity building) Sources include: National Constitution Laws on access Environmental protection legislation Regulations on the judicial process Freedom of information rules Secrecy and confidentiality laws EIAs
  • Main Points: Three components: Reliability, Validity and credibility Reliability - Speaks to the ability of the researcher to validate the operations of a study i.e. If the study was repeated would it achieve the same results. Validity - Conclusions have to be based on data.   Credibility - The researcher should consider collecting data on the degree of probability that the issues observed or described happened in reality.     Look at the issue with more than one viewpoints (i)Use a few research methods while investigating one research issue e.g. by doing both document analysis, and interviews. (ii)Look for data about certain issue from various sources (e.g. interview official, NGO member and journalist) on the same issue.   Be comprehensive Don’t just look at statistical facts but on the issues influencing the development of a process that is being researched. Statistical data and other analysis already done by other researchers can deliver meaningful context for your case. By using these prior studies, one can estimate how typical a given case is. You should not plan to do your research based on a minimum work plan. If you are already dealing with a certain case it is very easy to get additional information needed for non-core indicators (e.g. ask one more question in interview).   Use the case study protocol (increases reliability) Use the TAI procedures and research tips provided which is a set of mapped procedures that should be followed to increase reliability of your data.   Create a good case study database (increases reliability) To increase reliability of your research, it is necessary to organize and document data collected for case studies. The goal is “to develop a formal, retrievable database, so that in principle, other investigators can review the evidence directly and not be limited to the written reports”. The database should contain notes, documents, tabular materials and narratives.   The most frequent mistakes made during research are: consulting too few sources of information (e.g. interviewing only one official and not interviewing an NGO representative), not giving exact data on sources of information, groundless use of “not assessed” value (For example, if there was no public participation in decision-making, then the researcher should select a low value grade rather than “not applicable”), Not using the “Explanations” section.  
  • What changes have been made “on the ground” by the TAI network? Main points: Capacity Building: Centro Ecuatoriano de Derecho Ambiental (CEDA) has worked with partners in Ecuador to train more than 1,000 civil servants (in both central and local governments), representatives of civil society, and academics. CEDA has worked with more than 68 capacity building workshops and 5 national forums. They have developed and published three training manuals (one for each access right), a civil society guide, and several brochures to help spread awareness of Principle 10 Legal Reform : The Thailand Environment Institute contributed to the drafting of a new Constitution, and worked with the King Prajadhipok Institute and the Union of Civil Society to draft key language that would encourage public participation in environmental matters. Government Outreach : TAI partners in Indonesia met with representatives from the government to work on the Right to Freedom of Information Law.
  • What changes have been made “on the ground” by the TAI network? Main points: Raising public awareness: The Access Initiative-Mexico (TAI-Mexico) has presented its findings at meetings with community groups to raise their awareness of new legislation and opportunities to participate. TAI-Mexico used the findings from the assessment to develop and publish a CD-ROM guide for participation by individuals, and communities. Additionally, they produced a short television presentation highlighting Mexico’s participation in the World Summit on Sustainable Development. Training professionals: In Hungary, the Environmental Management and Law Association (EMLA) has used the assessment to create a training program for judges. Media outreach : TAI Thailand, led by the Thailand Environment institute, published newspaper articles and held press meetings emphasizing the importance of Partnership for Principle 10 and the World Summit on Sustainable Development

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  • TAI Training Introduction
  • Objectives  Shared Understanding  Common Vision  Plan of Action  Division of Labor  Research Method
  • Principle 10Principle 10 Environmental issues are best handled with the participation of all concerned citizens, at the relevant level. “ ” View slide
  • Aarhus ConventionAarhus Convention ” European Convention, but open to all Legally binding 1998: UNECE adopted Aarhus View slide
  • UNEP Guidelines on AccessUNEP Guidelines on Access Voluntary Guidelines Adopted February 2010 Provides guidance to implement Principle 10
  • Access RightsAccess Rights Public Participation Access to Informatio n Right to a Clean Environment Access to Justice
  • What does “Access” look like?What does “Access” look like? ? ? Inclusive Transparent Accountable ?
  • Access to InformationAccess to Information  Gives people the tools to participate  Allows for informed decision-making  Promotes transparency
  • Public ParticipationPublic Participation  Provides a forum  Ensures voices are heard  Promotes dialogue around important issues  Provides a forum  Ensures voices are heard  Promotes dialogue around important issues
  • Access to JusticeAccess to Justice  Provides a forum for grievances  Ensures people are treated fairly  Creates accountability
  • The Access InitiativeThe Access Initiative 49 Countries 170 CSOs
  • Network OrganizationNetwork Organization Global Secretariat (WRI)  Decentralized network  Three levels of leadership: 1) Global Secretariat 2) Regional lead organizations 3) National coalition of CSOs Africa Europe Southeast Asia South Asia Latin America Global Secretariat (WRI)
  • TAI Core Team MembersTAI Core Team Members Africa Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) Uganda; Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme Cameroon (BDCPC) Cameroon Europe Environmental Management and Law Association (EMLA) Hungary South Asia Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment (LIFE) India Latin America Corporación PARTICIPA Chile; and Iniciativa de Acceso-Mexico, Mexico South East Asia Thailand Environment Institute (TEI) Thailand North America etc World Resources Institute (WRI) USA
  • Growth of TAIGrowth of TAI
  • Duties and ResponsibilitiesDuties and Responsibilities • Facilitate global strategy • Global networking and outreach • Fund raise • Assist in training • Training national coalitions • Develop regional strategies •Primary support for national coalitions • Review assessments • Fund raise • Final review of assessments Global Secretariat Regional Leads
  • Duties and ResponsibilitiesDuties and Responsibilities • Convenes national coalition • Coordinates training workshops • Organizes researchers • Communicates with TAI network • Handles budget •Initiates advocacy •Fundraise • Conducts legal analysis • Researches case studies • Fills out TAI indicators • Writes report • Promotes advocacy • Fundraise National Lead National TAI Coalition National Advisory Panel • Primary support for national coalitions • Help select case studies • Review assessments
  • CommunicationsCommunications Regional Lead Organization Global Secretariat (WRI) Coach
  • TAI Model of InfluenceTAI Model of Influence Close gaps in access law, institutions and practices Governments and Int’l Institutions CSOs TAI assessments Advocacy tools
  • Flexible Research DesignFlexible Research Design
  • Benefits of Joining TAI?Benefits of Joining TAI?  Credible research  Capacity building  Learning community  Information sharing  Regional advocacy  Brand and prestige  Advocacy tools  Funding Solid Research Methodology TAI Benefits TAI Coalition
  • 21 7 Step Action Plan7 Step Action Plan Form a national coalition1. Form an advisory panel2. Plan a TAI assessment: Chose priority sectors and case studies 3. Data Collection: interviews, legal analysis etc4. Data Analysis: evaluate government performance5. Draft assembly and review process6. Publish results and begin advocacy7.
  • What Does it Mean to Join TAI?What Does it Mean to Join TAI? Assess your government’s progress in implementing Principle 10 Build National-Level Coalitions Work with multiple stakeholders Advocate for reform or initiate capacity-building projects Disseminate information
  • Future of TAIFuture of TAI Widen Network • Expand to new countries • Engage new partners • Continue country assessments Deepen Advocacy Diversify Activities • Continue to engage in countries that have completed assessments • Emphasize “on the ground change” • Advocate for reforms • In countries that have completed assessments, support other activities • Encourage action plans and better communication strategies • New water assessment • Poverty-sensitization
  • TAI Training: Methodology
  • TAI Assessment: Four Pillars Acce Justic Acce Info Public Par Capa Buildi
  • How are the four pillars evaluated?How are the four pillars evaluated? PRACTICE LAW The TAI Assessment measures LAW and PRACTICE Constitutional Law
  • TAI Assessment StructureTAI Assessment Structure Constitutional Law Case Studies Access to Information: 27 indicators Public Participation: 31 indicators Access to Justice: 33 indicators 6 constitutional law indicators applied once per assessment + General Law 16 general law indicators applied once per assessment + Capacity Building: 12 capacity building indicators applied once per assessment
  • Valuing Indicators: Constitutional LawValuing Indicators: Constitutional Law 1. How clear and inclusive are constitutional guarantees to the right to a clean and/or safe environment?
  • What are the case studies?What are the case studies? They study access rights “on the ground”
  • ` Capacity Building and Poverty are also measured using the above case studies. Case StudiesCase Studies Emergencies Air Quality Monitoring Facility Reporting Policymaking Regulatory Project level Access to Information Public Participation Environmental Harm Water Quality Monitoring State of Enviro Reports Non- Compliance Access to Justice Access to Information Public Participatio n
  • Access to Information Case Studies
  • Public Participation Case Studies
  • Access to Justice Case Studies
  • Poverty Case StudiesPoverty Case Studies Captures the concerns of the poor Minimum of 6 case studies  Access to information (2)  Public Participation (2)  Access to Justice (2) Poverty-sensitized indicators
  • Prescriptive Case Types Case Types at Researchers’ Discretion Total Minimum Cases Access to Information 4 4 8 Public Participation 3 3 6 Access to Justice 3 1 4 TOTALS 10 8 18 Number of Case StudiesNumber of Case Studies
  • Measuring Capacity BuildingMeasuring Capacity Building 1) The government’s ability to provide access 2) The public’s ability to access the system 3) The environment for media and CSOs
  • Indicator Values IndicatorResearch Guidelines Explanation of Value Understanding the TAI IndicatorsUnderstanding the TAI Indicators
  • Recording SourcesRecording Sources Legal Research Interviews Media
  • Case FormsCase Forms Case forms SUMMARIZE the case. It should include: •Local Context •Background •Relevant details
  • Sources for Legal AnalysisSources for Legal Analysis
  • Best Practices for ResearchBest Practices for Research
  • TAI OutcomesTAI Outcomes
  • TAI OutcomesTAI Outcomes