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Access to Info Training

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Access to Info Training

  1. 1. TAI Training: Access to Information
  2. 2. Four Pillars Acce Justic Acce Info Public Par Capa Buildi
  3. 3. Access to InformationAccess to Information  Gives people the tools to participate  Allows for informed decision-making  Promotes transparency
  4. 4. Valuing Access to InformationValuing Access to Information
  5. 5. Access to Information IndicatorsAccess to Information Indicators What is the quality of the information? Are thereprovisions, regulations orrules? What information is available? Is it easy to access information? Are there information systems? Is disclosure timely? Is it affordable?
  6. 6. Valuing Indicators: LawValuing Indicators: Law 9. To what extend does the law support public access to comprehensive information about the environmental area concerned in the selected case?
  7. 7. Valuing Indicators: EffortValuing Indicators: Effort 24.How complete, relevant, and accurate were responses to requests for information in the selected case?
  8. 8. Valuing Indicators: EffectivenessValuing Indicators: Effectiveness 43. In the selected case, to what extend did stakeholders have the skills and knowledge to obtain the information they needed?
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. Access to Information Case Studies Emergencies Air Quality Monitoring Facility Reporting Policy-Level Decision Regulatory-Level Decision Project-Level Decision Access to Information Public Participation Environmental Harm Water Quality Monitoring State of Enviro Reports Non- Compliance Access to Justice Access to Information Public Participation
  11. 11. Access to Information Case Studies
  12. 12. Poverty Case StudiesPoverty Case Studies Captures the concerns of the poor Two (2) case studies must use the poverty indictors Poverty-sensitized indicators
  13. 13. Number of Case StudiesNumber of Case Studies 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
  14. 14. Choosing Priority Sectors Economically Significant • Significant contributor to GDP • Large employer • Unique to your country Environmentally or Socially Significant Representative • Significant environmental impacts • Significant health impacts • Impact vulnerable populations • Should reflect average practice • If it is NOT an average case, then this must be noted in the assessment
  15. 15. Sample Priority Sectors IMPORTANT SECTORS  Water and sanitation  Extractive Industries  Biodiversity  Forestry  Agriculture  Poverty  Electricity  Tourism  Women  Manufacturing  Services  Children and Youth  Government  Fisheries  Minorities  Chemicals  Transport  Health  Toxics  Indigenous Peoples  Trade  Globalization  Genetically Modified Organisms  Illegal immigrants
  16. 16. Large Scale Environmental Emergency
  17. 17. Guidelines for Case Selection CASE STUDIES SHOULD INVOLVE MEASURABLE IMPACTS ON: Human Populations Representative Recent Large Scale Environmental Emergency CASE STUDIES SHOULD ALSO: Environment Biodiversity Involve response by national authorities
  18. 18. Small Scale Environmental Emergency
  19. 19. Guidelines for Case Selection CASE STUDIES SHOULD INVOLVE MEASURABLE IMPACTS ON: Human Populations Representative Recent Small Scale Environmental Emergency (optional) CASE STUDIES SHOULD ALSO: Environment Biodiversity Involve response by local authorities Involve a private facility
  20. 20. Air Quality Monitoring
  21. 21. Guidelines for Case Selection Be in an urban area Representative Air Quality Monitoring System CASE STUDIES SHOULD:
  22. 22. Water Quality Monitoring
  23. 23. Guidelines for Case Selection Be operated by the government Representative Water Quality Monitoring System CASE STUDIES SHOULD:
  24. 24. Facilities Level Reporting
  25. 25. Guidelines for Case Selection Be from a “priority” sector Perform at least one type of reporting Representative Industrial Facilities Recent Reporting CASE STUDIES SHOULD: Have at least 10 employees
  26. 26. State of the Environment Report
  27. 27. Guidelines for Case Selection A report or a series of reports Published in electronic or paper form Supported by numerical data State of the Environment Report Country-wide or regional What are State of the Environment Reports? Deals with environment and natural resource issues Useful to policy- makers or development planners Case study should be: Recent

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