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Environmental Democracy Index #launchEDI

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Launched on 20 May 2015, www.EnvironmentalDemocracyIndex.org is an interactive platform that allows users to explore, rank, and compare information related to environmental democracy measures for countries worldwide - the right to know, the right to be heard, the right to access justice.

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Environmental Democracy Index #launchEDI

  1. 1. May 20, 2015
  2. 2. LALANATH DE SILVA, DIRECTOR, THE ACCESS INITIATIVE | JESSE WORKER, ASSOCIATE, WRI ENVIRONMENTAL DEMOCRACY INDEX LAUNCH May 20, 2015
  3. 3. THE ACCESS INITIATIVE (TAI) Est. in 1999: WRI as Secretariat NETWORK of 200+ civil society organizations in 50+ countries MISSION: to strengthen public rights to participate in environmental decision-making through evidence-based advocacy Photo: Flickr/CIFOR
  4. 4. WHAT IS ENVIRONMENTAL DEMOCRACY? INFORMATION  publicly available, accessible, and relevant environmental information PARTICIPATION  meaningful opportunities for the public to shape decisions that have environmental impacts JUSTICE  accountability and grievance mechanisms to enforce laws and compensate for harms Photo: Flickr/UN Photo/Tobin Jones
  5. 5. THE CHALLENGE • In many countries laws are weak or absent. • Practice lags behind the law • Measuring progress is essential to creating change Photo: Flickr/UN Photo/Tobin Jones
  6. 6. WHAT IS EDI? NATIONAL RULES & LAWS Relevant and legally-binding 75 Legal Indicators scored to create the index 24 Supplemental Practice Indicators provide key insights
  7. 7. WHY EDI? • First of its kind • Benchmarks to 2010 UNEP Bali Guidelines • Limits subjectivity with clear scoring criteria • Makes data easily accessible • Engages governments and stakeholders
  8. 8. KEY FINDINGS • Top ten countries: Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, United State (tied), South Africa (tied), United Kingdom, Hungary, Bulgaria, Panama and Colombia • Better legal protection in Aarhus Convention countries • Wealth is important, but it’s not the only factor
  9. 9. KEY FINDINGS • Countries that have good laws tend to have more observable good practices • Countries scored best on access to information laws, while public participation lagged behind • 73% of EDI countries environmental cases are heard in court.
  10. 10. NOTES ON METHODS • Scores provisional until August 31st • Federal vs. Unitary • Practice indicators not comprehensive
  11. 11. May 20, 2015 www.environmentaldemocracyindex.org

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