The Protection Of The Environment

1067 Words Mar 15th, 2015 5 Pages
Information and public participation play an important role in the protection of the environment. To that end they have become rights which are protected internationally, continentally and domestically, ensuring that all citizens and organizations are able to play an active role in the management of the environmental at all levels. By enabling public participation, governments are inevitably providing transparency in governance and therefore reinforcing the legislative and institutional safeguards that have been put in place to protect the environment. It is important that some level of transparency is available regarding environmental decisions in order to allow the public be aware of decision-making procedures, as well the current decisions being contemplated, as well as the scientific foundation for such decisions.

Furthermore it is a pillar of sustainable development as it requires the state to protect the rights of citizens to freedom of expression to allow them to impart ideas upon each other. This will necessitate the inclusion of big businesses and government institutions, as well as the wider civil society. It also a means of holding the state to account for its actions, as with access to the relevant information, citizens as well as interested parties will have a factual basis on which to assess the potential risk of activity to their environment, also as a means of assessing the progress of the government’s environmental program.

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