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Almaty Guidelines on PPIF

Request for comments.

10.09.2007 |Anke Stock




Een verzoek om commentaar betreffende de Almaty richtlijnen over PPIF (Promoting the Application of the principles of the Arhus Convention in International Forums).

We are in the process of preparing our comments on our experience regarding the application of the Almaty Guidelines on PPIF (in English and Russian). Some of you have been already participating in this and thank you very much for your input.

To make the picture more accurate and reflect on the experiences of as many international forums as possible, I would like to invite you to respond to the following questions:

(a) Does the international forum you are involved in have any formalized rules or procedures concerning access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters?

(b) Does the international forum you are involved in have any non-formalized practices concerning access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters?

(c) Are there any current or future workplans of the international forum you are involved in that may affect the extent of or modalities for access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters?

(d) In particular, what kind of challenges, if any, has your organisation encountered with regard to access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters when working with international forums or trying to get involved in their work?

(e) Is there a need to amend Almaty Guidelines on PPIF, and, if yes, what would be your concrete textual suggestions?

The responses to these questions could be very simple and short. But I would also appreciate very much if you could stop more in detail on some or all of them, as it would help better understand your responses and properly reflect your feedback in our overview. The overview will be presented for your comments on 17 September 2007 and will be forwarded to the Secretariat of the Aarhus Convention on 1 October 2007.

PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR FEEDBACK ON THE QUESTIONS ABOVE BY 15 SEPTEMBER 2007!

Please note, that you are not restricted to reflect on as many forums as your organisation is involved in. And it is clear, I suppose, that the rules and procedures of the Aarhus Convention's MoP and its other bodies are not the subject of this review (since it is done under the auspices of the AC).

You are also welcome to widely distribute this message to NGOs outside this list.

Looking very much forward to hearing from you.

With best regards,
Serhiy Vykhryst

Email: serhiyv(at)bk.ru