Environmental Democracy

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  1. Citizenship, access to information and participation in environmental matters

Context: the Colombian Constitution is defined as an ecological Constitution therefore provides a framework of principles of the rule of law that meant a breakthrough for the protection of collective and environmental rights, such as access to information and participation in environmental matters.

The mechanisms of access to environmental information and participation in Colombia have been suffering many transformations with the interposition of increasingly stringent requirements that undermine their effectiveness. Likewise, the ignorance of citizenship’s rights and the lack of practical tools impede the exercise and actual implementation of these mechanisms.

Objective: generate greater and more effective participation of civil society in development from an environmental perspective at the local, national and international levels and in forums and decision-making bodies, including government institutions and international financial institutions.

AAS seeks to develop advocacy to guarantee individual and collective rights to information and participation and require public institutions and the multilateral banks fulfilling their obligations regarding the implementation of environmental standards, and the implementation and development of effective mechanisms that allow the participation of civil society.

 

Result:

  1. Communities with more and better tools to exercise their rights to information and participation in environmental matters.
  2. Better regulations of the citizen participation mechanisms to make them more effective and affordable for communities.

 

Actions

1. Follow the principles of access to information contained in the Declaration of Rio +20.

 2. Participate in rulemaking processes on consultation for black and indigenous people.

3. Monitoring and advocacy on proposed laws and policies on the right of access to information.

4. To present Amicus curiae before the Interamerican Court of Human Rights and interventions before the Constitutional Court in cases concerning access to information and participation in environmental matters and that they can become landmark decisions.

5. Involvement in the Access Initiative (TAI ) as a partner in Colombia for the development of this network activities that promote the rights of participation and access to information

6. Strengthening micro – web sites on the principle 10 and international financial institutions so that they become useful tools for communities and civil society in general.