the further strengthening of the “Environment for Europe” process and to the results of the Fourth Ministerial Conference in Aarhus, Denmark, in June Convenzione per l’accesso alle informazioni, alla partecipazione e alla giustizia ambientale (Convenzione di Aarhus). ispra › Anno › Novembre › Aperta la consultazione pubblica sul quarto rapporto di aggiornamento sull’attuazione della Convenzione di Aarhus in Italia.

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At the 2nd Internet Governance Forumheld on 12—15 Mayin Rio de Janeirothe Convention was presented as a model aarhhus public participation and transparency in the operation of international forums.

Aarhus Convention

It is by far the most impressive elaboration of principle 10 of the Rio Declarationwhich stresses the need for citizens’ participation in environmental issues and for access to information on the environment held by public authorities. Social and environmental accountability. Views Read Edit View history. The private sector, for which information disclosure depends on voluntary, non- mandatory practices, and bodies acting in a judicial or legislative capacity, are excluded.

Retrieved from ” https: The risk could lay in a loss of time and resources that could be otherwise invested in defining the outcomes, [18] notwithstanding the fact that it renders the convention vague, weak and open to multiple interpretations.

The Protocol is in this sense a free-standing, international agreement. The Aarhus Convention grants the public rights regarding access to information, public participation and access to justice, in governmental decision-making processes on matters concerning the local, national and transboundary environment. PRTRs are inventories of pollution from industrial sites and other sources such as agriculture and transport.

Parties to the Protocol need not be Parties to the Convention.

Other significant provisions are the “non-discrimination” principle all the information has to be provided without taking account of the nationality or citizenship of the applicantthe international nature of the convention, [9] convezione and the importance attributed to the promotion of environmental education of the public.


As such it is the most ambitious venture in the area of environmental democracy so far undertaken under the auspices of the United Nations.

The Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee was established to fulfill the requirement of Article 15 of the Convention on review of compliance to establish arrangements for reviewing compliance with the Convention. As of August41 communication from the public — many originating with non-governmental organizations — and one submission from a Party had been lodged with the Convention’s Compliance Committee.

The influence of the Aarhus Convention also extends beyond the environmental field. Public participation under the Aarhus convention”.

Convenzione di Aarhus – Unimont

As of Marchit has 47 parties—46 states and the European Union. This model embodies a perfect example of a multi-level governance.

Colorado journal of International Environmental Law and Policy. It entered into force on 30 October From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Information disclosure in Global Environmental Governance”.

The relative differences between the participants and social groups’ resource inequalities also suggests the possibility for irregular and imbalanced environmental protection.

Review of European Community and International Law. Use dmy dates from October It focuses on interactions between the public and public authorities. As of Augustit had been ratified by 21 countries. The objective of the Protocol is “to enhance public access to information through the establishment of coherent, nationwide pollutant release and transfer registers PRTRs. Journal for European Environmental and Planning Law. However, in practise, as MoPs occur infrequently, Parties attempt to comply with the recommendations of the Compliance Committee.

Europe, globalization and sustainable development. Liechtenstein and Monaco have signed the convention but have not ratified it. The Compliance mechanism is unique in international environmental law, as it allows members of the public to communicate concerns about a Party’s compliance directly to a committee of international legal experts empowered to examine the merits of the case the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee. As of May34 states plus the European Union have ratified the Protocol.


The Aarhus Convention is a multilateral environmental agreement through which the opportunities for citizens to access environmental information are increased and transparent and reliable regulation procedure is secured. Among the latter is included the ECwho therefore has the task to ensure compliance not only within the member States but also for its institutions, all those bodies who carry out public administrative duties. Retrieved 18 August The GMO amendment will enter into force 90 days after at least three-quarters of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention ratify it.

This page was last edited on 29 Septemberat By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The Modern Law Review. The Aarhus convention is a “proceduralisation of the environmental regulation”, [16] [17] it focuses more on setting and listing procedures rather than establishing standards and specifying outcomes, permitting the parties involved to interpret and implement the convention on the systems and circumstances that characterize their nation.

Nonetheless, the Compliance Committee cannot issue binding decisions, but rather makes recommendations to the full Meeting of the Parties MoP. Environment portal Category Commons Organizations. Your right to a healthy environment:

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