Environmental Information, Participation and Citizen Activity: Case Studies from Poland and the UK

In: Connected Accountabilities: Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship
Radoslaw Stech
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The Aarhus Convention is a United Nations Regional Convention signed by the European Union which rests upon three pillars, namely access to information, participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters. It promotes environmental justice, transparency and citizenship. It sets minimum standards for the signatories and countries can provide a broader catalogue of rights within the framework of the Convention. This paper is aimed at presenting results of two case studies based in Poland and the UK. Both cases involve sites of deposited waste that give rise to environmental problems. The paper uses material from the case studies to examine compliance with the first two pillars of the Aarhus Convention and citizens’ levels of satisfaction and expectations.

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