Book chapter

Public participation in water resources management

ContributorsTignino, Mara
Published inIWRA XIV World Water Congress, p. 1-9
Publication date2011

Individuals and affected communities are often excluded from decision-making processes regarding the use of water resources. However, in the last two decades, non-state actors have been increasingly integrated into water management processes. Some international instruments, such as the 1998 Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters, put emphasis on access to information and transparency in natural resource management. Public participation – encompassing the rights of individuals and groups to have access to information and participate in decision-making processes – is an increasingly common obligation in international agreements. Furthermore, mechanisms like the Aarhus Compliance Committee have been developed to providing individuals and groups direct access to decision-making procedures. The article identifies some of the main features of public participation in water management, drawing on the texts of international instruments and the practice of international actors.

  • Public participation
  • Access to information
  • Environmental impact assessment
Citation (ISO format)
TIGNINO, Mara. Public participation in water resources management. In: IWRA XIV World Water Congress. Porto de Galinhas (Brazil). [s.l.] : [s.n.], 2011. p. 1–9.
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