Guía para la participación pública en el marco del Protocolo sobre el agua y salud
The Protocol on Water and Health stresses the importance of involving the public in decision-making concerning water and health.
Access to information and public participation are essential for building public awareness of issues, for giving the public the opportunity to express its concerns, for enabling public authorities to take due account of such concerns and for ensuring that the decisions are implemented in the fairest possible way.
The Guide to Public Participation can be used as a tool to help improve the planning and carrying out of the public-participation process. It offers explanations of legal obligations with regard to public participation and access to information under the Protocol and other international frameworks. It contains recommendations and examples aimed to inspire Parties and members of the public to better assert their rights and fulfil their obligations in organizing or taking part in the important public-participation process.
The Guide encourages authorities to take into account the results of public participation at the different stages:
- setting targets and target dates
- drawing up water management plans
Government officials and agencies who manage the process of public participation should find it useful for identifying some of the best practices for planning, skills and behaviours, which they can use to design and put in place a meaningful public-participation process, based on examples from the pan-European region.
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