The UNECE Convention on Access to
Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice
in Environmental Matters (the Aarhus
Convention) is a revolutionary document for post-Soviet countries
and has the status of national law in countries that have ratified
or acceded to the Convention:
The Aarhus Convention allows every individual in these countries to request and receive environmental information, to participate in decision making that may have a significant impact on the environment and to protect their rights to these in a court of law.
On this website there are resources designed to give practical help
to officials implementing the Convention and to people wanting to exercise
their rights under the Convention.
They include explanations on the provisons of the Convention, tips and practical examples on how the Convention can be implemented by officials and used by the public, comprehensive, interactive training materials, instructions for delivering training and 12 practical examples of the Aarhus Convention in action.
The resources were developed under the European Union project Environmental
Information, Education and Public Awareness implemented in Armenia,
Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine by Royal
Haskoning and the Regional Environment
Center for Central and Eastern Europe.
There are country specific resources for the countries participating
in the project and regional resources that could be useful for other countries
in the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia Region.
Also on the website are contact details for national experts who have
been trained to deliver training on the Aarhus Convention to officials,
NGOs, media, the general public and others.