Activity 3 Sub-regional CSO coordination meeting and capacity building for CSOs and other stakeholders

Strategy for the Civil Society Engagement in the Escazú Agreement

The Strategy for the Civil Society Engagement in the Escazú Agreement has been prepared by key CSO experts several of who have led the LAC CSO negotiating team as elected representatives of the public, or their alternates or were actively involved in the process. The Strategy consists of an outreach and communication chapter, an advocacy and negotiation chapter for meaningful public participation (for the period up to the 1st COP) and governance structure for Civil Society engagement. An action plan for each of these is also attached. The strategy serves to enable the LAC CSO network to continue to support activities regarding the launching the Escazú Agreement and to be prepared for its implementation phase, at the national level as well as regional level, and will help to participate meaningfully in the first Meeting of the Signatories planned for the second part of 2019, and in the first Conference of Parties which could take place in 2020. The strategy should be regularly updated and adjusted it to the changing situation. It could also be used for fundraising by the CSOs for activities and projects for the next period.

The document was discussed via electronic means and Skype meetings and was finalized after feedback from the key LAC CSO players, ECLAC, REC and other UNECE experts. The REC expert team offered experience, expertise and advice on the structure and content of the strategy provided comments and answers as requested electronically and in the above mentioned webinars.


CSO regional coordination meeting, November 26, 2017

Prior to the 8th Negotiating Committee meeting held on November 27 and December 1, 2017, in Santiago, Chile, the Latin American and Caribbean Civil Society representatives had a preparatory meeting on November 26, 2017 and discussed their negotiating strategy and the CSO position documents for priority issues on Art. 1,2,3,5, 9, 9bis and 10. The CSOs from the LAC region and the experts from Europe funded by REC, assisted with input in theses preparations.

  • First Agreement in the World to Protect Environmental Defenders.

The CSO negotiating team celebrating the biggest achievement of the 8th Negotiating Committee Meeting: the agreement of the on Article 9bis, Human rights defenders in environmental matters.

CSO regional coordination meeting, February 27, 2018

Prior to the 9th Negotiating Committee meeting held February 28 and March 4, 2018, in Escazú, Costa Rica, CSOs prepared for the final round of negotiations on February 27, 2018. The CSOs from the LAC region funded by REC, also assisted with input in theses preparations.

  • CSO negotiating team and members of the public during the 9th Negotiating Committee meeting, Escazú, Costa Rica,
  • CSO negotiating team and the public team celebrating the adoption of the Escazú Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters, March 4, 2018

Caribbean Youth Environment Network Training on Principle 10

A training for young people on Principle 10 was organised by the REC between October 31 and November 1, 2016, in the framework of the 12th Biennial Congress and Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) Summit. The objective was to explore the contribution of young people to the implementation of Article 8 on public participation in the region. Participants discussed the potential role of the Caribbean Youth Environment Network in Principle 10 implementation in signatory and non-signatory countries. Discussions also centered around the challenges of getting countries on board and on the opportunities and benefits for governments and societies arising from the implementation of P10.


Webinar on Access to Justice

On July 6, 2017, the REC organised a webinar on Article 9 of the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean. The webinar addressed the issues of redress in cases of abusing right to information, abusing right to public participation and violation of environmental law, as well as requirements regarding remedies and procedures. The event assisted the development of a strategy of CSOs towards Access to justice provisions of the of the Regional Agreement.