Activity 1 National consultations and P10 promotion activities

Saint Kitts and Nevis Public Officials Seminar on Principle 10

The seminar was organised by the REC in the framework of the 12th Biennial Congress and Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) Summit, in cooperation with the Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis, UN ECLAC and elected public representatives for Principle 10.

The objective of the seminar was to examine the steps required to effectively implement Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration in local laws, regulations, policies and government-run institutions, taking into consideration the recent signing of the LAC Principle 10 Declaration by Saint Kitts and Nevis and the negotiation process to adopt a regional agreement on access rights in environmental matters.

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Saint Kitts and Nevis Town Hall Consultation Meeting on Principle 10

The Saint Kitts and Nevis Town Hall Consultation Meeting on Principle 10 took place on November 2, 2016, organised by the REC in the framework of the 12th Biennial Congress and Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) Summit. The objective was to raise awareness of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration and the LAC P10 negotiation process for the adoption of a regional agreement on access rights in environmental matters. Since Saint Kitts and Nevis is the newest signatory to the Principle 10 Declaration, panelists focused on the steps required for the effective implementation of Principle 10, and on the key challenges and lessons learned from Principle 10 implementation in Europe.

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Seminars on Principle 10 for Public Officials, Experts and Civil Society in Grenada

Following Grenada’s recent joining of the P10 regional process, the REC, in cooperation with the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Elected Public Representatives for LAC Principle 10, organized two seminars on Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration and the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean in Grenada on June 20-21, 2017. The seminars were hosted by the Government of Grenada, in preparations to take over the CARICOM presidency in July 2017. The objectives of the seminars were to raise awareness on Principle 10, provide information on its implementation in the Caribbean sub-region, examine the steps required for its effective implementation in Grenada, and discuss the potential implications of a regional agreement on access rights in environmental matters.

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Seminar for Public Officials and Civil Society for Principle 10, Dominica

Upon Dominica’s government official request, the REC, in cooperation with ECLAC, offered support to the organization of a seminar which took place on June 23, 2017 in Dominica. The objectives were to raise awareness on Principle 10, provide information on its implementation in the Caribbean sub-region, examine the steps required for its effective implementation in Dominica, and discuss the potential implications of a regional agreement on access rights in environmental matters. The event brought together representatives from governmental institutions, academia, Ombudsman, risk management authority, CSOs, and generated interesting dialogue on the potential for better protection of access right to the environment in Dominica.

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Promotional Video Competition

In the framework of the project Building Bridges III, a video/animation competition “Our environment, Our voices” was launched by the REC in cooperation with representatives of the public. The goal was to create visual materials to raise awareness among a wider audience of the need for a regional agreement on P10 as a prerequisite for raising the minimum standard for access rights in relation to environmental information. The best videos were presented at the 5th Negotiation Committee meeting in Chile, held on November 21–25, 2016.

The winners of the competition were announced on 20 March 2017 in Brazil at the 6th Meeting of the Negotiating Committee of the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). A creative animation dubbed “What is Principle 10?” by Ted Sandiford of Saint Lucia copped first place in a competition, while Luis Vera of Mexico came second with a video called “We saved the Cocospera river”.

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