MPE calls for comments on draft EIA participation guidelines

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Mekong Partnership for the Environment has issued a call for public comments on the draft Regional Guidelines on Public Participation in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), developed by the Regional Technical Working Group on EIA. See below for the full text of the announcement.

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You are invited to comment on the draft Regional Guidelines on Public Participation in EIA, via https://mekongcitizen.org/EIA.

WHY: These regional EIA guidelines have been developed in response to the shared concern for how to increase meaningful public participation in development planning, particularly in the context of rising levels of investment for development projects across the Mekong region. Their purpose is to provide practical guidance for implementing meaningful public participation in the EIA process in the Mekong region, in order to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the EIA process, while reducing risks for all stakeholders involved. The use of the guideline is envisioned to result in improved, sustainable, and more equitable development outcomes. The guidelines provide a regional “good practice” approach to public participation in EIA and are intended to complement national laws and policies where they already exist with additional “how to” detail. Your review and comments will help to improve the guidelines and ensure they are practical and implementable.

WHO: The RTWG on EIA is comprised of a diverse group of 25 representatives from 10 Ministries and 10 civil society organizations from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. They are supported by national technical advisors and other international technical experts. For more information on the RTWG on EIA and public consultations across the Mekong region, please visit:
https://mekongcitizen.org/about/mpe/rtwg-on-eia/

HOW: Please log in (http://eia.mekongcitizen.org), comment and contribute to finding shared solutions for responsible development in the Lower Mekong region.

The official comment period will close at 5:00 PM on October 31, 2016 (Bangkok time). Members of the RTWG on EIA will subsequently review and consider comments received and finalize the guidelines in early 2017.

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