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Public Participation Workshops

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continues to increase its efforts to involve the public in its decision-making process domestically. Internationally, the USEPA works in collaboration with other governments to encourage public participation in environmental decision-making.

Public Participation Workshops have been delivered in many areas of the world. Several have been on a country-specific basis, while others were delivered regionally.

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The objectives of these workshops are to: (1) share the key features and foundations of the U.S. EPA's Public Participation Guide; (2) share best practices, challenges, and strategies in engaging the public; and (3) discuss different tools and techniques used throughout the country/region; and (4) build a network of people to help strengthen public participation by creating a community of support and practice. These workshops usually include expert presentations, interactive discussions, small group break-out sessions on best practices and case studies, and group deliberations on various public participation strategies and tools.

Workshops:

Introduction to the Guide

Former EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson introduces EPA's International Public Participation Guide, an online toolkit that helps decision-makers identify, design, and implement public participation programs that help address the environmental challenges in communities.

EPA is conducting workshops around the world to introduce the Guide and share approaches for enhancing public participation in environmental decision-making. This video will be used to introduce these workshops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Regional Public Participation Training for CAFTA-DR Countries - San Salvador, El Salvador - May 2013

EPA organized a regional public participation workshop in El Salvador for the CAFTA-DR countries as part of an EPA small grant program for public participation. The regional workshop provided an opportunity for NGOs to share information, learn from challenges faced by others, exchange innovative ways of involving the community, and discuss ways of developing a regional network for public participation professionals. The participants created a core group which will start the development of the network by establishing a Facebook group. EPA will collaborate by providing guidance via the network. It is expected for this platform to serve as a way to leverage efforts and share experiences with other regions in the Caribbean.

I. PRESENTATIONS (Spanish)
II. Materials:

Chile Public Participation Training – Chile – January 2013

Group of participants conversing in workshop room.

Participants work together during a breakout discussion during January 2013 public participation workshop in Chile.

EPA delivered a two-day workshop in Chile, on public participation. The course intended to enable students to increase the level of public impact through the levels of public participation, found on EPA’s Public Participation Guide. The course combined lecture and exercises. The workshop materials are below:

I. PRESENTATIONS AND EXERCISES:
Additional Materials:

Strengthening Public Participation in Environmental Decision-Making: Building Connections for Africa and the Middle East - Rabat, Morocco - January 7-9, 2013

Group of participants conversing in workshop room.

During breakouts, participants discuss choosing which level of public participation is appropriate for their case study. They use the Spectrum found on EPA's Public Participation Guide.

EPA conducted this three-day workshop in Rabat, Morocco, in collaboration with the Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mining, Water and Environment. Ninety-four participants from 23 different countries, mainly from Africa and the Middle East, represented government, NGO, media, academia, and international organizations. This workshop included expert presentations, interactive discussions, small group break-out sessions on best practices and case studies, and group deliberations on various public participation strategies and tools. This workshop was conducted in English, French, and Arabic. The materials below are translated in each of the languages.

I. PRESENTATIONS:

Strengthening Public Participation in Environmental Decision-Making: Building Connections for Africa and the Middle East

EPA Public Participation Guide

Participants conversing around a table.

Participants from all over Africa and the Middle East work together during a breakout discussion.

Selecting the Right Level of Public Participation: The Spectrum

Public Participation Tools and Techniques

II. STORIES FROM THE REGION: CASE STUDIES:
Participants put notes on a board at public participation workshop.

Making connections on a regional map representing the participants.

III. MATERIALS:

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Strengthening Public Participation on Environmental Management in Indonesia - Jakarta, Indonesia – July 10-11, 2012

Public Participation Training attendees engage in an interactive exercise.

EPA delivered a two-day workshop in Jakarta, Indonesia, which was co-sponsored by the Indonesian Ministry of Environment, USAID, and the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network. The first day of the workshop focused on the EPA Public Participation Guide. The second day of the workshop focused on public participation in the context of environmental impact assessments. Participants included local and national government officials, NGOs, and representatives from academia, as well as international public participation and EIA experts from Thailand, the Philippines, and Malaysia. The workshop materials are below:

Day 1:

Key Messages and Learning Points (PDF) (7 pp, 447 K)

Day 2:

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Air Quality Communications and Public Participation Workshop – San Salvador, El Salvador – April 16-17, 2012

EPA delivered a two-day workshop in San Salvador, El Salvador, in collaboration with USAID, Central America Commission for Development and Environment (CCAD), Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN), El Salvador, and Battelle Institute (grantee). The workshop was on Air Quality Communication, and targeted technical and communication staff from the Ministry of Environment, Health and Transportation as well as Municipalities and the media (newspaper and TV). The goal of the workshop was to share experiences, best practices and tools--Public Participation Guide--on how to provide technical data to the general public in a systematic and easy way to understand. The workshop materials are below:

PRESENTATIONS:

Participants from government, NGO, and media sectors working together during breakout session.

MATERIALS:

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Chile Public Participation Training – Chile – March 2011

EPA delivered a two-day workshop in Santiago, Chile, on public participation. The course intended to enable students to increase the level of public impact through the levels of public participation, found on EPA’s Public Participation Guide. The course combined lecture and exercises. The workshop materials are below:

PRESENTATIONS:
MATERIALS:

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Contacts

For additional information on EPA's Public Participation Guide, contact:

Shereen Kandil
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2650R)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
E-mail: kandil.shereen@epa.gov

 

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