The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency partnered with EANECE to deliver the Public Participation in Environmental Decision-Making Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya on 11-12 February, 2014. This was part of USEPA’s continued efforts to promote and increase the involvement of the public in environmental decision-making processes domestically and internationally.
The objectives of the workshop were to:
- share the key features and foundations of the U.S. EPA’s Public Participation Guide;
- share best practices, challenges, and strategies in engaging the public;
- discuss different tools and techniques used throughout the country/region; and
- build a network of people to help strengthen public participation by creating a community of support and practice.
The 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. 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 as well as integrated solid waste management. Participants included local and national government officials, NGOs, and representatives from academia, as well as international public participation and EIA experts from Kenya, Tanzania and USA.
To view the USEPA’s Public Participation Guide please follow this link http://www2.epa.gov/international-cooperation/public-participation-guide