A workshop to strengthen environmental participatory democracy (France)

Summary

During the 10th meeting of the National Ecological Transition Council in France-Conseil national de la transition écologique (CNTE) – French Minister for the Environment Ségolène Royal announced the opening of the first consultation on strengthening the role of civil society in participatory democracy.

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On 7 January 2015, Ségolène Royal announced the opening of discussions on participatory democracy for better environmental justice. During the 3rd environmental conference, French president François Hollande had expressed his desire to strengthen and improve dialogue on environmental policy in France.

Ms Royal aims to foster this discussion in two ways. Firstly, she aims to simplify procedures and secondly improve transparency, without increasing production time. Opening discussions between all stakeholders, civil society players and professionals, politicians and experts, should help them find the right balance and build an equitable consensus. Currently, less than 5% of laws concern environmental issues. UNEP tackled this subject in a 2014 report entitled « Environmental Rule of Law: Advancing Justice, Governance and Law For Environmental Sustainability« .

Where to start?

Participatory democracy for environmental law promotes greater implication of all stakeholders. Civil society can enrich ideas on environmental priorities for the years ahead. Participatory democracy gives an overview, in particular of environmental topics.

Forests, water, biodiversity, waste and recycling need to be well regulated, but where should we start?

The complex current situation and the challenges ahead are hurdles. Environmental protection is an example of an issue which needs to be tackled carefully but where rapid progress is also vital. It is crucial that a forum on environmental law be held before the Paris Climate Change Conference in 2015.
Consequently, the French Minister for the Environment has created a workshop to upgrade environmental rights and set priorities.

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