The one-year project “Information and counselling campaign “Know how to participate”” ended in April. The main aim of the project was to advise people involved in environmental decision-making how to present relevant statements at an appropriate stage and in correct format
The guide is available
on the website: http://www.k6k.ee/oskaosaleda
(in Estonian only).
Besides the “theoretical”
advice we also provided free legal aid in the real-world decision-making
processes, where we advised the individuals and NGOs altogether in 24 cases.
The biggest five cases have been analysed in the comprehensive case studies
that are good examples of practical participation (also available at the site
of guidelines). In total, ca 500 people received counselling in the project.
The project experience allows us to conclude that participation in environmental decision-making process is often difficult, time-consuming and requires specialist advice in some phases of the process. Although the EELC guidelines for the better participation might be helpful in many cases the experience shows that each case is quite different and requires a different approach. The big number of applications for legal help indicates that free legal aid in environmental matters is still necessary.
After end of this project, EELC does not have means for free legal aid, but we are looking for the new possibilities to continue this direction in the future.
The project activities were funded by the Environmental Investment Centre.
More information on project activities can be found on EELC website.