The round-table was attended by Jim Cousins, head of the politics, press and information section, EU Delegation; Svetlana Koroleva, chairperson of the Coordinating Committee, EaP CSF Belarus National Plaftorm; Anna Golubovska-Onisimova, EaP CSF National Platform of Ukraine, Mama-86; Olga Zakharova, head of the Aarhus Center, Republic of Belarus; representatives of nongovernmental organizations, academia, and educational institutions.
Participants of the round-table discussed opportunities for integration of the environmental policy in sectoral policies, learned the Ukrainian experience of proper environmental governance, and considered priority steps to be taken in Belarus.
According to Jim Cousins, head of the politics, press and information section at the European Union Delegation, proper environmental governance (PEG) is at the center of the dialog between the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries. Such an opportunity was voiced for the first time in 2009, and then the need for PEG was discussed at summits in Vilnius and Riga in 2014 and 2016.
“Environmental changes have impact upon all the fields of human activity: economy, technology, and education. Hence, there is an obvious need to review national environmental policies. However, no uniform PEG model exists so far, there are only principles elaborated to help countries overcome challenges in the environmental sector together”, he emphasized.
The most important aspect of proper environmental governance is that it SUPPLEMENTS AND IMPROVES the management that the public authorities used to engage in.
PEG is intended to involve as many stakeholders as possible to discussions, including nongovernmental organizations.
According to the EU representative, this need is first of all caused by the fact that officials need information about the real situation on the ground.
The recommendations formulated at the round-table will be discussed at the next meeting of the Public Coordination Council under the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources.
- Olga Zaharova. “Introducing the principles of public participation in environmental decision-making to the Belarusian legislation: a step toward good environmental governance” (rus.)
The round-table “Belarus on the road to proper environmental governance: achievements, challenges, joined efforts” was held on 26 January in Minsk