Public participation has become a recurring theme and a topical issue in the field of international environmental law, with many multilateral environmental instruments calling on states to guarantee effectively the concept in their laws and practices.
This book focuses on public participation in environmental governance, in terms of public access to environmental information and public participation in environmental decision-making processes. Drawing on the body of international best practice principles in environmental law and taking a comparative stance, Uzuazo Etemire takes Nigeria as a key case, evaluating its procedural laws and practices in relation to public access to information and participation in decision-making in environmental matters. In working to clarify and deepen understanding of the current status of environmental public participation rights in Nigeria, the book addresses key issues in environmental governance for developing and transitional countries and the potential for public participation to improve the state of the environment and public wellbeing.
This book will be of great interest to undergraduate students (as further reading) and post-graduate students, academics, researchers, relevant government agencies and departments, policy-makers and NGOs in the fields of international environmental law, environmental justice, environmental/natural resource management, development studies and international finance.
1. Introduction 2. Society, Political Governance and Public Participation in Nigeria 3. Theoretical Foundations of Public Participation: An Environmental Context 4. Public Access to Environmental Information: International Best Practice Principles 5. Public Access to Environmental Information: Nigerian Law and Practice in Comparative Perspective 6. Public Participation in Environmental Decision-Making: International Best Practice Principles 7. Public Participation in Environmental Decision-Making: Nigerian Law and Practice in Comparative Perspective 8. Conclusion