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Guidance on Public Participation
in Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context

The final draft of the guidance
was adopted by the 7th meeting of the Working Group on EIA and recommended for adoption by 3rd meeting of the Parties to the Convention

The guidance was adopted by 3rd meeting of the Parties to the Convention
04 June 2004 (Decision III/8, site of the Meeting
(http://www.unece.org/env/eia/privet.html))

This is the final (January 2004) draft of the guidance on public participation in a transboundary EIA under provisions of the UNECE Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context which was adopted by the 7th meeting of the Working Group on EIA and recommended to [for] adoption by 3rd meeting of the Parties to the Convention. This draft of the guidance based on the third draft (December 2003), which was sent by Secretariat to all focal points of the Convention and on the comments of the focal points received before 22 December 2003. The third draft of the guidance was based on the second draft (November 2003) and on the comments on the second draft received from the members the UNECE Task Force on public participation in environmental impact assessment in a transboundary context (the UNECE PP-EIA Task Force). The second draft of the guidance developed as result of the discussion on the first draft carried out at the meeting of experts of the UNECE PP-EIA Task Force (Moscow, 25-27 September 2003). First draft of the guidance (August 2003) was based on case studies of public participation in environmental impact assessment in a transboundary context submitted by members of the UNECE PP-EIA Task Force.

The draft has been developed by Russian Federation (the Agency for Environmental Assessments “ECOTERRA”, Nikolay Grishin) with support of United Kingdom (Jim Burns and Roger Gebbels), Secretariat of the UNECE EIA Convention (Wiek Schrage), European Commission (David Aspinwall and Thisvi Ekmektzoglou) and members of the UNECE PP-EIA Task Force according to decision II/3 of the Second Meeting of the Parties of the Convention (Sofia, 26-27 February, 2001).

The case studies of public participation in a transboundary EIA were presented by the following experts - members of the UNECE PP-EIA Task Force:

Tatyana Javanshir (Azerbaijan), Jacquelina Metodieva and Katya Peicheva* (Bulgaria); Nenad Mikulic (Croatia); Veronika Versh* (Estonia); Leena Ivalo* and Ulla-Riitta Soveri (Finland); Georges Guignabel (France); Gia Zhorzholiani* (Georgia); Foris Edina (Hungary); Federica Rolle and Carmela Bilanzone (Italy); Gulfia Shabaeva* and Tatyana Filkova (Kyrgyzstan); Daniela Pineta (Romania); Nikolay Grishin* and Sergey Tveritinov (Russia); Jim Burns* and Roger Gebbels* (United Kingdom).

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* members of the UNECE PP-EIA Task Force – participants of the Moscow meeting of this Task Force, where participated in addition: Wiek Schrage (UNECE), Thisvi Ekmektzoglou (European Commission), Vladimir Markov and Zinaida Muzileva (Russia), Olga Razbash (Russian Regional Environmental Centre) and Olga Tokmakova (International Public Network for Environmental Impact Assessment).