PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN DRAFTING NATIONAL REPORTS ON IMPLEMENTATION OF INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS IN UKRAINE
In December 2004, the Environmental Law NGO EcoPravo-Kyiv with the support of UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) launched a one-year project focused on public participation in drafting national reports regarding implementation of MEAs (multilateral environmental agreements). In cooperation with the Government of Ukraine, this activity includes a series of pilot projects for national reporting under:
- Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental
Matters (Aarhus Convention);
- UN Framework Convention on Climate Change;
- Convention on Biological Diversity; and
- Convention on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution.
MEA implementation and applications require nations to take certain measures to realize their commitments. National reporting highlights progress, gaps, and challenges in the sphere of MEA implementation. These days, the public plays an important role in implementing MEAs and other environmental laws, however, the experience of public involvement in national reporting is still limited. Proceeding from the above, EcoPravo-Kyiv, the Government of Ukraine, and UNEP have set the following program objectives:
- to promote public participation in the preparation of national reports regarding implementation of the four
MEAs in Ukraine;
- to identify approaches to public participation in national reporting on MEA implementation;
- to issue recommendations regarding public participation in national reporting;
- to disseminate the project outcomes and outputs among the Ukrainian NGOs and other stakeholders; and
- to share the experiences regarding public participation in national report drafting and review with other EECCA
The project plans:
- to prepare and carry out a public awareness campaign;
- to prepare and hold public hearings on draft national reports regarding the implementation of the four MEAs;
- to develop and draft recommendations on the modalities for public participation in drafting and reviewing
national reports on implementation of the MEAs;
- to issue and disseminate publications on best practices and outcomes of the pilot projects; and
- to share skills with partners and stakeholders in other EECCA countries, in particular during the MOP-2 under
the Aarhus Convention in Almaty in May 2005.
The project is expected to highlight optimal and effective ways of involving the public in national reporting on the implementation of MEAs, to enable an improved future procedure of national reporting, and to legally secure this tool in Ukraine.