Regional Guidelines on Public Participation in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

Draft for Consultation and Comment
Version 22 August 2016

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Regional Guidelines for Public Participation in Environmental Impact Assessment
-Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam-

<Draft Version for Public Consultation>
August 22, 2016 – October 31, 2016

These draft Regional Guidelines on Public Participation in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) have been collaboratively developed by the Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) on EIA comprised of 25 government and non-government members from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, and are now being made publicly available for feedback and comment from interested stakeholders.

These regional EIA guidelines have been developed in response to the shared concern for increasing meaningful public participation in development planning, in the context of increasing investment projects across the Mekong region. Their purpose is to provide practical guidance for implementing meaningful public participation in the EIA process in the Mekong region, in order to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the EIA process, while reducing risks for projects as well as all stakeholders involved. The use of the guideline is envisioned to result in improved, sustainable, and more equitable development outcomes. The guidelines provide a regional “good practice” approach to public participation in EIA and are intended to complement national laws and policies where they already exist with additional “how to” detail. The intended users of these guidelines includes project proponents and EIA consultants, as well as government agencies, project affected people, non-governmental and civil society organizations (NGOs/CSOs), and others.

Formed in August 2015, the RTWG on EIA provides a model multi-stakeholder platform for regional collaboration to strengthen the policy and practice of EIA and to enhance cooperation for inclusive and sustainable development of the region. The RTWG on EIA is comprised of a diverse group of non-government/civil society and government representatives from 10 Ministries across the five lower Mekong countries. The group is supported by national technical advisors and other international technical experts.

For more information on the RTWG on EIA and public consultations across the Mekong region, please visit: https://mekongcitizen.org/about/mpe/rtwg-on-eia/

Access to the document

The draft regional EIA guidelines document is currently available in English for online comment on this platform. The English version can be downloaded here.

Additional versions in Khmer, Lao, Burmese, Thai, and Vietnamese are currently being prepared and will be made available and will be posted here.

Khmer

Lao

Burmese

Thai

Vietnamese

When providing comments on the online document, please provide your biographical details, and then insert comments beside the relevant paragraph. If your comments are general in nature, please leave them at the bottom of the chapter or at the end of the document. Your biographical details will be saved online, but only if you access the document from the same computer. These details will be used for feedback analysis but will not be disclosed publicly.

Consultation Period

August 22, 2016 – October 31, 2016

In addition to the opportunity to provide comments online, public consultations on the draft guidelines will be conducted to introduce the draft guidelines and solicit inputs and feedback from interested stakeholders including private sector companies, EIA consultants, government agencies, non-governmental/civil society organizations, academic institutes, and development partners. Public consultation meetings are being planned during October 2016 for: Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Vientiane, and Yangon. Details on the dates and locations of these meetings will be confirmed and made available in the near future.

Please kindly be advised that comments will only be accepted through the online platform and through the public consultation meetings. We are unable to accept comments through other methods (such as by telephone, email, fax, or post).

Management and Handling of Comments

At the close of the consultation period (Oct 31), comments on the draft guidelines will be compiled and synthesized by the RTWG Secretariat and will be considered by the RTWG on EIA members at their subsequent meeting in early January 2017. No personal information in relation to comments given will be disclosed publicly. If the comments include private information, by which a particular individual can be identified, or any information deemed to be potentially damaging to an individual person or an organization, pertinent sections will be removed. Due to the extensive nature of the consultations, we will unfortunately be unable to respond to individual comments.

Inquiries

Please direct any queries you have at this time to: infompe@pactworld.org

On behalf of the RTWG on EIA, we look forward to your participation and involvement in the conversation!

Sincerely,

Ms. Christy Owen

Mekong Partnership for the Environment / Pact Thailand

Regional Technical Working Group on

Environmental Impact Assessment Secretariat

-Bangkok, Thailand-