• Research/Scholar Paper name – Public Participation: A Boon to Environmental Decision Making Process
  • Author: Hardik Jain
  • Institution: Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies
  • Affiliation: Centre for Study of Contemporary Legal Issues
  • Date of Publication: 24/06/2021

Abstract:

In a modern developing world, the need for a healthy environment with greater environmental vales is not only a need but a necessity of the hour. From Various Development Projects to creating space for commercial needs, mankind is in a hefty race to succeed develop as fast as possible. In this race to succeed, resources are used exponentially a high rate and no care towards environment is provided. Thus, it is an essential need that people understand the need of the Healthy and sustainable environment. Various movements in the past with added Judicial Activism, it has been seen that people do take into account the arbitrary legislations and projects with respect to environment. This not only realizes the need of people participating in the Decision-making process but further establishes the fact that people understand the need and importance of the environment much more than the legislators. Thus, it lay down a huge scope and need for public participation to create stringent and more effective laws and more calculated decisions. This need has also been identified in various conventions and decelerations over the years too. Taking such immense need and further the importance of Public Participation in decision making, Indian Government came up with Environment Impact Assessment which not only sees to establish the intent of Public Participation in the Decision-making process but also understands the importance of Public Participation. This Paper tries to understand the various facets of Public Participation in the Decision-making Process with respect to Environment.

Public Participation: A Boon to Environmental Decision Making Process

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