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Albania - Public consultation with local residents. Aarhus Information Centre in Vlore

Public Consultation in Vlore, Albania. Photo: Robert MuratajMain objectives: The main objective was to empower local residents with knowledge about the rights they have in relation to participation in decision making processes, and inform them about the correct procedures that all proponents of development proposals should observe during public consultation in order to contribute to sustainable development.

 

Implementation: The initiative was successfully implemented at three locations with participation by community leaders, public officials and representatives of civil society, including youth and women.

 

Result: At the end of the initiative, participating residents were informed about correct procedures that all proponents, whether public or private, should observe in relation to development proposals that will have an impact on the environment and on community life.

 

Why do you think this example shows how the Aarhus Convention made a difference in your country?

It made a difference Albania firstly because it enabled interested groups to be more organized and persistent in requesting all proponents to respect the rule of law and contribute towards sustainable development, and secondly it empowered local residents so as to be more organized to request adherence to the principles of the three pillars of the Aarhus Convention in relation to proposed development in their neighborhoods.

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