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Málþing um þátttöku almennings í stjórnun umhverfismála

   11.9.2015

Landvernd og Arnika, tékknesk náttúrverndarsamtök, boða til málþings í Þjóðminjasafninu miðvikudaginn 23.september milli kl 13 og 16.

Málþingið mun fjalla um aðkomu almennings að ákvarðantöku í umhverfismálum. Talsmenn Arniku flytja fyrirlestra um mengandi starfsemi og eiturefnaúrgang og þá aðstoð sem þau veita almenningi til þess að efla lýðræðslega þátttöku hans þegar kemur að umhverfismálum. Opinberir aðilar og fulltrúar munu flytja örerindi um sýn sína á þátttöku almenning og svara spurningum í lok málþings.

Landvernd mun einnig fjalla um viðleitni samtakanna til að styðja við og auka þátttöku almennings í ákvarðanatöku um umhverfismál. 

Til máls munu taka: Jindrich Petrlik, formaður Arniku, Matej Mann og Jan Samanek, sérfræðingar í mengunar og úrgangsdeild Arniku, Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, framvæmdastjóri Landverndar og Snjólaug Ólafsdóttir umhverfisverkfræðingur mun fjalla um áhrif jarðvarmavirkjana á heilsu fólks.

Opinberir aðilar og fulltrúar fyrirtækja: Ragna Árnadóttir, Landsvirkjun, Jakob Gunnarsson, Skipulagsstofnun, Kristján Kristjánsson, Vegagerðin.

Málþingið fer fram á ensku og er öllum opið. Boðið verður upp á kaffiveitingar í hléi

Um málþingið á ensku: 

Public participation and the environment

How can the public influence decisions concerning their own environment?

Arnika, an environmental NGO in the Czech Republic and Landvernd join forces in an open seminar focusing on public participation in decision making regarding the environment.

The seminar will focus on skills sharing between the two NGOs and discuss efforts in both countries to encourage public participation in environmental decision making processes, through various projects and programs that influence the environment. Also, Icelandic stakeholders, public and private, are invited to address the seminar. In an effort to minimize conflict and maximize positive environmental and social outcomes, innovative efforts to increase participation from early planning and development stages will be discussed.

Lýsingar á fyrirlestrum:


1. Arnika´s Centre for Citizen support
Jindrich Petrlik, chairman of Arnika Association

Since 1996, Centre for Citizens’ Support, currently one of three programs that Arnika runs, has provided free support to citizens on various environmental issues with focus on green areas in cities, protection of water and watercourses, and toxic substances and waste. Through the Centre, Arnika helps to promote civil right to information and participation of the public in decision-making.


2. Management of toxic substances and waste - the role of Arnika in decision-making processes and public involvement
Matej Man, Arnika’s toxic and waste programme

Since its foundation in 2001, Arnika has run a campaign called „Toxics Free Future“ which promotes adaptation of a Pollutant Release and Transfer Register into Czech legislation as a tool for access to information about releases of chemicals from facilities into environment. Arnika has used PRTR as a tool to push for industrial facilities to continuous decrease of toxic releases. Currently, Arnika is working on a new application using data from national PRTR to help local people discover local polluters, encouraging the involvement of local people in active participation in decision making on local cases.


3. Impacts of Atmospheric Emissions from Geothermal Power Plants on Air Quality in SW-Iceland                                                                             Snjólaug Ólafsdóttir, Environmental Engineer PhD

Snjolaug will go over the main chemicals emitted to the atmosphere from geothermal power plants near the Capital area in SW-Iceland. The main concern is hydrogen sulfide (H2S). She will talk about its distribution and depletion from the atmosphere as well as go over recent findings on its impact on public health.

 

4. Use of international conventions in local context, public involvement in convention establishment process aimed toxic
Jan Samanek, Arnika’s toxic and waste programme

Arnika encourages public participation in preparation of the National Implementation Plan of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, and use this and other conventions as a major tool the in decision making procedures for permits for industrial facilities. Arnika also conducts various research, which raises public awareness. For example, Arnika’s independent laboratory tests for chemical concentrations in human hair and blood, as well as chemical levels in goods and out in the environment. Similar tools were used in campaigns and projects coordinated by Arnika e.g. in Armenia, Kazakhstan or Thailand

 

5. Examples of public participation in environmental decision making in Iceland
Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, managing director of Landvernd

This presentation will draw up on recent experience of Landvernd in increasing the organization’s say regarding environmental decision making, and which tools and campaigns are being used to engage the public. Issues range from legislative work to municipality planning to environmental education and climate change mitigation. 


6. Stakeholders perspective on public participation (short comments) 

Ragna Árnadóttir, aðstoðarforstjóri Landsvirkjunar
Jakob Gunnarsson, sérfræðingur Skipulagsstofnunar
Kristján Kristjánsson, forstöðumaður hjá Vegagerðinni.

Various public and private entities are involved in environmental decision making. The Aarhus Convention encourages early participation of the public in decision making. In these 5 minute presentations, stakeholders will present their views on the public participation process in Iceland and how they believe it could be improved, taking the issue of early participation into account. 

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