Session 5.4

Assessing environmental governance in the age of web portals

Good environmental governance, at all institutional levels, is fundamental in reaching environmental protection objectives. The concept of environmental governance encompasses aspects such as transparency, public participation, access to justice, and all the activities undertaken by public authorities to ensure compliance with environmental legislation. The use of web-based tools is essential in all these areas.

Two projects have recently been carried out to research how environmental governance functions in Member States, to identify good practices and areas for improvement, one of them focusing on web portals in particular.

Starting with presentations by the consultants who performed the studies, Member State and NGO representatives, the session will engage in a discussion with the various stakeholders, looking at how environmental governance can be assessed, the benefits of doing so, and drawing lessons for the future.

Speakers:

Martin Nesbit, Senior Fellow and Head of Climate and Environmental Governance Programme, Institute for European Environmental policy (IEEP)

Jandirk Bulens, Researcher Geo-Info & Communication, Wageningen University & Research (WUR)

Csaba Kiss, Environmental Attorney, Environmental Management & Law Association, Budapest, and Coordinator of the Justice & Environment Network of public interest environmental law organisations

Valerie Doyle, Irish Environmental Protection Agency

Moderator:

Robert Konrad, Head of Unit for Compliance & Better Regulation, Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission