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The right to public participation in environmental governance

February 8, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Letter to Paul Henry, Managing Director, Rawson Developers, 29 July 2010 in response to media reports of comments attributed to Mr Henry regarding impending legislation “that allows the developer to take action against any objector to his scheme who has caused him financial loss (usually by holding or denigrating a project) if it can be shown that he has used groundless or specious arguments to make his case”

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Also see our page on SLAPP suits (strategic litigation against public participation).

Section 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

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