Access to information is essential for the exercise of environmental rights and is regulated in South Africa through the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (Act 2 of 2000) (PAIA). PAIA was designed to enable citizens to access information from private and public bodies through a simple procedure.
The CER has, since its establishment in 2010, advocated for greater transparency in environmental governance and for swift and easy access to environmental information. In particular, we have campaigned for automatically available, online public licence registers. We also monitor compliance with PAIA and put pressure on regulators and companies for greater disclosure of all information required for citizens to ensure that our Constitutional right to a healthy environment is upheld.
We are a member of the Access to Information Network, which is a network of civil society organisations that cooperate to achieve the common objective of advancing access to information rights for ordinary people in South Africa.
- National Legislation35
- International instruments4
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- Government Documents6
- Case watch5
- What's new?5
Request to GDARD for copies of permits for the keeping in captivity and breeding of lions at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve
October 10, 2017
Request to MTPA for copies of documents relating to bones of lions shot or euthanased after escape from national parks
August 16, 2017
Request to DEA for information relating to inspections of industrial facilities by the green scorpions
August 16, 2017