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Money Talks: Commercial Interests and Transparency in Environmental Governance

Money Talks: Commercial Interests and Transparency in Environmental Governance

November 2014

The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) has, for many years, been using the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) on behalf of communities and civil society organisations to request access to environmental records held by government and companies. This report, published in November 2014, finds that PAIA remains poorly implemented and inadequately enforced. Public bodies, constrained by capacity and funding, often demonstrate reluctance and inexperience in engaging with PAIA and its processes.

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Section 24of 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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