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Unlock the Doors: How Greater Transparency by Public and Private Bodies can Improve the Realisation of Environmental Rights

Unlock the Doors: How Greater Transparency by Public and Private Bodies can Improve the Realisation of Environmental Rights

April 2012

In July 2010, the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), with the support of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa, began investigating and assessing the extent to which information about environmental decision-making and impacts was accessible to communities and civil society organisations. This report reveals a number of significant problems in accessing environmental information and obstacles to compliance with PAIA by both public and private bodies. With a few notable exceptions, both public and private bodies failed to give access to even the most basic environmental information.

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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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