According to an expert, the public needs the best tools for effective participation in EIA
Public activity increases when society sees the results of its involvement in the process.
The public should have better access to open information on environmental impact. The mechanism for holding public hearings should also be improved. Ukrainian Energy reports that Olha Polunina, Sustainable Development Manager of DiXi Group, said this during a round table on the progress in the implementation of the Roadmap for improving the EIA in the extractive industry.
“Easy access to open information simplifies a lot of questions. Even people who may not have special qualifications still have more opportunities if they have access to environmental data, the opportunity to compare such data in dynamics, conduct some research, and make conclusions about the potential impact. This is a very important component,” Polunina stressed.
According to her, in addition to greater availability of data, the organisers of the EIA may also consider new approaches to public discussion.