Human Rights

Public Participation in Environmental Decision-Making and the EIA Process: A Human Rights Perspective

By: Piyumi Wattuhewa Ensuring public participation in environmental decision-making is fundamental in fostering accountability and transparency in environmental policy building frameworks. Image Credits: Luis del Río on Unsplash The intrinsic inter-relationship between environmental conservation and the affirmation of human rights has been acknowledged not only through numerous multilateral environmental agreements such as Aarhus and Espoo, but also through human rights treaties such as the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural

Is the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Process Related to One’s Rights & Duties Related to the Environment?

By: Anjalee Udawatta & Lakshitha Edirisinghe In Sri Lanka, conserving nature is a constitutionally established duty of both the State and citizens. As such, EIA becomes a tool with which to enforce constitutional provisions. Image source- With the escalation of development activities and the influence of international agreements, environmental conservation has emerged as a major concern since the 1970s. Even in this day and age, it is becoming increasingly evident that environmental conservation is a dire need for