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Openness in participation, assessment, and policy making upon issues of environment and environmental health: a review of literature and recent project results

Overview of attention for article published in Environmental Health, June 2011
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Title
Openness in participation, assessment, and policy making upon issues of environment and environmental health: a review of literature and recent project results
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Environmental Health, June 2011
DOI 10.1186/1476-069x-10-58
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Mikko V Pohjola, Jouni T Tuomisto

Abstract

Issues of environment and environmental health involve multiple interests regarding e.g. political, societal, economical, and public concerns represented by different kinds of organizations and individuals. Not surprisingly, stakeholder and public participation has become a major issue in environmental and environmental health policy and assessment. The need for participation has been discussed and reasoned by many, including environmental legislators around the world. In principle, participation is generally considered as desirable and the focus of most scholars and practitioners is on carrying out participation, and making participation more effective. In practice also doubts regarding the effectiveness and importance of participation exist among policy makers, assessors, and public, leading even to undermining participatory practices in policy making and assessment.There are many possible purposes for participation, and different possible models of interaction between assessment and policy. A solid conceptual understanding of the interrelations between participation, assessment, and policy making is necessary in order to design and implement effective participatory practices. In this paper we ask, do current common conceptions of assessment, policy making and participation provide a sufficient framework for achieving effective participation? This question is addresses by reviewing the range of approaches to participation in assessment and policy making upon issues of environment and environmental health and some related insights from recent research projects, INTARESE and BENERIS.Openness, considered e.g. in terms of a) scope of participation, b) access to information, c) scope of contribution, d) timing of openness, and e) impact of contribution, provides a new perspective to the relationships between participation, assessment and policy making. Participation, assessment, and policy making form an inherently intertwined complex with interrelated objectives and outcomes. Based on experiences from implementing openness, we suggest complete openness as the new default, deviation from which should be explicitly argued, in assessment and policy making upon issues of environment and environmental health. Openness does not undermine the existing participatory models and techniques, but provides conceptual means for their more effective application, and opens up avenues for developing new kinds of effective participatory practices that aim for societal development through collaborative creation of knowledge.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Switzerland 2 2%
United Kingdom 1 1%
Nigeria 1 1%
Netherlands 1 1%
Unknown 89 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 24 26%
Researcher 18 19%
Student > Bachelor 10 11%
Student > Master 7 7%
Lecturer > Senior Lecturer 5 5%
Other 18 19%
Unknown 12 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 17 18%
Social Sciences 14 15%
Medicine and Dentistry 12 13%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 6 6%
Computer Science 4 4%
Other 25 27%
Unknown 16 17%

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