The TAI Secretariat, housed at the World Resources Institute, is pleased to announce the release of the Spanish translation of Voice and Choice: Opening the Door to Environmental Democracy. This report assesses the progress governments have made, in 26 countries, to provide access to environmental decisions, evaluates what hurdles remain and how they might be overcome.
More than 35 participants gathered in Cotonou last week for the official launch of TAI –Benin. The three-day workshop opened with remarks from Claudia Amegankpoue, Eco-Ecolo; Théophile Worou, Ministry of the Environment and Protection of Nature; Sophie Kutegeka, Advocates Coalition for Environment and Development and Linda Shaffer, World Resources Institute.
The Rayong Provincial Administrative Court ruled on March 3, 2009 that the National Environment Board must announce Maptapud Industrial Estate and the surrounding areas as a pollution control zone within 60 days of the court’s order.
On March 4, 2009, the Chiang Mai Administrative Court ordered the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) to pay compensation to villagers affected by the pollution caused by its Mae Moh power plant in Lampang province. Mae Moh, Thailand’s largest lignite-filed power plant, began operating on a small scale in the 1960s and was significantly expanded in the 1980s. Sulphur dioxide emissions from the power plant have had a severe impact on the heath of people, damage to crops and useable land in the 16 villages.