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MIT Student Research Project to Identify the Relationship of Public Participation Tools

As contribution to the preparation of a UNITAR Tool Kit to strengthen capacities in developing countries to develop and implement public involvement plans for environmental decision-making, UNITAR has engaged with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to undertake preparatory empirical and analytical research. The research aimed at obtaining a better understanding about the range and types of public participation instruments typically applied in environmental decision-making and the relationship of democratic process features and decision-outcomes from an environmental justice perspective. Using data and analyses from developed and developing countries, the final research report seeks to identify types of public participation techniques used by governments in diverse decision-contexts, as well as key determinants of successful participatory processes that can enhance environmental justice.

Please see our publications page for the Final Research Project Report.