International Cooperation

Public Participation Guide: Workshops

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continues to increase its efforts to involve the public in its decision-making process domestically. Internationally, the USEPA works in collaboration with other governments to encourage public participation in environmental decision-making.

Public Participation Workshops have been delivered in many areas of the world. Several have been on a country-specific basis, while others were delivered regionally.

The objectives of these workshops are to:

(1) share the key features and foundations of the U.S. EPA's Public Participation Guide;

(2) share best practices, challenges, and strategies in engaging the public;

(3) discuss different tools and techniques used throughout the country/region; and

(4) build a network of people to help strengthen public participation by creating a community of support and practice.

These workshops usually include expert presentations, interactive discussions, small group break-out sessions on best practices and case studies, and group deliberations on various public participation strategies and tools.

View Former Administrator Jackson's welcome message to workshop participants.

Workshops:

Regional Public Participation Training for CAFTA-DR Countries - San Salvador, El Salvador - May 2013

EPA organized a regional public participation workshop in El Salvador for the CAFTA-DR countries as part of an EPA small grant program for public participation. The regional workshop provided an opportunity for NGOs to share information, learn from challenges faced by others, exchange innovative ways of involving the community, and discuss ways of developing a regional network for public participation professionals. The participants created a core group which will start the development of the network by establishing a Facebook group. EPA will collaborate by providing guidance via the network. It is expected for this platform to serve as a way to leverage efforts and share experiences with other regions in the Caribbean.

View and print the materials listed below, available in Spanish.

I. PRESENTATIONS (Spanish)

  • World Café Questions
  • Organizing for Participation
  • Identify Stakeholders
  • Select level of Participation
  • Social Media
  • Case Studies
  • Public Participation Tools
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Summary

II. MATERIALS:

  • Agenda
  • YouTube video examples

Chile Public Participation Training – Chile – January 2013

Participants work together during a breakout discussion during January 2013 public participation workshop in Chile.

EPA delivered a two-day workshop in Chile, on public participation. The course intended to enable students to increase the level of public impact through the levels of public participation, found on EPA’s Public Participation Guide. The course combined lecture and exercises.

View and print all workshop materials.

I. PRESENTATIONS AND EXERCISES:

  • Chile Challenges and Opportunities
  • Introduction to Public Participation
  • World Café Questions
  • Organizing for Participation
  • Identifying Stakeholders
  • Selecting the Level of Participation
  • Wind Reservoir Project Case Study
  • Case Study Instructions
  • Case Study Exercise Questions
  • Public Participation Tools
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Conflict Resolution Exercise

Additional Materials:

  • Agenda

Strengthening Public Participation in Environmental Decision-Making: Building Connections for Africa and the Middle East - Rabat, Morocco - January 7-9, 2013

During breakouts, participants discuss choosing which level of public participation is appropriate for their case study. They use the Spectrum found on EPA's Public Participation Guide.

EPA conducted this three-day workshop in Rabat, Morocco, in collaboration with the Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mining, Water and Environment. Ninety-four participants from 23 different countries, mainly from Africa and the Middle East, represented government, NGO, media, academia, and international organizations. This workshop included expert presentations, interactive discussions, small group break-out sessions on best practices and case studies, and group deliberations on various public participation strategies and tools. This workshop was conducted in English, French, and Arabic. The materials below are translated in each of the languages.

I. PRESENTATIONS:

View and print presentations from this workshop, available in English, Arabic and French.

Participants from all over Africa and the Middle East work together during a breakout discussion.
  • Strengthening Public Participation in Environmental Decision-Making: Building Connections for Africa and the Middle East
  • EPA Public Participation Guide
  • Selecting the Right Level of Public Participation: The Spectrum
  • Public Participation Tools and Techniques

II. STORIES FROM THE REGION: CASE STUDIES:

View and print all case studies from this workshop.

  • Addressing Environmental Challenges through Participation: A Global Overview
  • Morocco Case Study
  • South Africa Case Study
  • Oman Case Study
  • Ghana Case Study
  • Kenya-NEMA Case Study
  • Jordan Case Study
  • The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) Case Study
  • Uganda Case Study
  • Zanzibar Case Study
  • Kenya-Kayole Soweto Case Study
  • Burkina Faso Case Study
Participants from all over Africa and the Middle East work together during a breakout discussion.

III. MATERIALS:

View and print all materials from this workshop.

  • Agenda
  • Guide for Sectors Working Together
  • Reflection Points
  • Map and Brain Guidance
  • Map Blank Connections Card
  • Brain Blank Light Bulb
  • Creative Evaluation

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Strengthening Public Participation on Environmental Management in Indonesia - Jakarta, Indonesia – July 10-11, 2012

Public Participation Training attendees engage in an interactive exercise.

EPA delivered a two-day workshop in Jakarta, Indonesia, which was co-sponsored by the Indonesian Ministry of Environment, USAID, and the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network. The first day of the workshop focused on the EPA Public Participation Guide. The second day of the workshop focused on public participation in the context of environmental impact assessments. Participants included local and national government officials, NGOs, and representatives from academia, as well as international public participation and EIA experts from Thailand, the Philippines, and Malaysia.

View and print all workshop materials.

Day 1:

  • Workshop Introduction
  • Introduction to Public Participation
  • World Café Questions
  • Organizing for Participation
  • Identifying Stakeholders
  • Selecting the Level of Participation
  • Tha Chin River Basin Case Study
  • Public Participation Tools
  • Indonesia Challenges and Opportunities Dialogue
  • Closing Remarks

Key Messages and Learning Points

Day 2:

  • Application of Public Participation Principles in EIA
  • Public Participation: EIA in the US

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Air Quality Communications and Public Participation Workshop – San Salvador, El Salvador – April 16-17, 2012

Participants from government, NGO, and media sectors working together during breakout session.

EPA delivered a two-day workshop in San Salvador, El Salvador, in collaboration with USAID, Central America Commission for Development and Environment (CCAD), Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN), El Salvador, and Battelle Institute (grantee). The workshop was on Air Quality Communication, and targeted technical and communication staff from the Ministry of Environment, Health and Transportation as well as Municipalities and the media (newspaper and TV). The goal of the workshop was to share experiences, best practices and tools--Public Participation Guide--on how to provide technical data to the general public in a systematic and easy way to understand.

View and print all workshop materials.

PRESENTATIONS:

  • Workshop Overview
  • Overview of Particle Air Pollution
  • Air Quality Index (AQI)
  • Air Quality Outreach Materials
  • Basic Principles of Public Participation

MATERIALS:

  • Agenda
  • Activity 1: Public Participation Guide
  • Activity 2: Press Conference
  • Activity 3: Briefings

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Chile Public Participation Training – Chile – March 2011

Participants engaged in breakout discussions.

EPA delivered a two-day workshop in Santiago, Chile, on public participation. The course intended to enable students to increase the level of public impact through the levels of public participation, found on EPA’s Public Participation Guide. The course combined lecture and exercises.

View and print all workshop materials.

PRESENTATIONS:

  • Introduction to Workshop
  • Introduction to Public Participation
  • Public Participation Spectrum (Spanish)
  • Public Participation Assessment
  • Community Involvement
  • Spectrum Collaboration
  • Strategic Partnership
  • Using Social Media
  • Crisis Communication

MATERIALS:

  • Agenda

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Contacts

For additional information on EPA's Public Participation Guide, contact:
Shereen Kandil
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2650R)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
E-mail: kandil.shereen@epa.gov