Gender and Public Participation in EIAs

TitleGender and Public Participation in EIAs
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Year of Publication2017
AuthorsResurrección, Nguyen, Taalaibekkyzy
Secondary TitleStockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Place PublishedBangkok
Key themesGender, Hydropower, Impact Assessment

Public participation is a core part of EIAs, envisaged to offer guidance for developers and state decision makers to consider for mitigating possible adverse effects of these investments on local communities and ecologies. Inclusive and gender-sensitive public participation also ensures that the diverse concerns of women and men from different ethnic, class and age groups on these investments are taken on board. Inclusive public participation however is constrained by several gender and social factors, a theme that is largely unexamined by research. To address this knowledge gap, this paper aims to highlight and synthesize the main findings from three research projects on gender and public participation in EIAs in Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam, and offer guidelines for future action. The Center for Environment and Community Research (CECR), Cambodia Development Research Institute (CDRI) and Spectrum examined the gender dimensions of public participation in EIA processes in Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar, respectively. Funded through research grants from the Mekong Partnership for the Environment (MPE), the research projects examined how women participated in EIAs, the range of gender-related constraints that they faced in participating in EIAs, and the benefits, if any, of their participation.

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