23Dec 2020

ENVIRONMENTAL DEMOCRACY THROUGH ACCESS TO INFORMATION

  • Professor of Law and Member of the research team on Environment and Sustainable Development, Faculty of Legal, Economic and Social Sciences – Ain Sebaa, Hassan II University in Casablanca - MOROCCO.
  • Professor of English Language and Linguistics and Member of the research laboratory: Languages, Literature and Translation, The Polydisciplinary Faculty of Taza, Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University in Fez, MOROCCO.
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The overall aim of environmental laws is to protect the environment from any adversary effects in order to lay down the foundations for sustainable development and secure a better life on earth for the present and future generations. Environmental protection is more urgent today than ever especially due to global environmental problems. Such a noble aim can only be achieved through environmental democracy rather than exclusive and top-down decision-making. Morocco, for example, witnesses intermittent social protests triggered by the lack of access to environmental information and the gap between laws and their implementation.The main aim of this study is thus to argue that access to information is at the heart of democracy and that the achievement of the intertwined objectives of environment protection, sustainable development, and environmental democracy is dependent on the effective implementation of the right of access to information and the adoption a participatory approach in environmental decision-making. For this, we first define the concept of environmental information, and the access to this human right in international and Moroccos legislations then, we highlight the crucial role of the mass media in raising the public awareness of the threatening environmental issues and their rights and obligations towards the environment and finally, we shed light on the link between the right to access environmental information and the establishment of environmental democracy.


[Nabil Madani and Hassan Moumni (2020); ENVIRONMENTAL DEMOCRACY THROUGH ACCESS TO INFORMATION Int. J. of Adv. Res. 8 (Dec). 364-371] (ISSN 2320-5407). www.journalijar.com


Hassan MOUMNI
Professor of English Language and Linguistics, Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University in Fez, MOROCCO
Morocco

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Article DOI: 10.21474/IJAR01/12159       DOI URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.21474/IJAR01/12159


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