El Salvador group plugs Escazú treaty ratification

El Salvador

Marcelo Rivera, one of two Salvadoran anti-mine campaigners killed in 2009. (Photo courtesy of Salvadoran Culture Ministry)

A citizens’ group in El Salvador is pressing the national government to sign and ratify the Escazú Accord, a yet-to-be-implemented treaty negotiated in March 2018 to boost transparency and citizen participation in environmental decision-making in Latin America and the Caribbean. The two-year-old National Promotional Team for the Escazú Accord in El Salvador, comprising 25 to 30 citizens, has been making its case in meetings with government officials and civil society leaders, says economist César Artiga, coordinator of the group. The agreement, the region’s first-ever treaty on public access to information, decision-making and court proceedings in environmental matters, was negotiated by 24 Latin American and Caribbean nations—among them El Salvador—and unveiled March 4 in Escazú, Costa Rica. (See "Regional environmental-rights treaty text agreed" —EcoAméricas, March 2018.) and... [Log in to read more]

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