«LEGAL ASPECTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION: PROBLEMS AND PERSPECTIVES OF LEGISLATIVE REGULATION IN RA»

Within the framework of the scientific research thematic contest declared by the  State Scientific Committee of the Ministry of Education and Science of the RA the  Environmental Law Resource Center, YSU, has been awarded a grant for implementing scientific research  entitled LEGAL ASPECTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION: PROBLEMS AND PERSPECTIVES OF LEGISLATIVE REGULATION IN RA”. The project started in December 2015 and will last for two years.

The necessity for proper legal regulation of collection, processing, storage of as well as access to environmental information in RA derives from the obligations under a range of ratified international environmental agreements, in particular UNECE Convention «On Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters» (Aarhus 1998). The Aarhus Convention provides for necessary foundation for implementation of other international environmental agreements. The legal regulation of the environmental information management system is directly linked to the human right to healthy and favorable environment which is recognized as one of the fundamental human rights.

Besides, the institution of environmental information management is one of the genuine elements of the state government of environmental protection and natural resources. Therefore, its amendment and imperfection has bearing on effective functioning of such major legal mechanisms as planning of environmental protection, environmental permits, environmental control etc.

Further elaboration of the legal regulatory framework in the sphere of environmental information management is highlighted in the context of development and implication of a range of new tools, in particular integrated environmental permits, industrial self-control, environmental liability insurance, environmental audit, environmental labeling and other mechanisms.

The following research activities are envisaged to be carried out within the project:

  1. Study and comparative analysis of the doctrinal sources and practical materials relevant to the institution of environmental information management aimed at revealing the directions of current developments;
  2. Functional analysis of international environmental agreements ratified by RA in order to clearly define the content and components of relevant international obligations;
  3. Functional analysis of RA legislation in the sphere of environmental information management in the context of international obligations in order to reveal the legislative gaps and deficiencies and shape the directions for further amendments;
  4. Elaboration of the Law draft of RA «On Environmental Information» and submission to the Ministry of Nature Protection of RA, Government of RA, National Assembly of RA as well as other entities and interested organizations.
  5. Elaboration of the draft amendments to the legal acts composing the system of environmental legislation of RA and submission of the package to the Ministry of Nature Protection of RA, Government of RA, National Assembly of RA as well as other entities and interested organizations.