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Unlock the Doors: How Greater Transparency by Public and Private Bodies can Improve the Realisation of Environmental Rights

April 2012

In July 2010, the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), with the support of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa, began investigating and assessing the extent to which information about environmental decision-making and impacts was accessible to communities and civil society organisations. This report reveals a number of significant problems in accessing environmental information and obstacles to compliance with PAIA by both public and private bodies. With a few notable exceptions, both public and private bodies failed to give access to even the most basic environmental information.

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