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Title: The International Joint Commission and public participation: Past experiences, present challenges, future tasks

The purpose of this analysis is to consider the adequacy of the International Joint Commission's (IJC) public participation initiatives in relation to the successful implementation of the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 and the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA). The focus is on public participation initiatives which are specifically relevant to the Commission's role in managing the water resources of the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem. Both the IJC's approach to public participation and the role of public participation as it affects the ability of the Parties to achieve the level of bilateral cooperation necessary to implement an ecosystem approach to the management of Great Lakes Basin transboundary water resources are examined here. The original narrow context in which the IJC viewed its responsibilities for water management in 1909 or even in 1972 is now radically expanded. Its views regarding the appropriate roles of its stakeholders and the functions of its public participation programs have also undergone a radical evolution since the early 1970s. To provide a perspective from which to assess these new challenges to binational collaboration and the adequacy of the IJC's public participation initiatives, this analysis addresses the following questions in four sections. (1) What is publicmore » participation Why is it important for implementing an ecosystem approach to transboundary water resource management What is it relevance to the IJC's mission Who are the IJC's publics (2) How has the IJC approached public participation in its Great Lakes related work since 1972 What are the results (3) Why is the NGO regime important How has the Great Lakes NGO regime interacted with the IJC and its related public participation initiatives (4) Is the IJC's public participation program adequate and, if not, what should be done to improve it« less
Authors:
OSTI Identifier:
5162803
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Natural Resources Journal; (United States); Journal Volume: 33:2
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS; MANAGEMENT; GREAT LAKES BASIN; HISTORICAL ASPECTS; INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS; LEGAL ASPECTS; PUBLIC POLICY; PUBLIC RELATIONS; TREATIES; AGREEMENTS; ECOSYSTEMS; WATERSHEDS 290300* -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Environment, Health, & Safety