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Human Rights in Natural Resource DevelopmentPublic Participation in the Sustainable Development of Mining and Energy Resources$
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Donald M. Zillman, Alastair Lucas, and George (Rock) Pring

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199253784

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253784.001.0001

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Public Participation in the Environment: A South-East Asian Perspective

Public Participation in the Environment: A South-East Asian Perspective

(p.650) (p.651) 17 Public Participation in the Environment: A South-East Asian Perspective
Human Rights in Natural Resource Development

Lye Lin Heng

Oxford University Press

This chapter uses the term ‘public participation’ in an examination of the role of non-governmental organisations in the context of environmental issues. It begins with an examination into public participation in two ASEAN states, Thailand and Malaysia. In particular, it draws on the examples of dam development in both countries, so as to provide a basis for comparison. It then takes a brief look at the state of public participation in the remaining states in ASEAN. It shows that the nature and extent of public participation in South-East Asia vary considerably. While it may be ingrained in the culture of the Philippines, and has received constitutional affirmation in Thailand and Indonesia, it is almost non-existent in the newly emergent states of Laos and Cambodia. In the case of Thailand and Malaysia, the role of the public is not clearly defined.

Keywords:   South-East Asia, public participation, environmental issues, ASEAN, Thailand, Malaysia, dam development, Philippines, Indonesia

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