The Aarhus Convention was signed in 2001 and grants the public rights regarding access to information, public participation and access to justice, in governmental decision-making processes on matters concerning the local, national and transboundary environment. It focuses on interactions between the public and public authorities.
As of March 2014, the agreement has 47 parties—46 states and the European Union – which includes the United Kingdom!
So how do you know if your public engagement protocol applies? Not easy when you realise the documentation extends to hundreds of pages.