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Kruger, Lynette & McDaid, Liz (2006) A framework to assess the role played by civil society in environmental decision-making in South Africa.. CCS Grant Report : 1-84.

This paper describes a framework that could be used to assess the role that civil society plays in the public participation processes employed in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) procedures. This paper is introduced through a brief background describing the approach (Section 2). This is followed by discussion concerning the definition of key terms and concepts (Section 3). Section 4 describes the Participation Framework, and is further divided into a discussion regarding
(i) assumptions underlying the Framework;
(ii) principles overarching the Framework;
(iii) the components of the Framework.

A public participation matrix has been developed, and this is presented as a series of tables in Appendix 1. A summary of the five components and attendant key questions that constitute the Framework are presented in Appendix 2, and the environmental principles according to the National Environmental Management Act are provided in Appendix 3.

The Participation Framework was assessed against two case studies (the participation process associated with the EIA for the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor, Koeberg, and the public participation process associated with the Darling Windfarm EIA). These two case studies are provided as Appendix 4 and 5 respectively.

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