Citizen participation as a norm to facilitate empowerment


Empowerment processes could be facilitated by the existence of (international) norms promoting citizens' participation/engagement in hazards management (e.g., as stated above, the Aarhus Convention of 1999, which promotes public participation in decision-making on environmental issues, or the European Flood Directive 2007/60/EC, which requires the establishment of public participation mechanisms to ensure citizens' involvement in the flood management cycle). We say "could" because, as shown in the three community empowerment practices documented by the WeSenSeit project (funded by the EU DG research), in Vicenza province-IT, Delft-NL and Doncaster-UK, these norms, which are not prescriptive, have a very slight incidence, even though such favourable regulatory framework represents at least an "enabling environment".

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