Environmental Democracy Index Score
Benin’s scores fair on the Justice pillar, and poorly on the Transparency and Participation pillars. The Transparency pillar score was low because the law does not provide a clear right to access environmental information on request, and the government is not obliged to make environmental information proactively available to the public. While the public is granted the right to participate in a majority of decisions impacting the environment, governmental authorities are under no legal obligation to take due account of public input. As for the Justice pillar, the public has the right to challenge decisions impacting the environment made by both government and private-sector actors. It also provides a range of remedies for environmental harm. However, no legal mechanisms are available to the public to challenge the quality of implementation and enforcement of environmental laws. By addressing these issues, Benin could move towards greater environmental transparency, public engagement, and justice in environmental matters.
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Created in 2009, the TAI Benin coalition seeks to accelerate the implementation of access rights in Benin by conducting an independent assessment of the government’s progress in implementing access rights. The TAI Benin coalition was worked to highlight the central role of the public in the sustainable management of Benin’s forests. TAI members in Benin have focused on holding the government accountable to their local and international commitments to reduce deforestation and support forest-dependent communities.
Eco Ecolo is an environmental organization in Benin that works on a range of issues including: working with local communities on environmental management practices, environmental education and training, afforestation, literacy education for better understanding of laws, biodiversity, and ater resource management.
The TAI Benin coalition carried out a TAI Assessment that focused on several important issues for civil society groups in Benin, including atmospheric pollution, sound pollution, the management of the dams, desertification and drinking water issues. The results of the Assessment were used to make recommendations to the government of Benin on reforming policies based on the gaps identified in the research.