Environmental Impact Assessment System and the Practice of Public Participation in the Russian Federation

Joint project with the Institute of Environmental Architecture and Planning of the Technical University of Berlinthe Institute of Sociology at the Otto-von-Guericke University (Magdeburg); the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow and Irkutsk); the Kuban State University (Krasnodar).

The main purpose of the project was to analyse the practice of ecological evaluation of management decisions. The accent was on revealing the effectiveness of public participation in decision making as well as the factors hindering or furthering public participation. Empirical data were collected from concrete projects (for example, the construction of oil pipelines, highways, sea ports) executed since the 1970s in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Western Caucasus and Baikal region. Information sources included interviews with the participants of the events and press and technical document analysis.

Supported by the Volkswagen Foundation.