To what extent will citizens be able to participate in the decision-making process regarding construction permits and other plans that can have an impact on the quality of their lives is a question now being discussed not only in the Czech Republic. These days, similar topics are very popular in Kazakhstan as well. Arnika, a Czech NGO, is launching a three-year project there whose aim is to encourage the local people to actively participate in the decision-making processes in their area, find places contaminated by industrial pollution, identify endangered habitats and show them where to get information about the environment. Similar cases from the Czech Republic can serve as guidance.
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