Public Hearings in Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for Energy Sector Projects in Cameroon Kengne, Cyrille Valence Ngouana Menang Evouna, Serge Emeran Bitondo, Dieudonné 2013-03-29T20:01:13Z 2013-03-29T20:01:13Z 2013-01-29
dc.description.abstract In Cameroon, like in other countries, public hearings are the most common method of citizen involvement mentioned in Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA). To elicit various attributes of current practice and characteristics of these public hearings in Cameroon, with focus on access, process and outcomes, we used an interpretive approach. This research unveiled an array of problems, including shortcomings in public hearing practice, law and regulatory framework, limited access to information, and inconvenient location of reading rooms (depositories). Public hearings do take place in depositories but they do not provide participants with the opportunity for direct debate and consensus-building. This research demonstrated that, local economic stakes tend to take precedence over critical questioning during public hearing events. However, public hearings in Cameroon attest to the growing willingness to challenge ESIA reports that may be fully backed by the government. In order for public hearings to be worthwhile events in Cameroon, there is need to build credibility and mutual trust among stakeholders. en
dc.identifier.citation Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal
dc.identifier.issn 1461-5517
dc.identifier.other DOI:10.1080/14615517.2012.759454
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis
dc.relation.ispartofseries Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal;Volume 31(1)
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IGO
dc.rights.holder World Bank
dc.subject Energy
dc.subject public hearings
dc.subject environmental assessment
dc.subject social impact assessment
dc.subject environmental and social impact assessment
dc.title Public Hearings in Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for Energy Sector Projects in Cameroon en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.type Article de journal fr
dc.type Artículo de revista es
dspace.entity.type Publication 2013-02-01
okr.doctype Publications & Research :: Journal Article
okr.doctype Publications & Research
okr.externalcontent External Content
okr.globalpractice Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience
okr.globalpractice Poverty
okr.globalpractice Environment and Natural Resources
okr.globalpractice Governance
okr.globalpractice Energy and Extractives
okr.identifier.doi 10.1080/14615517.2012.759454
okr.journal.nbpages 64-73
okr.language.supported en
okr.pagenumber 64
okr.peerreview Academic Peer Review Cameroon
okr.topic Communities and Human Settlements :: Community Driven Development
okr.topic Energy :: Energy and Environment
okr.topic Environment :: Environmental Governance
okr.topic Governance :: Local Government
okr.topic Law and Development :: Environmental & Natural Resources Law
okr.topic Poverty Reduction :: Poverty Impact Evaluation
okr.topic Social Development :: Social Assessment
okr.volume 31(1)
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