Eye on Earth is the convergence of a series of initiatives by several organisations over the past few years that collectively address the global challenge of increasing access to information to support sustainable development.
The Eye on Earth movement convenes practitioners from the full diversity of knowledge domains: thematic, enabling and geographic – to identify data, information and knowledge related obstacles to Sustainable Development.
Through the convergence of diverse yet complimentary expertise Eye on Earth facilitates knowledge exchange and collaboration towards its vision: “A world where environmental and associated social and economic information, combined with citizen engagement, improves decisions leading to sustainable development”.
By collaboration between experts from disparate but complimentary fields of expertise and by collaborating across geographies the individuals and organisations in the Eye on Earth Community with the enabling support of the Alliance Partners identify and analyze issues, design and implement solutions; raise awareness, lobby and advocate for change.
ALIGNMENT WITH PRINCIPLE 10 (OF THE RIO DECLARATION)
Eye on Earth operates in alignment with Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration, which asserts:
- Environmental issues are best handled with participation of all concerned citizens, at the relevant level.
- At the national level, each individual shall have appropriate access to information concerning the environment that is held by public authorities, including information on hazardous materials and activities in their communities, and the opportunity to participate in decision-making processes.
- States shall facilitate and encourage public awareness and participation by making information widely available.
- Effective access to judicial and administrative proceedings, including redress and remedy, shall be provided. “
Principle 10 sets out three pillars of sound environmental governance.
- Access To Information
Access to information empowers citizens and incentivizes them to participate in decision and policy making processes in an informed manner.
- Access To Public Participation
Public participation is increasingly being seen as a vital part of addressing environmental problems and achieving sustainable development by encouraging governments to adopt policies and enact laws that take community needs into account.
- Access To Justice
Access to justice provides the foundation of the “access rights”, as it facilitates the public’s ability to enforce their right to participate, to be informed, and to hold regulators and polluters accountable for environmental harm