Principle 10 of the RIO DECLARATION recommended public participation to handle environmental issues:
Environmental issues are best handled with the participation of all concerned citizens, on a relevant level. On a national level, each individual should 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 should facilitate and encourage public awareness and participation by making information widely available. Effective access to judicial and administrative proceedings, including redress and remedy, should be provided.
Public opinion can also secure conservation gains by resisting inappropriate development completely. an example of this is the preservation of wetland in the delta of the Dnestr River, protected by the Ramsar Convention in Ukraine.
Example: Preservation of wetlands in the delta of the Dnestr River, protected by the Ramsar Convention
When starting the project its initiators chose as its objective finding the compromise between the interests of local residents, capacity of the ecosystem and the necessity to preserve the biological gene pool of the Dnestr delta wetlands.
To achieve this overall objective the following immediate tasks were formulated:
The long-term tasks were formulated as follows: