The participation of citizens in public life and their right to influence the decisions that affect their lives and communities are at the centre of democracy. Open and inclusive policy-making increases public participation, enhances transparency and accountability, builds civic capacity and leads to increased buy-in and better decision-making. It is important that open and participatory systems are developed through an open and participatory engagement with interested parties. To this end all moves towards making decision-making more participative are useful and welcome. It is important to ensure that local people and other stakeholders are genuinely engaged in shaping the decisions that affect them.
Many of the groups in Mayo PPN are in this category. There are general links HERE and quite a few specific links in the full list of Mayo ppn registered groups HERE