Alterations in communications raised the need to involve the public in a more participatory and interactive way, within the context of digital democracy. As communication state must meet the public interest, a program was developed (within the scope of Brazil’s Federal Government) that encourages people to discuss issues of interest: digital public consultations. These consultations are part of the deployment procedure of e-government across the country and represent a breakthrough in relations between state and society. However, although it allows, it does not guarantee participation and citizen contact with the government. This paper is a reflection on the importance of the participation of society through public consultation in the digital environment for the Rio +20 Conference in June 2012. One of them held by the Ministry of Environment in 2011, to receive proposals from different sectors of civil society on the central themes discussed at the Rio Conference; The second, conducted by the Centro de Gestão e Estudos Estratégicos (CGEE) in March 2012 on the concepts of public Green Economy and Sustainable Development. This study also seeks to emphasize the importance of public participation in environmental issues, addressing concepts of public participation. The aim of this paper is to assess what is the public perception of brazilians on the main problems in the environmental area, and suggestions for sustainable development of the country. This is a Study of Multiple Cases, by Yin (2001), exploratory and qualitative. The theoretical framework of this work is based on the Deliberative Polls, research by James Fishkin (2005) and the concepts of digital democracy. The first consultation was held to be examined by the Ministry of Environment in 2011 and aimed to receive proposals from the different actors of the society on the core issues to be discussed during Rio +20. Four different representatives were heard: civil society, the academic community, the business sector and local governments. The second consultation was conducted by the Centro de Gestão e Estudos Estratégicos (CGEE), also in 2012, during the month of March, about the concepts of pubic Green Economy and Sustainable Development. This consultation sought to verify the perception that people have about the future of the environment and public awareness of these issues. Preliminary results of the research show that society does want to engage in discussion of issues of interest.

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Digital democracy and environmental communication
Public consultations for rio+20

Marcelle Ferrari   Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil

Maria das Graças Caldas   Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil

Alterations in communications raised the need to involve the public in a more participatory and interactive way, within the context of digital democracy. As communication state must meet the public interest, a program was developed (within the scope of Brazil’s Federal Government) that encourages people to discuss issues of interest: digital public consultations. These consultations are part of the deployment procedure of e-government across the country and represent a breakthrough in relations between state and society. However, although it allows, it does not guarantee participation and citizen contact with the government. This paper is a reflection on the importance of the participation of society through public consultation in the digital environment for the Rio +20 Conference in June 2012. One of them held by the Ministry of Environment in 2011, to receive proposals from different sectors of civil society on the central themes discussed at the Rio Conference; The second, conducted by the Centro de Gestão e Estudos Estratégicos (CGEE) in March 2012 on the concepts of public Green Economy and Sustainable Development. This study also seeks to emphasize the importance of public participation in environmental issues, addressing concepts of public participation. The aim of this paper is to assess what is the public perception of brazilians on the main problems in the environmental area, and suggestions for sustainable development of the country. This is a Study of Multiple Cases, by Yin (2001), exploratory and qualitative. The theoretical framework of this work is based on the Deliberative Polls, research by James Fishkin (2005) and the concepts of digital democracy. The first consultation was held to be examined by the Ministry of Environment in 2011 and aimed to receive proposals from the different actors of the society on the core issues to be discussed during Rio +20. Four different representatives were heard: civil society, the academic community, the business sector and local governments. The second consultation was conducted by the Centro de Gestão e Estudos Estratégicos (CGEE), also in 2012, during the month of March, about the concepts of pubic Green Economy and Sustainable Development. This consultation sought to verify the perception that people have about the future of the environment and public awareness of these issues. Preliminary results of the research show that society does want to engage in discussion of issues of interest.

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