From June 1st, 2018 we have started the project "Bringing the Espoo Convention to Citizens" were the European ECO Forum works together with Resource and Analysis Center "Society and Environment" (Ukraine) and Oekobuero (Austria). The project primarily focuses on countries in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) and aims to raise awareness of civil society organisations in those countries about the developments under the Espoo Convention and its SEA Protocol, as well as about tools they may use to have their voice heard and environment protected. The project also aims to strengthen capacity of civil society organisations to act by enhancing exchange of best practices and advising them on obstacles they face. The project is funded by the German Federal Environmental Ministry's Advisory Assistance Programme (AAP) for environmental protection in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia and other countries neighbouring the European Union. It is supervised by the German Environment Agency (UBA). You will find all information about this project in a separate page of this website called Espoo Convention.
UNECE will support Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine to further enhance strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and transboundary environmental impact assessment (EIA) to prevent and mitigate damage to the environment and health from economic growth. This will contribute to a major EU-funded programme aiming at greening national economies and promoting sustainable development in the six Eastern Partnership countries.
Under this initiative, UNECE is supporting the countries to fully align their national legislation with the UNECE Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment (Protocol on SEA) and the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention), as well as with relevant EU Directives, and to ensure its effective and systematic application. This assistance will be provided by UNECE in 2019-2022 with funding of USD 2.6 million from the “European Union for Environment” (EU4Environment) programme.
The 24th meeting of the UNECE Committee on Environmental Policy (CEP) will take place in Geneva, January 29 - 31, 2019. Issues on the meeting's agenda, among others, are updates on implementation of the Batumi Initiative on Green Economy, Batumi Action for Cleaner Air, Multilateral Environmental Agreements in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development etc. For agenda of the meeting and other documents, please follow the link here.
Expert Group meeting on Environmental Performance Reviews (EPR) will be held in Geneva, January 9 - 11, 2019 - see agenda.
This meeting will focus on reviews of the third EPR for both Kazakhstan and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
The Pan-European ECO Forum is a broad, inclusive coalition of sustainable development NGOs (environmental citizens organisations as well as NGOs with related scopes like human rights NGOs, health organisations etc.) which are interested in participating in the official Pan-European processes (Environment for Europe ministers conferences as well as related processes like Environment & Health, Environment & Transport, Environment & Agriculture etc. as well as outcomes of the EfE Ministerial conferences, namely Conventions and Protocols) with the final goal of promoting sustainable development in Europe and globally. The goal of the coalition is to serve the NGO community and to facilitate the participation in these processes in order to be together stronger and more influencial, however without preventing individual organisations to perform separately.