This year we all are celebrating 20 years of adoption of the Aarhus Convention, which has since 1998 became the world’s leading instrument on environmental democracy. The European ECO Forum is proud to be part of this process from the very beginning to this very day twenty year later. Long life the Aarhus Convention!
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.
The NGO Conference " Bringing Espoo Convention to citizens in EECCA countries" took place in Lviv, November 2, 2018. This conference is part of a project, implemented by the Resource & Analysis Center “Society and Environment” in partnership with ÖKOBÜRO and under the auspices of the European ECO Forum. The project aims to raise the awareness of civil society organizations (CSOs) in the EECCA region for the possibilities under the Espoo Convention and its Protocol.
The countries of Eastern Europe (Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus), Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan) and Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) have been developing their legislation and capacity to implement obligations under the UNECE Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context and its Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment. We believe there is a need to reach a wide range of local groups and stakeholders, in order to raise their awareness about the possibilities and tools they may use to protect the environment.
The third Global Round Table on PRTRs takes place on 7 - 8 November 2018 in Geneva (Palais des Nations), back to back with the sixth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Protocol on PRTRs (9 November 2018). The event is organised under the auspices of UNECE and OECD, in cooperation with UNITAR and UNEP. The round table will take stock of successes and challenges in implementing the Protocol on PRTRs and establishing PRTR systems in different countries to date. The outcomes of the event will help to guide future activities towards implementation of new PRTRs and enhancement of existing PRTRs.
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.