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Brochure on the Joint Expert Group on Water and Industrial Accidents

The Joint Expert Group was established in 1998 to work on issues related to the prevention of accidental water pollution, in the context of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) and the Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents (Industrial Accidents Convention), both serviced by UNECE. These Conventions provide a legal framework for addressing the risk of transboundary water pollution.
The Joint Expert Group’s mission is to assist countries in drawing up and implementing measures aimed at strengthening the prevention of and preparedness for accidental water pollution, especially in a transboundary context. This includes establishing a minimum set of requirements to ensure a basic and harmonized level of safety for hazardous activities, creating a common understanding of safety approaches and standards for specific sectors, and providing assistance to national authorities and operators.
This brochure provides key information on the Joint Expert Group, including:
  • The history and purpose
  • Why the Joint Expert Group is important
  • Key areas of work
  • Key achievements and outputs, including safety guidelines and a checklist
  • How to get involved

Available in English, French and Russian
For more information about the Joint Expert Group, its current and planned activities and its guidance materials, please contact the:

Further information is available on the Joint Expert Group’s webpage: