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Capacity-building activities and proposals

Guidance on Implementation of the Protocol released in English and Russian

The secretariat has released an electronic version of the Guidance on Implementation of the Protocol on PRTRs in the Russian language, in advance of official publication of the document in Russian and French. The Guidance document was originally published in English and circulated at third meeting of the Parties to the Convention in Riga, Latvia.

Guidance on Implementation of the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers

Guidance on Implementation of the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (2008) ENG

An advanced electronic version of the Guidance on Implementation of the Protocol on PRTRs (without graphs) RUS

Cover art in Russian RUS

The Guidance is also available in English on CD-Rom.

An unofficial translation of the Guidance has been provided by the Czech Ministry of Environment (in Czech) CZE

This advanced version in Russian contains the complete text of the Guidance published in English; however, graphs contained in the English version are not included in document. The full publication will be released in French and Russian in 2009.

Several Member States' delegations had requested the advanced version in Russian to support national efforts to build capacity for implementation of the Protocol.

The publication may be reproduced in whole or in parts and in any form for education or non-profit purposes, provided acknowledgement of the source is made. It is expected that several Member States will translate and reproduce the Guidance in their national languages.

Background documents and drafts produced during development of the guidance

The first meeting of the Working Group, held on 16-18 February 2004, requested that UNECE, UNEP, UNITAR, the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) and any other organizations involved in PRTR capacity-building work provide the secretariat with a list of their organizations' capacity-building projects related to PRTRs. Recipient countries were also invited to present ideas and proposals that are focused on the Protocol to the secretariat. The secretariat was asked to compile a consolidated list of organizations' and recipient countries' capacity-building projects and their ideas and proposals focused on the Protocol.

The PRTR capacity-building activities matrix was published in 2007 in English, French and Russian (see below).

Table of capacity-building activities and proposals
Capacity-building activities matrix (January 2007) PDF ENG FRE RUS
Invitation to donors to support framework programme for PRTR capacity-building PDF ENG    
Project proposal "Regional (Central Asia) Conference on the Protocol on PRTRs, submitted by Aarhus Center under the Nature Protection Committe, Government of the Republic of Tajikistan PDF ENG    
Prooject proposal "Assessment of capacities on promotion of PRTR provisions in Tajikistan"Central Asia (Conference on the Porotocol on PRTRs, submitted by Aarhus Center under the Nature Protection Committe, Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, submitted as a supplement to the Regional Central Asia Conference proposal by the Aarhus Center, Dushanbe PDF ENG    
ENVSEC concept proposal: "Building capacity for environmental monitoring and reporting by enterprises and public authorities in EECCA and Western Balkan countries" (FINAL) PDF ENG    
ENVSEC proposal: "Developing a National Pollutant and Release Transfer Register (PRTR) and Strengthening Community Right-to-Know in Azerbaijan and Belarus" PDF ENG    
Organization of the National Workshop on Obligations and Rights under the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers to the Aarhus Convention in Republic of Armenia (ENVSEC Initiative) PDF ENG    
Cover letter to implementation proposal submitted by State Committee for Environmental Protection and Forestry of the Republic of Tajikistan (dated 03.04.06) PDF ENG    
"Pilot project for development of PRTR system in Kazakhstan" submitted by CAREC PDF ENG    
Proposal: "Programme for Implementation of the Protocol on PRTRs in Tajikistan and Central Asia" submitted by State Committee for Environmental Protection and Forestry of the Republic of Tajikistan Word DOC ENG    
Proposal "Building public capacity in EECCA countries..." submitted by “Greenwomen” (Kazakhstan) and “Eco-Accord” Sustainable Development Center (Russian Federation) Word DOC ENG    
English language summary of the proposal "For a PRTR in Mexico from the revised full proposal "Por un RETC para Mexico" (in Spanish - ESP) PDF ESP    
Proposal: "Organization of the National Workshop on Obligations and Rights under the Protocol on PRTRs to the Aarhus Convention in Republic of Armenia", submitted by the Ministry of Nature Protection of Armenia and Aarhus Centre in Yerevan, Armenia to OSCE Armenia Word DOC ENG    
Needs of the Republic of Armenia for implementation of the Protocol on PRTRs PDF ENG    
Framework programme on PRTR capacity-building ENG

At the first meeting of the Working Group (16-18 February 2004), the secretariat had presented an informal paper on "Needs and prospects for capacity building, technical support and information exchange in PRTR development". It outlined a proposal for a framework programme on regional, subregional and national PRTR capacity-building which had been developed in consultation with UNEP and UNITAR.

The Working Group welcomed the efforts these organizations were making to coordinate their PRTR work and invited them to cooperate with he Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe and other interested organizations. The capacity building partners further refined and further developed the framework proposal following the meeting.

 

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