Knowing where exactly air pollutant emissions are coming from in a given country is important to make viable policy decisions.
As a result of integrated air pollution management strategies developed under the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (Air Convention), air quality has improved in the region over the past few decades. However, progress has also been uneven as the increase in energy production, industry growth and urban development has raised emissions in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Under the Air Convention, UNECE has therefore been assisting countries in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia to develop better emission inventories with a view to facilitating their ratification and implementation of the Air Convention and its key protocols. Following a series of in-country workshops in several countries in the subregion in 2019, workshops this year are being held online as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new format of the workshop was introduced to Kyrgyz experts this week (4 December 2020). The workshop gave an introduction to requirements and emission reporting guidelines under the Convention and instructions on using templates. Participants also discussed the existing data set for the reporting period of 2020 and how to fill in data gaps.
Practical work with national data sets will take place in a second part of the workshop that will be held in-country in 2021.
For more information on capacity-building under the UNECE Air Convention, please visit: http://www.unece.org/environmental-policy/conventions/envlrtapwelcome/capacity-building.html.