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Environment

Promoting transparency and digital transformation to support a green and circular economy, biosafety and community resilience

Effective public access to environmental information is critical for promoting a green and circular economy, increased biosafety and community resilience. The need to further such access using modern digital technologies has been increasingly voiced across countries in the light of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and pressing environmental challenges such as climate change, loss of biodiversity and plastic pollution.

Meetings of the Parties to UNECE Treaties on Environmental Assessment mark thirty years of achievements under the Espoo Convention

Strategic environmental assessment and environmental impact assessment in a transboundary context have an important role to play in helping countries to achieve a sustainable and green post-COVID-19 economic recovery.

UNECE welcomes ratification of the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers by Italy

On 23 November 2020, Italy became the thirty-eighth Party to the UNECE Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs) to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention).

UNECE environmental performance reviews extended beyond 2022 to help countries foster environmental governance and sustainable development

Countries in the pan-European region will continue to benefit from the recommendations of environmental performance reviews (EPRs) beyond 2022, following the adoption of the fourth cycle of EPRs by UNECE’s Committee on Environmental Policy at its 26th session, held on 9 and 10 November.

The Protocol on Water and Health, a crucial tool for delivering water, sanitation and hygiene for all during and after the COVID-19 pandemic

While the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the extent to which water, sanitation and hygiene are key to human health through frequent handwashing, in the UNECE region over 16 million people still lack access to drinking water and more than 31 million are currently living without basic sanitation.

UNECE Air Convention helps Republic of Moldova target emissions reductions from key air pollution sources

Policy solutions to abate air pollutant emissions need to be targeted to the main emission sources in a given country. To know where exactly the emissions are coming from is therefore the first step in designing a viable air quality management system.

UNECE helps Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine strengthen cooperation on strategic environmental assessment and transboundary environmental impact assessment

UNECE is supporting 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.