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Political cooperation across borders protects water resources in Drin Basin ‎

Shared among Albania, Greece, Kosovo*, Montenegro and North Macedonia (the five ‘Riparians’), the Drin River Basin provides water resources for drinking, energy, fishing and agriculture, biodiversity, tourism and industry. The Strategic Action Programme (SAP) for the sustainable management of the Extended Drin Basin was endorsed on 24 April by high level representatives from the five Riparians.

World Water Day 2020: how water and climate change are ‎inextricably linked and how UNECE instruments help

Water is crucial for climate change adaptation and mitigation, as well as health, hygiene, sustainable development and life. The global climate crisis is inextricably linked to water.: 90% of all disasters are water-related. Over two billion people live in countries experiencing high water stress, while around four billion people face severe water scarcity for at least one month every year.

UNECE welcomes Kazakhstan’s accession to the Protocol on Pollutant ‎Release and Transfer Registers

On 27 January 2020, Kazakhstan acceded 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), becoming the thirty-seventh Party to the Protocol. Kazakhstan is the first country in Central Asia to accede to the Protocol.

‎40 years of cooperation and counting with UNECE Air Convention: Ministers and high-‎level representatives renew commitment to tackle air pollution

When 32 Member States signed the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution in 1979, it was not evident that it would develop into a successful regional framework for controlling and reducing the damage to human health and the environment caused by transboundary air pollution.

EU4Environment supports Moldova’s commitment to addressing ‎environmental impacts of its economic growth ‎

Environmental assessments are tools that benefit people and nature. Their use ensures the soundness and transparency of economic and territorial planning decisions, preventing damage to the environment and health from economic growth. The Republic of Moldova committed to apply strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and environmental impact assessment (EIA), including in a transboundary context.

North Macedonia on path to sustainable development but must step up efforts on air quality and waste management, says UNECE Environmental Performance Review

Over the past eight years, North Macedonia has taken important strides in improving its environmental performance in several areas, including reducing its dependence on fossil fuels to generate electricity in favour of renewables, and strengthening waste and chemicals management.