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Towards a concerted management of groundwater in the Senegal-Mauritanian Aquifer Basin to promote peace and resilience among States

A vision for transboundary cooperation around the Senegal-Mauritanian Aquifer Basin (SMAB) has been developed by representatives of the States that share this aquifer system, namely The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania and Senegal. 

UNECE leads second environmental performance review of Morocco

Morocco has requested UNECE to review its environmental performance for a second time. To provide the groundwork for the review, a team of UNECE and international experts will participate in a country hybrid mission from December 2020 to February 2021, first meeting national experts by virtual means and later going on a short mission to the country depending on the COVID-19  situation in early 2021. UNECE cooperates with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in conducting the review.

CoP-11 to the Industrial Accidents Convention steering the industrial safety community into the next decade, prepared towards achieving Agenda 2030

The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to UNECE’s Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents (Industrial Accidents Convention), drawing to a close today, took place from 7-9 December 2020 – for the first time, in a hybrid form, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Policy brief highlights the benefits of strengthening transboundary water cooperation in North Western Sahara Aquifer System shared by Algeria, Libya and Tunisia

Covering an area of approximately 1 million km2, the North Western Sahara Aquifer System (NWSAS) basin is an essential water resource for 4.6 million people in Algeria, Tunisia and Libya (2.04 million in Algeria, 1.48 million in Libya, 0.7 million in Tunisia).

Conference of the Parties to the Industrial Accidents Convention helps strengthen mine tailings safety

For many countries, mining is an important industry in terms of economic and social development. Mining activities however generate hazardous waste that is commonly stored in ponds or tailings, often referred to as tailings management facilities (TMFs). Failures at TMFs have regularly led to environmental catastrophes with devastating effects on humans and the environment, as evidenced in Baia Mare (Romania) in 2000, Ridder (Kazakhstan) in 2016 or, more recently, in Brumadinho (Brazil) in 2019.

The EIB and UNECE establish an Information Repository of good practices and lessons learned in land-use planning and industrial safety

  • The new repository will help address disaster risks in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • It consolidates good practices and lessons learned over the past decade in Europe and beyond in the fields of land-use planning and industrial safety

Disaster

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).