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About environment policy

We improve environmental governance by mobilizing consensus and formulating environmental policy, developing international environmental law and supporting international initiatives. We also help member countries put these norms and rules into practice by organizing seminars, workshops and advisory missions and by publishing guidance and compilations of best practice in numerous areas of pollution prevention and the sustainable management of natural resources. Read about the Committee on Environmental Policy

We help individual countries in transition improve their environmental performance by assessing their efforts to reduce pollution and manage their natural resources, and by making targeted recommendations. Read about the Environmental Performance Reviews Programme.

We enable informed decision-making, including by establishing a Shared Environment Information System (SEIS) in support of regular environmental assessment and reporting in the region. Read about the Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Programme.

We enhance synergies on environmental issues, and take a very active role in regional and several cross-sectoral processes, such as:


We address specific areas of environmental concern, such as water and air pollution, environmental rights, mainstreaming environmental assessment in development planning, and industrial accidents, by servicing five environmental treaties and their protocols, helping them to monitor implementation and to organize meetings to further their work. Read more about them: