Strategy for scientific bodies under the Convention
The Strategy for scientific bodies under the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution was adopted by the Executive Body in 2022 (Decision 2022/3) to better serve the work under the Convention.
In order to complete their mission, the science bodies of the Convention seek to develop, maintain and implement methods and tools that support the achievement of goals in the following areas:
(a) Science: to establish sound scientific evidence and provide guidance to underpin, develop and evaluate environmental policies;
(b) Partnership: to foster international partnerships to find solutions to environmental problems;
(c) Openness: to encourage the open use of intellectual resources and products;
(d) Sharing: to share information and expertise with research programmes, expert institutions, national and international organizations and environmental agreements;
(e) Integration: to integrate information on emissions, environmental quality, effects and abatement options, and to provide the basis for solutions;
(f) Leadership: to support the Convention in providing leadership in environmental policymaking at the national, pan-European and global levels.
Fundamental objectives of EMEP monitoring are to ensure:
(a) Adequate ongoing long-term monitoring of concentrations and deposition fluxes to assess exposure and impacts on health, ecosystems, vegetation, materials and climate;
(b) Adequate spatial coverage in the geographical domain of EMEP and improved access to information from areas that have been insufficiently covered up to now;
(c) Sufficient temporal resolution to enable investigation of atmospheric processes driving transport and transformation of pollution, to guide model improvements and to enable the analysis of individual pollution events;
(d) Co-located and concurrent monitoring of the relevant atmospheric variables, the adoption and use of standardized methodologies, and adequate quality assurance procedures;
(e) A level of ambition that is affordable for all Parties, while also taking advantage of scientific developments and emerging capabilities.