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Assessment and Implementation

The Sixth Ministerial Conference "Environment for Europe"
Belgrade, 10-12 October 2007

“Building Bridges to the Future”

Discussions on on assessment and implementation were divided into two sessions: (a) on “State of the environment and monitoring and assessment”; and (b) on “Implementation of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and findings of UNECE Environmental Performance Reviews (EPRs)”.

State of the environment and monitoring and assessment

Summary of the session

Conference documents

Statements

Summary of the session

The session was chaired by Mr. Saša Dragin, Minister of Environmental Protection of Serbia. Ms. Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director, EEA, presented the main findings of the report “ Europe’s Environment: the fourth assessment” (Belgrade Assessment). Keynote addresses were given by Mr. Humberto Rosa, Secretary of State, Ministry of Environment, Portugal (on behalf of the European Union (EU)); Mr. Leonty Khoruzhik, Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Belarus; Mr. Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of Environment, Finland; Mr. Yury Tsaturov, Special Assistant to the Head of the Federal Service on Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Roshydromet), the Russian Federation; Mr. Daniel Reifsnyder, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, State Department, United States; and Ms. Victoria Elias, Chair of the Co-ordination Board, European ECO-Forum.

The Conference welcomed the pan-European assessment report on the state of the environment (“Belgrade Assessment”) prepared by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in cooperation with UNECE and other partners. Specific findings of the report, especially those on climate change, biodiversity, water supply and sanitation, marine environment, renewable energy, and sustainable consumption and production patterns were highlighted. The need to focus future actions under the “Environment for Europe” process on improving monitoring so as to produce environmental data in an integrated manner, on building countries’ capacities in environmental observation, and on applying an ecosystems approach in environmental assessments, was stressed.

The link was emphasized between the “Belgrade Assessment” report and other reports presented to the Conference, including the report on UNECE Environmental Performance Reviews (EPRs) and one on environmental policies in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia. It was stressed that there was a need for future assessment reports to use data produced by governmental institutions rather than data from informal sources.

The Conference endorsed and called for the adoption and full implementation of the UNECE recommendations on indicator-based environmental reporting as well as for the Guidelines for environmental monitoring and reporting by enterprises. The UNECE Working Group on Environmental Monitoring and Assessment was invited to strengthen its efforts to build Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia and SEE capacities in environmental observation and to make environmental reporting compatible across the UNECE region.

Conference documents 

Category I documents

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Europe's environment: the fourth assessment (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/10)

Making monitoring and assessment effective tools in environmental policy (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/11)

    - Recommendations to Governments of East European, Caucasian and Central Asian countries for the application of environmental indicators and the preparation of indicator-based environment assessment reports (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/11/Add.1)

    - Guidelines for strengthening environmental monitoring and reporting by enterprises (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/11/Add.2)

Category II documents

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Assessment of transboundary waters in the UNECE region (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/INF/1)

Environmental indicators and indicator-based assessment reports: Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/INF/6)

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Monitoring what matters: tailoring millennium targets and indicators of environmental sustainability to local conditions in Europe and Central Asia (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/INF/7)

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Statements

Keynote addresses

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Ms. Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director, the European Environment Agency (EEA)

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Mr. Humberto Rosa, Secretary of State, Ministry of Environment, Portugal (on behalf of the European Union)

 

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Mr. Leonty Khoruzhik, Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Belarus

 

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Mr. Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of Environment, Finland

 

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Mr. Yury Tsaturov, Special Assistant to the Head of the Federal Service on Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Roshydromet), the Russian Federation

 

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Mr. Daniel Reifsnyder, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, State Department, the United States of America

 

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Ms. Victoria Elias, Chair of the European ECO-Forum

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Interventions

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Mr. Constantin Mihailescu, Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources, Moldova

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Mr. Marek Haliniak, Deputy Minister of the Environment, Poland

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Mr. Michael Müller, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany

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Ms. Sonja Lepitkova, Deputy Minister of Environment and Physical Planning, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

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Mr. Silviu Stoica, Secretary of State, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Romania

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Mr. Grzegorz Peszko, Senior Environment Economist, World Bank

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Mr. Jaime Alejandre Martinez, Director General of Environmental Quality and Impact Assessment, Ministry o the Environment, Spain

 

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Mr. Momčilo Živković, Director of the Agency for Environmental Protection, Serbia

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Ms. Savka Kučar Dragičević, Director of the Environment Agency, Croatia

 

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Mr. Januus Tamkivi, Minister of Environment, Estonia

 

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Mr. Abdurahmon Kodiri, Minister of Agriculture and Nature Protection, Tajikistan

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Ms. Rut Bízkova, Deputy Minister of the Environment, Czech Republic

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