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Joint Expert Group on Water and Industrial Accidents

Major industrial accidents may cause far-reaching transboundary effects and may lead to accidental water pollution. Therefore, the Signatories, and later Parties, to the Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents and the Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes decided to cooperate on issues related to the prevention of accidental pollution of transboundary waters.

As a result of this cooperation, a workshop on the prevention of chemical accidents and limitation of their impact on transboundary waters was held in Berlin in 1998. Taking into account the results of this workshop, the seventh meeting of the Signatories to the Industrial Accidents Convention (13-15 May 1998) proposed that a joint ad hoc expert group on water and industrial accidents be established under both Conventions. This proposal was endorsed by the first meeting of the Working Group on Water Management, established under the Water Convention, in September 1998.

The following year, a seminar on the prevention of chemical accidents and limitation of their impact on transboundary waters was held in Hamburg (Germany). The conclusions and recommendations of this seminar were then adopted at the second Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention, held in 2000, and endorsed by the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Industrial Accidents Convention, held later in the same year. Also in 2000, the Parties to both Conventions extended the mandate of the joint expert group to support and provide guidance in the implementation of the above recommendations and agreed on the group's future work plan on the prevention of accidental water pollution (decision 2000/5 in ECE/CP.TEIA/2, Annex VI).

The joint expert group has subsequently been tasked with, among other things:

Meetings of the Joint ad hoc Expert Group

More about the cooperation on water and industrial accidents

 

 


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