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Good practices

Parties and committed countries were requested during the eighth reporting round (in biennium 2015-2016) to highlight in their national implementation reports good practices and guidelines on relevant areas of the Convention prepared for national use. Below is the resulting list of good practices that some countries highlighted in their reports, with links where provided:

Regarding policies for the implementation of the Convention

  • The Russian Federation reported on a prioritization system to handle resource limitations
  • Austria, Czechia and the United Kingdom mentioned that they reviewed their legislation continuously.

Regarding prevention

  • Estonia reported that in 2015 it had developed a methodology for preparing external emergency response plans (it would be useful to receive the weblinks to the documents, if electronically available - please inform the secretariat)
  • Germany mentioned the Commission on Process Safety, established in 2005, as a good source of information. Further information on the Commission and its guidance, which is also provided in English, is available here
  • Portugal referred to guidelines related to the obligations of operators (see here) (it would be helpful to include an English translation of the titles of the documents presented in the report to make the information more useful to a broader audience)
  • The Russian Federation approved 11 safety guidelines that presented methodologies for risk assessment in different spheres (it would be useful to receive the weblinks to the documents)
  • Sweden finished a project with the objective to improve land-use planning around the siting of hazardous activities
  • In the last biennium Switzerland developed a guidance document on the safety of refrigerating plants (available in German here)
  • See also the first report provided by Norway below.

Regarding emergency preparedness and response

Regarding scientific and technological cooperation

  • Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation and Slovenia provided some good examples of multilateral cooperation in their reports
  • Latvia referred to joint programmes with Estonia and Lithuania aimed at sharing information, improving preparedness and identifying any gaps in existing systems
  • The Russian Federation mentioned regulations for information exchange developed through crisis management bodies within the Commonwealth of Independent States
  • Germany referred to bilateral implementation groups with Czechia and Poland. Czechia mentioned six joint inspections that the group had carried out since 2001
  • The Netherlands reported that it has established a public risk map on hazardous activities, containing also information on possible transboundary effects (available in English here)
  • Germany also mentioned warning and alarm plans for both the Rhine and the Elbe Rivers.

Regarding public participation

  • Portugal mentioned that since July 2015 it had been operating the Internet site “Participa”, which was exclusively dedicated to promoting public consultations
  • Switzerland reported on a joint Franco-Genevan Regional Committee on Security to encourage transboundary public participation.