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Guidance on the Practical Application of the Espoo Convention

Published:May 2006

Guidance on the Practical Application
of the Espoo Convention

Available in English, French and Russian. (Also issued earlier in English, French, German and Russian.)

(ECE/MP.EIA/8, 75 pp., no. 8 in the Environment Series)

At their second meeting, the Parties decided to elaborate guidance on the practical application of the Convention and on bilateral and multilateral agreements and arrangements and, at their third meeting, the Parties endorsed the guidance presented in this publication. The Meeting of the Parties recommended that the individual Parties take into account the contents of the guidance when defining national procedures for the implementation of the Convention and when applying the Convention to specific cases. The Meeting of the Parties also called upon the individual Parties to distribute the guidance to authorities, specialists, developers, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders to raise awareness of the contents of the Convention and to support them in applying the Convention.

Contents

Preface

1. Introduction

1.1 The mandate

1.2 The need for systematic approaches in applying the Convention

1.3 The Convention in the context of international environmental law

2. Practical solutions in applying the Convention

2.1 Responsibilities

2.2 Management

2.3 The procedure

2.4 Initiating the process

2.5 The notification (Articles 2.4, 3.1 and 3.2)

2.6 Transmitting information (Articles 3.4 to 3.7)

2.7 Screening the likelihood of significant adverse transboundary impacts by the affected Party (Article 3.7)

2.8 Preparation of the EIA documentation (Articles 4.1 and 4.2)

2.9 Consultations (Article 5)

2.10 Final decision (Article 6.1)

3. SPECIFIC ISSUES

3.1 Dispute prevention and settlement (Article 15)

3.2 Long-range impacts (Article 1.8)

3.3 Joint EIA (Article 2.1 and Appendix VI, item (g))

3.4 Policies, plans and programmes (Article 2.7)

3.5 Post-project analysis (Article 7)

4. Transposition into national legislation (Article 2.2)

5. Creating bi- and multilateral agreements and arrangements (Articles 2.2 and 8 and Appendix VI)


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