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Task Force on Electronic Information Tools

The first meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention established a new task force to facilitate the implementation of the Convention by preparing draft recommendations on the more effective use of electronic information tools to provide public access to environmental information (see decision I/6 ENG FRE RUS).

At their second meeting (25–27 May 2005, Almaty), the Parties decided to extend the mandate of the Task Force on Electronic Information Tools. It adopted decision II/3 on Electronic Information Tools and the Clearinghouse Mechanism, which included, as an annex, Recommendations on the more effective use of electronic information tools to provide public access to environmental information (see decision II/3 ENG FRE RUS).

The Parties at their third meeting (11–13 June 2008, Riga) extended in time the mandate of the Task Force and the Clearinghouse (see decision III/2 ENG fre rus). The Parties encourage countries to use the full potential of information and communications technology (ICT) as a means to significantly improve the involvment of the public in in environmental decision-making.

More on the history of the Task Force can be found here.

Workshop on Electronic Information Tools to Support the Implementation of the Aarhus Convention in South-Eastern Europe, 25-26 November 2010, Skopje (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)

This workshop was organized by the secretariat of the Aarhus Convention in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe. The aim of the event was to foster the implementation of the Aarhus Convention in the South-Eastern Europe subregion by promoting the use of electronic information tools.

The workshop brought together public officials (policy makers and information technology specialists), representatives of non-governmental organisations and other experts, who shared their experiences on the most up-to-date applications and successful examples of use of electronic information tools.

Workshop materials
Document title   English Français Русский
Report PDF ENG FRE RUS
Programme PDF ENG - -
Opening, Mr. Jakupi, Minister, Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia PDF ENG - -
Introduction to the Workshop, Ms. Sanchis-Moreno, Aarhus Convention Secretariat, UNECE PDF ENG - -
Benefits of using e-tools to foster access to information, public participation and access to justice: findings, trends and recommendations based on the "Collection of innovative and good practice approaches in the use of electronic tools to implement the Aarhus Convention", Ms. Tingas, Regional Environmental Center PDF ENG - -
Setting up an E-environmental information system, Ms. Gjorgjeva, Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia PDF ENG - -
Persona-led info system My living Environment and Virtual Assistant, Ms. Quarles van Ufford, Provincie Gelderland, the Netherlands PDF ENG - -
Online platform for Save the forest, Mr. Ivanov, BlueLink, Bulgaria PDF ENG - -
Citizens initiative: online reporting facility www.servis48.si, Mr. Delakorda, INePA, Slovenia PDF ENG - -
Online consultation on nuclear facilities, Ms. Hyam, Dialogue by Design, UK PDF ENG - -
Background material: User guide for online consultations, Dialogue by Design, UK PDF ENG - -
CitizenScape: how to combine social networking with more traditional e-tools, Mr. Hernanz, Public-i, UK PDF ENG - -
Citizen's forum, Mr. Delakorda, INePa, Slovenia PDF ENG - -
Practical examples on good practices of using e-PRTR system, Ms. Barrantes, UNITAR PDF ENG - -
E-file system in Estonia, Mr. Jensen, E-file system, Estonia PDF ENG - -
Information and communication technologies in European Judicial Systems, Mr. Velicogna, Research Institute on Judicial Systems, Italy PDF ENG - -
Introduction to the Practical session on the Aarhus Clearinghouse for Environmental Democracy, Ms. Sanchis-Moreno, Aarhus Convention Secretariat, UNECE PDF ENG - -
List of participants PDF ENG - -
Information note PDF ENG - -
Registration form word ENG - -

In the table above, links to documents appear using the following abbreviations and icons:

File formats: PDF – PDF file; Word DOC – MS Word DOC file
Languages: ENG – English; FRE – French; RUS – Russian
Documents available for downloading are indicated in blue typeface: ENG FRE RUS.

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