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The Espoo Convention requires that procedures for environmental impact assessments are extended across borders between Parties of the Convention when a planned activity may cause significant adverse transboundary impacts.
What UNECE does for you ... UNECE makes sure States apply the Espoo Convention, September 2009
Environmental impacts do not stop at the border. Your environment may be harmed by an activity in another country. What rights do you have? Authorities and members of the public in a potentially affected country can inform the Convention’s Implementation Committee if they believe a State Party is failing to fulfil its obligations under the Convention. Matthias Sauer, Chair of the Committee for 2008–2011, explains how the Convention and the Committee work.
Guidance on Notification according to the Espoo Convention, December 2009
Notification is the formal and mandatory start of the procedure for the application of the Convention. The Convention requires the Party of origin to notify the affected Party as early as possible about a proposed activity that is likely to have a significant adverse transboundary impact. This guidance brings together information to assist Parties in the notification procedure set out in the Convention, providing practical advice, including on public participation, and presenting a format for notification.
Review of the Implementation of the Espoo Convention, February 2009
The Meeting of the Parties to Convention adopted the Second Review of Implementation of the Convention presented in this publication. The Meeting of the Parties also requested the Convention’s Implementation Committee to take into account in its work general and specific compliance issues identified in the Review. The Committee is responsible for the review of compliance by Parties with their obligations under the Convention. However, besides its importance to the Implementation Committee, this Review provides valuable information for Parties wishing to strengthen their implementation of the Convention, for States considering acceding to the Convention in their legal and administrative preparations, and for others wishing to understand better how the Convention is implemented in national legislation and applied in practice.
Guidance on the Practical Application of the Espoo Convention, 2006
This Guidance aims at offering practical ways and solutions for applying the Convention to all stakeholders involved in the development of activities within the Parties' territories. The information will be of use to competent authorities, points of contact, other authorities on federal, national, regional and local levels, developers, international financing institutions, non-governmental organisations, and the public. Additionally, the Guidance emphasizes issues that are mandatory under the Convention, such as public participation and assessment of long-range impacts. It also provides ideas on how to improve the efficiency of the practical application through, e.g. national rules for implementing the procedures, entering into bilateral and multilateral agreements, and making assessments.
Guidance on public participation in EIA in a transboundary context, 2006
The Meeting of the Parties to the Convention adopted the guidance on public participation in environmental impact assessment in a transboundary context presented in this publication. The Meeting of the Parties recognized the need for guidance to assist competent authorities and the public in organizing effective public participation in environmental impact assessment in a transboundary context.
Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context
ECE/MP.EIA/2003/3 – October 2003 – E/F/R
Protecting our Environment - How Environmental Impact Assessment Can Help
ECE/CEP/61 - E,F,R
Rules of Procedure – Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context
ECE/MP.EIA/3 - Sales # E/F/R.99.II.E.25 - ISBN 92-1-016340-0 - US$ 12