The Working Group will meet in Room XI of the Palais des Nations.
At its second meeting, the Working Group will initiate substantive preparations for the next sessions of the Meetings of the Parties to be held in 2014. It will agree on actions to ensure the rapid entry into force of the two amendments to the Convention and to widen membership of the Protocol. Delegations will be invited to report on their progress in ratifying/acceding to the amendments and the Protocol. The Chair of the Implementation Committee will inform the Working Group on the Committee's activities and invite the Working Group to agree on possible actions for assisting Parties to implement the Convention. The Working Group will also be invited to provide guidance to the secretariat for the preparation of concise reviews of implementation of the Convention and the Protocol as well as to agree on further actions for bringing into line the three language versions of the Convention. It will have the possibility to comment a draft general guidance on resolving a possible systemic inconsistency between the Convention and environmental assessment within the framework of State ecological expertise in place in several countries in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
The Working Group may wish to decide on any follow-up actions to the half-a-day seminar on biodiversity in EIA and SEA to be held by Belgium during the session. It might also agree on further actions to support application of the Convention to nuclear energy-related activities, such as the development of guidance to codify practical experience.
The Working Group is expected to comment and agree on the further development of draft good practice recommendations on public participation in SEA. Delegations will be invited to report on progress in subregional cooperation and capacity-building activities foreseen in the workplan.
Finally, the Working Group will be invited to consider how to address the shortfall between financial contributions received and the expenditure necessary to fulfil the workplan and the expected functions of the secretariat. In this regard, it is invited to discuss a draft financial strategy for carrying out the work under the Convention and the Protocol in the next intersessional period given the financial constraints.
The meeting aims to be a paperless event to the extent possible. Participants are encouraged to download the documents in electronic format and, if necessary, print them. All documents for the meeting will be made available on this website. Please bring your laptops for working at the meeting. Kindly note that electrical power plugs and sockets are unique to Switzerland within the UNECE region (type J, three-pin, 230 V, 50 Hz), and respectively require an adaptor, though slim two-pin plugs (type C) will fit.
Annotated provisional agenda for the second meeting ECE/MP.EIA/WG.2/2013/1
Corrigendum to the annotated provisional agenda
Report of the second meeting
Item 6 of the provisional agenda
Good practice recommendations on public participation in SEA
Health annex of the Resource Manual to support the application of the Protocol
Item 8 of the provisional agenda
Report of the first meeting of the Working Group on EIA and SEA
Report of the fifth session of Meeting of the Parties to the Convention
Corrigendum (to decision V/2)
Report of the first session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol
Report of the Implementation Committee on its twenty-fifth session
Corrigendum to the Report of the Implementation Committee on its twenty-fifth session ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2012/4/ Corr.1
Report of the Implementation Committee on its twenty-sixth session
Report of the Implementation Committee on its twenty-seventh session
3rd Review of implementation of Espoo Convention (2006-2009)
Adoption of the agenda
Informal notes on the agenda (an overview of agenda items, associated documentation and actions to be taken by the delegates)
Status of ratification
Status at 10 May 2013
Implementation of the workplan activities
Compliance and implementation
Proposals to assist Armenia and Azerbaijan with implementation of the Convention
Bringing into line the three authentic language versions of the Convention
Draft reviews of implementation of the Convention and the Protocol
For information, Blank questionnaire on EIA (2010-2012)
For information, Blank questionnaire on SEA (2010-2012)
Draft general guidance on resolving a possible systemic inconsistency between the Convention and environmental assessment within State ecological expertise (ECE/MP.EIA/WG.2/2013/INF.7)
For information, checklist for financial institutions on projects with transboundary impacts produced by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Exchange of good practices
(a) Seminar on biodiversity in environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment
Note by Belgium (ECE/MP.EIA/WG.2/2013/INF.8)
(b) Other activities foreseen in the workplan
(c) Application of the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context to nuclear energy-related activities
Application of the Convention to nuclear energy-related activities
For more information, see the earlier Background paper by the secretariat (ECE/MP.EIA/2011/5)
For more information, see earlier Information on panel discussion on nuclear energy-related projects, for MOP5 (ECE/MP.EIA/2011/INF.8).
For more information, see earlier Informal list of nuclear energy-related activities in the UNECE region, first discussed at the 13th meeting of the Working Group on EIA, revised for MOP5
For information, Summary of a working paper by ANCCLI: Fostering nuclear safety in Europe through public information and participation, for a workshop on Public participation in decision making in the nuclear domain, Luxembourg, 12-13 March 2013
(d) Practices in States outside the region.
For information, Report on the Workshop on Environmental impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context in Eastern Asia, Seoul, 13–15 June 2012
Subregional cooperation and capacity-building
For information, Report on Baltic Sea subregional workshop, 20 - 21 September 2012, Tallinn (Estonia).
For information, Report on a start-up workshop for a Pilot project on post project analysis between Belarus and Ukraine, (Brest, Belarus, 9-10 April 2013)
Promoting ratification and application of the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment
Report on joint meeting on public participation in environmental decision-making: focus on strategic environmental assessment (ECE/MP.EIA/WG.2/2013/INF.10)
For information, Draft recommendations on public participation in environmental decision-making prepared under the Aarhus Convention
IAIA informal pamphlets
- No. 3 Climate smart decisions (Feb 2013)
Inputs to related international processes
For information, Chair's Summary from the meeting between the representatives of the governing bodies of the ECE Environmental Conventions and the Committee of Environmental Policy, 27 February 2013, Geneva
For information, Towards enhanced cooperation of UNECE MEAs:
Budget, financial arrangements and financial assistance
(a) Budget and financial arrangements
Biannual financial report to 31 December 2012 - earlier financial reports
Recent contributions to the trust fund of the Convention
For information, Sustainable extrabudgetary financial arrangements for the ECE environmental conventions - Discussion paper by the secretariat
(b) Financial assistance to representatives of countries with economies in transition, non-governmental organizations and countries outside the region
Preparations for the sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context and the second session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol
Informal notes of Bureau meeting, 31 January-1 February 2013
Draft decisions that might be considered by the Meetings of the Parties at their next sessions
Staffing of the secretariat
Presentation of the main decisions taken and closing of the meeting
Meeting registration form
Practical information for delegates and visitors
Rules of Procedure
Amendment of rule 7 of the rules of procedure
Adoption of the rules of procedure