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Checklist for contingency planning for accidents affecting transboundary waters

Published: November 2016

The checklist for contingency planning for accidents affecting transboundary waters was prepared by the Joint Ad Hoc Expert Group on Water and Industrial Accidents, following a decision by the
Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents (Industrial Accidents Convention) at its sixth meeting (The Hague, 8–10 November 2010) and the
Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) at its sixth meeting (Rome, 28–30 November 2012).

The checklist is intended to contribute to mitigating the severity of the consequences of industrial accidents affecting transboundary watercourses for human health and the environment.

The Conference of the Parties to the Industrial Accidents Convention at its eighth meeting (Geneva, 3–5 December 2014) took note of the checklist and recommended its application as a tool for harmonized contingency planning between neighbouring States. The Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention at its seventh meeting (Budapest, 17–19 November 2015) followed the same approach.

The current document has been updated, following the testing of the checklist’s application during the Hazard and Crisis Management Week (Chisinau, 23–26 March 2015) within the Project on Hazard
and Crisis Management in the Danube Delta.

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