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Azerbaijan on its way to improve air quality with UNECE support

While emissions of key air pollutants have been reduced considerably over the past few decades as a result of integrated air pollution management strategies developed under the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (Air Convention), progress has been uneven across the UNECE region. In particular, in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, owing to the increase in energy production, industry growth and urban development, further efforts are needed.

To assist countries in the subregion to improve their air quality management, UNECE has organized a number of activities in the framework of the Air Convention assistance programme.

To encourage ratification of the Convention’s key protocols by Azerbaijan, UNECE organized a round table in Baku on 27 November to present and discuss the results of the analysis of the national legislation on air quality management and the recommendations on the steps towards ratification of the Convention’s key protocols. Representatives of several ministries and state-owned enterprises participated in the discussion. Participants discussed recommendations on possible adjustments of the legislation to introduce Best Available Techniques (BATs) and on further steps for ratification and implementation of the Convention’s key protocols. The ratifications are important to make the Convention more effective in reducing air pollution both in Azerbaijan and regionally.

Further to the round table, UNECE organized a workshop to support Azerbaijan in improving its air pollutant emission inventories in accordance with the Convention’s requirements (Baku, 28–30 November 2017). The workshop focused on the practical work with the country’s national data in relation to its priority activity sectors.

For more information on capacity-building under the UNECE Air Convention, please visit: http://www.unece.org/environmental-policy/conventions/envlrtapwelcome/capacity-building.html.