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Compliance Committee

Article 15 of the Protocol on Water and Health on review of compliance, requires the Meeting of the Parties to establish arrangements for reviewing compliance with the Protocol. The objective of the compliance procedure is to facilitate, promote and aim to secure compliance with the obligations under the Protocol, with a view to preventing disputes. Following this obligation, at their first meeting, (17-19 January 2007, Geneva, Switzerland), the Parties adopted the decision 1/2 on review of compliance (ENG FRE RUS) and elected the first Compliance Committee (press release).

The Compliance Committee approved its rules of procedure, in accordance with decision I/2 of the Meeting of the Parties. The rules of procedure are based on the outcome of the first three meetings of the Committee. The rules of procedure, adopted by the Compliance Committee, are revised or updated by the Committee as need arises.

Functions of the Committee

The Committee shall:

  • Consider any submission, referral or communication relating to specific issues of compliance made in accordance with the decision 1/2;
  • Prepare, at the request of the Meeting of the Parties, a report on compliance with or implementation of specific provisions of the Protocol; and

The Committee may examine compliance issues and make recommendations or take measures if and as appropriate.

The Committee prepared “guidelines on communications from the public” (Russian version) with a purpose of serving both the Committee and the general public.

Consultation process

The first reporting exercise under the Protocol was conducted during autumn 2009/spring 2010. It showed that a number of Parties were facing difficulties in implementating the Protocol, in particular with its core obligation to set targets and target dates. To respond to this situation, the Compliance Committee decided at its fifth meeting in June 2010 to enhance its facilitation and assistance functions, and agreed to enter into consultations with a number of Parties.

At its sixth meeting in March 2011, the Compliance Committee outlined the main features for a new consultation process geared to help Parties implement their obligations under the Protocol. To help Parties in implementing the provisions of the Protocol, the Committee will, under the auspices of the new consultation process :

  • Assist Parties in developing an accurate analysis of their situation (enabling them to set targets under the Protocol)
  • Provide recommendations to the Parties on how to improve their situation
  • Assist Parties in seeking support from donors, specialized agencies and other competent bodies

Consultations do not have an inquisitive nature, and will be initiated by a request from a Party. Sessions can be held in confidence, if so requested. More information is available at the Terms of Reference of the Consultation Process, as amended by the Committee at its tenth meeting.

Committee members

The following persons serve on the Committee in a personal capacity following the fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties (decision I/2, annex, paragraph 7):

Mr. Jorge Viñuales (Switzerland) - Chair of the Compliance Committee

Mr. Jorge E. Viñuales holds the Harold Samuel Chair of Law and Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge and is the Director of the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG). He is also Of Counsel with LALIVE. Prior to joining Cambridge, he was the Pictet Chair of International Environmental Law at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, where he keeps a limited affiliation as Adjunct Professor of Public International Law. In 2016, he was elected Director-General of the Latin-American Society of International Law. Mr. Viñuales has also wide experience as a practitioner. He has worked on many cases under ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC or LCIA rules, including several high profile inter-State, investor-State, and commercial disputes, and he regularly advises companies, governments, international organizations or major NGOs on different matters of environmental law, investment law, human rights, maritime delimitation and public international law at large.

Mr. Pierre Chantrel (France)

Mr. Pierre Chantrel holds a degree and specialization in Environmental Health from the National Institute of Public Health of Rennes, France. His key qualifications are in environment, environmental health, risk management, environment and water management. He was head of Environmental Health Services at the French Ministry of Health and then served as a Deputy General Manager in the International Office for Water in Paris. Mr. Chantrel has an extensive experience in technical expertise and institutional assistance to countries in Europe and beyond.

Ms. Ingrid Chorus (Germany)

Ms. Ingrid Chorus is the Head of Division Drinking-Water and Swimming-Pool Hygiene of the Federal Environmental Agency of Germany. Ms. Chorus is leading a department which undertakes research and uses the results to develop concepts for managing drinking-water and swimming pools to control microbial and chemical pollution, to advise policy development and to derive guidance for practitioners. She holds a degree in Biology of the Free University, Berlin. Ms. Chorus is a member of various scientific societies. Her research fields include risk-based approaches to managing drinking-water and water used for recreation; resource management and lake restoration; cyanobacterial toxins; algal metabolites; elimination of pathogens and substances through underground filtration. 

Ms. Zsuzsanna Kocsis-Kupper (Hungary)

Ms. Zsuzsanna Kocsis-Kupper is the team member of Priority Area Water Quality of the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR). Ms Kocsis-Kupper further acts as an external monitoring consultant and regional coordinator of the European Commission’s external monitoring team for LIFE projects in the Central- Eastern European countries since 2004. Ms. Kocsis-Kupper was the legal advisor of the government in the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office between 2000 and 2002, coordinating the government’s legal activities concerning the Tisza-Szamos cyanide pollution. She was the alternate Hungarian delegate to the European Commission's Task Force. Between 1997 and 2000 she worked in the Ministry of Environment as legal expert and was a member of the delegation of the Hungarian Government at the Accession Screening Negotiations. Ms. Kocsis-Kupper gave lectures on environmental law and international environmental law in Eötvös Loránd University Law Faculty for postgraduate students between 2001 and 2013. She is the Doctor of Law (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest). Her main area of expertise is European and international environmental law and management, focusing on water quality issues. Ms. Kocsis-Kupper further holds a master’s degree on European environmental management awarded by the University of Amsterdam and an LLM on environmental law.


Mr. Vadim Ni (Kazakhstan)

Mr. Vadim Ni is the Chair of Ecoforum of NGOs of Kazakhstan.. He is the leading international environmental lawyer in Kazakhstan and one of his specializations is water law and policy. Mr. Ni has experience of consultancy on environmental law and water management in the five Central Asian countries, Azerbaijan and Ukraine. He assisted Government of Kazakhstan with ratification and implementation of the Aarhus Convention, UNFCCC and Kyoto protocol and IMO legal instruments on civil liability for oil spills. Mr. Ni has extensive professional experience in the areas of public participation in environmental protection and river basin management. He participated in drafting of the national legislation of Kazakhstan on access to environmental information and public participation in river basin management. He holds two university degrees - one in chemistry (1993) and one in law (2000). 

Ms. Natalja Sliachtic (Lithuania)

Ms. Natalja Sliachtic is a Master of Biochemistry working in the field of Environmental Health. She was a member of Board of Lithuanian Rivers basin’s management plans and was taking part in the Baltic Environmental Forum activity. She is responsible for consultation in the field of water protection and health impact and takes part in the preparation of Lithuanian legislation. She has gained experience during many years of working directly on the Protocol on Water and Health.

Mr. Ilya Trombitsky (Republic of Moldova)

Mr. Ilya Trombitsky is the Executive Director of NGO ECO-TIRAS International Association of River Keepers. His basic university education is in Biology, he did doctorate by correspondence on fish diseases in Moscow State University, and he is a PhD in Biology. In 1990-2000 he served as a member of Parliament of Moldova, responsible for drafting of environmental legislation and the NGO legislation. Since 1993 he has worked in the non-governmental-sector, fields of activity cover eco-NGO sector building, development of rural community-based organizations and water legislation. He is actively involved in promotion of modern environmental policy via NGO projects in Moldova. He took part in ratification and promotion of Aarhus Convention, lobbying of Dniester River basin treaty, participated in negotiations of Aarhus Convention, Water Convention, Dniester Treaty etc.  Mr. Trombitsky is the author of 200+ scientific publications on the topic, including several books.

Mr. Oddvar Georg Lindholm (Norway)

Mr. Oddvar Georg Lindholm is Professor Emeritus in Water Supply and Sewerage of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). He is Dr. Ing. from Norwegian Institute of Technology. Mr. Lindholm’s areas of research include water supply and sewerage systems analysis, urban hydrology, sustainable urban drainage systems, flooding in cities and pollution in urban water systems. He is author of more than 150 national and international scientific publications and ca. 100 professional reports.

Mr. Serhiy Vykhryst (Ukraine)

Mr. Serhiy Vykhryst is the lawyer in the European ECO-Forum. He is the PhD in International Law. His key qualifications cover international law, international environmental law, legal advocacy, compliance with international obligations. He is the Associate professor of the International Law Department in the Economics and Law University KROK, and author of multiple publications.