EMEP Strategies

The Revised Strategy for EMEP 2010-2019

The Revised Strategy for EMEP 2010-2019 was adopted by the Executive Body in December 2012 to serve the work under the Convention better, following the adoption of the Long-term strategy for the Convention and the Action Plan for its implementation.

As set out in the strategy EMEP will continue to represent the main science-based and policy-driven instrument for international cooperation in atmospheric monitoring and modelling, emission inventories and projections, and integrated assessment to help solve transboundary air pollution problems in Europe. 

In order to achieve its mission, EMEP builds on and seeks to develop, maintain and implement methods and tools that support the achievement of goals in the following areas: 

(a) Science: EMEP establishes sound scientific evidence and provides guidance to underpin, develop and evaluate environmental policies; 

(b) Partnership: EMEP fosters international partnership to find solutions to environmental problems; 

(c) Openness: EMEP encourages the open use of intellectual resources and products; 

(d) Sharing: EMEP is transparent and shares information and expertise with research programmes, expert institutions, national and international organizations, and environmental agreements; 

(e) Organization: EMEP is organized to integrate information on emissions, environmental quality, effects and abatement options, and to provide the basis for solutions; 

(f) Leadership: EMEP supports the Convention in providing leadership in environmental policymaking at the European level, as well as nationally and globally.

The EMEP Monitoring Strategy 2010-2019

The EMEP Monitoring Strategy 2010-2019 was developed by the EMEP centres in close cooperation with the Parties through the Task Force on Measurements and Modelling. The Executive Body approved the document in December 2009.

EMEP monitoring should be designed to support the achievement of the main objectives of EMEP. In view of the considerations outlined in the EMEP Strategy, the monitoring programme should ensure: 

(a) Sufficient ongoing long-term monitoring of concentrations and deposition fluxes to test the effectiveness of the Convention’s protocols as well as other European policies; 

(b) Adequate spatial coverage in new EMEP areas as well as in areas that have been insufficiently covered up to now; 

(c) Sufficient temporal resolution that will allow investigation of atmospheric processes and model improvements as well as analysis of individual pollution events important in relation to human health and ecosystem impacts; 

(d) Co-located and concurrent monitoring of all relevant components and adoption of standard methodologies and adequate quality assurance procedures; 

(e) Conduct of monitoring in an affordable way for all Parties, particularly those with economic limitations, but at the same time in a way that takes advantages of the scientific development and emerging capabilities at the national level.