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Armenia on the way to better air quality management, with help from UNECE

Knowing where air pollutant emissions are coming from is important to make viable policy decisions. While air quality in the UNECE region has improved 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 also been uneven across the region. In particular in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, more efforts are needed to reduce air pollutant emissions.  

UNECE has therefore been assisting countries in the subregion to develop better emission inventories with a view to facilitating their ratification and/or implementation of the Air Convention and its key protocols. Following a workshop for this purpose in Armenia in 2016, UNECE organized a follow-up workshop in Yerevan (6–8 June 2018).   

During the Yerevan workshop on emission inventories, national experts compared existing national methodologies to calculate emissions with internationally agreed methodologies under the UNECE Air Convention. Working with national data sets, experts calculated emissions from key source categories. This will help Armenia comply with the emissions data reporting obligations under the Convention.

For more information on capacity-building under the UNECE Air Convention, please visit: 

http://www.unece.org/environmental-policy/conventions/envlrtapwelcome/capacity-building.html.