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Joint Expert Group on Water and Industrial Accidents

The Joint Expert Group of the Water and Industrial Accidents Convention was established in 1998, under the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) and the Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents (Industrial Accidents Convention), both serviced by UNECE. Regular meetings of the Joint Expert Group have been held since 2001, when the first meeting took place in Berlin, Germany.

The mission of the Joint Expert Group is to assist countries in drawing up and implementing measures aimed at strengthening the prevention of and preparedness for accidental water pollution, especially in a transboundary context. In 2009, both Conventions agreed on a JEG Strategy, regulating the mandate, activation and functions of the Joint Expert Group. JEG’s work on strengthening the prevention of accidental water pollution, including its potential transboundary effects, is in line with the Industrial Accidents Convention’s long-term strategy until 2030 and the principles of the Water Convention being open for accession to all United Nations members States.

Workplans of the Joint Expert Group on Water and Industrial Accidents   

Recent workplan periodsLanguage
   2015-2016ENG RUS


The Joint Expert Group’s key activities

In 2018, the Joint Expert Group celebrated its 20th anniversary, which provided an opportunity to celebrate the Group’s key achievements since its establishment, such as the following:

1. Development of guidance materials and checklists:

2. Facilitation of international response exercises, workshops and seminars

3. Support to assistance activities and projects on prevention and preparedness measures

Promotional materials

A brochure on the Joint Expert Group provides an overview of its history and purpose, why the Group is important, the key areas of work, achievements and outputs, and how to get involved.

A series of Postcards have been developed, available on the Industrial Accidents Convention’s publication webpage, which provide a brief overview of the safety guidelines and good practices developed by the Joint Expert Group, including the:

  • Safety Guidelines and Good Practices for the Management and Retention of Firefighting Water

  • Safety Guidelines and Good Practices for Oil Terminals

  • Safety Guidelines and Good Practices for Pipelines

  • Safety Guidelines and Good Practices for Tailings Management Facilities 




Stakeholders and contacts

The Joint Expert Group brings together the industrial safety and water management communities and cooperates with international river commissions, universities, operators, NGOs, national and local authorities and other stakeholders.

All United Nations Member States are encouraged to support and take part in the activities of the Joint Expert Group on Water and Industrial Accidents, and to promote and make use of its guidance materials, in order to enhance prevention, preparedness and response to accidental transboundary water pollution across the globe.

For more information about the Joint Expert Group, its current and planned activities and its guidance materials, please contact the: