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Events titled “International PRTR week” were finished in Madrid

30.11.2015
Within the frames of the “International PRTR week” events were held in Madrid, the capital city of Spain dedicated to the protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers the (hereinafter PRTR). On November 24-25 second global round table took place on PRTR protocol and on November 26 4th working meeting of the PRTR protocol parties.
With the technical support of the Spanish Government, UN EEC (European Economic Cooperation) and the OECD, the events were held under the auspices of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development aimed at promoting the exchange of experience between different countries and stakeholders, as well as developing the capacity of

experts, to promote mutual understanding on issues related to PRTR.(Full information, including the presentations can be found at, http://www.unece.org/prtr_grt2015/ ).

Among the 130 participants from UNECE and OECD, UNDP, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, Protocol, were also included the National Coordinator of the PRTR Protocol Mrs. Nune Hovhannisyan, Deputy Chairman of the Committee for the implementation of the PRTR Protocol Mr. Gor Movsisyan, Yerevan Aarhus Center Coordinator Mrs. Silva Ayvazyan, head of the Caucasus Regional Environmental Center Mrs. Nune Harutyunyan, national team leader of the BSAP program of the same center Mrs. Dshkhuhi Sahakyan.

PRTR Protocol was signed in 2003 in Kiev at the the 5th Conference of European Environmental Ministers of. The goal is to increase access to information for the public by creating the National Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers, which can assist the public to be more aware of their environmental quality, to be involved in decision making process as well as contribute to environmental protection and pollution reduction.

The countries party to the Protocol should establish a national PRTR system, industrial facilities and other sources of pollution inventories and pollution inventories arising from other sources that contain information to air, water and soil emissions, as well as transportation to recycling or waste disposal sites.

National registers have been established in a number of countries, such as Germany, Serbia, Iceland, Norway, Estonia, Switzerland, Luxembourg, etc, party to the protocol.

Although the PRTR protocol is a protocol attached to the Aarhus Convention, it’s an “open” protocol, the countries that are not party to the Aarhus Convention can also join the protocol (The following link can make access to the PRTR websites of the individual countries http://prtr.net/ru/links/ ).

As novelty it was talked about the PRTR development electronic tools, including a coordination mechanism for information and ecological democracy of the Aarhus Convention (Aarhus Clearinghouse) and the PRTR’s new global portal, www.prtr.net , which brings together the complete information on the PRTR in the world.

Discussing the experiences of various countries in the PRTR Protocol, the protocol was evaluated as a necessary tool for the public, in terms of access to information on the environment and their participation in the decision making processes. Countries that haven’t ratified the Protocol yet, were called upon to take steps towards the ratification of the Protocol.

As introduced Mrs. Nune Hovhannisyan, the National Coordinator of the PRTR Protocol, since the signing of the Protocol in our country total of fifteen events were carried out the main provisions of the PRTTR protocol were included in the RA law draft on “Self inspection implamantation towards the demands of the environmental legislation”, which was submitted to the RA National Assembly for the 3rd reading, the text of the Protocol was translated into the national language, manual was printed, trainings were held for the representatives of industrial enterprises, etc. But it is too early to speak about the creation of a national PRTR system in Armenia.

Speaking about the obstacles to ratification, Mrs. Hovhannisyan said that first of all it’s necessary to implement and develop capacities in Armenia in the following areas: software localization and installation, technical capacity development of the enterprises, studying the international experience develop a methodology for calculating emissions from diffuse sources, specify the authorized state body, implement drafting of legal acts, develop emissions measurement and calculation methodologies, etc..

Silva Ayvazyan
Coordinator of Yerevan Aarhus Center
Tel. 374 11 818 593
E-mail: info@aarhus.am

Editor Mari Chakryan
Translated by Marine Mazmanyan