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Targeted use of electronic information tools was at the agenda of the Task Force on Access to Information of the Aarhus Convention


Aarhus_cleaninghouseWith the support of the OSCE officein Yerevan the team members of www.aarhus.am website, Mari Chakryan head of “Public Awareness and Monitoring Center” NGO, and Hamlet Smoyan, head of “For nature” NGO had a chance to attend themeeting of the Task Force on Access to Information of the Aarhus Convention, held on October 10-11, in the Palace of Nationsin Geneva.

From Armenia the meeting was also attended by ArmenVardanyan, head of Information and Public Relation Departmentof the Ministry of Nature Protection and Aida Iskoyan, head of “Environmental Law Research Center” NGO.
The meeting was aimed atcontinuingthe exchange of information and good practice on enhancing public access to information on the environment, the recent legislative, political and practical developments.

This timethe working groupfocused, in particular, on the use ofthe state register and other means of application of electronic information,restrictions as well as the Aarhus Convention coordination mechanism (Clearinghouse) and the national nodesin order to disseminate information on surrounding environment and emissions.

In order to clarifythe application of electronic information tools by the Parties and the level of ensuring access to information through it,the Partiesto the Conventionpreviously wereprovided with questionnaire.
The analysis was presented by the Secretariat of the Convention in accordance with the types of information; therefore, to conclude inwhat level is Armenia in this regard, is difficult.Perhaps we were advised to acquire thequestionnaire regarding Armenia,filled by Mrs. Iskoyan, former focal Point of the Aarhus Convention, which contained interestinginformation about the application of electronic information tools.

During the meeting we were advised to use theShared Environmental Information System (SEIS), as a repository of information on elements of the environment in Europe (http://ec.europa.eu/environment/archives/seis/) and the new portal of the UN Environment Programme (http://uneplive.unep.org/).

The detailsof themeeting of the Task Force on Access to Information of the Aarhus Convention and the main documents about the results of the meeting are available at the following link: (Key outcomes; http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/env/pp/a_to_i/5th_meeting/5TFAI_4Inf_Listofoutcomes_asagreed.pdf) You can see the following link: ttp://www.unece.org/env/pp/aarhus/tfai5.html#/:

Prepared by Mari Chakryan
Translated by Anush Beybutyan