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The Aarhus Convention Reporting Mechanism. National Implementation Reports 2011 General Remarks Aphrodite Smagadi, Aarhus Convention secretariat aphrodite.smagadi@unece.org. Objective. Inform and support Aarhus NFPs in the preparation of the NIRs for the 2011 cycle

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the aarhus convention reporting mechanism

The Aarhus Convention Reporting Mechanism

National Implementation Reports 2011

General Remarks

Aphrodite Smagadi, Aarhus Convention secretariat

aphrodite.smagadi@unece.org

objective
Objective
  • Inform and support Aarhus NFPs in the preparation of the NIRs for the 2011 cycle
  • Submission deadline 8 December 2010
overview
OVERVIEW
  • The Convention’s provisions on reporting
  • MOP Decisions
  • Process (Who? What? How? When?)
  • The role of the secretariat
  • The role of the Compliance Committee
  • Format
convention provisions art 10 par 2
Convention Provisions – Art.10 par.2

The Parties shall:

  • Keep under continuous review the implementation of the Convention on the basis of regular reporting by the Parties
  • Review the policies for and legal and methodological approaches to access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters, with a view to further improving them.
mop decisions
MOP Decisions
  • Decision I/8 (2002): main process and format (annex)

followed up by:

  • Decision II/10 (2005)
  • Decision III/5 (2008)
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Who?
  • Parties to the Convention: required
  • Signatories and other States: may report on measures taken, pending ratification and/or accession
  • International organizations engaged in programmes or activities providing support to Parties/States in the implementation may report on activities and experience
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What?
  • Parties are requested to submit report on
    • The legislative, regulatory or other measures taken to implement the provisions of the Convention
    • Their practical implementation
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How?
  • Prepare reports through a transparent and consultative process involving the public

Plan in advance

  • in accordance with the format set out in the annex to this decision
how con d
How? (con’d)
  • Submit reports to secretariat electronically and on paper
  • In one of the official languages, as well as in the language(s) of the Party
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When?
  • Submit an updated version in advance of each MOP
  • 180 days in advance of MOP
  • DEADLINE for MOP 4:

8 December 2010

role of the secretariat
Role of the Secretariat
  • Prepares synthesis report for each MOP
    • summarizing the progress made
    • identifying significant trends, challenges and solutions
  • Arranges for translation into other official languages and circulates as part of official documentation (currently under review)
role of the compliance committee
Role of the Compliance Committee
  • Decision I/7 on review of compliance paragraph 13(c)
  • The Committee shall monitor, assess and facilitate the implementation of and compliance with the reporting requirements under article 10, paragraph 2, of the Convention.
reporting format
Reporting Format
  • In form of a questionnaire
  • Only concerns articles of Convention for national implementation
  • Each article dealt with through separate set of questions
  • Revised format adopted by WGP-11 to incorporate GMO amendment ->

for preparation of reports for MOP-4