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Agenda item 5: Support to the fourth pan-European
assessment report on the state of the environment
Preparation of the fourth pan-European state of the
environment report and the role of
UNECE/WGEMA in the process
David Stanners/Adriana Gheorghe
UNECE/WGEMA meeting, 12-14 June Geneva
“Environment for Europe”
Pan-European Ministerial Conference
10-12 October 2007
UNECE/WGEMA meeting, 12-14 June Geneva
Many reports at the Belgrade conference…
Belgrade assessment EEA
May-June 2007
Policy assessment
EECCA strategy
OECD/EAP task Force September 2007
Policy assessment
Balkan region
UNDP/regional office
September 2007
UNECE water
transboundary waters convention (Finland)
End 2006
Report on SCP
patterns in EECCA
and Balkans
September 2007
UNEP Geneva +EEA
(initiative Sweden)
UNECE/WGEMA meeting, 12-14 June Geneva
Partnerships developed
UNECE – EfE & Belgrade conference organisers, CEP, WGSO &
Working Group of environmental Monitoring and Assessment
UNEP Europe & Grid offices – links with GEO4 and other regional
reports (egg. Carpathian, TACIS, EECCA indicators)
OECD – permanent dialogue and coordination for EECCA region
UNSD- advanced use of the 2006 global data collection process
(water & waste)
JRC- joint WP for 2006 (input to be provided: chemicals, flooding,
health, GLC)
Eurostat - full support in accessing the most recent data
WB – access to databases and to draft products covering EECCA
REC Central Asia - provision of relevant experts from the EECCA
region to be involved in preparation (+ TACIS project )
UNDP – EEA steering the work on the policy assessment report for
Balkan region
UNECE/WGEMA meeting, 12-14 June Geneva
Objectives of Belgrade report
To answer to the ministers request in Kiev
request to produce a short, policy oriented
indicator based report responding to the
Belgrade agenda to support ….. assessing
progress on EECCA strategy…. based on
recent information.
 Progress and benchmarking
 Basis for action
 Awareness raising
UNECE/WGEMA meeting, 12-14 June Geneva
The Belgrade report –RESPONSE TO
UNECE Committee on
Environmental Policy &
Working Group of Senior
Officials requested us to
include (Oct 2005):
European EU & Commission
views (2.2006)
Water - quantity, waste,
sanitation & flooding
Sustainable production &
UNECE/WGEMA meeting, 12-14 June Geneva
Evaluate progress since Kiev
in the full geographical area
of EfE process
Cover all environmental
media (water and sanitation,
biodiversity and health)
Cover imp. economic sectors
(eg. energy, transport,
forestry, fishery)
Expand the data on material
flows (in view of sustainable
production & consumption)
Synthesis report linking
results of Belgrade report
with other reports
The Belgrade report: Building and
Using the Kiev report as reference and
starting point;
Exploiting further the SOER2005 results and
findings as input;
Connecting with running global and regional
activities and processes (GEO4, EECCA
assessment report; Carpathian assessment
report, Mid term evaluation report 6th EAP,
IPCC, UNDP report on the Balkan region…)
Streamlining and simplifying data collection
by using UNSO global questionnaire.
UNECE/WGEMA meeting, 12-14 June Geneva
The Belgrade report outline
Table of contents Belgrade
Kiev table of contents
1. Setting the scene
(Europe and the wider world, trade and
environment, sustainable development,
socio-economic parameters)
1.Prominent environmental problems
Climate change
Air pollution
Soil degradation
2. Environment and health and quality of
life (air, water, chemicals)
3. Climate change
4. Nature and biodiversity
(including forestry)
2. Cross-cutting impacts
Biological diversity
Environment and human health
5. Marine environment
3.Developments in socio-economic
6. Natural resources and wastes
(including sustainable production and
4.Policy management
7. Sectoral integration
(energy, transport, agriculture..)
UNECE/WGEMA meeting, 12-14 June Geneva
The Belgrade report – the line of
thinking/structure for the chapters
Overall assessment of the env. situation for
the whole Europe;
Main findings and key messages for EU25+,
Balkans and EECCA supported by selected
indicators/country groupings;
Case studies containing relevant env. issues
or specific policy responses;
Cross-cutting issues, scenarios or outlooks (if
UNECE/WGEMA meeting, 12-14 June Geneva
The Belgrade report – towards an
indicator based report
• EEA Core set of indicators
• EECCA proposed core set
• Environment and health indicators (WHO)
Complemented by+++
• Assessments at the regional scale where
information is limited or gaps are identified
• Case studies
• Outlooks & scenarios (where available)
UNECE/WGEMA meeting, 12-14 June Geneva
The Belgrade report – timing and
next steps
Data gathering and indicator production: From Jan.
Writers meeting: 16 – 17 March
Writing phase: April – August 2006
Compilation first draft & translation Russian:
September 2006
Extensive review & consultations on drafts: Oct-Nov
Processing comments & final editing: Dec 06-Febr 07
Report(s) to printer - Febr 2007
Translation final report in Russian
Belgrade Conference: 10-12 October 2007
UNECE/WGEMA meeting, 12-14 June Geneva
Belgrade report consultation activities
End November
2006, Geneva
Discuss draft EECCA indicators
compendium and draft Belgrade
Consultation with
16-17 November
Discuss and improve the draft
Belgrade report
June 2007
Discuss dissemination aspects &
lessons learnt
UNECE/WGEMA meeting, 12-14 June Geneva
UNECE/WGEMA expected input to
Belgrade report preparation
Comments/suggestions/contributions – open
access to Belgrade portal
Assist the implementation of various TACIS
components assisting the report preparation
(water, air & climate change, EECCA
indicators production)
Support the consultation process (OctoberNovember 06) – advise EEA on how to better
carry out the consultation & dissemination
UNECE/WGEMA meeting, 12-14 June Geneva
TACIS support project
Start May 2006 till mid 2007 (1MEUR)
Covering all 12 EECCA countries
Strong partnership with UNECE, UNEP and
CAREC in the execution of the work;
A TACIS support team in EEA to assist the
implementation (June 2006- Dec. 2007)
TACIS Project goals:
Capacity building (reporting, compliance)
EECCA visibility in the Belgrade report (air &
climate change, water, EECCA indicators & case
UNECE/WGEMA meeting, 12-14 June Geneva
Expected support UNECE/WGEMA
• Support identification of relevant EECCA
experts (water, air, indicators)
• Assist in bringing together various
institutions in the country (env. +
transport, energy, ….)
• Facilitate work of the project team
(country missions, regional workshops,
linkage with other relevant initiatives in
the region etc.)
UNECE/WGEMA meeting, 12-14 June Geneva
Tools and guidance
Belgrade – interest group (including
EECCA/TACIS component):
With link to CIRCA Interest group (password
Belgrade Report Guide book
Consolidate report outline
EEA data service
UNECE/WGEMA meeting, 12-14 June Geneva