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Workshop on national and local environmental information management and
reporting
was held in Budapest on November 21-23, 2005. It gathered 23
participants from 10 countries: Armenia, Belarus, Hungary, Latvia, Macedonia,
Moldova, Poland, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, and Ukraine as well as cities:
Yerevan (Armenia), Minsk (Belarus), Budapest (Hungary), Riga (Latvia), St.
Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Pskov (Russia), Kiev, Vinnitsya (Ukraine), Chisinau
(Moldova), Skopje (Macedonia), Belgrade (Serbia),


Organizers: United Nations Environment Programme (Division of Early
Warning and Assessment), DEWA-Europe, GRID-Arendal, GRID-Budapest.


Facilitators: Ieva Rucevska, Valentin Yemelin, Morten Wasstøl
(GRID-Arendal)


Partner and contributors: European Environment Agency, Secretariat of
UNECE Aarhus Convention, Environment Agency of England and Wales, the Government
of the Netherlands


Objectives


·   Review the latest developments in environmental reporting and
information systems in countries and cities of middle Europe as well as on the
regional /global level.


·   Discuss concrete inputs by countries to the Belgrade
assessment.


·   Discuss and identify needs and opportunities where concrete
assistance can be offered by international organisations in the form of tools,
expertise, and not least the mobilisation of resources).


Results:



  1. Participants received a thorough and up-to-date information on the
    assessment and reporting systems on all levels: global-national-local from
    authoritative sources: UNEP, EEA and Aarhus Convention secretariat;
  2. They shared the best practices and presented a spectrum of electronic
    tools for environmental reporting;
  3. Concrete inputs to Belgrade assessment by countries have been discussed;
  4. Concrete project proposal for EU funding has been presented and received
    backing from 4 prospect countries-participants;
  5. Participants worked on a model for a local environmental information
    system.

Workshop materials