A series of trainings was held on April 11-13, 2017 in Chisinau, Moldova, on “Building an Operational Pollutants Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) in Moldova” for environmental authorities and operators. Training participants, representing the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Moldova (MoE), environmental inspectorates, poultry and mining industry sectors, and civil society organisations (CSOs), had a chance to learn about the current situation regarding implementation of the PRTR Protocol and the EU E-PRTR Regulation in Moldova, including an overview of ongoing and planned legislative, institutional and practical measures.
The training was organised through cooperation between the Ministry of Environment and the Regional Environmental Center (REC), with EcoContact as local partner, in the framework of the project "Support Establishment and Advancement of Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs) in Western Balkan Countries and in the Republic of Moldova”, funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety’s Advisory Assistance Programme (AAP) for environmental protection in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia and other countries neighboring the European Union. The project is supervised by the German Environment Agency (UBA), and has been implemented by the REC in cooperation with national PRTR focal points and other country partners, and with the advisory support from the UNECE PRTR Protocol’s Secretariat.
The goals of the trainings were:
- to build the capacities of the experts of the Ministry of Environment and other authorities that could have a role in PRTR reporting on the practical aspects of operating a PRTR system;
- to present planned developments regarding the PRTR system in Moldova and to demonstrate the use of reporting tools through examples from other countries;
- to provide examples of reporting methods for measuring, calculating and estimating emissions and releases, as well as for validation and quality control; and
- to identify and discuss how to solve difficulties of the planned practical reporting process regarding the roles of authorities and facilities, and to make proposals on how to achieve progress in setting up an operational PRTR system.
The training participants were presented with options for the development of a national PRTR law and implementation regulation, and reviewed a draft concept for the PRTR reporting tool. International PRTR experts from Germany and Serbia shared their experience with operating similar registers in their countries, while also reviewing methods for data determination (calculation, measurement and estimation), quality control, validation and presentation in databases and web applications. Project partners from Moldova provided insight into the guidance materials currently developed to support PRTR reporting for the livestock and mineral industry sectors.
Active discussions during the training sessions provided a further benchmark for developing a national PRTR system. Also discussed were future reforms to the national environmental permit system and the respective roles and responsibilities of the Ministry of Environment, environmental inspectorates, tax authorities, economic operators and the National Environmental Agency. It was concluded that the REC PRTR project has assisted with the creation of the basis for the development of PRTR in Moldova, but additional strengthening of the relevant institutional and legislative framework and capacity building for the stakeholders would be instrumental towards launching a regular reporting mechanism in line with international and EU standards.