Support to the Establishment and Advancement of Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers in Selected Western Balkan Countries and Moldova

Support to the Establishment and Advancement of Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers in Selected Western Balkan Countries and Moldova

Source of funding

Germany

Name of client/donor

German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

Topic area

Participatory Governance

Overall project value

EUR 260,000

Date

March 2015 – February 2017

Beneficiary countries

Albania | Bosnia and Herzegovina | Kosovo* | Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia | Moldova | Montenegro | Serbia

Number of staff

10

The UNECE Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTR Protocol) was signed in Kyiv in 2003 and entered into force in 2009. To date, it has 38 signatories and 33 parties, including the European Union. Among the countries of South Eastern Europe (SEE), Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia are parties to the PRTR Protocol. Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro are signatories to the protocol and are interested in ratifying it in the future. Among the countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA), the first to ratify the protocol was the Republic of Moldova, on December 23, 2013.

Despite the progress made in recent years in SEE countries, only Serbia has a functioning operational register with regular reporting. The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia took steps in 2012 and 2013 to set up a register and to prepare for reporting starting in 2014.

 

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

The project aims to:

  • strengthen the transparency of decision making on PRTRs by raising public awareness and knowledge, and strengthen NGO capacities to use PRTR data and be better involved in the implementation of the PRTR Protocol;
  • support the development of functioning PRTRs in line with the UNECE PRTR Protocol and the E-PRTR in selected SEE and EECCA countries;
  • improve the efficiency of PRTR reporting in SEE countries where registers already exist;
  • build the capacities of authorities and operators responsible for regular reporting in order to prepare them to use online reporting in practice and to work with data on emissions to air, water and land as well as waste and wastewater (including procedures for the collection, verification and processing of data); and
  • share experience and practical knowledge by means of regional workshops and assist parties and signatories to the protocol to improve their practices in operating their PRTRs.

Project activities build on an earlier German-funded REC project implemented from 2011 to 2013, expanding the geographical scope of the work to include Moldova and intensifying the support offered to beneficiary countries.

Project activities have been designed according to the following targeted results:

  • More efficient PRTR systems in Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
  • Regular PRTR reporting launched in Albania.
  • Improved implementation capacities of competent authorities and operators.
  • Progress in PRTR development in Moldova and recommendations for the adaptation and use of online reporting software.
  • Increased awareness, greater capacities and better understanding of PRTR reporting obligations, procedures and practice among authorities, operators and NGOs in Albania, Moldova, Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
  • More transparent decision making on PRTR development and operation and more effective involvement of NGOs in Albania, Moldova, Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
  • New initiatives and recommendations for putting PRTRs into practice in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Kosovo* endorsed by authorities, operators and NGOs.
  • Mutual learning and the adaption and use of experiences and best practices from SEE and EU countries through regional experience sharing workshops, a PRTR Protocol working group and other international meetings.

 

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

  • Sharing of expertise
  • Development of reporting tools
  • Capacity building and training
  • Networking and cooperation
  • Awareness raising
  • Information dissemination