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Good Practice Recommendations on the Application of the Convention to Nuclear Energy-related Activities

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Good Practice Recommendations on the Application of the Convention to Nuclear Energy-related Activities Available in English, French and Russian
The good practice recommendations describe existing good practice regarding the application of transboundary environmental impact assessment procedures in the field of nuclear energy. Their aim is to assist countries in the consistent practical application of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention) in the field of nuclear energy by illustrating good practice and sharing experiences. They also aim at facilitating exchange of information.
The good practice recommendations build on information and responses to a survey provided by national experts on environmental impact assessment and focal points to the Espoo Convention, in most cases in consultation with national nuclear experts. The publication was prepared by consultants to the UNECE secretariat under the supervision of an editorial group consisting of representatives of Parties and a non-governmental organization1. The preparation of the recommendations was requested by the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention (through decision VI/7)2, and foreseen in the workplan for the implementation of the Convention and the Protocol for the period 2014-20173.
The Working Group on Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment agreed on draft good practice recommendations at its sixth meeting (Geneva, 7-10 November 2016) and requested the editorial group to include a selection of good practice examples provided by Parties, which were subsequently reviewed by the Bureau.
At its seventh session (Minsk, 13-16 June 2017), the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention endorsed the good practice recommendations through its decision VII/6 and recommended that the Parties take their contents into account when implementing and applying the Convention. Parties were also invited to distribute them to authorities and relevant stakeholders. The recommendations were also proposed to be used in the capacity-building activities included in the workplan.
[1] The members of the editorial group represented Austria, Belarus, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine and the European ECO Forum.
[2] See ECE/MP.EIA/20/Add.1-ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/4/Add.1.
[3] See ECE/MP.EIA/20/Add.3-ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/4/Add.3, decisions VI/3-II/3, annex I.