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Activity of the UNECE Task Force

It was decided to establish the UNECE Task Force on public participation in environmental impact assessment in a transboundary context (the UNECE PP-EIA Task Force) for development the guidance. The authors of the submitted case studies (i.e. experts with practical skills and knowledge in organising public participation in a transboundary EIA) were invited to be members of this Task Force.
Representatives of the following countries and organisations submitted case studies and active participated in development of the guidance as members of the UNECE PP-EIA Task Force:
Tatyana Javanshir (Azerbaijan)
Jacquelina Metodieva and Katya Peicheva *(Bulgaria)
Nenad Mikulic (Croatia)
Veronika Versh* (Estonia)
Leena Ivalo* and Ulla-Riitta Soveri (Finland)
Georges Guignabel (France);
Gia Zhorzholiani* (Georgia)
Foris Edina (Hungary)
Federica Rolle and Carmela Bilanzone (Italy)
Gulfia Shabaeva* and Tatyana Filkova (Kyrgyzstan)
Daniela Pineta (Romania)
Sergey Tveritinov (Russia)
Jim Burns* and Roger Gebbels* (United Kingdom)
David Aspinwall and Thisvi Ekmektzoglou* (the European Commission)
Wiek Schrage* (Secretary to the UNECE EIA Convention)
Nikolay Grishin* (Agency “EcoTerra”, co-ordinator of the UNECE PP-EIA Task Force)

The members of the UNECE PP-EIA Task Force:
- took part in development of the first and second versions of the format for the description of the case studies of public participation in a transboundary EIA;
- submitted a number of case studies of public participation in a transboundary EIA;
- participated in the meeting of the Task Force in Moscow (25-27 September 2003) at which the case studies and the first draft of the guidance were discussed;
- took part in development second (November 2003), third (December 2003) and final (January 2004) version of the guidance .

Meeting of the UNECE Task Force in Moscow (2003)

Meeting of the UNECE Task Force on Public Participation in Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Moscow, Russian Federation, 25-27 September 2003)

Particpants:

Katya Peicheva (Bulgaria); Veronika Versh (Estonia); Leena Ivalo (Finland); Gia Zhorzholiani; Gulfia Shabaeva (Kyrgyzstan); Vladimir Markov and Zinaida Muzileva (Russia); Jim Burns and Roger Gebbels (United Kingdom); Thisvi Ekmektzoglou (the European Commission); Wiek Schrage (Secretary to the UNECE EIA Convention); Nikolay Grishin (Agency “EcoTerra”, co-ordinator of the UNECE PP-EIA Task Force); Olga Tokmakova (International Public Network for Environmental Impact Assessment (IPNEIA)), Olga Razbash (Russian Regional Environmental Centre (RREC).


Programme

Thursday 25 September

9:00 - 9:30 Registration
9.30-10.00 Opening.Welcome remarks by the representative of Ministry for Nature Resources of the Russian Federation
Background: The objective of the meeting, The UNECE EIA Convention,
(Wiek Schraget, UNECE)
Discussion Paper: draft of the Guidance (Roger Gebbels, UK, Nikolaj Grishin, EcoTerra)
10:00-11:15 Presentation of case studies
11.15-11.30 Coffee Break
11:30- 13:15 Presentation of case studies and discussion
13:15-14:15 Lunch Break
14:15-16.00 Presentation of case studies and discussion (continued).
Discussion on the draft of the Guidance
16.00-16.15 Coffee Break
16.15-17.30 Discussion on the draft of the Guidance
Friday 26 September
9:30 - 11:15 Discussion on the draft of the Guidance
11.15-11.31 Coffee Break
11:30- 13:15 Discussion on the draft of the Guidance
13:15-14:15 Lunch Break
14:15-16.00 Discussion on the draft of the Guidance
16.00-16.15 Coffee Break
16.15-17.30 Discussion on the draft of the Guidance
Saturday 27 September
9:30 - 11:15 Discussion on the draft of the Guidance
11.15-11.32 Coffee Break
11:30- 13:15 Discussion on the draft of the Guidance
13:15-14:15 Lunch Break
14:15-16.00 Discussion on the draft of the Guidance
Closing the meeting

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* members of the UNECE PP-EIA Task Force – participants of the Moscow meeting of this Task Force (25-27 September 2003), where participated in addition: Vladimir Markov and Zinaida Muzileva (Russia), Olga Tokmakova (International Public Network for Environmental Impact Assessment (IPNEIA)) and Olga Razbash (Russian Regional Environmental Centre (RREC)).