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Previous activity on development of the guidance

At the first meeting of the Parties to the Convention on EIA in a transboundary context (Oslo, 18-20 May 1998), it was agreed that the work-plan for the implementation of the EIA Convention for 1998-2000 should include work on public participation in (environmental impact assessment in) a transboundary context.
The first version of the guidance was developed by the Russian Federation, as lead country, with financial support from Italy, with the assistance of the secretariat to the EIA Convention and an international group of experts from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russian Federation, Slovakia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Commission and international NGOs: European ECO-Forum, Global Environment, International Public Network for Environmental Impact Assessment (IPNEIA) and International Social-Ecological Union (ISEU). Most of these experts, including many from NGOs and countries in transition, took part in the international Workshop in Moscow (18-20 June 2000) where this version of the guidance was discussed, further developed and generally approved.
The first version of the guidance was supported by international environmental non-governmental organisations: by the International Social-Ecological Union (ISEU, resolution of 7th Conference of ISEU of 24 August 2000) and by the Pan-European Coalition of Environmental Citizens Organisations European ECO-Forum (item C.2 of the Plenary document of the conference of European EcoForum of 16 September 2000).