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UNECE Protocol on PRTRs 14 06 2024

The UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters, or Aarhus Convention, and its Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs) empower people with the rights to access information, participate in decision-making and seek justice in environmental matters. Thus, they effectively contribute to the protection of the  right of every person to live in an environment adequate to his or her health and well-being. They also provide a solid and comprehensive framework for governments to engage the public effectively in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal 16.

There are currently 47 Parties to the Aarhus Convention and 38 Parties to the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs).

PROTOCOL ON PRTRS REPORTING MECHANISM

Pursuant to article 17 of the Protocol on PRTRs, the Parties keep under continuous review the implementation of the Protocol on the basis of regular reporting by the Parties. To promote further the exchange of knowledge and experience, the national implementation reports prepared by the Parties for each reporting cycle are made accessible through the search engine below. It allows

  1. To search national reports by Party, reporting cycle, report question and key word search. It is also possible to select multiple Parties, reporting cycles and/or report questions and download the search results.
  2. To search for national reports submitted in national languages and/or track changes in pdf and/or word file format. To enable this search, please tick the box next to “report files”.

For further information and practical guidance for the current reporting cycle, please visit the 2025 NIR webpage.
Information about previous reporting cycles is available here.

Occurrence of a word or phrase in the reporting template and submitted reports
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Synthesis reports on the status of implementation of the Protocol for each reporting cycle prepared by the secretariat  

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2021ENGFRERUS
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2014ENGFRERUS

Key reference documents for preparing national implementation reports by the Parties to the Protocol on PRTRs

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Decision of the Meeting of the Parties I/5ENGFRERUS
Decision of the Meeting of the Parties II/1ENGFRERUS
Decision of the Meeting of the Parties III/IENGFRERUS
Decision of the Meeting of the Parties IV/IENGFRERUS
Guidance on reporting requirementsENGFRERUS

For further information and practical guidance for the current reporting cycle, please visit the 2025 NIR webpage.

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