Guidance on Implementation of the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers


Within the framework of the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation  in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters was developed a “Guidance on Implementation of the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers”.

This document is intended to assist Parties in implementing the Protocol and PRTRs. After a short Introduction in chapter I, Part one of this guidance document continues with chapter II, which presents the key issues that Parties should address in the institutional and legislative implementation of the Protocol. Chapter III reviews the scope of the Protocol, focusing on the specific types of activities and substances covered, including the different methods for determining facility and waste thresholds. Part two covers data issues: chapter IV reviews the types of data covered, and chapter V describes the systems needed to handle data flows. Part three then reviews the Protocol’s data dissemination requirements (chapter VI), and capacity-building and public awareness, including areas for international cooperation (chapter VII).

The annexes provide background information, including a glossary, a table of analytical methods, indicative lists of pollutants and the references used in preparing this document.

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This web page was developed within the project “Support Establishment and Advancement of Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs) in Western Balkan Countries and in Moldova” funded by the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany under the Program Consultative Support (AAP) for Environmental Protection in the Central and Eastern European Countries, the Caucasus and Central Asia and other countries neighboring the European Union, supervised by the German Environment Agency (UBA),  and implemented by  the Regional Environmental Center (REC), in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and the EcoContact Public Association.