Environmental Performance Reviews: Latvia

First Review

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The focus of the ECE review programme is to help countries in transition to improve their individual and collective performance in environmental management. The ultimate goal is the promotion of sustainable development and the convergence of environmental conditions and policies throughout Europe. These reviews present a detailed study of countries’ environmental position and examines: the framework for environmental policy and management; the management of pollution and natural resources; economic and sectoral integration featuring environmental concerns in agriculture and food processing, the transport of oil products and human health.




The ECE Committee on Environmental Policy included the Environmental Performance Review of Latvia in its work programme in May 1997. In September of the same year, the preparatory mission for the project was organized, and a team of both national and ECE experts was formed to carry out the review. The Governments of Finland, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Ukraine made national experts available for the task. The Commission of the European Communities funded an adviser on EU practices. The Bilthoven Division of the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health contributed its expertise and resources for the preparation of the review of environmental health issues. The travel expenses of the experts from countries in transition and from the ECE secretariat were covered by extra-budgetary funds, which had been provided by Finland, Italy, and Norway. The successful conclusion of the project would not have been possible without the generous support from all these sources.


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