• Belarus should stop persecuting environmental activists, UNECE countries insist

    27.10.2021 - GENEVA / MINSK / PRAGUE
    Belarus should stop persecuting environmental activists, UNECE countries insist Belarus has been persecuting environmental activists and should stop this violation of international law. The Seventh Meeting of the Parties (1) to the Aarhus Convention (2) confirmed an investigation report of its Compliance Committee (3), (4). Moreover, a new Rapid Response Mechanism to help the people involved in possible future…
  • Clean Air for Ukraine team visited industrial cities and presented a unique collocation experiment

    21.10.2021 - UKRAINE
    Clean Air for Ukraine team visited industrial cities and presented a unique collocation experiment In September, a delegation of experts from Czech environmental NGO Arnika, dealing with industrial air pollution and from 2018 implementing the Clean Air for Ukraine Project, visited Ukraine. Mission organized together with the local team experts and EcoCity representatives aimed mainly to present the results of a unique collocation experiment…
  • The space for civil society is furtherly shrinking: Too many states do not respect the environmental democracy principles

    18.10.2021 - GENEVA / PRAGUE
    The space for civil society is furtherly shrinking: Too many states do not respect the environmental democracy principles A substantial number of countries are failing to adhere to the agreed provisions of the International Aarhus Convention on environmental democracy (1). While the post-Soviet and Western Balkan states struggle with law enforcement, some EU members continue to weaken previously set standards (2). The assessment is based on shadow reports…
  • Cities of Europe face a growing conflict between private and public interests

    15.10.2021 - GENEVA / PRAGUE
    Cities of Europe face a growing conflict between private and public interests As urbanization in European countries goes on, the quality of life in urban areas and the sustainability of spatial planning are becoming crucial. A conflict between private and public interests is typical, especially for bigger cities – the same struggle for public spaces and affordable housing is taking place in…
  • Raise your hand for protection of environmental activists! NGOs call on governments

    13.10.2021 - GENEVA / PRAGUE / MINSK
    Raise your hand for protection of environmental activists! NGOs call on governments Will the defenders of the environment get effective protection from harassment and persecutions? That is one of the main agenda points of the upcoming Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention (1) in Geneva (2), (3). The representatives of the UNECE states will vote on establishment of a new…
  • Springs of Sana are finally a natural monument

    4.10.2021 - BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
    Springs of Sana are finally a natural monument On September 30th, 2021, great news for Arnika and mainly its long-term partners from Bosnia and Herzegovina was announced. The Government of the Republika Srpska passed the Decision on the proclamation of the Natural Monument "Vrela Sana" (springs of the Sana River), for the protection of which the Center for…
  • Arsenic is becoming a real threat to the residents of Armanis and Urasar

    1.10.2021 - YEREVAN / PRAGUE
    Arsenic is becoming a real threat to the residents of Armanis and Urasar The Czech organization Arnika, focusing on chemical safety, together with the Armenian organizations Center for Community Mobilization and Support and the information NGO EcoLur presented the first results of 2021 research on the impact of mining and metallurgical industry on human health and the environment. The results were obtained from…
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