Putting a Face to the  
Ozone Layer Protection

Informal Prior-informed
Consent (iPIC)

Enforcement Strategies for 
Combatting the Illegal
Trade in HCFCs & Methyl

OzonAction Publications
catalogue 2014

Information Note


Green Customs workshop in Astana

Group photo at Green Customs workshop in Astana, 27-28 June 2012The Climate Change Coordination Centre of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the OzonAction Programme of UNEP’s Division on Technology, Industry & Economics, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment Protection of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan, organized the Green Custom Workshop in Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan, from 27-28 June 2012.

The main objectives of the national workshop was to introduce trade provisions, roles of customs, detection and investigation of illegal trade of related MEAs (Montreal Protocol, Rotterdam, Stockholm, Basel, and CITES) and discuss best practices regarding monitoring and enforcement of trade in environmentally sensitive items.  The workshop participants considered challenges faced by the Customs in effectively controlling illegal trade and the ways in which these challenges can be overcome.

Participants included customs officers from various checkpoints of the Republic of Kazakhstan and representatives of the Ministry of Environmental Protection. The participants highlighted the importance of strengthening of monitoring and control of trade in environmentally sensitive commodities in the Region after the establishment of a Customs Union between the Russian Federation, the Republics of Belarus and Kazakhstan. The practical session was organized by the Climate Change Coordination Centre of the Republic of Kazakhstan on identification of HCFCs using the special identification equipment. The participants also discussed in detail obligations and provisions of related MEAs and agreed on further steps in strengthening awareness among customs officers in their role of enforcing MEAs. 

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Anne Fenner, Information Manager, UNEP DTIE OzonAction Programme, Tel: +33 1 44371454; Email:
Mr Mikheil Tushishvili, Programme Officer, UNEP DTIE OzonAction Programme, Tel: +33 1 44371471; Email:

Notes to Editors

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.

Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer is an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production and consumption of a number of substances believed to be responsible for ozone depletion. The treaty was opened for signature on September 16, 1987 and entered into force on January 1, 1989. Since then, it has undergone five revisions, in 1990 (London), 1992 (Copenhagen), 1995 (Vienna), 1997 (Montreal), and 1999 (Beijing). Due to its widespread adoption and implementation it has been hailed as an example of exceptional international cooperation "Perhaps the single most successful international agreement to date...”

The Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol is managed by an Executive Committee which is responsible for overseeing the operation of the Fund. The Committee comprises seven members from developed and seven members from developing countries. The 2012 Committee membership includes Belgium, Canada, Finland, Japan, Romania, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America (developed countries) and Argentina, China, Cuba, India, Kenya, Jordan and Mali (developing country members) and is chaired by Mr. Xiao Xuezhi (China). The Committee is assisted by the Fund Secretariat which is based in Montreal, Canada.