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WEST ASIA
REGIONAL NETWORK OF OZONE OFFICERS

The formation of the Ozone Officers network for West Asia was approved at the 21st Executive Committee Meeting in 1997. The West Asia region comprises of 12 member countries; Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestinian National Authority, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Republic, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

Based in Bahrain, the regional ozone network headed by a Regional Network Coordinator (RNC) and supported by Programme Officer (HPMP) ODS Phase-out Programs and Programme Officer, Policy and Enforcement ODS Phase-out Programs, strive to enhance, strengthen and catalyze efforts of member countries to achieve and sustain their compliance with the Montreal Protocol and its amendments targeting the phase out of the Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) in a timely manner with minimum negative impacts on economic and social aspects.

Through utilizing the technical and policy expertise of CAP proper advice and services is provided to countries. Regularly held forums to facilitate direct contact and experience exchange between ODS officers in member states and key relevant organizations / secretariats. CAP aims at following-up and ensuring that their activities cover all needs of the countries concerned with the compliance of the Protocol, while keeping in line with the latest decisions of the Meeting of the Parties and the Executive Committee.

In addition, to ensure providing qualitative and on time support to member states, CAP with the full support of the ROWA Regional Director, initiates and maintains close coordination and cooperation at national high levels, as well as with regional and sub-regional organizations and secretariats [e.g. League of Arab States (LAS), Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment (CAMRE), Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Regional Intelligence Liaison Office (RILO), World Customs Organisation (WCO), American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)] to ensure their involvement and secure their momentum for maintaining the region in compliance with the Montreal Protocol.

With this in mind, CAP/ROWA adjusted its focus to ensure sustained compliance, complete, as possible, preparation of HPMPs to meet 2013 forthcoming targets and preserve the regional momentum of key emerging issues related to Montreal Protocol particularly policies, legislations and technological concerns as well as ensure continuation of the regional ODS network to address countries and regional needs through thematic meetings/sessions and south-south cooperation. Regional priorities, as concluded by network member states, are grouped into two main groups:

First: Non-HCFC priorities

1. Management of Unwanted ODS and Safe Disposal
2. Addressing MB related concerns (Date, unforeseen uses & zero consuming countries); technical and regulatory obstacles
3. Continue the work of updating technical/vocational curricula (an overlapped business between NPPs/TPMPs & HPMPs)
4.  Sustaining NOUs operation and building capacities of new and future NOOs.

Second: HCFC Related priorities  

1. Putting HPMPs on track to meet 2013-2015 targets
2. Ensuring the development and adoption of national/regional policies and regulations
3. Addressing technological concerns  particularly for  long-term alternatives related to high-ambient  operating conditions
4. Promote the update and/or development of relevant codes/standards

While CAP/ROWA approach to address above priorities follows 3 track approach which is as follows:

 Track 1:

Enhance the capacity for implementing new responsibilities related to the HCFC phase-out by taking other environmental advantages including climate change
Track 2:

Ensure that countries are prepared for achieving compliance with the 2013 and 2015 control measures for HCFCs and methyl bromide
 
Track 3:

Strengthen the insitutional capacity of Article 5 countries to ensure sustainable compliance of phase out targets already met (including CFCs, halons and CTC)
 

 

While timely implementation of phase-out projects remains the key priority for each country in order to meet compliance targets, the other services offered by CAP are not less important in terms of maintaining compliance and adress regional issues of concerns. Those services include:

1. Policy Guidance: Maintain MP at high-level forums i.e. GCC & LAS
2. Legislation Update: Provide assistance in developing/updating national/regional regulations (such GCC unified Regulation)
3. Compliance  Assistance: Early warning and prompt response/assistance to potential/actual non-compliance
4. Technological Concerns: Organize Thematic Meetings and Special Initiatives
5. Institutionalizing MP business:  Promote national and regional ownership and partnerships (Such as ASHRAE & RILO)
6. Promote S-S Cooperation: Support field visits and experience exchange activities (bilateral or through joint networks)
7. Relation with other Environmental concerns: Promote the cooperation and coordination with other MEAs (such as the Green Customs Initiative)
8. Outreach and Awareness Raising: Facilitate dissemination of latest technological information including translation into Arabic as well as promote electronic communication tools and develop regional outreach forums.  

 
UNEP West Asia celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia,16 September 2012
 
UNEP West Asia celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia,16 September 2012
 
The 2nd Regional Symposium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 17 October 2012
 
Erbi Training workshop