OzonAction Regional Ozone Network for Europe & Central Asia (ECA network)

Regional Enforcement Network for Europe and Central Asia

The Regional Enforcement Network for Europe and Central Asia (ECA Enforcement Network) initiated in 2009 after being approved at the 57th Meeting of the Executive Committee in March 2009 for Czech Republic and UNEP, the latter being in charge of project implementation and reporting.

The aim of the regional project is to promote regional cooperation between Customs & Enforcement Officers, to prevent illegal trade with ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and to enable the participating countries to gain better control over their import and export of ODS including HCFCs. The project promotes the establishment of Customs focal points for the Montreal Protocol and other Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), improves communication channels for informal information exchange and develops common tools for data management and collaboration within the regional network. The activity also promotes the participation of ECA network countries in the 
informal Prior Informed Consent (iPIC) mechanism and raises awareness on the Montreal Protocol and illegal trade in ODS and ODS-based equipment.

ECA enforcement network meeting 2010 in Ashgabat

The meeting was jointly organized with the Ministry of Nature Protection of Turkmenistan and took place in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, on 11-15 October. The participants included Customs and Ozone Officers from 20 countries as well as the international organizations WCO, OSCE, UNODC, SECI, UNCTAD and UNEP.
It included practical training and case studies concerning the use of enforcement tools and identification of ODS, hands-on sessions on the use of refrigerant identifiers and a wrap-up session with multiple-choice questions specifically prepared for the meeting. Gold and silver medals were handed over to the winners of the ECA Ozone Protection Award 2010 for Customs & Enforcement Officers who had prevented illegal trade in ODS and ODS equipment. All countries have been encouraged to report their cases officially to the WCO to be recorded in operation Sky-Hole-Patching and the Ozone Secretariat to be reported to the Meeting of the Parties.
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Both meetings were hold back-to-back with regional Green Customs workshops to promote awareness on other trade-related Multilateral Environmental Agreements and the meeting language was English and Russian. UNEP intends to continue this activity in 2011 and 2012 with the support of Czech Republic.

ECA enforcement network meeting 2009 in Budapest

The meeting was organized jointly with the Ministry of Environment and Water and the Customs and Finance Guard of Hungary and took place in Budapest, Hungary, 12-14 October 2009.
It provided the participants from 20 countries with the opportunity to establish personal contacts and to share information on Customs focal points as well as border control, intelligence capacity building etc. It was also recommended to establish environmental units within Customs and to create environmental steering committees consisting of relevant stakeholders including Customs, policy, Ministries of Environment, Commerce and Industry.
For meeting documents please click here.