ICP Waters Task Force meeting 2016
Water and soil experts from Europe and North America gather in Asker, Norway, to discuss the effects of air pollution on ecosystems.
Sted: Holmen Fjordhotell, 1394 Nesbru, Norway
Når: 24.05.2016 - 26.05.2016 ,09:00 - 15:00
ICP Waters (the International Cooperative Programme on Assessment and Monitoring Effects of Air Pollution on Rivers and Lakes, led by NIVA since 1986) is hosting a meeting of ca 50 experts from 15 countries in Europe and North America, to discuss effects of air pollution on surface waters, catchments and vegetation. The outcome of the meeting is to supply science-based support for policy developed under the Convention of Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (UNECE). So far, the Convention has produced eight Protocols which reduce emissions to the atmosphere of sulfur, nitrogen, heavy metals and persistent organic pollutants, thereby providing an excellent example of successful international cooperation to protect the environment.
The meeting will take place from May 24th to 26th May in Asker, and is organized together with ICP Integrated Monitoring, another body under the Convention.
The aim of the meeting is to share experiences, create a common ground and set the stage for future collaboration in reducing the effects of atmospheric pollution in ecosystems in Europe and North America. During the meeting, the following themes will be discussed: Acidification and recovery, mercury in aquatic ecosystems, critical loads of acidification, biodiversity and climate change impacts on ecosystems.
The Programme Centre of ICP Waters has been at NIVA since 1986, and consists at present of Heleen de Wit (leader), Salar Valinia, James Sample, Tore Høgåsen, Carlos Escudero and Brit Lisa Skjelkvåle. Its annual budget is around 2,2 million NOK (financed by the Norwegian Environmental Agency and by UNECE). The meeting will be opened by Eli-Marie Åsen (Ministry of Climate and Environment) and Greta Bentzen, NIVAs director.
About ICP Waters
ICP Waters is a programme for monitoring of the effects of acid rain and air pollution on water and water courses. Twenty countries (18 European countries, USA and Canada) participate and supply monitoring data to the programme's central database at NIVA. The monitoring data provide a basis for documenting effects of long-range transboundary air pollutants. An additional important programme activity is to contribute to quality control and harmonisation of monitoring methods. Results from annual assessments of surface water chemistry and biology demonstrate the success of international agreements to reduce emissions of pollutants. The programme is financed by the Norwegian Environment Agency that also heads the work.