Motoharu Yamazaki, REC, described the background, objectives, and activities of REC, underlining its goal to promote regional cooperation and public participation in environmental issues in CEE.
Maria Khovanskaia, REC, described her organization's project for assisting CEE countries to identify the best options for creating national registries and presented findings on: the parameters of domestic research activities; review of similar existing registries; analysis of institutional and legal bases for building a national registry system; and estimation of the costs of establishing national registries. Khovanskaia discussed studies conducted in Poland, Latvia and Hungary, highlighting conclusions relating to legal frameworks, legislation, capacity assessments, and costs. She also noted general findings of the project, including: the lack of climate change mitigation strategies in most CEE countries; implications of EU accession; cooperation with financial institutions; institution building needs; country specific needs; and uncertainty regarding whether registries should be consolidated or nationally based.
Mihaela Dupleac, Terra Mileniul III - Climate Action Network CEE, outlined work undertaken in Romania toward the implementation of a national greenhouse gas registry. She said the project reviewed international requirements, national circumstances, specific needs, and capacity building. Noting that Romania does not have a specific climate change strategy, Dupleac reviewed the national circumstances that support or hinder the implementation of a national registry and the advantages and disadvantages of using a nationally developed registry system rather than one developed abroad. She outlined the requirements that the national registry design must address and recommended policy, legislative, compliance, institutional, capacity building, monitoring, and financial elements for a national registry.
Eva Šnajdrová, IREAS Institute for Structural Policy, reviewed work completed in the Czech Republic in developing a national registry. She said the project reviewed UNFCCC requirements, existing national pollution registries in her country, existing national securities registry systems, and implications for other countries with economies in transition. She highlighted the lessons learned from the project relating to the reliability and availability of data, registry design, and the applicability of using questionnaires for data collection.