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2 December 2016
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Image PlaceholderEnvironmental degradation, competition over natural resources, and climate change make governing environmental issues increasingly complex and can lead to tensions. Environmental co-operation, on the contrary, can help building trust and confidence, but it requires dialogue among all concerned stakeholders.

Since 2002, the OSCE has been supporting the establishment, operation and networking of Aarhus Centres. They provide platforms to engage citizens, governments and the private sector in a dialogue on environmental challenges, based on the 1998 UNECE Aarhus Convention. Today, the Aarhus Centres network has reached a total of 60 Centres in 14 participating States. With this special edition of OSCE LINK, we invite you to find out about the OSCE’s work to support environmental good governance through the Aarhus Centres.

Halil Yurdakul Yigitguden
Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities
Satellite map of Mediterranean region's cities night (iStockphoto/Gianluca D'Auri Muscelli)

What are the Aarhus Centres?

Access to information, public participation in environmental decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters are the three pillars of the 1998 Aarhus Convention. They are also the basis for the work of the 60 Aarhus Centres, which provide platforms to engage citizens, governments and the private sector in a dialogue on environmental challenges. Check out our new website, which provides an overview of the Aarhus Centres and their activities.

Green economy and resource efficiency: Networking for a sustainable and secure future

The green economy, resource efficiency, environmental co-operation, networking and partnerships were the focus of the three-day Annual Meeting of Aarhus Centres, organized by the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities on 21-23 November in Vienna. Check out the dedicated event page to learn more, and to access meeting documents.

Infographic: Aarhus Centres

Environmental challenges do not recognize borders. Addressing them effectively requires co-operation and partnerships at all levels. It is at the community level where the Aarhus Centres start such co-operation and joint action. Check out our infographic to learn more.

Making a difference

What can we do to help citizens exercise their right to a safe environment? Watch our video on the Aarhus Centres working across the OSCE region with citizens, governments and the private sector.

Safeguarding the environment in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Aarhus-style

The Aarhus Centres in Sarajevo, Tuzla and Banja Luka have provided the citizens with an open line of communication to governing bodies. The initiative gives citizens the opportunity to engage in the decision-making that directly impacts their environment and their lives. Read our story to learn more about what they do.

A Regional Network: Aarhus Centres in South-Eastern Europe

There are currently 15 Aarhus Centres in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. Read our article to learn how stronger cross-border Aarhus Centre co-operation could contribute to enhanced political co-operation in the future.

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Public participation for a safe environment

An issue of the OSCE Magazine from 2011 features a series of special reports covering the OSCE's work in promoting Aarhus Centres across the OSCE region. Download the issue (PDF 1.6MB) to learn more.

PUBLICATION: The Aarhus Centres - A Brief Introduction

This booklet published by the OSCE and The Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC) provides a brief overview of the history and activities of Aarhus Centers.

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