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During the 1970s it was recognised that transboundary air pollution has ecological and economic consequences (e.g. for the forest and fish industries) caused by acidifying air pollutants. In response to this, the countries of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) developed a legal, organisational and scientific framework to deal with this problem 

The UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) was the first international legally binding instrument to deal with problems of air pollution on a broad regional basis. Signed in 1979, it entered into force in 1983. The LRTAP Convention requires that its parties cooperate in research into the effects of sulphur compounds and other major air pollutants on the environment, including agriculture, forestry, natural vegetation, aquatic ecosystems and materials. The Convention also calls for the exchange of information on the physico-chemical and biological data relating to the effects of LRTAP and the extent of damage which these data indicate can be attributed to LRTAP. To this end the Executive Body for the Convention established a Working Group on Effects (WGE) that is supported by a number of International Cooperative Programmes (ICPs).

The CCE is the Programme Centre of  the International Co-operative Programme on Modelling and Mapping of Critical Levels and Loads and Air Pollution Effects Risks and Trends. The CCE is an organisational entity under the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution of the UNECE. 

last update 05 Jun 2013  
                                        
                                        
                                        
                                     

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Coordination Centre for Effects
National Institute for Public Health and the Environment
P.O.Box 1
3720 BA Bilthoven
The Netherlands
email info-cce@rivm.nl

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