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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 Task Force on Modelling and Mapping (TF M&M) is led by France, located at INERIS, and chaired by Dr. Anne-Christine Le Gall.
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). In 1988 the Working Group on Effects (WGE) founded the Task Force on Mapping, later renamed to ICP Modelling and Mapping of Critical Loads & Levels and Air Pollution Effects, Risks and Trends (ICP Modelling & Mapping) to develop an effects-based approach for implementing the Convention. The ICP Modelling & Mapping cnducts research jointly with other ICPs and the Task Force on Health Aspects under the WGE to support the LRTAP Convention goals of monitoring and controlling trans-boundary air pollutants.
last update 02-04-2013
Dr. Anne-Christine LE GALL
Institut National de l'Environment Industriel et des Risques (INERIS)