Saltsjöbaden V - Taking international air pollution policies into the future

Gothenburg 24-26 June 2013

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24-26 June 2013, 130 leading international policy makers, scientists, experts and others met at an international workshop in Gothenburg, Sweden, in order to discuss and outline future directions in air pollution science and policy. The workshop, which was organised in close collaboration with the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution and the European Commission, involved several themes such as linkages to climate change including SLCP, nitrogen, global governance and effects to health and environment. The output is a series of recommendations for further actions with respect to effects to health, ecosystems and near-term climate actions. Recommendations were also given with respect to heavy metals and POPs. The recommendations are directed towards several international organisations and initiatives such as CLRTAP, European Commission, Climate and Clean Air Coalition and the Arctic Council.



Conclusions and recommendations

Air quality has improved during the past 30 years, but there is still work to be done to protect human health, ecosystems, crops, cultural heritage and to contribute to short-term mitigation of climate change. The effect-based approach – that has underpinned the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution to date – should remain the basis for further steps. (EB).


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