Queries to IBC on Environment and Climate Change regarding COVID-19 impact on the environment

This document was originally published on the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) website: http://www.unece.org/info/ece-homepage.html.
This document addresses four questions that RCOs in the Europe and Central Asia Region are interested in: 1.Has there been an “environmental impact assessment” of COVID-19, or of previous pandemics, that we can use to complement our socioeconomic and human rights impact analyses? 2. As economies weaken and the effects of recession start showing on national budgets, what arguments can we use with governments to convince them that climate action is still a priority hat should figure high in Cooperation Frameworks with the UN? 3. What policy options can we suggest to ensure that the current decrease in pollution levels is not incidental, but rather serves to keep emissions low in the long-run and trigger a move toward green and sustainable economies? 4. What policy (and specific actions) could be undertaken by the governments to adapt and mitigate the climate change effects on agriculture, environment (deforestation, water and air pollution, weather-related shocks, prevention of disease transmission from animals to people etc) and what are UN instruments to support/stimulate Government’s in these efforts?
This resource is part of a Collection of similar guidelines entitled "COVID-19:Environmental impact", and it is included in the series of Collections supporting response to Covid-19 outbreak. Collections are monitored daily and new content is added.