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International Cooperative Programme on Effects of Air Pollution on Natural Vegetation and Crops 2014-2017 - AQ0833

The International Cooperative Programme on Effects of Air Pollution on Natural Vegetation and Crops (ICP Vegetation) was established in 1987 under the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP). The ICP Vegetation is an international research programme investigating the impacts of air pollutants on crops and (semi-)natural vegetation and reports to the Working Group on Effects (WGE) of the LRTAP Convention. It is one of seven ICPs/Task Forces within the WGE which investigate the effects of pollutants on waters, materials, forests, ecosystems, health, and mapping of their effects within Europe and North America. The Protocols of the LRTAP Convention commit countries to reducing pollutant emissions by specific target years and/or by specific measures. Results from the ICPs/Task Forces are used in both the development of these Protocols, and in monitoring their success in reducing the impacts of air pollution on health and the environment.

Since being established in 1979, the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution The purpose of this work is to deliver the International Cooperative Programme on Vegetation to the UNECE’s Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution. The tasks of the ICP Vegetation contract are to follow the workplan agreed by the Convention’s Executive Body and by Defra through completing a number of work packages (WP) which are detailed below. Each WP has one or more objectives which are linked to measurable and time-bound milestones/deliverables as describes in detail in 2.3c. None of the deliverables are dependent on each others, so interdependencies are not present.
Work Package 1: Coordination and reporting to Defra and the LRTAP Convention.

Objective 1: Disseminate to Defra, the LRTAP Convention and the public, information on the outcome of the programmes of the ICP Vegetation and to organise the annual Task Force meeting.
The costs for sub-contractor SEI-York are for one person attending the annual Task Force meeting in 2015 and 2016, and for their contributions to the meetings/workshop.
Work Package 2: Field evidence of ozone impacts on vegetation.

Objective 2: Coordinate ICP Vegetation biomonitoring of ozone impacts on vegetation as an outreach activity and report on the outcome.

Objective 3: Disseminate web- and iphone app-based method for recording ozone damage in the field and analysis of collected spatial data to indicate extent of effects.

Objective 4: Report to the LRTAP Convention on field-based evidence of ozone damage.
Work package 3: Quantifying impacts of ozone (and co-occurring stresses) on biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe.

Objective 5: Further development and application of the risk assessment methods for ozone, including revised critical levels for effects on ecosystem services and biodiversity and influence of interacting factors.
The costs for sub-contractor SEI-York are for application of the stomatal ozone flux model DO3SE; for contributions to further development and application of the risk assessment methodology; and for attendance of one person at the ozone critical levels workshop in 2016.

Objective 6: Quantify the potential effects of ozone on biodiversity in Europe, including the link to valuation.
Work package 4: Implications of hemispheric transport of ozone and its precursors.

Objective 7: Review current state of knowledge of impacts of hemispheric and regional sources of ozone on European vegetation.

Objective 8: As an outreach activity for the ICP Vegetation, continue to expand network of contributors to other areas of the world where ozone pollution problems are rising.
Work package 5: Further development of nitrogen and heavy metals activities.

Objective 9: To co-organise a workshop to develop integrated risk assessments for the impacts of nitrogen and ozone pollution on vegetation in Europe.

Objective 10: To inform the LRTAP Convention on developments with the ongoing heavy metals and nitrogen content of mosses survey.
Work Package 6: Additional activities required by the LRTAP Convention and/or Defra.
Objective 11:To provide additional support and reporting to the LRTAP Convention, as required.
Project Documents
• EVID4 - Final project report : AQ0833 ICPVegetation evid4 submitted   (3390k)
• ANN - Annual Report : Final ICP Vegetation annual report 2014-15   (1407k)
• ANN - Annual Report : ICP Vegetation annual report 2015-16   (1542k)
• TRP - Technical Report : NECD report ICP Vegetation WP7 AQ0833   (3796k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2014

To: 2017

Cost: £374,707
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Centre For Ecology and Hydrology (CEH)
Air Quality              
Fields of Study
Air Quality