The West Asia Regional Ozone Officers Network was approved in 1997 to enhance, strengthen and catalyze efforts of member countries to achieve and sustain their compliance with the Montreal Protocol and its amendments targeting the phase out of the Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) in a timely manner with minimum negative impacts on economic and social aspects. The West Asia region comprises of 12 member countries; Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, State of Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Republic, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
The team of the Compliance Assistance Programme in West Asia is headed by a Montreal Protocol Coordinator and supported by a Programme Officer (HPMP) and a Programme assistant. Through utilizing the technical and policy expertise of the Compliance Assistance Program (CAP) based in Paris, proper advice and services are provided to West Asia countries to ensure sustained compliance through preparation and implementation of HPMPs to meet forthcoming Montreal Protocol targets and preserve the regional momentum of key emerging issues particularly policies, legislations and technological concerns as well as ensure continuation of the regional ODS network to address countries and regional needs through thematic meetings/sessions and south-south cooperation.
In addition, to ensure providing qualitative and on time support to member states, CAP with the full support of the West Asia Regional Director, initiates and maintains close coordination and cooperation at national high level, as well as with regional and sub-regional organizations and secretariats [e.g. League of Arab States (LAS), Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Regional Intelligence Liaison Office (RILO), World Customs Organization (WCO), the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)] to ensure their involvement and secure their momentum for maintaining the region in compliance with the Montreal Protocol. While timely implementation of phase-out projects remains the key priority for each country to meet compliance targets, other services offered by CAP are not less important in terms of maintaining compliance and addressing regional issues of concerns. Those services include:
- Policy Guidance: Maintain MP at high-level forums i.e. GCC & LAS.
- Legislation Update: Provide assistance in developing/updating national/regional regulations (such GCC unified Regulation).
- Compliance Assistance: Early warning and prompt response/assistance to potential/actual non-compliance.
- Technological Concerns: Organize Thematic Meetings and Special Initiatives to address technical challenges related to the ODS phase out in the region.
- Institutionalizing MP business: Promote national and regional ownership and partnerships (Such as ASHRAE & RILO) and assist countries to integrate Montreal Protocol work in their national agendas and planning.
- Promote South-South Cooperation: Support field visits and experience exchange activities (bilateral or through joint networks) to facilitate smooth and cost-effective implementation of approved programs.