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Recommendation 1947 (2010) Final version

Noise and light pollution

Author(s): Parliamentary Assembly

Origin - Text adopted by the Standing Committee, acting on behalf of the Assembly, on 12 November 2010 (see Doc. 12179, report of the Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Local and Regional Affairs, rapporteur: Mr R. Huseynov).

1. The Parliamentary Assembly, referring to its Resolution 1776 (2010) on noise and light pollution, underlines the significant harmful effects of noise and light pollution on the environment in general, and on biodiversity and human health in particular.
2. It recommends that the Committee of Ministers:
2.1. invite member and observer states of the Council of Europe to review their legislation regarding noise and light pollution to ensure that it is relevant to the present-day situation;
2.2. consider whether or not it would be appropriate to draft a framework convention on the measures to be taken, at pan-European level, to address the scourge of noise and light pollution.
3. The Assembly also calls on the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe to analyse and encourage good practices in the fight against noise and light pollution at local and regional level.