The EU promotes environmental protection and the safeguarding of natural resources worldwide, both through its geographical programming (Country and Regional Strategy Papers) and through specific financing for environment. The Commission manages a number of global and regional programmes, such as the Environment and Tropical Forests Programme, which disbursed some 80 million euros in 2006 to fund projects in developing countries, and the Asia Pro Eco programme, which financed environment projects in developing countries of Asia to the tune of 54 million euros between 2002 and 2006.
With the aim of rationalising and simplifying the Commission's legislative framework governing external actions for 2007-2013, a new Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI Regulation EC 1905/2006 OJ L 378/41) was adopted in December 2006. Article 13 of the regulation sets out the framework of a thematic programme for the environment and sustainable management of natural resources including energy (ENRTP). The ENRTP replaces the former budget lines that addressed the environmental dimension of the EU's external and development policies (International Environment, Environment in Developing Countries, Tropical Forests and Other Forests in Developing Countries, LIFE-Third Countries, etc.). The Thematic Strategy Paper, which sets out the implementing arrangements of the ENRTP will have an indicative budget of €470 million for the period 2007-2010. The programme will cover field projects mostly selected through calls for proposals, policy initiatives and support for the work of multilateral environmental agreements and processes. The emphasis will be on integrating environmental concerns in development strategies; tackling climate change, biodiversity loss and desertification; promoting the sound management of chemicals and wastes; as well as providing access to affordable and sustainable energy services.