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International Issues

Regional projects on environment

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  • Towards a Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) in the European Neighbourhood

    The project aims to promote the protection of the environment in the countries of the ENPI area by extending the principles of the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS), and developing the capacities of the relevant authorities responsible for environmental data management and reporting. The first phase with €5.7 million EU contribution (both forth the East and South neighbourhoods) have concluded. A second phase with €7 million EU contribution will be launched in 2015. The project is managed by the European Environment Agency.

  • Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood (EaP-GREEN)

    The aim of the project is to support EaP countries in their efforts to shift to a greener economy by decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation and resource depletion. Specifically, the project aims to mainstream sustainable consumption and production (SCP) into national development plans, legislation and regulatory framework. The EU contribution for this project is €10 million.

  • ENPI Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) II

    The project supports the implementation of the Europe and North Asia (“ENA”) FLEG process, with a focus on the implementation of the 2005 St. Petersburg Ministerial Declaration on FLEG.  The overall objective is to contribute to the achievement of legal and sustainable forest management and utilization practices, a strengthened rule of law and improved local livelihoods in the Eastern Neighbourhood countries focusing on environmental sustainability. The EU contribution for this project is €9 million.

  • Emerald Network of Natural Protection Sites  – Phase I and II (2008-2015)

    The project contributes to improving biodiversity protection in the Eastern Neighbourhood countries through a network of protected Emerald sites which created under the aegis of the Council of Europe, serves as an extension of the EU Natura 2000 sites. The EU contribution for phase II is €2 million.

  • Air Quality Governance in the ENPI East Countries (AIR-Q-GOV)

    This project supports the countries in the East Neighbourhood to tackle the challenges they face with the increase of air pollutants emissions by helping them improve their institutional and legislative frameworks in line with multilateral environmental agreements and with European standards. The EU contribution for this project is €7 million.

  • Waste Governance-ENPI East

    The project sought to reduce the risks arising from inappropriate management of wastes in the ENPI East. It improved the management of waste by promoting higher standards at waste facilities, more effective waste prevention initiatives, increased capacities for waste collection and sorting, as well as increasing reuse, recovery and safe disposal of waste. The EU contribution to this project is €5.8 million.

  • Clima East: Supporting Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Neighbourhood East and Russia
  • Improving capacities to eliminate and prevent recurrence of obsolete pesticides as a model for tackling unused hazardous chemicals in the former Soviet Union

    The overall objective of the project is to contribute to protection of environment and public health in the ENPI East region and Central Asia, through reducing the risk posed by hazardous waste and chemical life cycle management in the region, placing specific emphasis on pesticides as a model group of hazardous chemicals. The EU contribution for this project is €6 million.

  • International Protection of International River Basins (EPIRB)

    The overall objective of the project is to improve water quality in the trans-boundary river basins of the Caucasus and Eastern Europe. More specifically, it aims to improve the availability and quality of data on the ecological, chemical, and hydro-morphological status of trans-boundary river basins including groundwater, as well as contributing to the development of RBMPs for selected river basins and sub-river basins according to the requirements of the WFD. The EU contribution for this project is €7.5 million.

  • Improving Environmental Monitoring in the Black Sea (EMBLAS) phase I and II

    The overall objective of this project is to contribute to the monitoring of the state of the Black Sea. The EU contribution between phase I and II is €3.1 million

  • EU Water Initiative in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (EUWI EECCA)

    The EUWI was launched at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002. Its overriding aim is to support the achievement of the water-related Millennium Development Goals. This includes targets for the integration of sustainable development principles into country policies and programmes and a reversal of the losses of environmental resources. The EU contribution to this project is €3.2 million.

    DG NEAR is currently assessing the effectiveness of the EU support to environment in the Eastern partners in order to design the new strategy for the programming period.