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Environment and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources

The thematic programme for Environment and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources including Energy (ENRTP) helps developing countries and partner organisations to address environmental and natural resource management issues. Moreover, it helps to meet their obligations under multilateral environmental agreements and to take international policy leadership in such areas as fighting climate change, tackling land degradation and desertification, biodiversity protection and proper management of chemicals and wastes. Its legal base is Article 13 of the EU Regulation establishing the Development Co-operation Instrument (DCI).

What does it cover?

The ENRTP’s objectives are:

  • integrating environmental protection requirements into the Community's development and other external policies,
  • helping promote the Community’s environmental and energy policies abroad in the common interest of the Community and partner countries and regions.

In order to address the challenges having a deep effect on the lives of poor people (rapidly degrading key ecosystems, climate change, poor global environmental governance, inadequate access to and security of energy supply), the ENRTP is based on the following priorities:

  • Priority 1: assisting developing countries to make better progress on integrating environmental sustainability in decision making by means of support to civil society stakeholders,
  • Priority 2: promoting the implementation of initiatives and commitments made at both European and international level,
  • Priority 3: increasing the prominence of environmental issues in EU external policy,
  • Priority 4: strengthening international governance on the environment and make EU actions a key part of the process,
  • Priority 5: broadening the options as regards sustainable energy, in particular by developing a legislative and administrative framework which favours investments and businesses, and also by stimulating international cooperation.

The added value of this programme is that it offers:

  • the possibility of greater integration of the environment and energy into development policies/strategies and planning through more targeted activities and more effective instruments,
  • greater opportunity to address issues that are often not priorities under the geographical instruments (like EDF, DCI and ENPI),
  • the possibility of addressing issues that are common to groups of countries that do not belong to a single region (i.e. that are not easily covered by a single geographical instrument),
  • enhanced ability to address the external dimension of EU environment and energy policies, for which purpose no other instruments are available.

How much money is available?

The ENRTP has an indicative budget of € 470 million for 2007-2010, allocated as follows:

  • Priority 1: €14.2 million (3% of the total)
  • Priority 2: €273.8 million (58% of the total)
  • Priority 3: €8.2 million (2% of the total)
  • Priority 4: €38.5 million (8% of the total)
  • Priority 5: €115.4 million (25% of the total)

The remaining funds are allocated for support expenses.

The ENRTP is implemented through Annual Action Programmes (AAPs) based on the general indications provided by the Thematic Strategy Paper and Multi-Annual Indicative Programme 2011-2013 pdf - 199 KB [199 KB] .

Projects funded in: 2003-2006 environment pdf - 45 KB [45 KB] , 2003-2006 forests pdf - 57 KB [57 KB] , 2007-2008 all pdf - 96 KB [96 KB] .

Who is eligible for funding?

In general, the following entities are eligible for funding:

  • partner countries and regions, and their institutions,
  • decentralised bodies in the partner countries (municipalities, provinces, departments and regions),
  • joint bodies set up by the partner countries and regions with the Community,
  • international organisations,
  • EU agencies.

In case of call for proposals and tenders: each of them will specify in related documents the eligibility criteria for that specific call or tender.

Last update: 06/03/2014 | Top