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Environment and natural resources

In the past, environmental issues were seen as a barrier to development. Today, they are an integral component of the sustainable model of development. EuropeAid actively supports the preservation of the environment and natural resources.

The EU’s previous environment and forests regulations both expired at the end of 2006. The new basic act setting the framework for activities in these two fields is the Development Co-operation Instrument, which entered into force on 1 January 2007. 

EuropeAid’s work will be guided by the ‘Environment and sustainable management of natural resources including energy’ thematic programme (ENRTP). This four-year strategy addresses environmental challenges that have a profound effect on the lives of poor people: rapidly degrading key ecosystems, climate change, poor global environmental governance and inadequate access to and security of energy supplies.

The strategy paper was adopted by the Commission on 20 June 2007. The related Annual Action Programme 2007 was adopted by the Commission on 3 December 2007 and parts of it modified on 19 December 2007.

The 2008 Annual Action Programme was adopted by the Commission on 7 August 2008 and parts of it modified on 23 December 2008.

The 2009 Annual Action Programme was adopted on 14 May 2009.

What's on

The new Call for Proposals EuropeAid/128320/C/ACT/Multi was published on 31 July 2009.

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The Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund (GEEREF) set up by the European Commission to provide clean energy to developing countries and economies in transition, is now up and running.

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EuropeAid held its first ever environmental Auction Floor conference in Brussels on 13th March 2009 with over 300 participants.

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Last update: 17/02/2012 | Top