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ENVSEC supports discussion on how climate change affects food security in Eastern Europe

Kyiv, Ukraine - 26.05.2011

Experts and policy makers from Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine gathered on May 26, 2011 in Kyiv to discuss how food security in the region could be affected by climate change, and what measures their governments should start implementing.

During the seminar organized by OSCE, food security experts and policy makers considered how climate change-related circumstances, such as increasing shortage of water and rising average temperature affect food security in the context that the countries have different levels of transparency, accountability and state regulation of the economy. How to create appropriate policies in these circumstances was also discussed.

The participants considered several scenarios for the future of the region and discussed possible solutions and recommendations to their governments on how to address risks deriving from climate change to preserve food security in the Eastern European region.

The seminar was organized under the ENVSEC project "Climate change and security scenarios for Eastern Europe" funded by the Finnish Government and implemented by OSCE in cooperation with the European Environment Agency.

Based on the OSCE news feature.


ENVSEC Management Board established the Environment and Security Network

Vienna - 18.05.2011

With objective of ensuring coordination and exchange of ideas among various entities working in the field of environment and security, the ENVSEC partners have decided to establish a platform connecting all actors. The Environment and Security Network is a voluntary alliance of various parties, inter- and non-governmental, public and private, working together towards the common goal of addressing (transboundary) interlinked environment and security issues worldwide, with a specific focus on Europe and CIS countries. The Network was officially launched at the ENVSEC Management Board meeting held on 18 May at the Hofburg Congress Centre in Vienna. The registration form to be completed by interested actors, is to appear shortly on the new ENVSEC website.

Among other key outcomes of the Management Board meeting were the approvals of 10 new project proposals to be implemented in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the South Caucasus. In the context of the meeting, a special session for OSCE delegations was organized to inform the OSCE participating States about the activities of the ENVSEC Initiative in general and more specifically about the assessment and soon-to-be launched report on environment and security risks in the Amu Darya River basin in Central Asia.


ENVSEC helps Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to cooperate to ensure safety of the Kirov dam

Bishkek - 10.05.2011

On 4 February 2011 in Bishkek, a bilateral Kazakh-Kyrgyz working group was established to review the safety of the Kirov dam and produce a joint safety assessment report. The group will work under the Kazakh-Kyrgyz Chu and Talas Rivers Commission.

Kazakhstan has recently raised concerns about the safety of the Kirov dam on Talas River, on Kyrgyz territory upstream of the major Kazakh city of Taraz. Kyrgyz authorities agreed to cooperate on the safety of this dam; the two countries requested UNECE to support and facilitate this work.

An international expert together with the Kazakh-Kyrgyz working group reviewed the safety of the dam in April. The result of the review was positive with no specific risks identified. Further work to improve the monitoring of the dam is underway.

This is a positive example of cooperation on safe exploitation of water infrastructure in Central Asia. Dams and reservoirs are of major importance for the economy and future development of the region as they provide a reliable source of water for irrigation, industrial uses and hydropower, and are efficient means of addressing floods and droughts. At the same time ageing dams and lack of funding for their adequate maintenance, coupled with population growth downstream from the dams, represent increased risks to life, health, property and the environment.

The ENVSEC project “Capacity building for cooperation on dam safety in Central Asia (Phase II)” implemented by UNECE in cooperation with the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea and funded by the Government of Finland, is part of the UNECE Water Convention work programme. The project assists Central Asian countries in establishing effective national legislation and technical regulatory frameworks, as well as in strengthening regional cooperation on dam safety. More information is available here.


NATO's cooperation with hydrometeorological stations in Ukraine and Belarus under ENVSEC featured in an article of the magazin "VDI nachrichten"


The full article on the NATO project "Flood risk monitoring and forecast of the Pripyat River basin"" implemented under ENVSEC, in the German weekly magazin "VDI nachrichten" is available here (in German).


In the Balkans, to promote citizens' participation in environment and security, ENVSEC works with the local Aahrus centres supported by the OSCE

Podgorica, Montenegro - 15.04.2011

On 15 April 2011, high-level representatives from the OSCE, Ministry of the Sustainable Development and Tourism and Environmental Protection Agency of Montenegro will mark the opening of an OSCE-supported Aarhus Centre during a news conference in Podgorica. The Centre will facilitate and promote access to environmental information to the public and provide institutional support to Montenegro's implementation of the Aarhus Convention, party to which the country became in 2009.

The Podgorica Aarhus Centre is established under the ENVSEC project in South-Eastern Europe "Strengthening regional cooperation on environmental governance through participatory and informed decision making and implementation process" funded by the Governments of Finland and Austria. Under this project the OSCE assists Aarhus Centres in Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia and helps participating states fulfill commitments under the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters, known as the Aarhus Convention.


Dniester meetings in Chisinau, 18-20 April 2011

Dniester - 14.04.2011

A series of ENVSEC meetings to promote cooperation between Ukraine and Moldova in the Dniester River basin will take place in Chisinau on 18-20 April 2011. The countries will discuss the progress in various components of the ENVSEC Dniester-III project, the status of the Dniester basin agreement, and new legal instruments for jointly protecting Dniester fish and biodiversity. A Working group on flood management and climate change adaptation will review the suggested approaches to assessing the basin's vulnerability to climate change and floods, explore synergies with the World Bank, EU, WMO, UNDP and bilateral donors, and agree on the next steps in the project. Environmental and health authorities will participate in a joint sampling of Dniester water quality and discuss how to further strengthen coordinated monitoring in the basin.

The projects "Transboundary cooperation and sustainable management in the Dniester River basin - Phase III" (2008-2011) and "Reducing vulnerability to extreme flood and climate change in the Dniester River basin (Dniester III Flood and Climate)" (2010-2013) are funded by the Governments of Sweden and Finland and implemented by UNEP, UNECE and OSCE.


Materials from ENVSEC regional meeting for Eastern Europe (Lviv, Ukraine, 16-17 February 2011) are now available online

Lviv, Ukraine - 14.04.2011

'Ecology and Eurointegration': a feature by Lviv TV, Ukraine on the occasion of ENVSEC regional coordination meeting for Eastern Europe, February 2011 (in Ukrainian) is available here.

 ENVSEC Regional Coordination Meeting for Eastern Europe, 16-17 February 2011, Lviv - summary
 ENVSEC Regional Coordination Meeting for Eastern Europe, 16-17 February 2011, Lviv - presentations


ENVSEC supports civil society participation in environment and security in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Tajikistan

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan - 04.04.2011

The Civic Action for Security and Environment (CASE) is an OSCE-led initiative supported by ENVSEC that fosters cooperation between the civil society and government in reducing environment and security risks. At the heart of the programme is a small grants mechanism that finances environment and security projects developed and implemented by civil society organizations. Topical priorities for small grants under CASE are determined at the local level and include awareness-raising on environment and security threats, addressing environmental degradation caused by mining and industrial operations, reducing vulnerability to natural and man-made disasters, supporting climate change adaptation, and building capacity for good environmental governance. Since its launch in 2009, CASE has supported 17 civil society projects in Armenia, 7 projects in Azerbaijan, and 8 projects in Tajikistan.

 CASE - Report on Small Grants Projects, December 2010


ENVSEC supports on-line access to monitoring data in the Donetsk oblast

Donetsk - 11.03.2011

Regional environmental authorities of Donetsk presented a unique system of environmental monitoring in the city. Sensors installed throughout in the city, determine where and how much permissible limits of pollution are exceeded, and transmit data to the environmentalists' server. The scientists say "Now every citizen can see in real time what is happening to his environment. This will put an extra pressure on industries to avoid excessive pollution and to modernise their equipment"

Currently the automatic sensors work only in Donetsk and Makeyevka, but in future the network will be expanded up to 20 cities in the whole oblast. Additionally, the scientists plan to further improve the system so that it will automatically make measurements, identify sources of excessive pollution and notify them.

The system is developed under the ENVSEC project "Assessment and capacity building for managing environment and security risks in Donbas and Soligorsk" funded by the Canadian and Swedish Governments and implemented by UNEP in collaboration with GRID-Arendal (Norway) and Zoї environment network (Switzerland).

Please check a video (in Russian) and the system itself (in Ukrainian) for more information.


ENVSEC Newsletter October-December 2010



 ENVSEC Newsletter October-December 2010


ENVSEC trains custom and border guard officers to fight smuggling of hazardous substances in Eastern Europe

Kyiv - 10.03.2011

On 21-24 March 2011, a train-the-trainer workshop “Detection and prevention of illegal trafficking of environmentally-sensitive commodities” will be organized in Kyiv, Ukraine, with participation of representatives of the customs, border guard and environment authorities, Interpol national bureaus and universities from Eastern Europe as well as from several states of Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus.

The workshop will focus on (i) theory and methods for detection and prevention of transboundary trafficking of the environmentally-sensitive commodities (with the principal focus on the hazardous and other waste which are subject of the Basel Convention); and (ii) theory and practice of teaching the above-mentioned subjects.

The event is organized as one of the activities under the ENVSEC project “Prevention of illegal cross-border transport of hazardous waste: training of border and environmental authorities", funded by the Canadian and Belgian Governments and implemented by OSCE in coordination with the Basel Convention Secretariat in UNEP.


In the Balkans, to promote citizens' participation in environment and security, ENVSEC works with the local Aahrus centres supported by OSCE

Subotica - 09.03.2011

A regional Aarhus Centre was opened with OSCE Mission support in Subotica on 4 March 2011. The Centre will facilitate and promote access to environmental information and contribute to greater inclusion of civil society in discussions and decisions related to improving the state of the environment in Subotica community, North Backa District and throughout Vojvodina. On this occasion, the Centre's website, set up with the OSCE support to provide environmental information for North Backa District, was also presented. Speaking at the event, the Acting Head of the OSCE Mission to Serbia, Thomas Moore stated that the centre presents a new concept in Serbia, because it supports and encourages direct participation of citizens in decision making on environment protection. Moore added that it is especially important for Vojvodina to increase the quality of environmental protection, considering that it has some 300 waterways, and that is faces water quality and supply challenges.

The ENVSEC activities in South-Eastern Europe under the Aarhus Convention and beyond will benefit significantly from this new Aarhus Centre.

More information on the event (in Serbian) is available here and here.


Central Asia says: dam safety is important and ENVSEC support must continue


On 2-3 March 2011, at one of concluding meetings under the ENVSEC project "Capacity building for cooperation on dam safety in Central Asia (Phase III)" officials and experts from the five Central Asian countries agreed to continue cooperation to ensure safety of their aging dams, and requested UNECE to support the development of further work on the national and subregional levels. The meeting highlighted the significan progress in the area achieved since the launch of the project.

Since December 2007, UNECE in collaboration with the Internation Fund for Saving the Aral Sea is implementing the ENVSEC project "Capacity building for cooperation on dam safety in Central Asia (Phase III)" with the financial support of the Government of Finland. The project assists Central Asian countries in establishing effective national legislation and technical regulatory frameworks, as well as in strengthening subregional cooperation on dam safety. The current phase of the project will be completed in June 2011.

More information on the event is available here.


COALLAND: faces of Donetsk


The new ENVSEC publication "Coalland" summarizes several years of cooperation with the authorities and people of the Donetsk region, an important coal-producing, industrial and political centre of Ukraine. It presents to the broad audience the features of Donetsk environment, history, economy and everyday life. The text of the publication is written by the former BBC environmental reporter Alex Kirby, who in 2008 lead ENVSEC training for journalists from Donetsk as well as other parts of Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. Selected works of the journalists who participated in the training are also included. The publication uses original phoographs by Alban Kakulya taken in Donetsk in May 2010.

The book presents the findings of the ENVSEC risk assessment analysis, Risk Assessment Considerations in the Donetsk Basin – Mine Closure and Spoil Dumps , highlighting the need for solid risk assessment and the potential sources of risk associated with mining activities in Donetsk. Based on these findings, an action plan is proposed suggesting how these issues can be addressed by decision-makers and practitioners alike.

The publication was produced within the framework of ENVSEC project “Assessment and Capacity-Building for Managing Environment and Security Risks in Donbas and Soligorsk regions”, funded by Sweden and Canada and supported by Norway and UNEP GEO Cities programme. The project was implemented in Ukraine and Belarus by UNEP/GRID-Arendal and Zoï environment network to address environmental risk from hazardous activities and improve environmental management and awareness. Project activities included technical assessments, training and analysis of mining sites, a well as workshops and training sessions to build up communication skills on environmental topics. The project supported the production of two state-of-the environment reports for the Donetsk region in 2008 and in 2010, the latter both in Russian and English

The publication was released at the ENVSEC Regional Meeting for Eastern Europe in Lviv, Ukraine on 16-17 February 2011.

 COALLAND: Faces of Donetsk


“Waste(s) Watch” cards

Eastern Europe - 03.03.2011

In 2010 under the ENVSEC project “Prevention of illegal cross-border transport of hazardous waste in Eastern Europe” funded by the Belgian and Canadian governments, the OSCE translated the “Waste(s) Watch” cards from English into Russian and adapted them in accordance with the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal as well as with the legislation and procedures enforced in the Eastern European states.

The “Waste(s) Watch” cards are a set of quick-reference cards with practical information on waste and its transboundary transportation. The cards are a practical tool to raise the capacity of the border management authorities to detect and prevent illegal transboundary transportation of waste. The cards were prepared by the Dutch Ministry for Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (VROM) in the framework of activities of the EU Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law (IMPEL) in 2007.

 “Waste(s) Watch” cards


Developing cooperation in the Drin River Basin. ENVSEC designs roadmap for multi-lateral water cooperation


The Drin river basin is an illustrative example of the interdependences between different users in five inter-connected water bodies. The Basin is being managed through different and often inconsistent national management approaches, resulting in degradation of natural values as well as considerable pollution to the Adriatic Sea.

Also due to the remaining instability in the region related to the break-up of Yugoslavia, basin-wide cooperation is fragile, but possible due to improved cooperation and developing political commitments. Building on strengthened awareness and interest to explore potential synergies and benefits from better cooperation, ENVSEC helps to develop a shared vision for sustainable management.

 Developing cooperation in the Drin River basin. ENVSEC designs roadmap for multi-lateral water cooperation


Pioneering water cooperation in South Caucasus ENVSEC facilitates negotiations between Georgia and Azerbaijan


Southern Caucasus is facing multiple inter-state tensions, hindering potential benefits from the development of cross-border cooperation. Thanks to ENVSEC facilitation, bilateral cooperation on the Kura-Aras river between Georgia and Azerbaijan is developing as an example for the region.

 Pioneering water cooperation in South Caucasus ENVSEC facilitates negotiations between Georgia and Azerbaijan


ENVSEC work on management of shared water resources between Greece and FYR Macedonia featured in an WaterWideWeb article


The full version of the interview of Atanasko Tuneski, Co-Director of the NATO project "Monitoring and improving the rivers in the Vardar/Axios watershed" implemented under ENVSEC, to WaterWideWeb is available here .


The main environmental and security challenges in Eastern Europe

Lviv and Lutsk, Ukraine - 28.02.2011

On 16-17 February 2011, the ENVSEC Regional Coordination Meeting for Eastern Europe took place in Lviv, Ukraine, with broad representation by project teams, state agencies, local authorities, academia and NGOs from Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, as well as the ENVSEC Partner Organizations.

During the meeting, participants informed on recent ENVSEC activities and developments in environmental and security hotspots in the three countries. Among the topics discussed were continuing work on the elimination of pesticides in Moldova and break-away Transnistria and mélange stocks in Ukraine, green border demarcation and management between Ukraine and Belarus, pollution control in the coal producing region of Donetsk, and cooperation in shared water basins.

Recommendations for future ENVSEC interventions included the creation of two Aarhus Centres in Chisinau (Moldova) and Tiraspol (Transnistria) to ensure participation of civil society in environmental governance. In addition, a brochure advocating the adoption of the UNEP "Mines for Closure" approach in the coal mining region of Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine was launched at the meeting. Produced by OSCE under ENVSEC, a manual for border guards and customs officers on the prevention of illegal waste cross-border transportation was also presented.

In conjunction with this meeting, senior representatives of ENVSEC, UNEP and NATO visited a flow monitoring station set up in the Lutsk region of Western Ukraine by NATO as a result of the combined efforts towards the sustainable management of water resources under ENVSEC.


ENVSEC work on joint management in the upper Pripyat River featured in an WaterWideWeb article


The full version of the interview of Nickolai Denisov, ENVSEC Regional Desk Officer for Eastern Europe, to WaterWideWeb is available here .


Within ENVSEC NATO starts the first automatic river monitoring system for the Pripyat River basin

Lutsk, Ukraine - 08.02.2011

On 18 February 2011, the first automatic river monitoring station for the Pripyat River basin will commence to collect and send data to the Volyn Hydrometeorological Center in Lutsk, Ukraine. This station is a first step towards a flood monitoring and forecast system that is being installed in Ukraine and Belarus with NATO’s support. Such a system will help the local authorities and the population to prepare and respond to floods in the region.

Currently, the water levels of the rivers belonging to the Pripyat river basin are measured manually at a few locations. The collected data are noted down in hand writing and transferred from time to time to hydrometeorological centers in both countries.

In October 2009, with the aim to improve the situation, NATO’s Science for Peace and Security Programme launched the project “Flood risk monitoring and forecast of the Pripyat River basin.” The objective was to advance the transfer and sharing of data, and to agree on operational rules. The two-year NATO project is being implemented during 2009-2011 by the Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute, Ukrainian Center of Environmental and Water Projects, Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Institute and the Belarussian Central Research Institute of Complex Use of Water Resources. Funding is provided by NATO and the Government of Norway. Technical expertise is provided by the Slovak Republic.

The Pripyat River originates in Ukraine, then enters Belarus before it flows back through the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone into Ukraine and the Dniepr River. In recent years, the Pripyat River basin has suffered from regular severe floods which posed a serious threat to the lives and property of people in both countries. The radioactive contaminated dredges and nuclear power stations located in the Pripyat River basin add yet another security aspect. As was stated last year by the National Ecological Centre in Ukraine, global warming will bring more frequent floods to the region. In view of these security threats, the two affected countries have identified the monitoring, modeling and forecast of floods as one of their national priorities.

For more information about the NATO SPS Programme visit http://www.nato.int/science/index.html.


Environment and Security: Regional Coordination Meeting for Eastern Europe, Lviv, 16-17 February 2011

Lviv - 08.02.2011

The meeting of the Environment and Security initiative (ENVSEC) for Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine will take place in Lviv on 16-17 February 2010. With a broad representation of contacts and project teams from the three countries' state agencies, local authorities, academia and NGOs, as well ENVSEC partner organisations (UNDP, UNEP, UNECE, OSCE, REC and NATO), the meeting will revisit the environment and security issues and hotspots in Eastern Europe, discuss the progress and results of dozens of ENVSEC projects implemented to-date, and plan future work on the security and environment interface. The meeting will be preceded by the workshop on Climate Change and Security Scenarios for Eastern Europe organised by OSCE and the European Environment Agency under ENVSEC umbrella.

UNEP holds the Regional Desk for Eastern Europe, coordinating the work of all ENVSEC partner organisations in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine.

 Agenda of the ENVSEC Regional Coordination Meeting for Eastern Europe, Lviv, 16-17 February 2011 (English)
 Agenda of the ENVSEC Regional Coordination Meeting for Eastern Europe, Lviv, 16-17 February 2011 (Russian)


ENVSEC explores long-term consequences of climate change impact on food security in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine

Lviv - 08.02.2011

On 14-16 February 2011, the workshop "Climate Change and Security in Eastern Europe" will be held in Lviv, Ukraine. The event will gather experts from Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine to discuss potential long-term consequences of climate change impact on food security in these Eastern European countries. The scenario workshop will be carried out by the OSCE within the ENVSEC project of the same name, under the direction of the European Environment Agency and with the financial support of the Government of Finland within the Wider Europe Initiative.


Kick-off meeting of the ENVSEC Danube delta project, December 2010

Odessa - 07.02.2011

Report from a kick-off meeting of ENVSEC project “Joint environmental monitoring, assessment and exchange of information for integrated management of the Danube delta Region, Phase II”, held in Odessa on 20–21 December 2010, is now available online. The meeting brought together representatives and experts from Ukraine, Romania and Moldova to discuss how a Danube Delta Analysis Report and the Joint Danube Delta Survey can be organized in the most efficient way to contribute to a strengthened knowledge base as well as inter-state cooperation in the politically complex and environmentally vulnerable region of the lower Danube.

The project is seen as an important activity during the year of Ukrainian presidency at the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River, which started in January 2011. “We are the neighbours, – emphasised Mykola Melenevskiy, Ambassador at Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Head of Ukrainian Delegation to ICPDR – and the principle of good neighbourhood is important to us and has to be indivisible from relations between the three countries”. He expressed gratitude to ICPDR and ENVSEC for this initiative.

The project is implemented by UNEP, UNECE and ICPDR with funding from the Governments of Sweden and Finland.

 Minutes of the kick-off meeting, 20-21 December 2010, Odessa
 List of participants of the kick-off meeting, Odessa, 20-21 December 2010


ENVSEC work on joint management of the Timok River basin featured in an WaterWideWeb article


The full version of the interview of Cécile Monnier, Project Manager of the ENVSEC project "Bi/multilateral arrangements for prevention of transboundary environment conflicts: the Timok river" implemented by REC, to WaterWideWeb is available here .


Water and international conflicts-Library Talk on 3 February 2011

Geneva - 27.01.2011

On 3 February 2011, the Environment and Security Initiative will take part in the Library Talk "Water and international conflicts" organised by the United Nations Office in Geneva Library. The ENVSEC Senior Programme Manager Ms. Laura Rio will make the presentation "Sharing Water Resources-Environment and Security".

 UNOG Library Talk - Water and international conflicts


Thanks to ENVSEC Strategic Environmental Assessment is applied to district development planning in Crimea


In April 2010, an important component of ENVSEC project “Environment assessment of development planning and environment-security monitoring in Crimea” implemented by the UNDP Crimea Integration and Development Programme, was successfully completed. The objectives of the three-year operation were to enhance capacity of the Crimea district authorities in integrating environment into district development planning in order to support sustainable development and environment security, and to promote the implementation of strategic environment assessment (SEA) in Crimea as a recognised tool for integrated sustainable development planning and conflict prevention.

During the project implementation, several regional workshops and seminars and a number of public hearings and expert meetings were organised to raise awareness and understanding on SEA concept and benefits with elaboration of SEA training material adjusted to reflect Crimea region specificities (in total, 42 specialists representing key government and civil society stakeholders of Crimea were trained, 54 specialists obtained practical experience of SEA application). SEA has been fully integrated in the Bakhchisaraysky District planning process, with 80% of SEA recommendations reflected in the final Sustainable Development Strategy for Bachchisaraysky District. Environmental issues have been reflected also in the strategies of three other Crimean districts. Additionally, SEA elements have been included into the guidelines on district development planning.

The UNECE Protocol on Strategic Environment Assessment was adopted by an Extraordinary meeting of the Parties to the Espoo Convention on the Environmental Impact Assessment in May 2003 in Kyiv, Ukraine. SEA is a system of incorporating environmental considerations into policies, plans and programmes at the decision making stage and thus preventing negative environmental impacts. The SEA Protocol also provides a platform for extensive public participation in governmental decision making. Ukraine joined the Protocol in 2003, however the implementation of the SEA approach still remains rare in the country.

The ENVSEC project “Environment assessment of development planning and environment-security monitoring in Crimea” was funded by the Canadian International Development Agency.

More information is available at http://www.undp.crimea.ua/subcomponent.php?type=dem_sp&menu_id=80, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSF3beGCQTA (English version) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pL_cDQPlF1A (Russian version).

 Report on Strategic Environmental Assessment of Sustainable Development Strategy for the Bakhchisaraysky District (English)
 Report on Strategic Environmental Assessment of Sustainable Development Strategy for the Bakhchisaraysky District (Russian)
 Sustainable Development Strategy for the Bakhchisaraysky District (Russian)
 Sustainable Development Strategy for the Bakhchisaraysky District (English)


ENVSEC promotes cooperation in the Dniester river basin - progress on transboundary water management despite long-term frozen conflict


Pollution and frequent flooding in Moldova and Ukraine affect environment and human security in the Dniester river basin. Thanks to modest funding from the ENVSEC Initiative, the two countries are now joining hands to manage the shared river basin in a more integrated and sustainable way.

The Dniester River, one of the largest East European rivers, influences the environment, economy and politics of the two countries. It starts in the Ukrainian Carpathian mountains, flows through Moldova and reenters Ukraine where it flows into the Black Sea. In Moldova, the river marks the border with the breakaway region of Transnistria.

Upstream water use for hydropower, households, agriculture, the mining industry and the textile industry, are affecting the natural balance of the wetlands ecosystems downstream. The combination of conflicting water needs, pollution, economic loss and heavy floods puts livelihoods and environment in both Moldova and Ukraine at risk and contribute to tension and social instability.

 Cooperation in the Dniester river basin


ENVSEC in South Caucasus helps civil society play a major role in addressing environment and security challenges


During 2009-2010, building on the positive synergy with ENVSEC, the CASE (Civic Action for Security and Environment) Small Grants Programme has supported 24 NGO projects in Armenia and Azerbaijan. Projects have addressed a wide spectrum of issues at the interface of environment and security including, climate change, deforestation, land degradation, solid waste management, industrial pollution and compliance, natural disasters and local environmental action planning. Enhancing public awareness on environment and security issues, strengthening technical and administrative capacities of NGOs and ensuring the participation of all segments of the society especially women and youth in environmental decision-making are some of the major objectives of CASE. Under the leadership of the OSCE, in each country, CASE benefits from the expertise and guidance of National Screening Boards that include government, NGO and UNDP representatives. The partnership of the two ENVSEC partners - OSCE and UNDP; the support of the ENVSEC National Focal Points; and the active engagement of the Aarhus Centres in the region have paved the way for CASE to reach out to the communities and secure their interest and involvement in environmental issues. The Governments of Austria, Canada and Luxembourg and Statoil Azerbaijan are the major donors of CASE. Based on its promising outcomes in Armenia and Azerbaijan, CASE has recently been extended to Tajikistan as well.

The CASE Initiative fosters cooperation between civil society organizations and the government in addressing environment and security challenge by supporting civil society projects with small grants.

More on CASE at http://www.osce.org/eea/72778




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