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Workshops on Legal Instruments for the Protection and Sustainable Development of Mountain Regions

Bolzano, Italy - 12-13.12.2005 & 14-15.12.2005

The Environment and Security Initiative partners, in cooperation with the
Ministry of Environment and Territory of Italy and European Academy (EURAC)
are organising two workshops aiming at strenghtening cooperation on
sustainable development of mountain regions in South Eastern Europe and the
Caucasus:

Workshop "Sharing the Experience - Capacity Building on Legal Instruments
for the Protection and Sustainable Development of Mountain Regions in South
Eastern Europe" -
12-13.12.2005

The workshop will bring together representatives governmental organizations
and civil society from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia,
the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro,
including Kosovo (territory under United Nations interim administration).
The objectives of the workshop are: to analyse existing mountain policies
and cooperative agreements, to analyse the potential and role of
legislation in different sectors, to specify needs and benefits of enhanced
institutional cooperation, and to identify, which tools of cooperation
could be used to address these needs. The event will be held back to back
with a similar workshop for the mountain regions of the Caucasus and a
preparatory meeting for the first Meeting of the Conference of the Parties
to the Carpathian Convention (16.12.2005).

THE AGENDA OF THE SEE WORKSHOP

Workshop "Sharing the Experience - Capacity Building on Legal Instruments
for the Protection and Sustainable Development of Mountain Regions in the
Caucasus" - 14-15.12.2005

The workshop will bring together representatives governmental organizations
and civil society from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Russia and
Turkey as well as observers from international, governmental and
non-governmental organizations. The objectives of the workshop are: to
analyse existing mountain policies and cooperative agreements, to analyse
the potential and role of legislation in different sectors, to specify
needs and benefits of enhanced institutional cooperation, and to identify,
which tools of cooperation could be used to address these needs. The event
will be held back to back with a similar workshop for the mountain regions
of South Eastern Europe and a preparatory meeting for the first Meeting of
the Conference of the Parties to the Carpathian Convention (16.12.2005).

THE AGENDA OF THE CAUCASUS WORKSHOP

Environment and Security Initiative Information Meeting

Tirana, Albania - 14.11.2005

The Environment and Security Partners are organising the "Environment and Security Initiative Information Meeting", that will be held in Tirana on Monday, 14 November 2005 with participation of the representatives of the donor community operating in Albania in the field of economy and environment as well as the main local stakeholders in Albania. The main objectives of the meeting are: to present activities of the EnvSec Initiative in the South Eastern European region, to explore the possibility of cooperation with local institutions/organisations and stakeholders and to develop the network of potential partners, to increase the visibility of the Initiative, among others. The meeting will be hosted by the OSCE Presence in Albania.

Second sub-regional meeting of Local Environmental Authorities from the Ferghana valley

Khudjand, Tajikistan - 10-11.11.2005


The second sub-regional meeting of the Ferghana valley brought together local environmental authorities from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as well as ENVSEC project staff, Aarhus Centre Directors and representatives of the ENVSEC partner organizations. The participants discussed the trans-boundary environmental issues, progress of the ENVSEC projects in the region and regional coordination and communication between focal points, stakeholders and different projects. The meeting included a field trip to the Taboshar abandoned uranium extraction facilities.

Khudjand meeting report
Khudjand meeting report (russian)

List of participants

Presentations:
Integrated Land and Water Management in Upper Syr-Darya River Basin
Addressing Environmental Aspects as Root Causes for Social Conflict
Environment and sustainable developement in Central Asia and Russia
Natural Disasters Mitigation in Kyrgyzstan
Disaster Preparedness and risk reduction for communities in high-risk areas in Ferghana Valley, Tajikistan (2005 – 2007) (russian)

Advisory Board Meeting

Bratislava, Slovakia - 29.-30.09.2005

A 2005 meeting of the Advisory Board, to review the progress and future of ENVSEC, to provide scientific and policy advice as well as discuss proposals to further strengthen the initiative is scheduled on 29-30th of September 2005. This year the Advisory Board meeting will bring together the ENVSEC donor countries and partner organisations as well as the ENVSEC National Contacts and Focal Points from the countries of operation. The meeting will be hosted by UNDP Regional Center for Europe and the CIS in Bratislava.

Meeting report available

http://europeandcis.undp.org/go/environmentbratislava

ENVSEC Half year report 2005

22.09.2005

The half year report 2005 is now available, covering highlights of the
ENVSEC activities and outputs between January and July 2005.

Download the report in PDF format 604 Kb

Regional meeting on ENVSEC in Southern Caucasus

Tbilisi, Georgia - 30.06.2005

The meeting gathers together the National Focal Points of three South Caucasus Countries, representatives of the organizations of the Initiative, and project staff. The objective of the meeting is to present the progress of ENVSEC projects in the region, discuss future activities and the role of the National Focal Points.

Agenda of the meeting

Management Board meeting

Arendal, Norway - 16-17.06.2005

The two-day meeting, hosted by Grid-Arendal, discussed the progress on implementation of the ENVSEC programmes and future plans such as the proposal to expand the ENVSEC Initiative to the Arctic.

 

New publication

27.05.2005

Launch of the new ENVSEC publication: Environment and Security: Transforming risks into cooperation - Central Asia - Ferghana / Osh / Khujand area. UNEP, 2005.
Also available in russian
 
 See UNEP press release: New report highlights environmental and security risks in Central Asia’s Ferghana valley

 

ENVSEC side events at the 2nd meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention

Almaty, Kazakhstan - 25-27.5.2005

The ENVSEC partners will organise two side events at the the second meeting of the Parties to the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters ­ the Aarhus Convention.

"Public Involvement for Environment and Security" - a side event to present and discuss the Public information and participation component of ENVSEC Initiative, 25 May. See programme...

"Environmental Risks to security and opportunities for cooperation in the Ferghana valley of Central Asia" - a presentation of ENVSEC assessment and work programme, 27 May.
See programme...

Sub-regional Conference "Reducing Environment and Security Risks from Mining in South Eastern Europe (SEE) and the Tisza River Basin (TRB)"

Cluj, Romania - 11-14.05.2005

The sub-regional conference on mining will be held in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
from 11 to 13 May 2005, with high-level participation of Mr. Klaus Toepfer,
UNEP Executive Director, Mrs. Sulfina Barbu, Minister of Environment and
Water Management of Romania, and Mr. Miklos Persanyi, Minister of
Environment and Water of Hungary. The objective of the Conference is to
draw up an action programme to reduce environment and security risks from
mining in the region, including further assessment and pilot projects at
high-risk sites, and endorse guidelines for sustainable mining and closure
of mines.

- Conference agenda
- PRELIMINARY WORK PROGRAMME, 2004 - 2006

- Mining for Closure - policies, practices and guidelines for sustainable mining and closure of mines , see also explanatory summary

- Desk Assessment on Reducing Environment & Security Risks from Mining in South Eastern Europe (SEE) - Rapid Environmental Assessment of the Tisza River Basin (TRB) (Explanatory summary)

- Rapid Environmental Assessment of the Tisza River Basin

- Reducing Environment & Security Risks from Mining in South Eastern Europe, see also EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

- Declaration of the High-Level Panel of the Sub-regional Conference on “Reducing Environment and Security Risks from Mining in South Eastern Europe and the Tisza River Basin

- List of National Focal Points for SEE

- See UNEP Press release

More documents availble from the South Eastern Europe section of this website.
 

ENVSEC Side Event: "Environment and Security in the
Arctic region"

Tromso, Norway - 11.05.2005

The ENVSEC partners have invited the participants of the High North ­
Environment, Security and co-operation OSCE Parliamentray Assembly 4th
Sub-regional conference
to a side event on "Environment and Security in the
Arctic region: participatory assessment of risks and potential for
co-operation
". The event will consist of an introduction to the ENVSEC
Initiative and a presentation of a project plan for the Arctic regions as
well as open discussion. The ENVSEC Initiative will also be presented in
the main conference on Friday the 13th of May.

OSCE PA conference website:
http://www.oscepa.org/index.aspx?articleid=+497


Second Workshop for Local Actors of the Sava River Basin

Sisak, Croatia - 9-11.05.2005

A workshop on improving water resource management of the Sava river will be held in Sisak (Croatia) from 9 to 11 May. The aim is to create a network of local actors who will share their knowledge in tackling common problems such as access to fresh water and pollution prevention.
 

Seminar on Rapid Environmental and Health Risk Assessment for experts from the Central Asian countries

Cortona, Italy - 4-8.04.2005

The seminar focuses on environmental issues in mining and oil industries, emergency management plans and site rehabilitation.
 

New Website launched

- 30.03.2005
 

 Management Board meeting

NATO Headquarters - 23-24.03.2005

Besides discussing the progress of the ENVSEC activities, an information session was organized to inform NATO's Public Diplomacy Division staff members, delegations and other interested parties about the ENVSEC Initiative. See NATO's press release...
 

New Progress Report covering the activities and results of ENVSEC in 2004

15.03.2005

Report available online.
 

New publication

22.10.2004

Environment and Security: Transforming Risks Into Cooperation - The Case of the Southern Caucasus
 

 

 

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