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Intergovernmental Meeting on the Preparation of the South Eastern Europe Mountain Convention

Bolzano, Italy - 3-4.11.2006

The first intergovernmental meeting for the preparation of a legal
framework for the Protection and Sustainable Development of Mountain
Regions in South Eastern Europe will be held in Bolzano, Italy, on 3-4
November 2006. The meeting is organised by UNEP, in cooperation with the
European Academy (EURAC) and the Balkan Foundation for Sustainable
Development (BFSD). The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the draft
elements for the Framework Convention that have been prepared by BFSD. The
meeting will be hosted by EURAC with the support of the Italian Ministry of
the Environment and Territory and of the Central European Initiative (CEI),
in the framework of the Mountain Partnership.

> Draft Meeting agenda

Advisory Board Meeting

Vienna, Austria - 31.10.2006

In 2006 the ENVSEC Initiative has been strengthened with the addition of
two new partners, REC and UNECE, and the geographic scope of the Initiative
has broadened to cover Eastern Europe: Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. In
Central Asia, the Initiative has started two new assessment projects to
identify environmental risks for human security and ways for strengthening
regional cooperation in the Eastern Caspian and Amu Darya water basins.

Recently the ENVSEC Partners also started the assessment and verification
of mining hotspots in South Eastern Europe and work towards in-depth
environment and security assessments in the areas of frozen conflicts in
the Southern Caucasus.These and other interesting developments of the
Initiative will be discussed at this year's ENVSEC Advisory Board meeting,
which will will be organised in Vienna on the 31st of October. This year
the Advisory Board meeting will bring together ENVSEC donor countries and
partner organisations as well as other organisations working in the field
of environment and security. The meeting will be hosted by the Office of
the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities.

> Draft Meeting agenda
> Meeting report

Regional Workshop "Network Development of Local Actors in the Sava River Basin"

Terme “Jezercica” Donja Stubica, Croatia - 11-12.09.2006

An ENVSEC workshop which will be held in Croatia on 11-12 September 2006 and is being organized with the support of the OSCE Mission to Croatia.

The workshop is being organized in co-operation with UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research) and will gather different local actors (local and regional self-government officials, water suppliers, NGOs, and government representatives) from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia, and will be the starting point to create a Network of Local Actors from the Sava River Basin on Water Resource Management.

During the workshop, the Sava Commission will be presented, and the participants will share experiences on natural resources co-operation, flood control and navigation, and access to finance.

> Meeting agenda

4th Regional Meeting of the Oblast Environmental Committees in Ferghana Valley

Dushanbe, Tajikistan and Bratislava, Slovakia - 11-12.07.2006

On 11-12 July, the 4th Regional Meeting of the Oblast Environmental Committees in Ferghana Valley is held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the progress and implementation process of the Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC) in Ferghana Valley. It will:

- To review the progress in the development and implementation of the ENVSEC Ferghana work programme with the focus on the final results of the REHRA project;

- To further identify and discuss concrete measures for regular information exchange and communication between ENVSEC Focal Points and Programme Desk Officers.

The meeting gathers representatives of local environmental authorities and Ministries of Environment and Emergencies from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, OSCE, UNEP, UNDP, NATO, and a number of other stakeholders.

The meeting will look into the regional environmental challenges from the point of view of human security risks, and the proposed ways to meet them. This edition of the Oblast Committee meeting will in detail examine the results of the project Rapid Environmental Health Risk Assessment (UNEP), and discuss its follow-up actions together with the proposal for managing and lowering the risks assessed.

Since the time of the Third regional meeting of Local Environmental Authorities from the Ferghana valley in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on 12-14 February (see News Archive), significant progress has been made in the two projects on the Legacy of Uranium Extraction and Environmental Security in Central Asia (NATO), and the project on Natural Disasters Preparedness of the boarder communities in Ferghana Valley (UNDP), that were initialized there. Also Aarhus Centers (supported by OSCE) have seen major development, and are a key component of the information coordination of the ENVSEC Initiative in the region.

> List of Participants ( russian)
> Meeting agenda ( russian)

> Meeting record ( russian)
> Package of Project Progress Reports

> Speech of OSCE Ambassador Alain Couanon
> Speech of the Chairman of the State Committee for Nature Protection and Forestry, Abduvohit Karimov

> Presentations
1. REHRA implementation and results (Bruno Frattini)
2.
REHRA implementation and results - Kyrgyzstan (Tatiana Volkova)
3.
REHRA Summary presentation (Viktor Novikov)
4. Presentation Anzob (Tatyana Kirilova)
5.
EnvSec implementation progress (Inkar Kadyrzhanova)
6.
Aarhus Centre in Khudjand (Anatolij Tsoy)
7.
Ferghana SOE TOR (Viktor Novikov)
8.
EnvSec Management and coordination (Inkar Kadyrzhanova for Ben Slay)

Workshop on Enhancing Transboundary Biodiversity Management in South Eastern Europe

13-14.06.2006

The ENVSEC Workshop "Enhancing Transboundary Biodiversity Management in
South Eastern Europe (SEE)" will be organised in Podgorica, Montenegro on
13-14 June. The main objectives of the workshop are to review the draft
assessment of transboundary mountain ecosystems in SEE, to visualize and
recommend priority areas and to identify follow up action required. The
workshop will bring together representatives of countries from the region:
Albania, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia and
Montenegro, representatives of the United Nations Interim Administration in
Kosovo (UNMIK), representatives of non-governmental organizations and
further international experts and participants.

The workshop is financed by the Austrian Development Agency as a part of a
regional ENVSEC SEE project and is organised by UNEP and the Regional
Environmental Center Field Office in Montenegro.

> Agenda of the ENVSEC Biodiversity workshop
> Draft Biodiversity Assessment Report

Environment and Security in Eastern Europe

22.05.2006

Background paper for consultations in Chisinau – Kyiv – Minsk (Russian only)

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Cooperation for the Protection and Sustainable Development of Mountainous Regions in South Eastern Europe

12-13.05.2006

The Ministry of the Environment and Physical Planning of Macedonia in
cooperation with the Balkan Foundation for Sustainable Development (BFSD)
and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will organise
Intergovernmental consultation on the "Cooperation for the Protection and
Sustainable Development of Mountainous Regions in South Eastern Europe
(Balkan region)", to be held in the National Park Pelister, Republic of
Macedonia, from 12-13 May 2006. The meeting is organized in cooperation
with the European Academy (EURAC) with the support of the Italian Ministry
of the Environment and Territory, in the framework of the Mountain
Partnership.

Following the Workshop on "Sharing the Experience - Capacity Building on
Legal Instruments for the Protection and Sustainable Development of
Mountainous Regions in South Eastern Europe", held in Bolzano, Italy, from
12-13 December 2005, the main objective of this meeting is to continue to
identify the fields of and tools for enhanced cooperation for the
protection and sustainable development of mountainous regions in
South-Eastern Europe (Balkan region).

ENVSEC Progress report 2005

11.04.2006

ENVSEC Progress Report 2005 covering the activities and results of the
Initiative in 2005 is now available.

> Download the report

Training in Environmental Diplomacy

Geneva Switzerland - 26.08-10.09.2006

The first Training Course in Environmental Diplomacy will be held in Geneva from 26 August 2006 through 10 September 2006.

The objective of this joint UNEP/UNITAR/University of Geneva programme is to teach the skills necessary to participate in international negotiations in environment, sustainable development and related fields to present or future diplomats, negotiators, policy and decision makers in governments, regional intergovernmental bodies, local authorities, the private sector, NGOs, trade unions and UN bodies. Practical information about the Environmental Diplomacy Training Course and modalities for application are included in the brochure. The deadline for application is 31 May 2006.

A number of hard copies of the brochure are available at UNEP Regional Office for Europe (contact: Ms. Virginie Combaz, e-mail: virginie.combaz@unep.ch, telephone: +41 22/817 81 55).

> Brochure
 

Training in Environmental Security and Peace

The University for Peace (UPEACE), affiliated to the United Nations, is
pleased to announce that applications are now invited for the Dual-Campus
MA program in Environmental Security and Peace, for the 2006 ­ 2007
academic year.

> Information
 

Regional workshop on Natural disasters preparedness in Ferghana Valley

Ala-Archa Residence, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - 14.02.2006

On 14 February, representatives from central and local Ministries of Emergencies of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, Aarhus Centers, OSCE, UNDP, and UNEP met in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to discuss the mitigation of risks posed by natural disasters in the Ferghana Valley. Specifically, the issues were discussed in the context of the UNDP project inception on natural disaster preparedness for communities in high-risk districts in the Ferghana Valley.

The objectives of the workshop were to:

  • Present the regional UNDP project and its national sub-projects for Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan on preparedness to natural disasters on local level in boarder regions of Ferghana valley countries;
  • Endorse regional and national work plans for 2006 and ensure coordination with the on-going and planned related projects implemented by other international and donor organizations.

Decisions were taken on the scope of work for the year in the national projects in working groups of each country. The details of the decisions can be found in the meeting records.

> List of participants
> Meeting Agenda

> Meeting Conclusions (in russian)

> Presentations
1. Presentation of the regional project on natural disasters preparedness in Ferghana Valley, Mr. Ben Slay, Director, UNDP Regional center for Europe and the CIS
2. Ongoing and planned regional programmes in the area of conflict prevention and disasters management implemented by UNDP BCPR, Ms. Maria-Olga Gonzalez, Regional Adviser, UNDP BCPR
3. Profile and main problems in the Kyrgyzstan part of the Ferghana Valley Mr. Anarkul Aitaliev, Ministry of Emergencies of Kyrgyzstan
4. Disaster profile and main problems in the Tajikistan part of the Ferghana Valley Mr. Alisho Shomahmadov, Ministry of Emergencies of Tajikistan
5. Links to national UNDP projects that address issues of local development and natural disasters preparedness and response Ms. Aynura Alymbekova, Programme Officer, UNDP Kyrgyzstan
6. Links to national UNDP projects that address issues of local development and natural disasters preparedness and response Mr. Ole Ramsing, Programme Officer, UNDP Tajikistan
7. Lessons learnt from recent regional and global natural disasters: Indian Ocean Tsunami and South Asia Earthquake (local knowledge, awareness, preparedness and early recovery programmes), Mr. Viktor Novikov, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
 

3rd Regional Meeting of the Ferghana Valley Oblast Environmental Commitees

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - 13.02.2006

On 13 February, the 3rd Regional Meeting of the Oblast Environmental Committees in Ferghana Valley is held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the progress and implementation process of the Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC) in Ferghana Valley. It will:

  • Review the progress in the development and implementation of the ENVSEC Ferghana work programme with the focus on natural disasters, REHRA and NATO projects;
  • Discuss the future programme development and prepare the work plans for 2006;
  • Discuss the strategy for regular information exchange and communication between ENVSEC Focal Points and Programme Desk Officers.

The meeting gathers representatives of local environmental authorities and Ministries of Environment and Emergencies from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, OSCE, UNEP, UNDP, NATO, and a number of other stakeholders.

The meeting will look into the regional environmental challenges from the point of view of human security risks, and the proposed ways to meet them. The challenges comprise of industrial pollution hot-spots and radioactive waste sites, coupled with the negative pressure on quality and access to water and land resources in areas with high potential for conflict generation, and natural disasters hazards, such as low intensity high frequency flooding and land-slides in areas of high population density and agricultural lands.

Since the time of the Second regional meeting of Local Environmental Authorities from the Ferghana valley, two more regional projects are about to start - the NATO project on the Legacy of Uranium Extraction and Environmental Security in Central Asia, and the UNDP project on Natural Disasters Preparedness of the boarder communities in Ferghana Valley. The first kick-off meetings for these projects are held back-to-back to this meeting, on 12 and 14 February respectively.

> List of participants (in russian)
> Meeting Agenda (in russian)

> Meeting summary (in russian)

> Welcoming Remarks Mueller
> Welcoming remarks Jerzy Scuratowitz

> Presentations
1. Ben SLAY, UNDP Presentation and discussion on information exchange and communication
2. Peter STEGNAR, NATO expert Radioactive waste management (project funded by NATO)
3. Bruno FRATINNI, ICARO Rapid environment and health risk assessment REHRA
4. Vladimir GREBNEV, CARNET facilitator Ferghana Valley web portal as a part of www.caresd.net
5. Viktor NOVIKOV, UNEP/GRID-Arendal Oblast-level popular environmental reporting for the Internet

ENVSEC Regional Desk Officers and a Coordination Officer

13.1.2006

The ENVSEC Management Board gathered in Vienna on 19-20 December 2005 to review the progress of the ENVSEC regional work programmes and to discuss the future implementation arrangements of the Initiative. The Management Board established a new ENVSEC Secreteriat (which replaces the ENVSEC Programme Management Unit) consisting of two bodies: (i) a coordination unit comprised of a Coordination Officer and Regional Desk Officers from the partner organizations, and (ii) an administrative unit hosted by UNDP Regional Centre for Europe and the CIS. The Secretariat will report to the ENVSEC Management Board.

The Management Board appointed Ms. Jasmina Bogdanovic (UNEP) as the Regional Desk Officer for South Eastern Europe, Mr. Nickolai Denisov (UNEP/GRID-ARENDAL) as the Regional Desk Officer for Eastern Europe, Mr. David Swalley (OSCE) as the Regional Desk Officer for the Southern Caucasus, Ms. Inkar Kadyrzhanova (UNDP) as the Regional Desk Officer for Central Asia and Ms. Marika Palosaari as the Coordination Officer of the Initiative. The new arrangements are effective from 1 January 2006.

At the 19-20 December Management Board meeting, OSCE took over the rotating chairmanship of the ENVSEC Initiative, the chair of the ENVSEC Management Board in 2006 is Mr. Bernard Snoy who is the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities.

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