ENVSEC - a concurrence of strengths
> ENVSEC - a concurrence of strengths
ENVSEC promotes transboundary cooperation on dam safety in Central Asia
Difficulties to agree on the management of shared water resources in Central Asia is a bottle-neck for development and relations in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. One aspect is the potential environmental and security implications of low dam safety standards. To mitigate tension and potential conflict related to this issue, ENVSEC initiated work in 2004. Joint efforts have contributed to regional dialogue, technical knowledge, emerging harmonized legislation and shared systems for emergency response.> ENVSEC promotes transboundary cooperation on dam safety in Central Asia
ENVSEC helps broker water management agreement
Lutsk, Ukraine - 06.12.2010
The governments of Belarus and Ukraine have reached an historic agreement to improve the sustainable allocation of water from the Pripyat River, a major freshwater resource shared by the two Eastern European countries.
> ENVSEC helps broker water management agreement for managing water allocation of the upper Pripyat River
On 24 November 2010, in Lutsk the respective Plenipotentiaries for water cooperation formally adopted the Operation rules for the Beloozerskaya water-feed system paramount for managing water allocation of the upper Pripyat River.
ENVSEC media training builds understanding
Southern Belarus - 06.12.2010
In May 2010, UNEP staged a study tour in southern Belarus for 20 budding journalists from Belarus and Ukraine to strengthen their skills in covering environmental issues. The journalists worked side-by-side with more experienced peers from Ukraine, Switzerland and the UK to learn how to report on the issues ENVSEC has focused on since the launch of its Eastern European programme of work in 2007. > ENVSEC study tour for journalists from Belarus and Ukraine to strengthen their skills in covering environmental issues
ENVSEC Newsletter July-September 2010
> ENVSEC Newsletter July-September 2010
ENVSEC in South-Eastern Europe-the Timok River
The Timok River originates in eastern Serbia. Almost the entire river basin (98 percent) is located in Serbia, covering an area of 4,607 km2, and the remaining 2 percent (93 km2) is in Bulgaria. The Timok flows into the Danube at a point common to the frontiers of Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. For many years, the Timok River basin has been subject to serious degradation and deforestation as a result of uncontrolled mining activities. Although an agreement was signed in 1958 between the governments of Yugoslavia and Bulgaria concerning water management issues, this cooperation was discontinued in 1982.
Within the Environment and Security Initiative, REC and UNECE are implementing the project "Bi/multilateral arrangements for prevention of transboundary environment conflicts: the Timok River" aimed at enhancing dialogue and cooperation between Serbia and Bulgaria and local communities on the Timok River. For more information about the project please visit http://timok.rec.org/?page=home.
Results of ENVSEC evaluation conducted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland
Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Southern Caucasus, Geneva - 25.11.2010
In September-October 2010, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland conducted evaluation of three ENVSEC projects in Central Asia, Eastern Europe and Southern Caucasus. The objective of the evaluation was to ascertain how effective these projects have been, and whether they have contributed to reduction of environment and security risks and to the increased cooperation around environment and security issues.
> Results of ENVSEC evaluation conducted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland
The evaluation concluded that the assessed ENVSEC projects are relevant and reasonably effective, and generally score well on the key OECD DAC evaluation criteria. On the project "Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus" implemented by OSCE, the evaluators had to say amongst other things: "The project addresses an issue of relevance, and helps the countries of the region to take essential initial steps towards improved capacity on forest fire management." On another project, "Capacity Building for Cooperation on Dam Safety in Central Asia" implemented by UNECE, the evaluators noted: "the project is integrally building confidence and trust ...... In addition to providing a forum for dialogue, the project also establishes more permanent outputs (legislation, standards, identifies institutions responsible for dam safety) and builds capacity and expertise.....for confidence building and practical cooperation". The evaluators concluded that “ENVSEC remains a unique partnership with strong local ownership, stakeholders goodwill and great potential” to scale up its work and increase impact in the participating countries. The evaluation highlighted that “there is a need to strengthen the security dimension and pursue projects within a narrower, but still balanced understanding of the environmental and security interface linked to conflict and conflict resolution, possibly in relation to fragile areas.
The results of the evaluation were announced in November 2010 at the ENVSEC Donors' Forum in Berlin. The recommendations of the evaluation will be used as guidance for the second phase of the partnership between the Government of Finland and ENVSEC, which is currently being planned. With its support through the Wider Europe Initiative, Finland remains the major donor of ENVSEC.
ENVSEC contributes to addressing climate change in Central Asia
Almaty, Kazakhstan - 23.11.2010
ALMATY, Kazakhstan – 15 November 2010 – over 30 scientists, experts and representatives of international organizations from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan met in the framework of the workshop “Modern problems of glaciology in Central Asia and prospects of scientific cooperation on the basis of Central-Asian Regional Glaciological Centre Category II under the auspice of UNESCO”, to discuss the state of knowledge on glaciology in Central Asia, observation systems and general research priorities. The workshop was organized by the Institute of Geography (Kazakhstan) and UNESCO and supported by the ENVSEC project ‘A comprehensive study on glacial melting in Central Asia’, which is implemented by UNDP (under the framework of the Central Asian Climate Risk Management Programme) in partnership with UNEP and OSCE at the support of the Government of Finland. > Workshop on modern problems of glaciology Kazakhstan November 2010
18 November 2010 - ENVSEC Day in Germany,
Berlin - 23.11.2010
18 November ENVSEC Day in Germany: ENVSEC to work closer with Germany to identify areas for cooperation in environment and security. Germany’s support to ENVSEC includes radioactive waste management and early warning systems as well as transboundary cooperation on natural resources management.
> List of participants ENVSEC Day in Germany
The German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety hosted “The ENVSEC Day in Germany” on the 18th of November in Berlin. The meeting brought together the ENVSEC partners and representatives of various German ministries and institutions to discuss synergies, complementarities and possibilities for strengthened collaboration. The meeting concluded that there is a lot of potential for improved coordination and cooperation on strategies as well as project activities in the ENVSEC regions. The ENVSEC partners and Germany will increase their efforts of exchanging information and developing policies for environment and security.
> Agenda ENVSEC Day in Germany
> Presentation on ENVSEC
> ENVSEC in Central Asia
> ENVSEC in South-Eastern Europe
> ENVSEC in Southern Caucasus
> ENVSEC in Eastern Europe
> Role of ENVSEC in UNECE
19 November 2010 - ENVSEC Donors' Forum
Berlin - 23.11.2010
19 November ENVSEC Donors’ Forum: Finland remains ENVSEC major donor and is interested to support the Initiative under the Wider European Initiative Phase II (2011-2013). An evaluation recently conducted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland says ENVSEC projects remain relevant and instrumental in addressing environmental security risks in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia.
> Agenda Donors' Forum
The German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety hosted the ENVSEC Donors' Forum on 19 November 2010 in Berlin. The forum gathered the ENVSEC Partner Organisations and representatives of donor governments to review ENVSEC achievements in 2010 and agree on regional priorities for 2011. The programme included also a presentation of results of the recent ENVSEC evaluation conducted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. The evaluation concluded that the assessed ENVSEC projects are relevant and reasonably effective, and generally score well on the key OECD DAC evaluation criteria. The recommendations of the evaluation will be used as guidance for the second phase of the partnership between the Government of Finland and ENVSEC, which is currently being planned. With its support through the Wider Europe Initiative Finland remains the major donor of ENVSEC.
> List of participants Donors' Forum
> ENVSEC in Eastern Europe
> ENVSEC in South-Eastern Europe
> ENVSEC in Southern Caucasus
> ENVSEC and EU
> Training of ENVSEC National Focal Points
> Results of ENVSEC evaluation
ENVSEC Central Asian Newsletter-August 2010
> ENVSEC Central Asia Newsletter-August 2010 (Russian)
> ENVSEC Central Asia Newsletter-August 2010 (English)
Environmental Security Assessments: Methodologies and Practices, 21-22 November 2010
Brussels - 09.11.2010
On 21-22 November 2010 the Institute for Environmental Security, in collaboration with UNEP and ENVSEC, is organising a workshop on 'Environmental Security Assessments: Methodologies and Practices'.
The meeting will bring together experts with experience in designing and carrying out ESAs and policy makers and practitioners with a demonstrated interest in using such assessments. The overall aim is to exchange information and experiences on the various approaches to conducting ESAs and explore ways to improve the use of them in the future. The specific objectives are:
To share approaches and experiences among those doing ESAs - which could help strengthen the quality and effectiveness of such assessments.
To explore challenges and exchange ideas for improving end-user satisfaction with and utilisation of ESAs.
To consider ideas for joint follow-up action by the participating organisations.
For more information please visit http://www.envirosecurity.org/events/ESAM/index.php
UNEP supports the remediation of two mining sites in Albania
Albania - 08.11.2010
With the recent ecological disaster which has hit Hungary and chemical sludge destroying homes and livelihoods, the monitoring of all mining sites in South Eastern Europe has become more than ever a priority. Over the last few years, UNEP and its partners of the Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC) have inventoried around 150 mining sites in South-Eastern Europe. From the inventories many concerns have arisen regarding the environmental impact and stability of these mining sites.
As a matter of urgency, UNEP organized and supported, this year, the remediation of 2 non-active mining sites in Reps and Rreshen in Albania. Early in October, UNEP provided essential technical backstopping and harnessed the experiences gathered at this exercise to train more than 40 experts from all six Western Balkan countries in environmental risk reduction and the planning of physical risk reduction measures through improving the safety of managing tailings facilities.
Four new projects approved by the Management Board of the Environment and Security Initiative
Geneva - 08.11.2010
On 11 October in Geneva, at the Management Board meeting of the Environment and Security Initiative the following four new projects were approved:
A project for a sub-regional capacity building workshop on the UNECE Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment (Espoo Convention). The workshop will be held in Tbilisi, with the participation of government and civil society representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia as well as representatives from the Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey.
A project for strengthening the implementation of the UNECE Convention on Environmental Impact assessment in Azerbaijan. The overall objectives of this project are to review national legislation for the application of the Espoo Convention in Azerbaijan, make recommendations to the Implementation Committee on new legislative initiatives and amendments, and identify steps for Azerbaijan to fully implement the Convention.
A project to develop the Lake Druksiai/Drisviaty Basin Management programme, which will be implemented jointly by UNEP and REC. The overall objective is to build the foundations for the lake Druksiai/Drisviaty Basin Management Programme.
Project “Capacity Building for Radioactive Waste Management and Early Warning Systems in the Fergana Valley”. Implemented by the UNDP Country Office in Uzbekistan, the project will contribute and support the process of tackling radioactive waste issues.
ENVSEC Day in Germany
Berlin - 08.11.2010
On 18 November in Berlin the Environment and Security Initiative’s (ENVSEC) partners and the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety are organizing an event to present ENVSEC activities to representatives of various German ministries and experts working in the field of environment, security and development. The objective of the meeting is to identify synergies and opportunities for collaboration.
ENVSEC Donor's Forum
Berlin - 08.11.2010
On 19 November in Berlin the forum, bringing together the ENVSEC partner organisations and representatives from donor governments, will review ENVSEC achievements and developments in 2010, as well as current levels of donor contributions and financial commitments, and agree upon regional priorities for 2011. The agenda also includes a presentation of the results from the ENVSEC evaluation conducted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.
> ENVSEC in Central Asia
Conference on illegal logging and environmental crime
Budapest - 08.11.2010
On 24-25 November in Budapest a conference will gather national authorities, NGOs and international organizations as well as international financial institutions to discuss environmental crime, and illegal logging with a focus on South Eastern Europe (SEE) and Ukraine. The event will provide a forum for presenting and discussing the findings of the SEE regional report on illegal logging prepared by the Regional Environmental Center as well as the individual country studies and diagnostic audits prepared under ENVSEC. Key expected outcomes of this conference hosted by the Regional Environmental Center include the creation of a platform for cooperation between SEE countries.
ENVSEC Work Programme in Central Asia 2009-2012
> ENVSEC Work Programme in Central Asia 2009-2012 Russian version
> ENVSEC Work Programme in Central Asia 2009-2012 English version
ENVSEC feasibility studies in South-Eastern Europe
> Towards the Network of Mountain Protected Areas in the Balkans and the Dianric Arc
> Feasibility Study on Establishing a Transboundary Protected Area Prokletije / Bjeshkët e Nemuna Mountains
> Feasibility Study on Establishing a Transboundary Protected Area Sharr/Šar Planina – Korab – Dešat/Deshat
> Feasibility Study on Establishing a Transboundary Protected Area Durmitor – tara Canyon – Sutjeska
Aarhus Centers in Armenia
> Aarhus Centers in Armenia
ENVSEC newsletter April-June 2010
> ENVSEC newsletter April-June 2010
ENVSEC progress report 2009
> ENVSEC progress report 2009
ENVSEC mining work in the press
Interview of Mr Christophe Bouvier, regional UNEP's director for Europe, in the Geneva newspaper "Tribune de Genčve", 12 October 2010.> Hungary toxic mud floods
ENVSEC to address environmental risk reduction at abandoned mining sites in a regional workshop for the Western Balkans countries
Tirana, Albania - 06-08.10.2010
Mining and mineral processing has played a vital part in the history and economy of the Western Balkans. Richly endowed with mineral resources such as copper, chromite, lead and zinc, it boasts some of the largest
deposits in Europe. Capitalizing on such mineral assets will be a priority for South Eastern Europe in order to boost local economies and attract foreign investment. To secure the environmental, economic and social sustainability of such new or restarted operations, the region will need to define and enforce a legal framework for sustainable mining practices.
This report was launched on May 3, 2010 by the ENVSEC initiative at CSD 18 in New York and introduced at the UNEP-UNDP Learning centre on May 7, 2010 in conjunction with the CSD as well.
> Mining and Environment in the Western Balkans
> Video clip "Mining and Environment in the Western Balkans"
> Interactive map "Mining and Environment in the Western Balkans" (zip file)
ENVSEC Regional Coordination Meeting for Central Asia
Almaty - 23.06.2010
> Amu Darya Assessment
> EIA in transboundary context
> ENVSEC Aarhus
> ENVSEC Chu-Talas
> ENVSEC in FV
> ENVSEC uranium project
> Update on ENVSEC CA WP 23 June 2010
> Update on ENVSEC reforms and vision
> ENVSEC CA Reg mtg 2010 report ENG - 15 July