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Central Asia ENVSEC Projects

Projects planned or on-going

 Geo-environmental security of the Toktogul hydroelectric power station (NATO ref. 983142)

Region/Countries: Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan
Status: On-going - Duration: 2008-12 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: NATO
Description: The Toktogul hydroelectric and irrigation scheme is the largest in Central Asia. The Toktogul scheme is vital for the economic, social and agricultural stability and development of the emerging central Asian Republics it serves, and since it is no longer administered centrally as it was in Soviet times, it is increasingly the focus of cross border tensions. In the Toktogul region there are a large number of harmful waste deposits within areas vulnerable to flooding and land sliding. In many cases disturbance of such waste would result in an ecological catastrophe of the regional scale. This project aims to assess, using a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach, the geo-environmental security status of the region centered on the Toktogul reservoir scheme. The project shall also formulate scenarios of potential threats to the geo environmental security of the Toktogul region and produce recommendations for mitigation measures to ensure the highest levels of security in the future.

 Managing environment and security risks with EIA and SEA in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia

Region/Countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Status: Planned - Duration: October 2011-September 2014 - Funding: Not funded - Lead organisation: UNECE
Description

 Capacity building for cooperation on dam safety in Central Asia, Phase III

Region/Countries: Kazakhstan;Kyrgyzstan;Tajikistan;Turkmenistan;Uzbekistan
Status: Planned - Duration: June 2011-December 2014 - Funding: Not funded - Lead organisation: UNECE
Description

 Conflict prevention and support to bilateral cooperation in transboundary water management in the Isfara River basin

Region/Countries: Kyrgyzstan; Tajikistan
Status: Planned - Duration: June 2011-December 2012 - Funding: Not funded - Lead organisation: UNDP
Description

 Strengthening coordination of project formulation and mobilization of resources for sustainable radioactive waste management in Central Asia

Region/Countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
Status: On-going - Duration: 2009-11 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: UNDP, UNEP
Description: This project has been developed in accordance with the Joint Declaration adopted at the high-level International Forum "Uranium Tailings in Central Asia: Local Problems, Regional Consequences, Global Solution", held in Geneva on 29 June 2009. The Joint Declaration calls for a coherent approach in addressing threats to population and environment from hazardous radioactive waste. The project will contribute to transform scientific knowledge and political will into development and implementation of prioritized interventions that include: (i) strengthening of regulatory, legislative framework and capacity for sustainable management of radioactive wastes; (ii) special initiatives for cleaning up and restoration of selected sites; (iii) initiatives for community development, including raising public awareness and attraction of social, environmental and economic investments; (iv) promotion of partnership between public and private sectors for recycling waste tailings. Expected outputs of the project: (1) establishment of effective coordination mechanisms between countries; (2) development of a project proposals portfolio under the four priorities identified by the countries.

 Capacity building for cooperation on dam safety in Central Asia (Phase II)

Region/Countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Status: On-going - Duration: 2007-June 2011 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: UNECE
Description: The project aims at improving national dam safety legal and institutional frameworks as well as regional cooperation mechanisms on dam safety in Central Asia. The intended outputs of the project are: (i) the governments of the participating countries introduce or revise national regulatory frameworks for dam safety; (ii) the governments of the participating countries set up a regional cooperative framework on dam safety and sustained intraregional cooperation, including the introduction and maintenance of early warning systems for dam accidents; (iii) the governments of the participating countries have the necessary documentation and technical capacity for harmonizing technical regulations and procedures for the monitoring and evaluating of dam performance; (iv) the governments of the participating countries have better access to potential sources of technical assistance for rehabilitation of dams and improvement of monitoring and early warning systems.

 New technologies of seismic resistant construction (NATO ref. 982167)

Region/Countries: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkey
Status: On-going - Duration: 2006-2010 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: NATO
Description: The main objectives of the project are: (i) simplification of the technology allowing construction of small (1-2 floor) seismically stable houses capable of withstanding earthquakes and explosions; (ii) reducing the prime cost of seismic resistant buildings that will make construction of earthquake-proof houses available for majority of local people; (iii) theoretical and experimental research and comparative analysis of seismic stability of buildings in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkey compared with seismic resistant buildings on base of the new a-seismic construction technology.

 A comprehensive study on glacial melting in Central Asia

Region/Countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan,Uzbekistan
Status: On-going - Duration: 2010-11 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: UNDP in collaboration with UNEP
Description: Glacial melting in Central Asia poses severe environmental and security risks for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Glaciers presently contribute up to 70% of the water flow in the major river systems of the region during hot, dry summers. It is predicted that between 64% and 95% of the glacial area over large parts of Central Asia will be lost as a result of melting by 2100. Water shortages in Central Asia (e.g. in the Ferghana Valley) have already triggered conflicts between communities. The effect of glacial melting will exacerbate such conflicts unless timely adaptation measures are implemented. The project goals are: (i) to synthesize the information presently available on glacial melting in Central Asia; (ii) to model the impacts of a range of climate change scenarios on glacial melting on water supply in the major river basins in Central Asia for the period 2009-2100 using the best available information; (iii) to identify the gaps in knowledge, data, observation capacity and finances, facilitate the actions required for filling these gaps, and determine the budgetary needs; (iv) to provide a range of cost-effective recommendations to improve data availability and glacier observation capacity in the region; (v) to raise awareness of the project results with the general public, especially decision-makers in the key water user sectors which will be affected by hydrological changes associated with the glacier retreat.

 Adaptation to climate change in Chu-Talas River basin (inception phase)

Region/Countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan
Status: On-going - Duration: 2010-11 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: UNECE, UNDP
Description: This project will increase the adaptive capacity of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan and of the Chu-Talas Commission to ongoing and future climate change impacts, ensure coordination of adaptation actions in the Chu-Talas basin and thereby help to prevent possible negative effects on regional security. The Chu-Talas basin is selected for this project since it is the only bilateral transboundary water Commission in the Central Asia region, and since water-sharing agreement and relevant tools for costs compensation have been agreed upon. This basin will provide a good example of adaptation to climate change for other transboundary basins in the region, and beyond, which have at the moment less advanced level of riparian cooperation; and therefore act as a pilot case for more problematic areas in the region. The specific objectives of the project are: (i) modelling of the possible changes in water resources of the Chu-Talas basin associated with climate conditions and elaboration of joint scenarios; (ii) preparation of joint vulnerability assessment, focusing on selected areas/sectors of importance for the work of the Commission; (iii) development of a package of possible adaptation measures and relevant procedures for the Commission, which may contribute to decreasing potential tensions over changing hydrological regimes. Such procedures and measures will be built into the regular Commission's operations and policies, where appropriate. The first (inception) phase of the project includes data collection and getting all partners on board, contacts with other initiatives and donors, proposals on modelling and content of vulnerability report/scenarios, starting modelling activities.

 Support for Aarhus Centres in Central Asia

Region/Countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,Tajikistan,Turkmenistan
Status: On-going - Duration: 2010-12 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: OSCE
Description: Based on the existing institutional structure and the partnership arrangements of the Aarhus Centres, this project aims to further intensify the work of Aarhus Centres on priority environmental issues that have security implications in respective countries. This will be achieved through two separate but parallel approaches: (i) organizing targeted trainings and other capacity building activities for the Aarhus Centre staff and their stakeholders on the priority environmental and security issues; and (ii) facilitating active involvement and participation of Aarhus Centres and their constituencies in local and national environmental projects and programmes, particularly those under the ENVSEC Initiative, to complement and/or support the public awareness and public participation components of such larger scale projects and programmes. The project will also continue to support networking and information sharing among the Aarhus Centres at the regional level.

 Assistance to Central Asian countries to implement the convention on the transboundary effects of industrial accidents (implementation phase)

Region/Countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
Status: Planned - Duration: 2011 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: UNECE
Description: The UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents (Industrial Accidents Convention) among others provides a framework for managing and reducing transboundary risks of hazardous activities and consequences that they could have on the environment. It promotes active cooperation among neighbouring countries to prevent accidents as well as to prepare and respond to them. Within the framework of the Assistance Programme under the Industrial Accidents Convention, it was identified that Central Asian countries need help in implementing the policies aimed at strengthening the industrial safety. The first phase of the project analysed deficiencies in legal and institutional frameworks, which hamper the implementation of the Industrial Accidents Convention under its six most important areas of work, including the cross-border cooperation aimed at exchanging information on hazardous activities, assessing risks and drawing up compatible emergency plans in border areas etc. During the second phase of the project steps will be undertaken to eliminate the deficiencies and through it strengthen the implementation of the Convention and thus the industrial safety nationally as well as in the transboundary context.

 Capacity building for radioactive waste management and early warning systems in the Ferghana Valley

Region/Countries: Kyrgyzstan,Tajikistan,Uzbekistan
Status: Planned - Duration: 2010-12 - Funding: Not funded - Lead organisation: UNDP
Description: The project will contribute and support the process of tackling the radioactive waste issues in a coordinated way through: (i) supporting the dialogue among relevant actors in three countries to identify existing barriers for effective communications and early warning system; and (ii) establishing a distance learning system for training the specialists of ministries of emergency situations, health and others dealing with radioactive tailings. The trainings courses will cover topics on radioactive waste such as governing regulations; safe waste handling and disposal methods, cleanup standards, waste characterization criteria, monitoring and public communication, etc. Project phases: (1) organization of regional roundtable to discuss issues related to radioactive waste management, information sharing and early warning systems for the Ferghana Valley, elaboration of curriculum and target audience of the series of in-depth trainings, procurement and testing of distance learning equipment; (2) organization of distance learning courses on radioactive waste management and early warning system, elaboration of an analytical document on the different options for creating information sharing and early-warning systems in the Ferghana Valley.

 Adaptation to climate change in Chu-Talas River basin (implementation phase)

Region/Countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan
Status: Planned - Duration: 2011-12 - Funding: Not funded - Lead organisation: UNDP, UNECE in collaboration with OSCE
Description: This project will increase the adaptive capacity of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan and of the Chu-Talas Commission to ongoing and future climate change impacts, ensure coordination of adaptation actions in the Chu-Talas basin and thereby help to prevent possible negative effects on regional security. The Chu-Talas basin is selected for this project since it is the only bilateral transboundary water Commission in the Central Asia region, and since water-sharing agreement and relevant tools for costs compensation have been agreed upon. This basin will provide a good example of adaptation to climate change for other transboundary basins in the region, and beyond, which have at the moment less advanced level of riparian cooperation; and therefore act as a pilot case for more problematic areas in the region. The specific objectives of the project are: (i) modelling of the possible changes in water resources of the Chu-Talas basin associated with climate conditions and elaboration of joint scenarios; (ii) preparation of joint vulnerability assessment, focusing on selected areas/sectors of importance for the work of the Commission; (iii) development of a package of possible adaptation measures and relevant procedures for the Commission, which may contribute to decreasing potential tensions over changing hydrological regimes. Such procedures and measures will be built into the regular Commission's operations and policies, where appropriate. The second (implementation) phase of the project includes all detailed technical operations (such as modelling and scenario development).

 In-depth assessment of environment and security linkages and impact in the Amu Darya River basin

Region/Countries: Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan
Status: On-going - Duration: 2007-11 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: UNEP in collaboration with UNDP
Description: The project's activities include: (i) assessment of environment and security issues and linkages in the upper Amu Darya basin through a desk assessment and field missions; (ii) conducting an analysis of conflicts, tensions and environmental implications of security issues and policies in the Amu Darya basin, in particular those that do or may take place over the issues of the water storage and management in the basin such as the projected demand by upstream states through increased water regulation for energy and aluminum production and agricultural consumption; (iii) training of local authorities, researchers and NGOs from the Amu Darya basin countries in assessing the environment and security risks i.e. related to water management and pollution, and in exchanging relevant information; (iv) complementing existing national and regional information by field work by teams of international and local experts to assess specific risks related to environment, water quality and pollution sampling (including support to joint sampling at exit/entry points on the state borders); if appropriate, helping to set up a longer- term system for monitoring environment and security threats and developments in the basin on a continuous basis; (v) building awareness of the priority issues/ hot spots among the general public and policy-makers

 Planning for energy security and sustainability in Central Asia

Region/Countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Status: Planned - Duration: 2011 - Funding: Partly funded - Lead organisation: UNEP in collaboration with UNDP
Description: This project will: (i) consolidate a network of energy and environment professionals and institutions in a dedicated regional scenario-building workshop; (ii) improve the participants' knowledge of scenario-based approaches to energy-environment analysis and planning, and of tools available for mainstreaming environmental and sustainability concerns into energy security policies; (iii) help develop a blueprint for country-level follow-up by ENVSEC and other institutions (such as GEF and development banks); (iv) communicate the issues and conclusions (via a dedicated publication "Energy-environment futures of Central Asia" and the mass media: the press, radio, television etc.). The cornerstone event of the project will be a workshop "Planning for Energy Security and Sustainability in Central Asia". The purpose of the event is to discuss the applicability of scenario planning, integrated energy systems analysis, strategic environmental and sustainability assessment and other tools practiced by leading international organizations for enhancing the relevance and environmental sustainability of national energy strategies. The workshop will also aim at delivering a series of recommendations for capacity building and international collaboration in this field thus laying a foundation for follow-up programming of participating agencies on energy and climate change mitigation.

 Biotechnical exploration of Uzbek saline water reserves using halo tolerant microalgae (NATO ref. 981690)

Region/Countries: Uzbekistan
Status: Planned - Duration:  - Funding:  - Lead organisation: NATO
Description: The project's goal was to characterise water reserves of the Aral Sea region, taking into account the annual variation in salinity, temperature, dissolved oxygen, water transparency, turbidity, suspended and volatile solids, nutrients, and organic load.

 Microbiological safety of drinking water in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyz Republic (NATO ref. 982811)

Region/Countries: Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan
Status: On-going - Duration: June 2007-August 2011 - Funding:  - Lead organisation: NATO
Description: The project's objective was to ensure the microbiological safety of drinking water in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. The project aimed to establish a standardized microbiological monitoring system in the region, based on international ISO/WHO standards.

Projects completed

 Rapid environment and health risk assessment of industrial hotspots

Region/Countries: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNEP
Description: The project's objective were: (i) to conduct a rapid assessment of environment and health transboundary risks originated by industrial sites and hazardous waste dumps located in the Ferghana Valley area, with prioritisation of risks related to individual sites; (ii) to conduct a detailed assessment of risks for selected sites, define provisional offsite contingency plans (OCPs) for the areas affected by the sites investigated, in compliance with European Directives and International Conventions (e.g. UNECE Convention on Industrial Accidents), and conduct pre-feasibility studies for correction/reconstruction measures necessary to prevent/reduce the identified risks; (iii) to contribute to the developing process of capacity building and to promote the public participation on the risk management.

 Natural disaster preparedness and risk reduction for communities in high-risk districts in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan

Region/Countries: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNDP
Description: The objective of the project was to design activities to prevent increasing social tensions and conflicts by strengthening national capacities in natural disaster risk management to reduce losses and impacts of both natural and man-made disasters in high-risk regions. More specifically, the project aimed at strengthening capacities of local authorities and communities in disaster risk management, reducing vulnerability to disasters, piloting mechanisms for community involvement in disaster risk management.

 Support to environmental festivals in Central Asia

Region/Countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNDP
Description: The project aimed at organising national and regional competitions and festivals of environmental films, TV and radio programmes, and newspaper articles; building capacities of selected national journalists and environmental NGOs on organisation of the festivals and public environmental campaigns for awareness-raising; establishing working mechanisms for dialogue with the Ministries of Environment on how to draw public attention to the critical national environmental and development priorities, and contribute to national environmental protection and peace building.

 Assessment and Mitigation of Seismic Risk in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

Region/Countries: Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: NATO (Ref.: NATO/PDD/CP 971923)
Description: This project collected data on the seismological and geological characteristics of the region, and seismic hazard maps and earthquake ground motion models for Bishkek and Tashkent were developed. NATO support included the purchase and installation of GIS equipment and software as well as training of young scientists. The end-results were given to the state committees and ministries concerned in Kyrgyz Republic and Uzbekistan.

 Sustainable Development of Ecology and Land and Water use through Implementation of a GIS and Remote Sensing Center in Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan

Region/Countries: Uzbekistan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: NATO (Ref.: NATO/PDD/CP 974101)
Description: The project aimed to establish a remote sensing system for studying the Aral Sea ecosystem. Within the project, a GIS Centre has been equipped and put into operation at the Nukus State University, Karakalpakstan (Uzbekistan). With the help of the Russian expertise, the centre has developed forecast models for ecosystem changes and early crop-yield estimation models. The centre's personnel has been trained to ensure improvement of water management and agricultural planning. The results were transferred to the Inter-state Coordination Water Management Commission as well as to state committees and regional governments of Uzbekistan.

 SEMIRAD I - Investigation of the Radiological Situation in the Sarzhal Region of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site

Region/Countries: Kazakhstan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: NATO (Ref.: NATO/PDD/CP 976046)
Description: Within the framework of this project the radioactive contamination level at the Tel’kem valley (Kazakhstan) has been determined. Two-week field expeditions were carried out on an annual basis and technical support to the National Nuclear Centre of Kazakhstan has been provided. The results showed that the studied area was little more contaminated by radionuclides than would be expected from a global fallout and thus presents little radiological hazard for farmers. The conclusions have been reported to the Kazakh authorities concerned.

 SEMIRAD II - Investigation of the Radiological Situation in the Sarzhal Region of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site (NATO/PDD/CP 980906)

Region/Countries: Kazakhstan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: NATO (Ref.: NATO/PDD/CP 980906)
Description: This project is a continuation of SEMIRAD I. Within the project, the radiological condition a new site north of Ground Zero and southwest of Maize (Kazakhstan) was studied.

 Study of Radioactive Waste Disposal Sites in Turkmenistan (NATO ref. 987439, 982200)

Region/Countries: Turkmenistan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: NATO
Description: The project aimed at assisting Turkmenistan in the safe handling of radioactive waste, a side-product from iodine and bromine production facilities near by the Caspian Sea. The project included implementation of a radiochemical laboratory in Ashgabat, installation and operation of radioprotection equipment and the training of Turkmen teams. The project objective was to enable Turkmenistan in gaining scientific and technical autonomy in waste characterisation and radio protection.

 Ferghana Valley info on web portal CARNET

Region/Countries: Kyrgystan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNDP
Description: The aim of this project is to set up an information sharing process and create a network of information officers working on the local level in the target area of Ferghana Valley. The web portal will become a component of the existing CARESD web portal. ENVSEC-Ferghana Information Officers will be connected to CARNet network of civil society organisations established in 2004 around CARESD. UNEP will work with ENVSEC counterparts in the Ferghana valley on the delivery on-line of substantive environment-security information, i.a. to ensure transparency in monitoring of ENVSEC issues and activities in the post-assessment phase.

 Assistance to Central Asian countries to implement the convention on the transboundary effects of industrial accidents (fact-finding mission)

Region/Countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNECE, UNEP
Description: The project helped to improve industrial safety, in particular at hazardous installations, through assessing readiness and needs of the countries to take preventive measures, and tailoring capacity-building activities to foster preparedness and adequate response to industrial accidents. The outcome of the project (countries' commitments, verification missions and reports, programme of needs-driven assistance activities) contributed to the assistance programme adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents.

 In-depth assessment of environment and security linkages and impact in the Eastern Caspian region of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan

Region/Countries: Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNDP, UNEP
Description: The project assessed in-depth environment and security hotspots on the Eastern Caspian coast following the preliminary identification of issues in ENVSEC first stage assessment for Central Asia, national consultations and on-going activities. The project resulted in recommendation of concrete actions on the ground on the institutional, policy and community levels.

 Environmental Impact Assessment in a transboundary context: pilot implementation project in the Central Asia

Region/Countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNECE, OSCE
Description: The project demonstrated the application of transboundary environmental impact assessment in Central Asia between the two countries Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, both parties of the EIA Convention. The project developed national implementation mechanisms in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. A full procedure of EIA in a transboundary context will further be applied to a specific planned project (production facility or similar) in Kyrgyzstan, with the involvement of Kazakhstan authorities and the public.

 Integrated water resources management for wetlands restoration in the Aral Sea basin(Northern part) (NATO ref. 980896)

Region/Countries: Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: NATO
Description: The overall objective of the project was to propose a system of models, GIS and engineering tools for civil infrastructure and a pre-feasibility study answering to the principal needs for integrated water resources management in the Syrdarya Delta. The results of the study should serve as a basis for internationally supported investment proposals. The participation of the local community and other stakeholders should add to the reality of the proposed measures and should support the creation of a "Committee for water resources management of the Syrdarya delta".

 Capacity for water cooperation: Workshop on river basin commissions (October 2007), Workshop on Water and Health (May 2008)

Region/Countries: Eastern Europe, Southern Caucasus, Central Asia
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: OSCE, UNECE, UNDP
Description: The objective of the workshop on river basin commissions was to build capacity and exchange experience between the countries, organisations and projects with regard to institutions for the joint management of transboundary waters, and to promote the establishment of efficient joint bodies - river basin commissions or other appropriate institutional arrangements - in the regions. The Workshop on Water and Health addressed issues related to: (i) access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation; (ii) prevention, control and reduction of water-related diseases; (iii) sustainable management and protection of water resources; (iv) integrated sectors policy development and reform; (v) social and equity aspects related to the right to water. The workshop allowed decision-makers and experts from the countries, from the environment, water management, health, and infrastructure sectors, to exchange experience on national strategies designed to facilitate and integrate such components, as well as challenges related to their implementation.

 Training in investigative journalism with respect to environment and security issues and linkages in Central Asia and Southern Caucasus

Region/Countries: Central Asia, Southern Caucasus
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNEP
Description: The projects provide hands-on training to practicing journalists from the countries on investigative and analytical approach to covering environmental and security issues and linkages in the print and electronic media.

 Enhancing regional exchange of water resource information (CAREWIB phase II)

Region/Countries: Kazakhstan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNECE in collaboration with Scientific Information Centre of the Inter-state Commission for Water Coordination in Central Asia (SIC-ICWC)
Description: The project built upon CAREWIB information service of the Interstate Commission for Water Coordination towards further development of its contents and full integration with other sources of regional water-related information, in order to facilitate a Central Asian water information exchange network for policy-makers and the general public.

 In-depth field assessment of environment and security hot spots in the Ferghana-Osh-Khudjand triangle and adjacent areas

Region/Countries: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNEP, OSCE
Description: An in-depth (phase II) assessment of the region was initiated in May 2004 with the main objective to assess and communicate information on environment & security hotspots in the Ferghana-Osh-Khujand triangle with focus on transboundary risks from human activities, in particular industrial hot spots (hazardous waste, risks for accidents and spillages, including radioactive waste poorly stored or completely abandoned), pressure on natural resources (land degradation, deforestation, ownership; water quality, usage and sharing) and cross-cutting issues such as natural disasters or the impacts of climate change on the region.

 Environment conflict early warning system for Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

Region/Countries: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNDP
Description: The objective of the project was to set up based on in-depth assessment and existing early warning systems, an environmental system of information collection and dissemination for tracking and analysis of potential conflicts arising from competition over natural resources or from potential natural hazards between communities in three states of Ferghana Valley. The project also aimed at assessing the security-environment linkage more broadly and at placing environmental causes of conflict in the perspective of the wider security context. Such system of monitoring and early warning will produce substantial basis for adoption of responsible policies in maintaining secure environment.

 Environment and security initiative in cross-border areas of the Ferghana Valley - Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan

Region/Countries: Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNDP
Description: The project goal was to reduce the risks of conflicts arising from competition over natural resources or potential natural hazards among communities of the two Fergana Valley states -Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. In addition, the project sought to establish a mechanism to track and monitor the potential risks and to address them. The objectives have been achieved through implementation of the three main activities: (1) data collection and analysis in the pilot zones; (2) problems solving through joint Tajik-Kyrgyz Commissions; and (3) awareness raising of the local population.

 Environment security issues arising from the legacy of uranium extraction in Central Asia (NATO ref. 981742)

Region/Countries: Kazakhstan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: NATO
Description

 Transboundary cooperation of communities in the Ferghana Valley in an effort of sustainable development (Phase III)

Region/Countries: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNDP
Description: The main goal of the project was to develop the strategy of the transboundary cooperation between local communities in the Fergana Valley. Specific project's objectives were: (i) reducing the risk of social conflicts causing by institutional, economic and environmental factors in the Ferghana border regions; (ii) involvement of local actors and stakeholders from the villages in the Ferghana Valley into the process of elaboration of common visions and understanding about perspectives of transboundary cooperation on selected sustainable development issues; (iii) identifying the potentials and opportunities for networking in the Ferghana Valley in spatial, sectoral and institutional aspects.

 Using stable isotopes, passive organic samples and modelling to assess environmental security in Khorezm, Uzbekistan (NATO ref. 982159)

Region/Countries: Uzbekistan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: NATO
Description: The objectives of the project were: (i) to investigate water quality and aquatic ecosystem of a set of small lakes impacted by irrigation runoff in the Khorezm Region of Uzbekistan; (ii) to understand effects of anthropogenic influences on the water resources and aquatic food webs in the irrigation runoff lakes and the Amu Darya where it flows through the Khorezm Region; (iii) to assess the potential utility of these water resources for water supplies and water-related industries such as aquaculture and fishing by using innovative monitoring technologies and modelling; (iv) to train young Uzbek scientists in these technologies, modelling, and investigating of anthropogenic effects on water resources. The innovative technologies to be used were stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analysis for determination of a food web structure and detecting of anthropogenic impacts, and passive organic samplers to estimate the toxicity of hydrophobic organic compounds and pesticides to fish. The results of the project are models of the lakes, and models of food web structure for the river and lakes.

 Promoting the implementation of the Aarhus Convention in Central Asia (follow-up)

Region/Countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: OSCE
Description: The objective of the project was to support the implementation of the Aarhus Convention in the Central Asia region through establishment and/or strengthening of the Aarhus Centres in various countries in the region and through networking among the Aarhus Centres by capitalizing on the varying strengths of the countries and responding to their varying challenges in relation to the three pillars of the Convention - access to information, public participation, and access to justice.

 Mélange feasibility study in Kazakhstan

Region/Countries: Kazakhstan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: OSCE
Description

 Support to establishment and activities of Aarhus Public Information Centres in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

Region/Countries: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: OSCE
Description

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Eastern Europe ENVSEC Projects

Projects planned or on-going

 Development of Lake Drisviaty/Druksiai basin management programme

Region/Countries: Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia
Status: Planned - Duration: 2010-2012 - Funding: Partly funded - Lead organisation: REC, UNEP in collaboration with GRID-Arendal
Description: The overall project's objective is to develop the foundation for the Basin Management Program in the framework of the EECCA Component of the EU Water Initiative (EUWI) integrated water resources management (IWRM) focus area. It includes inter alia: (i) support of institutional capacity building; (ii) strengthening of water resources data processing and assessment; (iii) improvement of access to information and public participation; (iv) support for development of integrated water resources management plan. The project aims at strengthening the capacity of all stakeholders' groups by developing transboundary contacts between environmental experts, NGOs and media, and establishment of a network of environmental experts for cooperation in the Lake Druksiai/Drisviaty and its catchments area. The project will conduct a cross-border assessment; develop a pilot environmental information management system (interactive database) for Lake Druksiai/Drisviaty; improve the cooperation between Lithuania, Belarus and Latvia; contribute to transparency of decision-making; provide with training in water resource management, GIS, public relations and awareness raising; build public awareness of the main issues related to environment and security in the area (in cooperation with the ENVSEC media and public participation component).

 Clean-up of pesticides in Moldova (NATO ref. 981186)

Region/Countries: Moldova
Status: On-going - Duration: 2004-12 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: NATO
Description: As part of its Individual Partnership Action Plan with NATO, Moldova is committed to work with NATO in the field of environmental security and in particular in the clean-up and destruction of hazardous chemicals on its territory. NATO helps the country to achieve its objectives in safe destruction of chemical hazards, and meet its obligations under international conventions, agreements and protocols. The project aims at elaboration of a comprehensive database of composition of waste dumps and their toxicological evaluation. This information will assist other projects for destruction of stockpiles and eventual restoration of dumpsites. In addition, the project aims at building capacity of Moldovian agencies to analyse and evaluate environmental and toxicological risks of dangerous organic and inorganic contaminants in different compartments of the environment (soil, water, air) and different agricultural products.

 Managing environment and security risks with EIA and SEA in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia

Region/Countries: Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine
Status: Planned - Duration: October 2011-September 2014 - Funding: Not funded - Lead organisation: UNECE
Description

 Prevention of illegal cross-border transport of hazardous waste and other cross-border environmental crimes, Phase III

Region/Countries: Belarus,Moldova,Ukraine, with possibility of extension to Central Asia and Southern Caucasus
Status: Planned - Duration: September 2011-March 2013 - Funding: Not funded - Lead organisation: OSCE
Description

 Establishment of an Aarhus Centre in Chisinau and Public Environmental Information Centre in Bender

Region/Countries: Moldova
Status: Planned - Duration: June 2011-May 2012 - Funding: Not funded - Lead organisation: OSCE
Description

 River basin management and climate change adaptation in the Neman River basin

Region/Countries: Belarus, Lithuania, Russia
Status: Planned - Duration: June 2011-December 2012 - Funding: Not funded - Lead organisation: UNECE, UNDP
Description

 Support to the demarcation of the Belarus-Ukrainian state border in radioactively polluted areas

Region/Countries: Belarus, Ukraine
Status: Planned - Duration: September 2011-September 2013 - Funding: Not funded - Lead organisation: OSCE
Description

 Cross-border assessment and management plan for the Drisviaty / Druksiai lake basin

Region/Countries: Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia
Status: On-going - Duration: 2007-10 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: UNEP, REC
Description: The goal of the project is to start the preparation of an integrated basin management plan as well as environmental information management and exchange system for the Druksiai / Drisviaty lake catchment basin as building blocks for a transboundary resource management system. Deliverables and outcomes: Assessment and pilot electronic resource database; Set-up for the development of an Integrated water resources management plan; Improved local capacities and cooperation for transboundary resource management.

 Joint environmental monitoring, assessment and exchange of information for integrated management of the Danube delta region (Phase II)

Region/Countries: Moldova, Ukraine, Romania
Status: On-going - Duration: 2010-12 - Funding: Partly funded - Lead organisation: UNEP, UNECE, in collaboration with the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR)
Description: The project's overall objective is to improve cross-border cooperation in the Danube delta and build capacities for introducing a river basin approach to the management of natural resources in the Danube delta region. Specifically, the project aims at: (i) developing a Danube Delta Sub-basin Analysis as the necessary step to a Management Plan for the Danube Delta Sub-basin; (ii) strengthening joint monitoring, information exchange and communication in the basin; (iii) improving public participation in water and environmental decision-making on the regional level.

 Destruction of pesticides using thermal plasma technology (including analytical work at near-border depots) (NATO ref. 983056)

Region/Countries: Belarus
Status: On-going - Duration: 2008-11 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: NATO
Description: Obsolete pesticide stockpiles directly affect the environment, human health and environmental stability. The conventional method of destruction by burning pesticides at specialized factories can't be applied since dioxins are present in the emissions. At present, there is no safe technology on pesticides destruction. A promising one can be a technology based on plasma treatment, which can be applied to different types of waste. The project envisages the development of highly efficient plasma techniques and technologies to treat and destroy insecticides and pesticides with expired storage time. The project also includes development of recommendations on the possible safe technology of pesticide liquidation. Within the project, it is planned to develop highly efficient methods and an experimental plant for the destruction of pesticides in terms of reducing toxic and hazardous emissions.

 Environmental assessment of development planning and environment-security monitoring in Crimea

Region/Countries: Ukraine
Status: On-going - Duration: 2007-June 2011 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: UNDP, UNEP
Description: Project promotes the implementation of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) in Crimea as a recognised tool for integrated sustainable development planning and conflict prevention. The project is linked to and support the implementation of the Crimea Integration and Development Programme of UNDP. The project will also help implement a mechanism for monitoring and reporting on environmental and natural resource aspects of security situation as an add-on to existing security monitoring by UNDP. Deliverables and outcomes: Built capacity of local stakeholders in SEA application in regional development planning; Design of environment-security monitoring, with regularly disseminated situation analyses; Inputs to regional/local decision-making and planning processes.

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.
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 Mitigating risks from stocks of obsolete pesticides in the Transnistrian region of Moldova

Region/Countries: Moldova
Status: On-going - Duration: 2010-12 - Funding: Partly funded - Lead organisation: OSCE, UNEP
Description: The aim of this project is to present to the Confidence Building Measures Ecology Working Group members a framework for repacking and centralising the identified stockpile of obsolete pesticides and chemicals in the Transnistrian region as an interim step towards its final destruction. The project is developed and will be implemented through the mechanism of the Ecology Working Group and will therefore promote cooperation and confidence building between the sides. The project will be implemented in four phases: (i) Repacking and Centralisation of the stockpile; (ii) Chemical Analysis of the stockpile; (iii) Destruction of the stockpile; (iv) Remediation of storage sites.

 Development of capacities for application of the Espoo Convention

Region/Countries: Belarus, with participation of Lithuania, Russia
Status: On-going - Duration: 2009-June 2011 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: UNECE, UNDP, OSCE
Description: The overall objective of this project is to improve dialogue and cooperation and involve stakeholders and the public in the development and assessment of major projects in Belarus with a potential cross-border impact on the environment. The UNECE Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context is used as the main instrument to achieve this goal. The specific objective of the project is to demonstrate the effective implementation of the Convention in Belarus and Lithuania, both Parties to the Convention. The expected results of the project are: (i) national implementation mechanisms for the Espoo Convention, including national action plan to support the implementation of the Convention in Belarus; (ii) guidelines for the implementation of the Espoo Convention in Belarus; (iii) capacity building - trained experts and officials, NGOs in Belarus; (iv) increased cooperation on environmental issues; (v) pilot assessment of a planned activity, which is included in Appendix I of the Convention, according to the Espoo Convention procedures; (vi) dissemination of the results of the project to the other countries of Eastern Europe as a basis to the future application of the provisions of the Convention in these countries.

 Sustainability assessment of energy security strategies

Region/Countries: Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine
Status: On-going - Duration: 2007-June 2011 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: UNDP
Description: The project strives to assess environmental implications of the existing energy security strategies in Eastern Europe, identify environmentally sustainable solutions to strategic energy security challenges in the region, and strengthen capacity for integrating environmental concerns in national energy planning. Deliverables and outcomes: guidelines for sustainability assessment of national energy strategies, developed in a participatory process and reflecting strategic, legal, institutional and other issues related to their application; Region-wide analysis of the environmental dimension of energy security planning; Increased awareness and capacities of countries in the region to systematically consider environmental implications of energy security policies.

 Assessment of radioactive pollution in the Polessie State Reserve of the Chernobyl exclusion zone (NATO ref. 983057)

Region/Countries: Belarus, Ukraine
Status: On-going - Duration: 2008-11 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: NATO
Description: The overall goal of the project is to obtain comprehensive information about the radioactive contamination of the territory of the Polessie State Reserve, and to estimate radio-ecological consequences of the redistribution of radionuclides to the territory of Belarus and Ukraine as a result of extreme natural phenomena, fires and other transport mechanisms. Specific project's objectives are: (i) to determine uniform procedures and regulations for all participants of radiation examination of the territory; (ii) to carry out field works consisting of sampling, determination of the geographical coordinates and topographical binding; (iii) to determine the density of contamination with 137Cs, 90Sr, plutonium isotopes, 241Am; (iv) to create the databank and build the digitized maps of radioactive contamination; (v) to combine sampling and mapping data with similar results on the Ukrainian side; (vi) to compile data on extreme natural phenomena and other factors affecting the transport of radionuclides, and analyse/model their flows from the contaminated zone within Belarus as well as transboundary transport to the Ukraine during unfavorable natural and man-caused conditions.

 Disposal of stocks of rocket fuel toxic component (mélange)

Region/Countries: Ukraine
Status: On-going - Duration: 2007-12 - Funding: Partly funded - Lead organisation: OSCE
Description: The project's goal is to help mobilise resources for the disposal of stocks of rocket fuel toxic component (mélange) stored at 7 locations in Ukraine. Deliverables and outcomes: Mobilisation of funds, institutional, political, organisational support as required.

 Prevention of illegal cross-border transport of hazardous waste: training of border, customs and environmental authorities

Region/Countries: Ukraine, Belarus
Status: On-going - Duration: 2008-10 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: OSCE in cooperation with the UNEP (Basel Convention Secretariat)
Description:  Project aims to strengthen capacities of authorities to monitor and prevent illegal traffic of hazardous materials waste, i.a. with reference to international practices and legal instruments such as the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal. Training will also produce recommendations on further capacity-building needs and actions. Deliverables and outcomes: Increased understanding of issues and relevant procedures among public authorities; Follow-up recommendations.

 Awareness, public participation in decision-making and education on environment and security risks and linkages

Region/Countries: Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine
Status: On-going - Duration: 2008-June 2011 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: UNEP, OSCE, UNDP
Description: Project's goal is to support ENVSEC activities by raising awareness of environment and security issues, "hot spots" and linkages within the countries and in the region. Project activities will target mass media, NGOs and public authorities and use approaches already successfully tested in other ENVSEC regions. Deliverables and outcomes: Enhanced media coverage of environment and security issues, "hot spots" and linkages; Strengthened capacities of public authorities, civil society and mass media to raise public awareness or the respective issues and activities; Improved flow of official information on environment and security issues to the general public; Customised educational materials for schools.

 Transboundary cooperation and sustainable management in the Dniester River basin - Phase III

Region/Countries: Moldova, Ukraine
Status: On-going - Duration: 2008-11 - Funding:  - Lead organisation: UNECE, OSCE, UNEP
Description: Building upon previous activities of ENVSEC agencies in the Dniester basin, the project aims at improving environmental situation in the basin through enhanced cooperation. In particular, the project supports the development of a new Dniester River Basin Agreement, cooperation on water quality between sanitary-epidemiological services, integration of biodiversity concerns in basin management, and a broad exchange of environmental information on water-related issues. Deliverables and outcomes: Dniester River Basin Agreement negotiated and prepared for signing; feasibility study and pilot activities for basin-wide sanitary monitoring of water quality; draft fishing rules for the lower Dniester; operational pilot of a transboundary basin information management system; publication of results for the public and decision-makers.
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 Reducing vulnerability to extreme flood and climate change in the Dniester River basin (Dniester III Flood and Climate)

Region/Countries: Ukraine, Moldova
Status: On-going - Duration: 2010-13 - Funding: Partly funded - Lead organisation: OSCE, in collaboration with UNEP, UNECE
Description: The project is part of the ENVSEC Dniester process and addresses cooperation over shared natural resources in Eastern Europe, as well as environmental cooperation in areas of frozen conflicts. The project will also be part of the programme of projects on climate change adaptation in transboundary river basins implemented by ENVSEC partners based on the UNECE Water Convention's Guidance on Water and Adaptation to Climate Change. The project aims to reduce risks from climate change - and specifically flooding - for security by improving the adaptive capacity of recipient countries. More specifically, the project aims to expand and further strengthen cooperative management in the Dniester river basin to address cross-border management of floods, taking into account both current climate variability and long-term impacts of climate change on flood risks. Relevant experience will be shared with other similar initiatives and projects under the framework of the UNECE Water Convention's platform for exchanging experience on transboundary cooperation.

 Climate change and security scenarios for Eastern Europe

Region/Countries: Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova
Status: On-going - Duration: 2010-11 - Funding: Partly funded - Lead organisation: OSCE
Description: This project intends to provide the conditions to develop a comprehensive analysis of the security implications of climate change in Eastern Europe, with the aim of raising awareness, providing early warning and recommending measures for ensuring security, and promoting co-operation. The expected results are increased understanding by policy makers, international organizations, academia and the civil society of the security implications of climate change in this region, as well as concrete impacts on ENVSEC programming with respect to climate-related issues. The work will consist of: (i) an analytical element; (ii) a participatory review of the preliminary findings, current and forthcoming issues by a representative selection of organisations from the region engaged in climate-related activities or research and/or in ENVSEC programming in the related fields; and (iii) dissemination of the project results and awareness campaign.

 Flood risk monitoring and forecast of the Pripyat River basin (NATO ref. 983516)

Region/Countries: Belarus, Ukraine
Status: On-going - Duration: 2009-11 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: NATO
Description: The main objective of this project is to enhance flood monitoring in the Pripyat River basin, as well as the implementation of modelling tools to enable accurate flood forecasting. In addition, this will enable relevant local authorities of Belarus and Ukraine to better predict the movement of radionuclide material in the Pripyat River basin and its tributaries, after the Chernobyl accident, or, as a result of accidents at other nuclear power plants. Under this project special studies devoted to calculation of run-off distribution in the transboundary part of Pripyat basin (Styr and Prostyr rivers) during different hydrological regimes are planned, in order to help to calibrate the proposed model and to increase its accuracy in the low part of the river basin, the most flood prone during the high water.

Projects completed

 ENVSEC Phase 1: Assessment of environment and security risks and opportunities in Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova

Region/Countries: Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: OSCE, NATO, REC, UNECE, UNDP
Description: The regional assessment, consisting of extensive research and consultaitons with the countries, identified specific risks on the environment-security interface and formed the basis for ENVSEC follow-up activities in the region. The assessment was launched on 21 May 2007 at 15th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum in Prague.
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 Development of Moldova's national environmental security programme

Region/Countries: Moldova
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNEP, OSCE
Description: The project supported Moldova in the development and implementation of a comprehensive Environmental security programme and action plan i.a. reflecting upon and furthering issues and priorities raised through the ENVSEC assessment and further consultations on the national and the local levels. The programme and action plan developed via an interagency process were endorsed by the Government's order 304 (17.03.2007).
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 Strengthening national and local capacities to assess and prevent risks from hazardous activities

Region/Countries: Moldova, Ukraine
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNECE
Description: Through a workshop on strengthening safety measures at hazardous facilities (13-14 December 2007, Vadul-lui-Voda, Moldova) the project aimed at promoteing cooperation and the application of common standards on safety between Moldova and its neighbouring countries, Romania and Ukraine. The workshop was supported by experts from the Czech Republic and Italy. Representatives of Apa-Canal Service, an operator of a hazardous activity in Moldova, also took part. The key objective of the workshop was to discuss the legislation, standards and methods necessary for national authorities to ensure adequate safety at hazardous activities, including the legal basis for issuing licences and permits, as well as verification of safety documentation and conducting inspection. The workshop enabled participants to share good practice and experience in conducting safety inspections, providing guidance to operators and developing tools and practices through adoption of which safety could be further strengthened. The priject was implemented under the aucpices of the UNECE convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents, linked to the Convention's capacity-building programme.
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 Transboundary cooperation and sustainable management of the Dniester River - Phase II

Region/Countries: Moldova, Ukraine
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNECE, OSCE, UNEP
Description: The project was based on the results of the Dniester-I. The following documents were the results of the project implementation: Action programme to improve transboundary cooperation and sustainable management of the Dniester River basin in the period of 2007-2010-Project results; Action programme to improve transboundary cooperation and sustainable management of the Dniester river basin in the period of 2007-2010; Draft agreement on cooperation on conservation and sustainable development of the Dniester River basin; Draft Provision on public participation in the work of the Dniester Commission and decision-making with regard to the condition of the Dniester River basin; Regulation on stakeholder participation in the activities of the institution of Plenipotentiaries; Draft Regulation on cooperation on sanitary-epidemiolgical control of water quality in the transboundary Moldovan-Ukranian section of the Dniester River basin and the transboundary rivers of the Black Sea basin; Regulation on Moldovan-Ukranian cooperation in the management of the joint Dniester River basin website.
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 Real time monitoring and decision support systems for international rivers: Application to the Dniester and Prut rivers (NATO ref. 971918)

Region/Countries: Moldova, Ukraine
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: NATO
Description: The project's goals was to enhance development of a common framework for data exchange required for sustainable management of the rivers Prut and Dniester shared by Moldova, Romania, and Ukraine. Deliverables and outcomes: (i) four automatic water-monitoring stations measuring 6 basic parameters purchased and put into sustainable operation at the two rivers (sites Tudora, Sireuti, Naslavcea and Valea Mare); (ii) data are freely shared with interested parties.

 Sustainable management of shared water resources in the upper Pripyat basin

Region/Countries: Belarus, Ukraine
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNEP, in collaboration with UNDP
Description: The project supports sustainable management of shared water resources in the upper Pripyat basin. In particular the projects facilitates the development, harmonisation and bilateral implementation of water allocation procedures for the Beloozerskaya water-feed system of the Dnieper-Buh Canal in an environmentally safe, economically viable, and mutually acceptable manner. Deliverables and outcomes: Hydrological profile of the Pripyat river at the Vyzhevsky floodgate under various flow conditions; Results of the bilateral study of flow regime and hydro-ecological conditions of the upper Pripyat, Beloozerskaya water-feed system, and the Dnieper-Buh canal; Justification of water flow allocations in the upper Pripyat to meet the needs of environment protection in the basin, maintenance and navigation of the Dnieper-Buh canal, and the optimal control of high flow events.

 Assessment and capacity-building for managing environment and security risks in the Donbas and Soligorsk regions

Region/Countries: Belarus, Ukraine
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNEP
Description: The project supports regional environmental management and governance in socially-stressed areas. In particular the project assesses and helps mitigate environmental risks related to unsustainable mining practices and increases transparency over environmental issues and decision-making through supporting environmental awareness activities with city / regional authorities, media and NGOs. The project builds upon ENVSEC's "mining for closure" experience in SE Europe, and UNEP's GEO-cities activities in the Donetsk oblast. Deliverables and outcomes: Assessment of risks associated with mining and mining waste; Targeted support for environmentally-efficient mine management (improved knowledge base, practices, rules and regulations); Strengthened transparency and communication capacities of environmental authorities, mass media and NGOs, user-friendly publication of environmental information; Identification of feasible follow-up activities.

 Illegal logging: governance, implementation and enforcement

Region/Countries: Ukraine
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: REC
Description: The project's deliverables are assessment, conclusions and recommendations related to the current forestry regimes in Ukraine with attention to the magnitude and extent of illegal logging activity, evaluation of institutional structures, policy formation and the implementation of policies, resources and incentives, enforcement, corruption and legitimacy. The project aims at identifying concrete actions to be taken by key responsible actors to close the law, policy, implementation and enforcement gaps in order to sharply reduce or eliminate illegal logging in the country. A collateral goal is to link the current project with prospective international training activities in the field of environmental crimes. The project is linked to prevention of illegal logging activities in South-Eastern Europe.

 Pripyat basin flow management and monitoring feasibility study

Region/Countries: Ukraine, Belarus
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: OSCE, NATO, UNECE, UNEP
Description: Based on the study results, two projects on floods monitoring and management in the Pripyat River basin were developed and launched.

 Transboundary cooperation and sustainable management of the Dniester River - Phase II

Region/Countries: Ukraine, Moldova
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: OSCE, UNECE, UNEP
Description: The project was based on the results of the Dniester-I. The following documents were the results of the project implementation: Action programme to improve transboundary cooperation and sustainable management of the Dniester River basin in the period of 2007-2010-Project results; Action programme to improve transboundary cooperation and sustainable management of the Dniester river basin in the period of 2007-2010; Draft agreement on cooperation on conservation and sustainable development of the Dniester River basin; Draft Provision on public participation in the work of the Dniester Commission and decision-making with regard to the condition of the Dniester River basin; Regulation on stakeholder participation in the activities of the institution of Plenipotentiaries; Draft Regulation on cooperation on sanitary-epidemiolgical control of water quality in the transboundary Moldovan-Ukranian section of the Dniester River basin and the transboundary rivers of the Black Sea basin; Regulation on Moldovan-Ukranian cooperation in the management of the joint Dniester River basin website.

 Capacity for water cooperation: Workshop on river basin commissions (October 2007), Workshop on Water and Health (May 2008)

Region/Countries: Eastern Europe, Southern Caucasus, Central Asia
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: OSCE, UNECE, UNDP
Description: The objective of the workshop on river basin commissions was to build capacity and exchange experience between the countries, organisations and projects with regard to institutions for the joint management of transboundary waters, and to promote the establishment of efficient joint bodies - river basin commissions or other appropriate institutional arrangements - in the regions. The Workshop on Water and Health addressed issues related to: (i) access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation; (ii) prevention, control and reduction of water-related diseases; (iii) sustainable management and protection of water resources; (iv) integrated sectors policy development and reform; (v) social and equity aspects related to the right to water. The workshop allowed decision-makers and experts from the countries, from the environment, water management, health, and infrastructure sectors, to exchange experience on national strategies designed to facilitate and integrate such components, as well as challenges related to their implementation.

 Monitoring and assessment of heavy metal pollution in River Prut, an important transboundary water resource (NATO ref. 974064)

Region/Countries: Moldova, Romania
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: NATO
Description

 Harmonization of seismic risk prevention (NATO ref. 980468)

Region/Countries: Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: NATO
Description: The end goal of the project was to harmonize different risk maps in the countries and to create standard risk maps in Euro code 8 Format, reflecting the real transboundary geophysical characteristics and replacing current maps that are limited by political borders.

 Joint environmental monitoring, assessment and exchange of information for integrated management of the Danube delta (Phase I)

Region/Countries: Moldova, Ukraine, Romania
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNEP, UNECE
Description: The project's goal was to improve environmental conditions in the Danube delta and cooperation between the riparian countries. In particular the project aimed at a better overall and mutual understanding of the effects of dredging on water balance, quality and the environment, and at establishing a framework for exchanging research and official information on environmental issues between Danube delta countries. The project built upon recommendations of the Espoo Convention's Inquiry Commission, as well as on a decision of the Heads of Delegations to the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (Odessa, December 2007) to cooperate towards achieving a good ecological status of the Danube delta in line with the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) and international and regional environmental obligations. Such cooperation included the preparation of a coordinated Danube Delta Analysis Report. Deliverables and outcomes: review of studies and results of state monitoring of environmental issues in the area; summary analytical report approved by the participating countries; outline of a monitoring and information system as a basis for decisions and dispute resolution; agreement on mechanisms for preparing the Danube Delta Analysis Report; conclusions on the arrangements to implement the obligations of the countries (Moldova/Ukraine/Romania) in the context of Article 8 of the Espoo Convention.

 Needs assessment, institutional and legal strengthening of environmental cooperation with Transnistria

Region/Countries: Moldova
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: REC, UNEP, OSCE
Description: The project's goal was to support environmental management and cooperation vs. the Transnistrian region of Moldova through needs assessment and support for addressing general and specific environmental issues in the area. Deliverables and outcomes: needs assessment; cooperation mechanism (working groups or similar institutional arrangements, updated and adopted protocols on environmental cooperation); proposals and support for specific actions.

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South Eastern Europe ENVSEC Projects

Projects planned or on-going

 Mining hotspots in South Eastern Europe: Feasibility study for the remediation of the Bor mine surface and groundwater

Region/Countries: Serbia
Status: On-going - Duration: 2010-2011 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: UNDP
Description: The project aims at preparation of a feasibility study for selected sites in the Bor mine complex that both serve to determine requirements for environmental remediation of pollution sources to water, and also introduce a community participatory approach to remediation of environmental hotspots. The outcome of the remediation recommendations would build capacity for mine site management in Serbia, and so be of further use to the ENVSEC mining activities. The project will involve an assessment to determine follow up activities at the site, and will also assess the potential for local capacity for remediation activities.

 Illegal Logging: Governance, Implementation and Enforcement

Region/Countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo (territory administered under UN Resolution 1244), Montenegro, Serbia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Status: On-going - Duration: 2008-12 - Funding: Partly funded - Lead organisation: REC
Description: The project foresees to conduct assessment, to reach conclusions and to come up with recommendations related to current forestry regimes in South Eastern European countries with attention to the magnitude and extent of illegal logging activity, evaluation of institutional structures, policy formation and the implementation of policies, resources and incentives, enforcement, corruption and legitimacy. This will result into concrete actions to be taken by key responsible actors to close the law, policy, implementation and enforcement gaps in order to sharply reduce or eliminate illegal logging in specific countries. A collateral goal will be to link the current project with prospective international training activities in the field of environmental crimes. The project is implemented in line with prevention of illegal logging activities in Ukraine.

 Bi-/multilateral arrangements for prevention of transboundary environmental conflicts: the Timok River

Region/Countries: Bulgaria, Serbia
Status: On-going - Duration: 2008-10 - Funding: Partly funded - Lead organisation: REC in collaboration with UNECE
Description: The project aims to support development of agreements and other arrangements for increased cooperation on common environmental problems and management of shared natural resources, using recent examples from the wider region as models. The focus is on the Timok River between Bulgaria and Serbia. The Timok River has been seriously degraded and deforested through uncontrolled mining activities, which represents a serious threat to the livelihoods of people on both sides of the border. The project will establish a forum for stakeholders on both sides of the border to work together to develop a sustainable development program for the river basin, with the involvement of authorities at all appropriate levels, the public, NGOs, and users of the river, and should result in the agreement of necessary legal and non-binding instruments as tools for sustainable development.

 Management of shared natural resources

Region/Countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo (territory administered under UN Resolution 1244), Montenegro, Serbia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Ma
Status: On-going - Duration: 2009-2012 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: UNEP
Description: The project's objective is to encourage, enhance and support transboundary and regional cooperation of governments and local stakeholders on management of shared natural resources of the South Eastern European countries. The project will particularly focus on selected transboundary mountain protected areas with an ecosystem services based approach, and transboundary rivers.

 Monitoring and improving the rivers in the Vardar/Axios watershed (NATO ref. 981877)

Region/Countries: Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Status: On-going - Duration: 2005-11 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: NATO
Description

 Development of a monitoring system to counter-manage the risks of subsidence deformation of the population of Tuzla (NATO ref. 983305)

Region/Countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Status: On-going - Duration: 2008-11 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: NATO
Description: This project will bring together the huge amount of historical data on mining areas, their geotechnical and hydro geologic features, and integrate and produce an actual real picture of the situation by updating the existing geographical information system (GIS). The end-result will be detailed hazard maps for endangered areas that will provide the basis for a long-term planning to monitor and mitigate the risk.

 Assessment of hazardous chemical contamination in the Sava River basin (NATO ref. 982590)

Region/Countries: Croatia
Status: On-going - Duration: 2007-10 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: NATO
Description: The main goal of the project is development and acquisition of a comprehensive system for identification of the hazardous chemical contamination of the Sava River basin as a key tool for scientifically-based and cost-effective management of water resources in Croatia and other riparian countries. This will be primarily achieved by development and applying of a state-of-the-art Effects Directed Analysis (EDA) approach customized for the Sava River and other basins. The project will be implemented addressing the following specific objectives: (i) identification of the most critical locations along the river section between the Slovenian and Bosnian borders; (ii) upgrade of the present analytical infrastructure in participating laboratories and development of chemical and bioassay EDA methods; (iii) identification of the most prominent categories of hazardous organic contaminants in the Sava River basin; (iv) establishment of reliable EDA procedures for identification of hazardous contaminants in various compartments (waste water, surface water, river sediments); (v) transfer of the state-of-the-art expertise in the application of EDA by training and education of young Croatian scientists; (vi) dissemination of knowledge and expertise achieved during the project to all potential end-users in Croatian and neighbouring riparian countries.

 Management and reduction of transboundary risks from hazardous activities

Region/Countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo (territory administered under UN Resolution 1244), Montenegro, Serbia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Ma
Status: On-going - Duration: 2009-12 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: REC, UNECE, UNDP, UNEP
Description: The project's objectives are: (i) prevention and mitigation of transboundary environmental risks arising from hazardous pollution hotspots in particular from abandoned mines, tailing dams and chemical sites; and (ii) capacity building to support countries to ratify and implement the UNECE Industrial Accidents Convention, Espoo Convention and its SEA Protocol, and Water Convention.

 Adaptation to the impacts of climate change for reducing risks in South Eastern Europe

Region/Countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo (territory administered under UN Resolution 1244), Montenegro, Serbia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Ma
Status: On-going - Duration: 2009-12 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: REC, UNECE, UNEP
Description: The project's objective is to reduce environment and security risks related to climate change through enhanced knowledge base of climate change impacts and their interrelation with security, regionally consolidated approach for adaptation and applied guidance on adaptation in river basins and shared water resources of the region against extreme impacts of climate change.

 Strengthening regional cooperation on environmental governance through participatory and informed decision-making and implementation processes

Region/Countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo (territory administered under UN Resolution 1244), Montenegro, Serbia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Ma
Status: On-going - Duration: 2009-2012 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: OSCE, REC, UNEP
Description: The project's goal is to strengthen national and local capacities for participatory and informed planning, decision-making, implementation, and monitoring processes in relation to environment and security challenges and for environmental conflict prevention and resolution. Particular focus will be given to help countries in implementation of the Aarhus Convention and the Espoo Convention and their respective protocols, namely Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs) and Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).

 Service to cooperation of the wider Drin basin

Region/Countries: Albania, Kosovo (territory administered under UN Resolution 1244), Montenegro, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Status: Planned - Duration: 2011-12 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: UNECE
Description: The project's objective is to encourage, enhance and support transboundary and regional cooperation of governments and local stakeholders on management of shared water resources of the countries.

 Service to cooperation on the Timok River

Region/Countries: Serbia, Bulgaria
Status: Planned - Duration: 2011-12 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: REC, UNECE
Description: The project's objective is to encourage, enhance and support transboundary and regional cooperation of Bulgarian and Serbian governments and local stakeholders on management of shared water resources of the Timok River.

 Access to justice in environmental matters

Region/Countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo (territory administered under UN Resolution 1244), Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Former Yugoslav Repu
Status: Planned - Duration: TBD - Funding: Not funded - Lead organisation: REC
Description: The project's goals are: (i) to enhance access to justice rights with respect to environmental matters in selected countries; (ii) to facilitate the enforcement of democratic and environmental rights; (iii) to assess the real dimensions of the obstacles and opportunities for delivery of environmental legal advocacy and advisory services deriving from the set up of the legal profession; (iv) to facilitate the inclusion of environmental law in the scope of work of existing legal advocacy or advisory organizations; (v) to help the countries to reach compliance with the Aarhus Convention Art. 9 requirements and to prepare for compliance with the proposed EC Directive on Access to Justice.

Projects Completed

 Improving regional cooperation for risk management from pollution hotspots in South Eastern Europe/Reducing environment and security risks from mini

Region/Countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo (territory administered under UN Resolution 1244), Montenegro, Serbia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNEP
Description: Aiming to reduce trans-boundary environmental and human safety risks posed by sub-standard mining operations in the SEE region, by providing a targeted in-depth assessment of trans-boundary environment and health risks resulting from mining designed for decision-makers and mining experts at the regional level; identifying potential “hot spots”; recommending priority measures of mitigation and for risk management. The project will develop policy and technical options suitable for the region and will take forward demonstration and pilot activities, in particular focusing on innovative, local and cost-efficient risk reduction and management measures.
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 Network Development of Local Actors from the Sava River Basin on Water resource Management

Region/Countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Serbia
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: OSCE
Description: The project aimed to promote regional co-operation in water resource management through establishing networks of local actors from the Sava River Basin, and by identifying the role of these local actors in river basin management.
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 Reducing impacts of agriculture in the Prespa Park region

Region/Countries: Albania, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNDP
Description: The goal of the project was to reduce impacts of agriculture on the Prespa Lakes region through capacity building activities targeted at: (i) agricultural extension services' abilities to provide training and advice on use of pesticides and irrigation, and (ii) training farmers in the formation of agricultural associations in order to improve the understanding of marketing and best practices in sustainable farming.

 Monitoring and assessment of heavy metal pollution in River Prut, an important transboundary water resource (NATO ref. 974064)

Region/Countries: Moldova, Romania
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: NATO
Description

 Harmonization of seismic risk prevention (NATO ref. 980468)

Region/Countries: Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: NATO
Description: The end goal of the project was to harmonize different risk maps in the countries and to create standard risk maps in Euro code 8 Format, reflecting the real transboundary geophysical characteristics and replacing current maps that are limited by political borders.

 Sustainable management of the international waters - Prespa Lake (NATO ref. 981116)

Region/Countries: Albania, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: NATO
Description: The aim of the project was to understand the mechanisms behind the water loss in the Prespa Lake and to develop a model for the prediction of the effects of changes in quantity and quality of the lake's water. An automatic meteorological station, water level recorder, equipment for the tracer injection experiment were purchased and installed with the subsequent training of local scientists. Recommendations for sustainable development were presented to end-users at a final workshop.

 Follow-up support for AIMS (Network of MEAs Senior Officials and Legal Experts for South Eastern Europe)

Region/Countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo (territory administered under UN Resolution 1244), Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Former Yugo
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: REC
Description: The goal of the project was to maintain momentum established by the original AIMS project (Support for Acceptance and Implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements in South Eastern Europe) in support of regional cooperation in the region to jointly and in a coordinated fashion enhance the acceptance and implementation of MEAs. The project stimulated and reactivated AIMS Network to gain momentum towards its long term sustainability, foresee regional activities on practical implementation, in particular with reference to the use of National Implementation Plans (NIPs) and the UNECE and UNEP Guidelines. Generally the project improved awareness of problems and solutions for implementation of MEAs through shared experiences within the South Eastern European region.

 Preparation of the Adriatic Sea Partnership

Region/Countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: REC
Description: The project's objective was to support for a multi-year umbrella partnership for cooperation on the Adriatic Sea (Adriatic Sea Partnership (ASP). A major goal of the ASP is to establish an operative international body on the basis of political commitment by littoral countries, to act as a common platform for regional cooperation on action to protect the Adriatic Sea and promote its sustainable use. The ASP shall also enable the establishment of a working umbrella framework for cooperation and exchange to serve as a clearinghouse to link and ensure synergies among the diverse existing Adriatic-based initiatives. The goal of this preparation phase was to adequately prepare the initiative, to service the lead countries, to increase donor interest and generate further funding, and to represent the initiative in various fora in order to gather necessary participation and support.

 Promotion and development of the "Governance Principles for FDI in Hazardous Activities"/TEGS

Region/Countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo (territory administered under UN Resolution 1244), Montenegro, Serbia, Former Yugoslav Republic of M
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: REC
Description

 Supporting the implementation of the Aarhus Convention in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Region/Countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: OSCE in collaboration with REC
Description: The overall goal of the project is to support Bosnia and Herzegovina in implementation of the Aarhus Convention. Specific goals are: (i) to remind public servants and the civil society of the underlying principles of the Aarhus Convention and the resulting requirements for Bosnia and Herzegovina; (ii) to respective public servants and selected NGO representatives with first-hand insight into the organisation and main tasks of the Aarhus Information Centre; (iii) to re-launch the web portal of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 Mining hotspots in South Eastern Europe: Feasibility study for Lojane mine cleaning and closure

Region/Countries: Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNDP
Description: The project's objective was to carry out a comprehensive environmental investigation, and based on that to recommend a short-term risk reduction and long-term remediation and environmental protection measures for the Lojane mine in Macedonia. The proper conservation of the mine will prevent further contamination of the area and impact on the neighbouring country. It will also have a positive impact on relations between the national/local governments and local citizens from the affected area which is still declared as a crisis region.

 Walk on the wild side of life: border police explore the joint natural heritage of the Green Belt

Region/Countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo (territory administered under UN Resolution 1244), FYR Macedonia
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNEP in collaboration with IUCN Green Belt Coordination Office
Description: The overall project goal was to create synergies in transboundary nature conservation through cooperation with the military sector. To achieve this, the project focused on training border police in nature observation and enabling them to act as multipliers for biodiversity conservation in areas along the Green Belt and the Schengen border. The project consisted of: (i) awareness raising for joint natural heritage; (ii) a cooperation with border police as a multiplicator for landscape and joint natural heritage issues in border areas; (iii) joint ventures for nature conservation.

 Transboundary management of shared natural resources in South Eastern Europe

Region/Countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo (territory administered under UN Resolution 1244), Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Former Yugo
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNEP
Description: In the South Eastern European region the use and management of shared natural resources such as transboundary lakes and rivers, mountain forest complexes as well as their biodiversity (e.g. in the Dinaric Arc and Balkan mountains) pose both a challenge and opportunity for cooperation. This project aimed at encouraging the regional cooperation for management of transboundary natural resources (water and mountain areas).

 Mining hotspots in South Eastern Europe: Environmental assessment and remedial action plan project: Stanterg/Stari Trg and Artana mines

Region/Countries: Kosovo (territory administered under UN Resolution 1244)
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNDP
Description: The project's objective was to set the foundation for a larger remediation programme by conducting a comprehensive assessment to determine the impact of mine production and processing on the environment from two mine sites in Kosovo.

 Improving regional cooperation for the transboundary management of shared natural resources in South Eastern Europe/Enhancing transboundary biodiversi

Region/Countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo (territory administered under UN Resolution 1244), Montenegro, Serbia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNEP
Description: The main project's activities were: assessment of the state of trans-boundary ecosystems, main threats and current management practices; feasibility study and participative Peace Park Strategy; support to ongoing initiatives of trans-boundary cooperation of biodiversity and protected areas management, and facilitation of collaborative and consultative processes; support to the establishment of Networks of Protected Areas and building capacity on selected topics at the sub-regional level.

 Bridging the gaps: enhancing implementation of multilateral environmental agreements in the Balkans

Region/Countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo (territory administered under UN Resolution 1244), Montenegro, Serbia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNEP
Description: The project aimed to build and significantly strengthen the national capacities for an enhanced and more effective implementation of key global and regional multilateral environment agreements (MEAs), and integrations of MEAs requirements and other related domestic priorities into the general development and environment management capabilities and approaches of the target countries, rather than seeking merely to achieve implementation of MEAs in isolation from the national development plans and environment management efforts of the countries.

 Environment assessment and remedial action plan for Mitrovica Industrial Park

Region/Countries: Kosovo (territory administered under UN Resolution 1244)
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNDP
Description: The project's objective was to undertake a detailed assessment of the environmental risks originating at the Mitrovica Industrial Park and to develop a remediation action plan for the site based on the results obtained from the environmental assessment. Furthermore, the project strengthened local capacity and provide on-the-job training of local/regional professionals and public institutions in environmental assessment and mining and environment issues.

 Reducing environment and security risks from mining is South Eastern Europe

Region/Countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo (territory administered under UN Resolution 1244), Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Former Yugo
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNEP
Description: During the project implementation the following results were achieved: (i) mineral resource related sites that pose substantial transboundary risk to the environment, public health and safety, and regional socio-political stability in the region were identified, delineated and cataloged; (ii) information on technical options to support further work for transboundary risk and hazard reduction was provided; (iii) five hotspots requiring follow-up through risk mitigation as well as emergency measures were identified; (iv) local capacity for early warning, conflict resolution and emergency response was enhanced.

 "Energy and Environment Challenges to Security" - NATO advanced research workshop

Region/Countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo (territory administered under UN Resolution 1244), Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Former Yugo
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: REC
Description: The seminar on “Energy and Environmental Challenges to Security” was aimed at engaging political actors and key policymakers (parliamentarians) and stakeholders, including governmental authorities, journalists and members of civil society, to focus the international debate on these issues through a high-level conference. It provided an opportunity to promote on the basis of sound scientific knowledge understanding and raise awareness among critical players whose actions will have a major impact on the future course of development and on security-related matters.

 Strengthening the role of civil societies organisations and local communities

Region/Countries: Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo (territory administered under UN Resolution 1244), Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Former Yugo
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNEP
Description: The project's objectives were: (i) to strengthen role and increase participation of civil society organisations in decision making related to regional development and environment; (ii) to enhance usage of multi-stakeholder approach in addressing environmental issues; (iii) to establish or strengthen bridges of communication and cross-border cooperation between local communities. During its implementation the project focused on supporting civil society organisations mostly from transboundary protected areas and increasing their participation in the decision-making process.

 Ensuring public participation in environmental impact assessments in Albania

Region/Countries: Albania
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: OSCE
Description: The project's objectives were: (i) to support relevant government institutions in introducing formal mechanisms for public consultation and participation, into routine operating procedures, relating to planning with environmental implications; (ii) to support the Government of Albania in complying more fully with its obligations under specific international Conventions, such as the Aarhus Convention and Espoo Convention; (iii) to support the public (communities and civil society in its broadest sense) in engaging in a systematic and constructive manner with environment-related planning processes of the Government of Albania.

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Southern Caucasus ENVSEC Projects

Projects planned or on-going

 Managing environment and security risks with EIA and SEA in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia

Region/Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
Status: Planned - Duration: October 2011-September 2014 - Funding: Not funded - Lead organisation: UNECE
Description

 CASE-South Caucasus (continuation)

Region/Countries: Armenia;Azerbaijan
Status: Planned - Duration: July 2011-June 2012 - Funding: Not funded - Lead organisation: OSCE
Description

 Strengthened multi-stakeholder cooperation in the South Caucasus for improved protected areas systems

Region/Countries: Armenia;Azerbaijan;Georgia
Status: Planned - Duration: September 2011-August 2012 - Funding: Not funded - Lead organisation: OSCE, UNEP
Description

 Fostering transboundary cooperation in the Kura-Aras River basin

Region/Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia
Status: On-going - Duration: January 2010-June 2011 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: UNDP
Description: The project supports Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia in continuing their dialogue on institutionalizing cooperation in the Kura-Aras River basin by developing and presenting potential options and drafting documents which would lead to the establishment of the Kura-Aras Environment Programme (KAEP).

 Implementation of the UNECE Water Convention and development of an agreement on the management of transboundary watercourses shared by Georgia and Aze

Region/Countries: Azerbaijan, Georgia
Status: On-going - Duration: January 2010-June 2011 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: OSCE, UNECE
Description: The objective of this project is to assess the capacity of Georgia for ratification and implementation of the UNECE Water Convention and to strengthen transboundary water cooperation between Azerbaijan and Georgia. The expected results of the project are: (i) ratification and implementation of the UNECE Water Convention by Georgia; (ii) strengthened transboundary water cooperation between Azerbaijan and Georgia; (iii) an example established for the future application of the provisions of the Convention in the Kura-Araks river basin.

 Seismic hazard and risk assessment for Southern Caucasus - Eastern Turkey energy corridors (NATO ref. 983038)

Region/Countries: Azerbaijan, Georgia
Status: On-going - Duration: 2008-11 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: NATO
Description: The project aims to identify vulnerable segments of pipelines to earthquakes, and provide mitigation strategies by performing a comprehensive seismic hazard and risk study for the pipelines. The primary goals of the project are: (i) to assess the seismic hazard in Georgia, Azerbaijan and Eastern Turkey; (ii) to assess the seismic safety of the pipelines; (iii) to develop efficient seismic risks monitoring and mitigation strategies; (iv) to improve environmental security in the countries. The project will result in the following products: (1) deterministic and probabilistic seismic hazard maps (i.e. expected ground shaking maps) for all length of the pipelines; (2) geology and site amplification maps; (3) fragility curves for all pipeline types used in the system; (4) maps of potential damage in the pipelines for expected and scenario earthquakes; (5) a GIS-based software package to incorporate and manipulate all these maps; (6) specification of a seismic monitoring system for the pipelines.

 Regional study of impacts of climate change in the South Caucasus

Region/Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
Status: On-going - Duration: May 2009-June 2011 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: UNDP
Description: The overall goal of the project is to contribute to the reduction of climate change risks in the South Caucasus region. The immediate objective of the project is to improve understanding of the South Caucasus countries on regional climate change impact and enhance cooperation among them to address common climate change concerns. The project will bring together leading national experts, engaged in preparation of second national communications under UNFCCC, to undertake technical discussions which will help to decrease uncertainties with predicting potential climate change risks (probabilities, magnitude, timeframe of occurrence, and geographic spread). These consultations will help in adjusting climate change scenarios taking into account a regional perspective; in identifying potential needs for common/coordinated adaptation solutions in the context of transboundary geographic areas or shared biophysical systems (such as Kura-Aras); and in assessing the viability and proposing ways to improve cooperation and exchange of data/information and expertise in the area of climate risk management.

 Strengthening capacity in environmental assessment and risk reduction at mining sites in Armenia

Region/Countries: Armenia
Status: On-going - Duration: August 2010-September 11 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: OSCE in collaboration with UNEP
Description: The project aims to assess and evaluate the risks and impact of mining activities on the state of environment, to provide assistance in the development of a national mining policy focusing on reducing environmental risks, and to promote best mining practices in Armenia. This project intends to achieve its goals through the implementation of the following activities: (i) inventory and desk study of environmental issues related to mining sites in Armenia; (ii) project inception/”Mining for Closure” workshop; (iii) expert-supported field assessment of environmental risks arising from active and inactive mining sites in Armenia; (iv) public awareness rising for environmental issues related to substandard mining operations and approaches for more sustainable mine management; (v) Mining & Environment Forum.

 Supporting the Armenian Government in the elimination of the hazardous chemicals at the Nubarashen storage site

Region/Countries: Armenia
Status: On-going - Duration: January 2010-April 2011 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: OSCE
Description: The project goal is to reduce environment and security risks in Nubarashen area caused by the deteriorating storage site of obsolete pesticides. The specific project objective is to assess the state of the storage site of the obsolete pesticides for determining environmental risks and developing recommendations for risk reduction.

 Inventory, monitoring and analysis of obsolete pesticides in Armenia for environmentally sound disposal (NATO ref. 982812)

Region/Countries: Armenia
Status: On-going - Duration: 2008-2011 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: NATO
Description: The objective of the project is to take an inventory of expired pesticides stocks at the territory of Armenia; identify sites that are highly polluted with pesticides and polychlorinated biphenils (PCBs); establish an analytical laboratory equipped with new up-graded devices and with staff trained in environmental analysis; monitor on residual amounts of pesticides and PCBs in environmental media, food stuffs and biomedia; and to assess the risks exerted by obsolete pesticides and PCBs to human health and the environment in order to ensure environmental security.

 Cooperation for the protection and sustainable development of mountain regions in the South Caucasus

Region/Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
Status: On-going - Duration: March 2010-December 2011 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: UNEP
Description: The goal of the project is to enhance cooperation for the protection and sustainable development of the Caucasus mountain region, in a way agreed by the governments of the region, by supporting coordination of environmental initiatives in the region, exchanging of information across the borders, determining of targets for all stakeholders and supporting the coordinated development and implementation of programme and projects to achieve the targets.

 Water resources management of agro-ecosystems in the South Caucasus transboundary regions (NATO ref. 982227)

Region/Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
Status: On-going - Duration: 2006-2010 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: NATO
Description: The project's objectives are: (i) development of a demonstration farm for evaluation of state-of-the-art irrigation water distribution techniques, including drip irrigation and comparison with traditional surface irrigation, and for evaluation of irrigation scheduling techniques using weather-based irrigation schedulers and other computer-based decision support tools; (ii) development of scientific techniques for estimation of water use of agricultural crops based on local weather conditions and hydro-physical characteristics of soil that can be used for determining the management and rational use of water resources in agro-ecosystems and forecasting of the water balance; (iii) creation of the South Caucasus Scientific Research, Information and Extension Centre for dissemination of the state-of-the-art irrigation scheduling technologies to stakeholders and end users of the countries.

 New technologies of seismic resistant construction (NATO ref. 982167)

Region/Countries: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkey
Status: On-going - Duration: 2006-2010 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: NATO
Description: The main objectives of the project are: (i) simplification of the technology allowing construction of small (1-2 floor) seismically stable houses capable of withstanding earthquakes and explosions; (ii) reducing the prime cost of seismic resistant buildings that will make construction of earthquake-proof houses available for majority of local people; (iii) theoretical and experimental research and comparative analysis of seismic stability of buildings in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkey compared with seismic resistant buildings on base of the new a-seismic construction technology.

 Phase Two - Enhancing national capacity on fire management and wildfire disaster risk reduction in the South Caucasus

Region/Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
Status: On-going - Duration: February 2010-July 2011 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: OSCE
Description: The project aims at reducing wildfire risks in the South Caucasus. To achieve this goal, the project will work on improving the capacity of countries to efficiently respond to the wildfires and improve forest fire management. At the same time the project will help Armenia and Georgia to formulate national forest fire management policies and implementation strategies.

 Regional Cities: Environmental assessment and capacity building in Tbilisi

Region/Countries: Georgia
Status: On-going - Duration: April 2010-June 11 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: OSCE, UNEP
Description: The overall goal of the project is to improve environmental decision-making and promoted integrared environmental assessment as a key instrument for informed decision-making on important municipal-level environment and security issues. Furthermore, the project aims at building capacity of municipalities in urban environmental planning and management, and integrated environmental assessment at the local level, in cooperation with civil societies organisations. Project phases: (i) assessment of state of and trends in the environment of Tbilisi; (ii) elaboration of the guidelines on how to make urban integrated environmental assessment, and environmental action plan; (iii) implementation of capacity building activities related to conducting of environmental assessment for the staff of the Tbilisi City Hall and administration of other Georgian cities; (iv) implementation of capacity building activities related to the urban environmental planning and management.

 Phase Three - Enhancing national capacity on fire management and wildfire disaster risk reduction in the South Caucasus

Region/Countries: Armenia;Azerbaijan;Georgia
Status: Planned - Duration: August 2011-September 2012 - Funding: Not funded - Lead organisation: OSCE
Description

 Aarhus Centres in South Caucasus

Region/Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
Status: On-going - Duration: January 2011-December 2011 - Funding: Partly funded - Lead organisation: OSCE
Description: Based on the existing institutional structure and the partnership arrangements of the Aarhus Centres, this project aims to further intensify the work of Aarhus Centres on priority environmental issues that have security implications in respective countries, particularly those issues addressed by the ENVSEC portfolio of projects. In doing so, the project will focus on (i) substantive and administrative capacity building for the Aarhus Centre staff and their stakeholders; (ii) improved mechanisms for dissemination of environmental information, for public participation in projects, programmes, legislative preparations that might have environmental implications and for providing citizens with access to review and challenge violations of domestic environmental law; (iii) networking among the Aarhus Centres at country and regional level for exchange of information, experience and best practices.

 Strengthening implementation in Azerbaijan of the UNECE Convention on Environment Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context

Region/Countries: Azerbaijan
Status: Planned - Duration: 2011 - Funding: Not funded - Lead organisation: OSCE, UNECE
Description: The overall objective of this project is to: (i) review national legislation for the application of the Espoo Convention in Azerbaijan and make recommendations to the Implementation Committee, including for new legislative initiatives and amendments, and to identify steps to be taken by Azerbaijan to implement fully the Convention; (ii) organize a one-day national workshop to be held in Baku at the invitation of the Azerbaijan Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources. The workshop will discuss the results of the review and the recommendations; raise awareness and better understanding of the provisions and opportunities of the Convention among relevant ministries and agencies in Azerbaijan; and propose concrete steps for further implementation of the Convention in Azerbaijan.

 Sub-regional workshop on the Espoo Convention

Region/Countries: Georgia
Status: Planned - Duration: 2011 - Funding: Not funded - Lead organisation: OSCE, UNECE
Description: The project aims to organize a capacity building workshop on the UNECE Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context in Tbilisi, Georgia with the participation of government and civil society representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. The workshop will aim for: (i) strengthening capacities of the participating countries in conducting transboundary environmental impact assessment. Procedures and consultation with the public in the context of transboundary environmental assessments continue to require particular attention; (ii) further promoting the ratification and implementation of the UNECE Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context; (iii) promoting cooperation and exchanges of information between the participating countries, including on capacity building needs.

 Civil Action for Security and Environment (CASE)

Region/Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia
Status: On-going - Duration: November 2008-December 2011 - Funding: Fully funded - Lead organisation: OSCE
Description: The overarching goal of CASE is to create an enabling environment for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to be a strong partner primarily to the governments as well as other stakeholders in collaboratively addressing environment and security challenges, particularly in a transboundary context. Designed as a small grants programme, CASE will focus on the thematic issues that are to be identified in line with the national priorities in the area of environment and security, and through participatory processes that involve relevant government agencies and CSOs as well as local authorities, academia and the private sector. The Aarhus Centres will play a facilitation role in the country level implementation of CASE.

Projects completed

 Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus

Region/Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: OSCE
Description: The overall goal of the project is to contribute to the reduction of climate change risks in the Southern Caucasus region. The immediate objective of the project is to improve understanding of the countries on regional climate change impact. Project will help in adjusting climate change scenarios taking into account a regional perspective; in identifying potential needs for common/coordinated adaptation solutions in the context of transboundary geographic areas or shared biophysical systems (such as Kura-Aras); and in assessing the viability and proposing ways to improve cooperation and exchange of data / information and expertise in the area of climate risk management.

 Early warning system protecting drinking water supply vulnerable to eco-terrorism (NATO ref. 981453)

Region/Countries: Azerbaijan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: NATO
Description

 Environment and Security in the South Caucasus Triangle

Region/Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: OSCE
Description: In cooperation with GTZ. Activities will combine awareness raising of environment and security issues through workshops and elaboration of information material; setting up (or supporting) local environmental information centres (local branches of the Aarhus Centres); implementation of small scale projects submitted by community associations based on the discussed ideas.

 Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in Azerbaijan

Region/Countries: Azerbaijan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNDP
Description: The project introduces SEA elements into the local planning process. The project aimt at developing local capacity for SEA implementation and implement pilot project demonstrating SEA benefits in practice. The potential subject of the SEA pilot project is the Baku rehabilitation plan. The project is implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and municipality of Baku.

 Training in investigative journalism with respect to environment and security issues and linkages in Central Asia and Southern Caucasus

Region/Countries: Central Asia, Southern Caucasus
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNEP
Description: The projects provide hands-on training to practicing journalists from the countries on investigative and analytical approach to covering environmental and security issues and linkages in the print and electronic media.

 Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA): Promotion and capacity building (Phase I, Armenia and Georgia)

Region/Countries: Armenia, Georgia
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNDP
Description: The project aimed at promotion the ratification and implementation of the SEA protocol to the UNECE Espoo Convention. The project activities included evaluation of the capacity to implement SEA and assessment of current planning/decision-making processes in each country, development and application of country-tailored SEA capacity building trainings for government representatives, experts, non-governmental stakeholders and UNDP staff in SEA concepts and methodology; integration of SEA into the countries' strategic and planning activities through pilot demonstration of SEA application using a selected program/plan in each country (Yerevan City Plan and Port development plan on Black Sea).

 South Caucasus regional cooperation for the implementation of the Aarhus Convention

Region/Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: OSCE
Description: Overall objective of the project is to promote regional cooperation for implementation of the Aarhus Convention through networking among the Aarhus Centres and Public Environmental Information Centres within the region by capitalizing on the varying strengths of the countries of the region and responding to their varying challenges in relation to the three pillars of the Convention. In line with the work programme for the Aarhus Convention (2009-2011) and the Long-term Strategic Plan, the project facilitates the implementation of the Convention at the regional level, particularly in areas that respond to the priorities identified by the ENVSEC regional assessment for South Caucasus.

 Capacity for water cooperation: Workshop on river basin commissions (October 2007), Workshop on Water and Health (May 2008)

Region/Countries: Eastern Europe, Southern Caucasus, Central Asia
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: OSCE, UNECE, UNDP
Description: The objective of the workshop on river basin commissions was to build capacity and exchange experience between the countries, organisations and projects with regard to institutions for the joint management of transboundary waters, and to promote the establishment of efficient joint bodies - river basin commissions or other appropriate institutional arrangements - in the regions. The Workshop on Water and Health addressed issues related to: (i) access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation; (ii) prevention, control and reduction of water-related diseases; (iii) sustainable management and protection of water resources; (iv) integrated sectors policy development and reform; (v) social and equity aspects related to the right to water. The workshop allowed decision-makers and experts from the countries, from the environment, water management, health, and infrastructure sectors, to exchange experience on national strategies designed to facilitate and integrate such components, as well as challenges related to their implementation.

 Prediction of glacial hazards and disaster in the Central Caucasus, Russia (NATO ref. 982143)

Region/Countries: Russia
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: NATO
Description: The main project’s goal was, through collection and analysis of field data, to inform the regional and local authorities, planning and design institutes, and local population in the danger area, about most important glacial hazards, and advise them on the actions to take.

 Assessment of waste management in South Ossetian conflict zone

Region/Countries: Georgia
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: OSCE, UNEP
Description: The overall goal of the project was to assess the solid waste management problems existing in Tkhinvali, and to propose recommendations for improving the waste management in Tkhinvali area.

 Regional wild land fire consultation and Sevilla process

Region/Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: OSCE
Description: Within this project OSCE organised the participation of representatives of the governments of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia on wild land fire prevention and rehabilitation at the 4th International Wildland Fire Network in Sevilla, Spain, following up on the OSCE-led Environmental Assessment Mission to Nagorno-Karabakh. These discussions led to a greater shared understanding of the cooperative mechanisms of addressing wild land fire in the conflict zone.

 South Caucasus cooperative river monitoring (NATO ref. 977991)

Region/Countries: Georgia
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: NATO, OSCE
Description: The project aimed at establishment of a transboundary river monitoring infrastructure system shared by Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. In each of these countries, one central laboratory for water quality and quantity analysis has been installed. Standardised operating procedures have been established, a watershed management system has been developed and a data and model sharing system accessible by internet has been created. One of the most important project activities was the extensive joint training of young scientists from the three countries in NATO laboratories. The project was conduced in close collaboration with ministries, state committees and national departments concerned.

 Management and sustainable development of urban water resources in Azerbaijan (NATO ref. 981313)

Region/Countries: Azerbaijan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: NATO
Description: This projects consisted of the following activities: (i) measuring of the quantity and quality of ground and surface water resources and analysis of catchment water supplies; (ii) determination of the extent to which these water supplies have been altered through urbanisation and pipe leakage; (iii) developing a model of regional groundwater flow for the Absheron Peninsula of Azerbaijan. The project also sought to identify alternative water management scenarios, including the potential for re-using wastewater with artificial recycling technologies.

 Multi-disciplinary analysis of the Caspian Sea ecosystem (NATO ref. 981063)

Region/Countries: Azerbaijan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: NATO
Description: The project's objectives were: (i) to investigate climatic and man-induced environmental change in the Caspian Sea, specifically to evaluate effects on the biodiversity and productivity of the ecosystem, including the effects of invasive species on fisheries; (ii) to develop circulation and ecosystem models verified with observations, in order to simulate and describe environmental states of the Sea and to assess trans-boundary transport; (iii) to facilitate training, the transfer of technology and expertise, improve the communication and exchange of data between riparian countries; (iv) to initiate coordinated scientific investigations and encourage the development of observation networks, that could further enhance collaborative research and eventually serve to formulate a regional GOOS program specific to the Caspian Sea.

 Joint OSCE-UNEP assessment mission on the environmental impacts of recent conflict in Georgia

Region/Countries: Georgia
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: OSCE, UNEP
Description: Following an official request to the ENVSEC Initiative from the Ministry of Environment of Georgia, OSCE and UNEP organized a joint technical mission to assess the damage caused by forest fires in and around the Borjomi-Kharaguali area. In addition to these fire-affected areas, the technical assessment team also visited areas adjacent to South Ossetia and conducted some limited assessments of the extent of the environmental damage in these areas. As a result, the OSCE-UNEP Assessment Mission formulated detailed recommendations for damage mitigation and rehabilitation including confidence-building measures requiring cooperation across lines of conflict.

 National workshop on obligations and rights under the Protocol on Pollutants Release and Transfer Register to the Aarhus Convention in Armenia

Region/Countries: Armenia
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: OSCE, UNECE
Description: This project served as a base for implementation of obligations and rights under the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) Protocol of the Aarhus Convention in Armenia. It helped to raise awareness of civil servants on responsibilities for implementation of the PRTR Protocol and build capacity for its implementation.

 Reducing transboundary degradation of the Kura-Aras River basin through aquifer management

Region/Countries: Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNDP
Description: The overall long-term objective of the project is to ensure that the quality and quantity of the water (surface and underground water) throughout the Kura-Aras river system meets the short and long-term requirements for optimum ecosystem function as well as the needs of the communities using the river. Project included support for inaugural meetings for the self chartered NGO Forum of the Kura Aras/Araks Basin, and support for development of transboundary public involvement demonstration projects to be implemented at the community level within the full scale project phase. The project also assessed transboundary aquifers within the region and identifies the issues that affect their sound management for the benefit of the water users. A subsidiary objective was to reduce the contaminant load into the Caspian Sea and improve its water quality.

 Strengthening implementation in Armenia of the UNECE Convention on Environment Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context

Region/Countries: Armenia
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: OSCE, UNECE
Description: The overall project objective was to develop recommendations and identify steps to be taken by Armenia for implementation of the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention).

 Cooperation for the protection and sustainable development of mountain regions in the South Caucasus

Region/Countries: Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNEP
Description: The overall objective of the project was to support and enhance the transboundary and sub-regional cooperation in the mountain eco-region of the Caucasus in the field of protection, maintenance and sustainable development. The project objectives included assessment of strengths and weaknesses of existing legal instruments developed for the mountain regions, as well as the opportunities and threats of transferability of these models into the South Caucasus regions context, and to conduct stakeholder consultations, setting out priority issues of cooperation. Consequently, the project aimed at enhancing capacity of the relevant institutional framework for cooperation, by determining the best manner to ensure a basis for a legally binding framework for the protection and sustainable development of the region.

 Urban environmental management: Yerevan

Region/Countries: Armenia
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNEP
Description: The main objective of the project was to carry out an environmental assessment of the Armenian cities with the active participation of local stakeholders and interested parties. The project resulted in reports on the state of environment in Yerevan, Alaverdy, Gumri, and Hrazdan, and action plan.

 Seismic risk in large cities of Caucasus, tools for risk management (NATO ref. 974320)

Region/Countries: Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: NATO
Description

 NGO Forum in the Kura-Aras River basin

Region/Countries: Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: UNDP
Description: The overall objective of the project was to strengthen regional cooperation, support security initiatives, and promote sustainable environmental development through supporting civil society organizations and their formal involvement in transboundary river management projects for more inclusive project ownership throughout the region. The specific project objective was to support the meeting of the NGOs within the region to coordinate their input into the project, increase project representation throughout the region and support the regional public awareness raising of overall project objectives.

 Environmental confidence building in areas of frozen conflict, Phase I

Region/Countries: Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan
Status: Completed - Lead organisation: OSCE, UNEP
Description: The project's objectives were: (i) confidence-building between Georgian and Abkhaz environmental experts; (ii) Environmental Awareness Raising in South Ossetia; (iii) development of ENVSEC South Caucasus outreach materials and information products.

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