ENVSEC Projectsby region

ENVSEC Projects by region



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Fostering transboundary cooperation in the Kura-Aras River basin
Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
Regional priority: Environmental degradation and access to natural resources in areas of conflict
Status: Completed
Focus area: Natural resources and security risk management
Duration: January 2010-June 2011
ENVSEC budget (US$): 133,772
ENVSEC leading organisation: UNDP
Description: The project supports Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia in continuing their dialogue on institutionalizing cooperation in the Kura-Aras River basin by developing and presenting potential options and drafting documents which would lead to the establishment of the Kura-Aras Environment Programme (KAEP).
Links: Project brief and highlights of 2010
Contact: Milada Bielekova
ENVSEC Regional Desk Officer in Central Asia
UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre
+421 2 59337 311
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Regional study of impacts of climate change in the South Caucasus
Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
Regional priority: Environmental degradation and access to natural resources in areas of conflict
Status: Completed
Focus area: Population pressure on environmental security, frozen conflict and climate change adaptation
Duration: May 2009-June 2011
ENVSEC budget (US$): 148,126
ENVSEC leading 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 impacts 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.
Links: Project brief and highlights of 2010
Contact: Mariam Shotadze
Project Manager
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River basin management and climate change adaptation in the Neman river basin
Countries: Belarus, Ukraine
Regional priority: Water issues and transboundary water basins
Status: Completed
Focus area: Natural resources and security risk management
Duration: 2011-2015
ENVSEC budget (US$): 231,000
ENVSEC leading organisation: UNECE
Partner Organization(s): UNDP
Description: Official transboundary cooperation in the Neman basin, shared by Belarus, Lithuania and the Russian Federation is limited. An agreement between the three riparian countries was negotiated in 2003, however, it is still not in force. Thus, there are currently no institutionalized structures for transboundary cooperation. According to the project findings, climate change will bring warmer winters and less snow to the Neman Basin. Temperatures in the basin are expected to rise by 1.4° C–1.7° C on average within the next 35 years, with a 2.0°C–2.8° C increase in winter and 0.7° C–1.1° C increase in summer according to different scenarios of climate change,. Other probable impacts include increased precipitation in winter and run-off changes, with an expected increase of winter run-off, decreases in spring and summer run-off, as well as an earlier peak of the dates of spring flooding. These expected impacts require a basin-wide approach to climate change adaptation. The project is part of the ENVSEC-UNECE Water Convention’s programme of pilot projects on adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins which is aimed at assisting UN member states in implementation of the Water Convention and the EU Water Framework Directive in the context of climate change by supporting them to develop adaptation strategies and cooperation mechanisms in order to adapt to climate change in transboundary basins.







Stakeholder Engagement for Uranium Tailings Remediation in Central Asia
Countries: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
Regional priority: Raising awareness and strengthening capacities and participatory mechanisms on environment and security issues
Status: Completed
Focus area: Hazardous substances and environment and security risk reduction
Duration: March 2015-April 2018
ENVSEC budget (US$): 561,750
Duration: fully funded (European Commission, co-funded by all implementing partners)
ENVSEC leading organisation: UNDP
Partner Organization(s): OSCE, UNEP
Other implementing partner(s): Aarhus Centers
Description: The main objective of this project is to engage and inform stakeholders about remediation of uranium tailings. An important role is played by the Aarhus Centres that will focus on public awareness and information about remediation alternatives as well as development of capacities to ensure sustainable stakeholder engagement. Activities of the project complement those of similar on-going programmes implemented by the European Commission/INSC.
Contact: Armen Grigoryan
Cluster Lead, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change
UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub
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Capacity building for cooperation on dam safety in Central Asia, Phase III
Countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Regional priority: Reduction of risks to security and stability from hazardous practices
Status: On-going
Focus area: Hazardous substances and environment and security risk reduction
Duration: June 2011-December 2017
ENVSEC budget (US$): 850,000
ENVSEC leading organisation: UNECE
Partner Organization(s): OSCE, UNDP
Local partner(s): Executive Committee of the International Fund for the Saving of the Aral Sea, Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan, State Committee for Water Management and Melioration of Kyrgyzstan, Ministry of Melioration and Water Resources of Tajikistan, Ministry of Melioration and Water Resources of Turkmenistan, Water Control Facilities Committee
Description: In the conclusion of Phase II of the project, the need for continued work in the area of dam safety has been underlined by all countries in the region, and the ENVSEC partners have been requested to respond to this need. Important directions for the next phase include development and implementation of national legislation, building capacity of experts, as well as finalization and signing of the cooperation agreement.

The intended outputs of the project are: (i) improved national legislation and strengthened institutions responsible for the safety of hydrotechnical installations; (ii) improved capacity of national experts and officials on the safety of hydrotechnical installations; (iii) improved regional cooperation on the safety of hydrotechnical installations; (iv) increased safety of individual dams and development of confidence for active cooperation on such dams between neighbouring countries in transboundary river basins; (v) evaluation and good communication of project results.
Contact: Bo Libert
Regional Adviser on Environment
UNECE
+41 22 917 2396
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New technologies of seismic resistant construction (NATO ref. 982167)
Countries: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkey
Regional priority: Raising awareness and strengthening capacities and participatory mechanisms on environment and security issues
Status: Completed
Focus area: Information on environment and security and participation in risk management
Duration: June 2006-September 2010
ENVSEC budget (US$): 424,000
ENVSEC leading organisation: NATO
Description: The main objectives of the project are: (i) simplification of the technology allowing construction of small (1-2 floor) seismically stable houses capable of withstanding earthquakes and explosions; (ii) reducing the prime cost of seismic resistant buildings that will make construction of earthquake-proof houses available for majority of local people; (iii) theoretical and experimental research and comparative analysis of seismic stability of buildings in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkey compared with seismic resistant buildings on base of the new a-seismic construction technology.
Contact: Susanne Michaelis
Officer, Emerging Security Challenges Division, Energy Security Section
NATO
+322 707 4520
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Climate change and Security in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus
Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
Regional priority: Climate change: an ecosystem approach
Status: Completed
Focus area: Natural resources and security risk management
Duration: January 2013 – May 2017
ENVSEC budget (US$): 2,296,870
ENVSEC leading organisation: OSCE
Partner Organization(s): REC, UNECE, UNDP, UNEP
Description: The project “Climate Change and Security in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus” is funded by the European Union Instrument for Stability as well as the Austrian Development Agency. The project is contributing to regional stability through supporting transboundary co-operation on adaptation to the consequences of climate change. Furthermore it enhances the understanding and awareness of climate change as a security challenge and the consequent need for regional and transboundary cooperation as well as supports the enhancing of national and local stakeholders’ capacity to anticipate, prevent and mitigate effectively and in a timely manner potential security risks resulting from climate change. The intended outputs of the project are: i) Participatory assessments of security impacts of climate change are designed and produced for each region; ii) Information on security impacts of climate change and required adaptation measures are produced and disseminated in each region; iii) The Dniester basin-wide/ transboundary climate change adaptation strategy is developed and endorsed by relevant authorities together with an implementation plan; iv) Key stakeholders in the pilot basin are trained on security impacts of climate change as well as on conflict prevention measures related to climate change adaptation. By the end of the project, the key stakeholders identified in the pilot basin are trained and ready to use the new skills acquired.
Contact: Esra Buttanri
ENVSEC Regional Desk Officer for Southern Caucasus
OSCE
+431514366610
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Contact: Christine Kitzler
IfS Project Coordinator
OSCE
+431514 36 6671
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Contact: Dana Bogdan
IfS Project Assistant
OSCE
+431514 36 6885
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Strengthening the capacities of Aarhus Centres in disaster risk reduction (DRR) in order to enhance awareness of local communities
Countries: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia
Regional priority: Raising awareness and strengthening capacities and participatory mechanisms on environment and security issues
Status: Completed
Focus area: Natural resources and security risk management
Duration: May 2014- April 2016
ENVSEC budget (US$): 331,700
ENVSEC leading organisation: OSCE
Partner Organization(s): REC, UNDP, UNEP
Description: The project aims to strengthen the capacities of civilians in disaster risk reduction (DRR) through the Aarhus Centres. The DRR-related capacities of Aarhus Centres in seven selected countries will be strengthened through training workshops and pilot activities. With this knowledge and skills, Aarhus Centres will be better equipped to be active players in promoting community-based efforts to reduce disaster risk and the security-related impacts of natural hazards
Contact: Jenniver Sehring
Environmental Affairs Advicer
OSCE
+431514366913
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In-depth assessment of environment and security linkages and impact in the Eastern Caspian region of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan
Countries: Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan
Regional priority: Dialogue and cooperation on shared resources
Status: Completed
Focus area: Information on environment and security and participation in risk management
Duration: 2008
ENVSEC budget (US$): 170,000
ENVSEC leading organisation: UNEP, UNDP
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.







Capacity for water cooperation: Workshop on river basin commissions (October 2007), Workshop on Water and Health (May 2008)
Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
Regional priority: Dialogue and cooperation on shared resources
Status: Completed
Focus area: Natural resources and security risk management
Duration: June 2007-May 2008
ENVSEC budget (US$): 159,000
ENVSEC leading 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.
Contact: Bo Libert
Regional Adviser on Environment
UNECE
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