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Central Asia



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$): 159,000
ENVSEC leading organisation: OSCE, UNECE, UNDP
Description: The objective of the workshop on river basin commissions was to build capacity and exchange experience between the countries, organisations and projects with regard to institutions for the joint management of transboundary waters, and to promote the establishment of efficient joint bodies - river basin commissions or other appropriate institutional arrangements - in the regions. The Workshop on Water and Health addressed issues related to: (i) access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation; (ii) prevention, control and reduction of water-related diseases; (iii) sustainable management and protection of water resources; (iv) integrated sectors policy development and reform; (v) social and equity aspects related to the right to water. The workshop allowed decision-makers and experts from the countries, from the environment, water management, health, and infrastructure sectors, to exchange experience on national strategies designed to facilitate and integrate such components, as well as challenges related to their implementation.
Contact: Bo Libert
Regional Adviser on Environment
UNECE
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Sustainable management of toxic pollutants in Central Asia: towards a Regional Ecosystem Model for environmental security (NATO ref. 983931)
Countries: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
Regional priority: Dialogue and cooperation on shared resources
Status: Completed
Focus area: Hazardous substances and environment and security risk reduction
Duration: 2011-2014
ENVSEC budget (US$): 270,000
Other implementing partner(s): NATO
Description: Hazardous substances reduction: a regional study upon the major sources of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) contamination and local and regional pollution effects, by chromatographic and spectroscopic methods. Regional Ecosystem Model for environmental security to be developed, trained with real case studies and implemented in cooperation with the end-users for the purpose of sustainable management and elimination of toxic pollutants in Central Asia. The project has the aim to conduct a regional study upon the major sources of contamination and actual effects upon environment, including polluted sites evaluation vs. hydro-physical and climatic context, and implications for economic, cultural and political relations in the region. The consortium joints 3 NATO and 3 Partner Countries research centers, with relevant complementary expertise in environmental quality management. The enhancement of laboratories and personnel training of the involved research centers in the Central Asia region towards establishing a regional infrastructure to be followed by dedicated research and studies, demonstration activities of laboratory tests of contaminated samples and dissemination actions. A novel dynamic Regional Ecosystem Model for environmental security to be developed, trained with real case studies and implemented in cooperation with the end-users for the purpose of sustainable management and elimination of toxic pollutants in Central Asia.
Contact: Prof. Sarac
Head of Department of Polymer Science and Technology
Istanbul Technical University






Transboundary health and environmental pollution in Central Asia
Countries: Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
Regional priority: Dialogue and cooperation on shared resources
Status: Completed
Focus area: Hazardous substances and environment and security risk reduction
Duration: 2012-2014
ENVSEC budget (US$): 40,000
ENVSEC leading organisation: UNEP
Partner Organization(s): OSCE
Description: Following a petition from Uzbekistan in September 2011, together with a request for assistance from the international community, UNEP and the ENVSEC Initiative initiated a project to assess the potential effects of TALCO in Uzbekistan as well as the environmental impact of other industry sites on both sides of the Tajik-Uzbek border. While a number of initiatives had previously been launched to address the transboundary pollution issue, available results were too general or scientifically unreliable. The objective of this ENVSEC project was to assess the problems in a scientific and neutral manner, while identifying possibilities of establishing a constructive dialogue between the two countries.






Enhancing regional exchange of water resource information (CAREWIB phase II)
Countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Regional priority: Dialogue and cooperation on shared resources
Status: Completed
Focus area: Natural resources and security risk management
Duration: August 2007-June 2010
ENVSEC budget (US$): 650,940
ENVSEC leading organisation: UNECE, UNEP
Other implementing partner(s): 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.
Links: CA Water Info portal
Contact: Bo Libert
Regional Adviser on Environment
UNECE
+41 22 917 2396
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