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Eastern Europe



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.







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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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$): 159,000
ENVSEC leading organisation: OSCE, UNECE, UNDP
Description: The objective of the workshop on river basin commissions was to build capacity and exchange experience between the countries, organisations and projects with regard to institutions for the joint management of transboundary waters, and to promote the establishment of efficient joint bodies - river basin commissions or other appropriate institutional arrangements - in the regions. The Workshop on Water and Health addressed issues related to: (i) access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation; (ii) prevention, control and reduction of water-related diseases; (iii) sustainable management and protection of water resources; (iv) integrated sectors policy development and reform; (v) social and equity aspects related to the right to water. The workshop allowed decision-makers and experts from the countries, from the environment, water management, health, and infrastructure sectors, to exchange experience on national strategies designed to facilitate and integrate such components, as well as challenges related to their implementation.
Contact: Bo Libert
Regional Adviser on Environment
UNECE
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Restoring ecosystems to mitigate floods and improve cooperation between countries in transboundary river basins in Eastern Europe
Countries: Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine
Regional priority: Water issues and transboundary water basins
Status: On-going
Focus area: Natural resources and security risk management
Duration: Dec 2014- March 2016
ENVSEC budget (US$): 85,000
ENVSEC leading organisation: OSCE
Partner Organization(s): UNEP
Description: Floods are one of the serious problems which pose risks for both human safety and environmental sustainability in the transboundary river basins of the Dniester and the Pripyat in Eastern Europe. In the past, mainly structural solutions were used to mitigate floods (e.g. construction of dams) which had high costs and could lead to technological catastrophes in case of breakdown of technological constructions. Nowadays, more ecosystem-based measures, such as floodplain restoration, are increasingly used because they restore natural water exchange, help to reduce flood wave volume and propagation speed and allow to mitigate floods naturally. The project will enable the exchange of experience between Switzerland and Eastern European countries through a study tour tow Switzerland. The project will also contribute to practical increase in conservation (incl. fish nursery) and restoration value of the Ramsar site “Northern part of the Dniester Liman” in the Dniester delta. For years ENVSEC has provided a framework for efforts to reduce vulnerability to extreme floods in the Dniester and Pripyat basins, by installing monitoring stations, improving flood risk communication, performing flood modelling etc. The project will build upon the two projects relevant for the Dniester basin: the Climate change and security in the Dniester basin project component of the project Climate Change and Security in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus as well as the project Reducing vulnerability to extreme floods and climate change in the Dniester.
Links: website
Contact: Leonid Kalashnyk
Environmental Programme Officer
OSCE
+431514366237
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Establishment of an Aarhus Center in Chisinau and a Public Environmental Information Center in Bender
Countries: Moldova
Status: Completed
Focus area: Information on environment and security and participation in risk management
Duration: 2011-2015
ENVSEC budget (US$): 47,000
ENVSEC leading organisation: OSCE
Description: Since 2002, the OSCE, including with the support of ENVSEC, has been supporting the establishment and functioning of Aarhus Centers and Public Environmental Information Centers in several countries, including those in Eastern Europe. The Centers assist in implementing the three pillars of the Aarhus Convention by facilitating access to information and public participation in environmental decision-making and by promoting the access to justice in environmental matters. The Centers are flexible in their approach, taking into account local needs and capacities, their geographic location and specific situation and political climate of the country in which they operate. In Moldova, this project aims for establishment and functioning of an Aarhus Center in Chisinau and a Public Environmental Information Center in Bender to strengthen implementation of the principles of the Aarhus Convention in Moldova and help in building confidence between Moldovan and Transdniestrian communities and thus, promoting favorable climate in support of the Transdniestrian settlement process. In addition to the ENVSEC funding, the project received contributions from Norway through the OSCE.






Assessment of environmental risks in the Exclusion Zone along the Ukrainian and Belarusian borders to facilitate the demarcation process
Countries: Belarus, Ukraine
Status: Completed
Focus area: Natural resources and security risk management
Duration: 2013-2015
ENVSEC budget (US$): 180,000
ENVSEC leading organisation: OSCE
Partner Organization(s): OSCE, UNEP
Description: A Belarus-Ukraine agreement on border demarcation was ratified in June 2013. The demarcation should be implemented with due regard to health risks as 120 km of the 1400-km long border are within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone which was most severely contaminated in the aftermath of the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant Accident. The project aims at mapping radioactive contamination along the border line in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone to develop a health/sanitary regulation providing clear instructions on safety measures for the personnel who will be performing the demarcation work and/or have to be present in this area.






Prevention of illegal cross-border transport of hazardous waste: training of border and environmental authorities
Countries: Belarus
Regional priority: Management of chemicals and hazardous wastes
Status: On-going
Focus area: Hazardous substances and environment and security risk reduction
Duration: 2011-2015
ENVSEC budget (US$): 195,000
ENVSEC leading organisation: OSCE
Partner Organization(s): OSCE, UNEP
Description: Transboundary trafficking of hazardous waste and other environmentally sensitive commodities is an environmental crime, which is a significant and increasingly lucrative business resulting in burden for economies, human health and the environment. The Republic of Moldova and Ukraine reported cases of such and other environmental crimes at their national borders. Building sound professional skills of customs and other relevant authorities’ officers checking cargoes at the border is a top recommendation for detecting and preventing the illegal trafficking of hazardous waste and other environmentally sensitive commodities. In addition to the ENVSEC funding, the project received a contribution from Norway through the OSCE in mid-2014.






Swedish Strategy for Cooperation with Belarus
Countries: Belarus
Status: On-going
Focus area: Natural resources and security risk management
Duration: 2013-2016
ENVSEC budget (US$): 155,000
ENVSEC leading organisation: OSCE, REC, UNECE, UNDP, UNEP
Partner Organization(s): OSCE, REC, UNECE, UNDP, UNEP
Description: Sweden’s new strategy for cooperation with Belarus for the period 2012-2016 supports democratic development and increased respect for human rights. It also contributes to strong environmental protection. In agreement with SIDA, ENVSEC during the period 2012-2016, will contribute to this new strategy by: (i) promoting the application of regional environmental instruments (UN environmental conventions, EU directives) and (ii) supporting increased public awareness and participation in Belarus. Consequently, the SIDA funded ENVSEC programme in Belarus responds to both ENVSEC and Sweden’s priorities, and focuses on the environmental component of the strategy (also linking to its other objectives, in particular, through a strong involvement of mass media and NGOs). UNEP is the lead agency for the programme, whilst other ENVSEC agencies are lead agencies for some of the components. Two groups of activities with respective components have been formulated as follows: A. Promotion and application of regional environmental instruments (UN environmental conventions, EU directives) for assessing transboundary environmental impacts, management of floods and the prevention of accidents; A1. Analysis of environmental impact in a transboundary context A2. Flood risk assessment and monitoring in the Pripyat basin A3. Environmental safety of oil and gas pipelines B. Improving public awareness of regional and global (climate) environment-security challenges and hot-spots, and strengthening the implementation of the UNECE Aarhus Convention to support public participation in decision-making. B1. Environment-security issues and hot-spots in mass media B2. Climate change – an emerging challenge and security problem B3. Strengthening security through implementing the Aarhus Convention and promoting its protocol on PRTRs






Transboundary cooperation and sustainable management in the Dniester River basin - Phase III
Countries: Moldova, Ukraine
Status: Completed
Focus area: Natural resources and security risk management
Duration: 2008-2011
ENVSEC budget (US$): 750,000
ENVSEC leading organisation: OSCE, UNECE, 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.
Links: Project website
ENVSEC promotes cooperation in the Dniester river basin
Project brief and highlights of 2010
Dniester without borders. Project bulletin 2011 (Russian)
ENVSEC map featured at the ESRI conference in Geneva
Contact: Raul Daussa
Environmental Programme Officer
OSCE
+431 514 366237
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Contact: Nickolai Denisov
ENVSEC Regional Desk Officer for Eastern Europe
UNEP Regional Office for Europe
+41 22 917 8281
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Contact: Bo Libert
Regional Adviser on Environment
UNECE
+41 22 917 2396
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