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Southern Caucasus



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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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$): 331,700
ENVSEC leading organisation: OSCE
Partner Organization(s): REC, UNDP, UNEP
Description: The project aims to strengthen the capacities of civilians in disaster risk reduction (DRR) through the Aarhus Centres. The DRR-related capacities of Aarhus Centres in seven selected countries will be strengthened through training workshops and pilot activities. With this knowledge and skills, Aarhus Centres will be better equipped to be active players in promoting community-based efforts to reduce disaster risk and the security-related impacts of natural hazards
Contact: Jenniver Sehring
Environmental Affairs Advicer
OSCE
+431514366913
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Capacity for water cooperation: Workshop on river basin commissions (October 2007), Workshop on Water and Health (May 2008)
Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
Regional priority: Dialogue and cooperation on shared resources
Status: Completed
Focus area: Natural resources and security risk management
Duration: June 2007-May 2008
ENVSEC budget (US$): 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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Implementation of the UNECE Water Convention and development of an agreement on the management of transboundary watercourses shared by Georgia and Azerbaijan
Countries: 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-March 2012
ENVSEC budget (US$): 110,038
ENVSEC leading organisation: OSCE, UNECE
Description: The objective of this project is to assess the capacity of Georgia for ratification and implementation of the UNECE Water Convention and to strengthen transboundary water cooperation between Azerbaijan and Georgia. The expected results of the project are: (i) ratification and implementation of the UNECE Water Convention by Georgia; (ii) strengthened transboundary water cooperation between Azerbaijan and Georgia; (iii) an example established for the future application of the provisions of the Convention in the Kura-Araks river basin.
Links: Project website
Pioneering water cooperation in South Caucasus. ENVSEC facilitates negotiations between Georgia and Azerbaijan
Project brief and highlights of 2010
Contact: Esra Buttanri
ENVSEC Regional Desk Officer for Southern Caucasus
OSCE
+431 514 36 6610
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Phase Three - Enhancing national capacity on fire management and wildfire disaster risk reduction in the South Caucasus
Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
Regional priority: Environmental degradation and access to natural resources in areas of conflict
Status: On-going
Focus area: Natural resources and security risk management
Duration: February 2010-July 2012
ENVSEC budget (US$): 130,000
ENVSEC leading 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.
Links: Project brief and highlights of 2010
Contact: Esra Buttanri
ENVSEC Regional Desk Officer for Southern Caucasus
OSCE
+431 514 36 6610
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Supporting the Armenian Government in the elimination of the hazardous chemicals at the Nubarashen storage site
Countries: Armenia
Regional priority: Environmental degradation and access to natural resources in areas of conflict
Status: Completed
Focus area: Hazardous substances and environment and security risk reduction
Duration: January 2010-December 2012
ENVSEC budget (US$): 52,000
ENVSEC leading organisation: OSCE
Description: The project goal is to reduce environment and security risks in the Nubarashen area caused by deteriorating a storage site of obsolete pesticides. The specific project objective is to assess the state of the storage site of obsolete pesticides for determining environmental risks and developing recommendations for risk reduction.
Links: Project brief and highlights of 2010
Contact: Esra Buttanri
ENVSEC Regional Desk Officer for Southern Caucasus
OSCE
+431 514 36 6610
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Strengthening capacity in environmental assessment and risk reduction at mining sites in Armenia
Countries: Armenia
Regional priority: Environmental degradation and access to natural resources in areas of conflict
Status: Completed
Focus area: Hazardous substances and environment and security risk reduction
Duration: August 2010-December 2012
ENVSEC budget (US$): 109,700
ENVSEC leading organisation: OSCE
Partner Organization(s): 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 focussing 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.
Links: Project brief and highlights of 2010
Contact: Esra Buttanri
ENVSEC Regional Desk Officer for Southern Caucasus
OSCE
+431 514 36 6610
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