Project Description

EU4Environment Action aims to preserve and better use the natural capital, increase people’s environmental well-being and stimulate economic growth in six Eastern Partnership countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine. By bringing together environmental and economic actors, the EU4Environment helps to deliver policy and legislative changes, making planning and investment greener, stimulating the uptake of innovative technologies, adopting new business models, and creating green jobs. It also promotes better environmental governance, improved management of protected areas and forests, and sustainable trade.

The scope of the Action was defined in cooperation with all partner countries. The Action builds on important achievements of past cooperation programmes, such as Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighborhood (EaP GREEN), the Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG), and the Emerald Network, which were completed in 2017-18. EU4Environment takes into account the enhanced cooperation endorsed as part of “20 Deliverables for 2020” at the Eastern Partnership Summit in November 2017.

The Action is intended to be implemented by five international organizations: OECD, UN Environment Programme, UNECE, UNIDO, and the World Bank. The European Commission provides the overall direction.

Specific Objective

The EU4Environment action of the European Union aims to help the six Eastern Partnership countries, including the Republic of Moldova, preserve their natural capital and increase people’s environmental well-being, by supporting environment-related action, demonstrating and unlocking opportunities for greener growth, and setting mechanisms to better manage environmental risks and impacts.

Expected Results

5 specific Results of the Action:
1. Greener Decision-Making
2. Circular Economy and New Growth Opportunities
3. An Environmental Level Playing Field
4. Ecosystem Services and Livelihoods
5. Knowledge Sharing and Coordination.

Action components:
1. Support to inter-ministerial policy dialogue platforms on green growth and to the integration of green economy targets and other sustainability issues into planning
2. Assistance with investment needs assessments
3. Support to reform of legislative frameworks of, and building implementation capacities for, strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and transboundary environmental impact assessment (EIA) that fully comply with international requirements
4. Awareness-raising on green economy, environmental action and sustainable lifestyles
5. Assistance to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to integrate sustainability factors in strategic and daily decision-making
6. Promotion of EU concepts and tools related to the Single Market for Green Products
7. Support for the elaboration and implementation of green public procurement policies
8. Tailored assistance to address waste management challenges
9. Technical assistance for reforms in priority green economy sectors (e.g. energy efficiency, agriculture/food, construction, sustainable tourism or regional development)
10. Assistance to ecological value-chain and product innovation among SMEs
11. Support to national authorities in establishing ‘smart’ regulations and policy instruments for promoting environmental performance of large enterprises and SMEs
12. Strengthening the effectiveness of compliance promotion and enforcement institutions and instruments to enhance compliance with environmental requirements
13. Assisting national authorities in designing and costing green public investment strategies and programmes
14. Supporting administrative capacity in environmental management
15. Training of a critical mass of key targeted civil servants and other stakeholders
16. Launching a shared network of protected areas involving EU and neighbouring countries
17. Support for community actions for forest conservation and sustainable use to increase non-timber goods production, energy efficiency related to biomass
18. Actions to limit the trade in illegal timber,
19. Support for the identification and development of innovative financing schemes for sustainable management of ecosystem services
20. Strategic communication activities to raise visibility of actions
21. Regional coordination of different elements of the initiative
22. Monitoring of progress with integration of economic and environmental goals, and development of reports based on Green Growth Indicators.

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OECD; UN Environmental Programme; UNECE; UNIDO; World Bank

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