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EU4Environment - Green Economy

Project Description
The EU4Environment action of the European Union aims to help the Eastern Partnership countries 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.
The Action is implemented by five international organisations: OECD, UNEP, UNECE, UNIDO, and the World Bank.
Specific Objective
Greener decision-making:
- Support to inter-ministerial policy dialogue platforms on green growth and to the integration of green economy targets and other sustainability issues into planning.
- 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.

Circular economy and new growth opportunities:
- Assistance to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to integrate sustainability factors in strategic and daily decision-making.
- Promotion of EU concepts and tools related to the Single Market for Green Products.
- Support for the elaboration and implementation of green public procurement policies.
- Assistance to address waste management challenges.
- Technical assistance for reforms in priority green economy sectors (e.g. energy efficiency, agriculture/food, construction, sustainable tourism or regional development).
- Assistance to eco-innovation among SMEs.

An environmental level playing field:
- Support to national authorities in establishing ‘smart’ regulations and policy instruments for promoting environmental performance of large enterprises and SMEs.
- Strengthening environmental compliance assurance.
- Assisting national authorities in designing and costing green public investment strategies and programmes.
- Supporting administrative capacity in environmental management.
- Training of a critical mass of key targeted civil servants and other stakeholders.

Ecosystem services and livelihoods:
- Launching a shared network of protected areas.
- Support for community actions for forest conservation and sustainable use.
- Actions to limit the trade in illegal timber.
- Support for the identification and development of innovative financing schemes for sustainable ecosystem management.

Knowledge sharing and coordination:
- Strategic communication activities to raise visibility of actions.
- Regional coordination of different elements of the initiative.
- Monitoring of progress with integration of economic and environmental goals, and development of reports based on Green Growth Indicators.
Expected Results
By bringing together environmental and economic actors, EU4Environment helps 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.
Project documents
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Kick-off Stakeholders Meeting on Industrial Waste Mapping (IWM) activities of the “Circular Economy and New Growth Opportunities” Component within the EU4Environment Action in Azerbaijan
Introduction of eco-innovation methodology among SMEs in Georgia
Transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment and its benefits for Eastern Partner countries (Armenian)
Sustainable Public Procurement
Transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment and its benefits for Eastern Partner countries
Green Growth Indicators
Priority Area:
Partnership that greens
Environment & climate change
EaP Countries:
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine
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EU Project Number:
387-398, 404-254 & 421-449