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Environmental finance and partnerships to support the implementation of environmental policies and programmes

The Sixth Ministerial Conference "Environment for Europe"
Belgrade, 10-12 October 2007

“Building Bridges to the Future”

Partnerships

Discussions on partnerships were divided into two sessions: (a) on “Environmental policy and international competitiveness: Can we afford a better environment?”; and (b) on “Environmental finance and partnerships to support the implementation of environmental policies and programmes”.

Environmental finance and partnerships to support the implementation of environmental policies and programmes

Summary of the session

Conference documents

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Summary of the session

The session was chaired by Ms. Marta Bonifert, Executive Director, REC-CEE. The session was composed of two clusters: a discussion on environmental finance, and a roundtable discussion on partnerships to support the implementation of environmental policies and programmes.

During the discussion on environmental finance, keynote addresses were delivered by Ms. Brigita Schmögnerová, Vice-President, EBRD; Mr. Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of Environment, Finland; Mr. Douglas Menarchik, Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia, USAID, United States; and Mr. Gunnar Boye Olesen, OVE/INFORSE, Denmark.

During the roundtable discussion on partnerships to support the implementation of environmental policies and programmes, keynote addresses were delivered by Ms. Giuliana Gasparrini, Director of Division, on behalf of Mr. Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio, Minister for the Environment, Italy; Mr. Hussein Baghirov, Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources, Azerbaijan; Mr. Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, OSCE, Mr. Predrag Nenezic, Minister of Tourism and Environment, Montenegro; Ms. Åsa-Brit Karlsson, State Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Sweden; Ms. Rut Bízkova, Deputy Minister of the Environment, the Czech Republic; Mr. Menarchik; Ms. Marta Bonifert, Executive Director, REC-CEE; Mr. Piet Steel, Toyota Motors Europe; and Mr. Janis Brizga, Green Liberty, Latvia.

The Conference addressed a wide range of options for local, national and international actors, and underlined the need for innovative financial instruments to address current and future environmental challenges in the region. It welcomed better cooperation of donors’ activities and, as appropriate, synergies amongst institutions and programmes.

The Conference committed to make optimal use of all available sources of environmental financing, including through innovating economic instruments and private sector engagement such as payments for ecosystem services and the promotion of private financial investments for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, at the national and subnational levels, to support environmental improvement in countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, and South-Eastern Europe.

The Conference called for development of national programmes, strategies and implementation plans, subregional and regional partnerships, involving stakeholders, in order to promote sustainable use of resources and sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns. It supported the inclusion of the 10-year framework of programmes on SCP patterns within the CSD working cycle, the implementation and follow-up of sustainable consumption and production, by disseminating best practices and promoting the work by cleaner production centres and the Regional Environmental Centres (RECs), and the need to consider the development of a pan-European initiative within the Marrakech process.

Conference documents

Category I documents

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Mobilizing finance for environmental priorities: recommendations for the future (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/22)

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Public sector participation in the Energy Efficiency Equity Fund (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/23)

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Public-private partnership for reduced air pollution from vehicles through no-lead and low-sulphur fuels (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/24)

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Sustainable consumption and production (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/25)

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Environment and security partnerships: conflicts and the environment (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/26)

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Cooperation and frameworks for the protection and sustainable development of mountain regions in Europe (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/27)

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Delivering energy efficiency: developments and priorities (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/28/Rev.1)

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Category II documents

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Project Preparation Committee report to the Sixth Ministerial Conference “Environment for Europe” (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/INF/24)

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Trends in environmental finance in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/INF/25)

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Environmental financing trends in South-Eastern Europe: 2001–2005 (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/INF/26)

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Recommendations on payments for ecosystem services in integrated water resources management (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/INF/27)

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Financing energy efficiency for climate change mitigation in selected transition economies (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/INF/4)

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Policy developments and challenges in delivering energy efficiency (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/INF/29)

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Sustainable consumption and production in South-Eastern Europe and Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/INF/30)

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Sustainable consumption and production in South-Eastern Europe (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/INF/31)

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Facilitating development of coal mine methane projects in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/INF/5)

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Statements

Discussion on environmental finance

Keynote addresses

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Ms. Brigita Schmögnerová, Vice-President for Environment, Procurement and Administration, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

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Mr. Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of Environment, Finland

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Mr. Douglas Menarchik, Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia, USAID, the United States of America

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Mr. Gunnar Boye, OVE/INFORSE, European Eco-Forum

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Interventions

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Ms. Hanna Piasecka, National Environmental Fund, Poland

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Ms. Olga Marushevska, Head of Division, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Ukraine

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Mr. Lorents Lorentsen, Director of the Environment Directorate, OECD

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Mr. Rodney Matthews, the Chair of PPC

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Mr. Peter Thompson, Director of the Sustainable Development Department, World Bank

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Mr. Milan Stegic, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Serbia

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Discussion on partnerships to support
the implementation of environmental policies and programmes

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Ms. Giuliana Gasparrini, Director of Division, on behalf of Mr. Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio, Minister for the Environment, Italy

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Mr. Hussein Baghirov, Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources, Azerbaijan

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Ambassador Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, the Secretary General, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

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Mr. Predrag Nenezic, Minister of Tourism and Environment, Montenegro

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Ms. Åsa-Brit Karlsson, State Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Sweden

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Ms. Rut Bízkova, Deputy Minister of the Environment, the Czech Republic

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Mr. Douglas Menarchik, Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia, USAID, the United States of America

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Ms. Marta Bonifert, Executive Director, REC-CEE

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Mr. Piet Steel, Vice-President for European Affairs, Toyota Motor Europe

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Mr. Janis Brizga, Head of the Board, Green Liberty, European ECO-Forum

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Mr. Constantin Mihailescu, Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources, Moldova

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Mr. Silviu Stoica, Secretary of State , Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Romania

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Mr. Laurent Stefanini, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate for the Environment, France

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Ms. Ori Livne Director of Division, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Israel

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Ms. Anne-Cerise Nilsson, Chair for Agenda 21 for the Baltic Sea Region, Baltic 21

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Mr. Dušan Stokic, Chamber of Commerce , Serbia

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