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Subregional cooperation and capacity-building (2008-2011)

Activities under the Espoo Convention and its Protocol on SEA
(period between 4th and 5th sessions of the Meetings of the Parties to the Convention, 2008-2011)

Subregional cooperation and capacity-building to strengthen contacts between the Parties and others, including States outside the UNECE region.

See also the previous activity relating to subregional cooperation and capacity development:

Sub-activity Results

Eastern Europe subregion
Capacity-building workshop based on results of pilot projects (Convention/ Protocol)

Chisinau workshop. Photo by Veronica Lopotenco.

Chisinau, November 2008

Workshop in Chisinau, 5-7 November 2008 (carried forward from pervious inter-sessional period).

Pilot project

Further information available in Russian on the website  of the joint EU and UNDP project to support environment and sustainable development in Belarus.

Central Asia subregion
(a) Capacity-building workshop based on results of pilot projects (Convention/Protocol)
(b) Capacity-building workshop

(a) Subregional workshop, presenting results of Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan pilot project(s), 25-27 March 2009, Bishkek

(b) Workshop on legal implementation of the Espoo Convention in Tajikistan, 22-23 July 2010.

Caucasus subregion Capacity-building workshop (Convention/Protocol)

Subregional workshop, Tbilisi, 24-25 May 2011.

Black Sea subregionSeminar on EIA of large energy project in the subregion

Carried out within a Workshop on SEA and EIA Implementation in Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey, held at Szentendre (Hungary) (Regional Environmental Centre for Central & Eastern Europe: REC-CEE ), 30 November - 1 December 2010.

South-Eastern Europe subregion
Holding meeting, including on the relationship between EIA and SEA

Subregional workshop, including the relationship between EIA and SEA, Koprivshtitsa (Bulgaria), 17-19 November 2008

Additional : Subregional workshop on raising awareness of application of the Espoo Convention, Podgorica, 15-16 December 2009

See also Ministry for Spatial Planning and Environment of Montenegro


Mediterranean subregion
(a) Workshop in Morocco on practical application of the Convention in the subregion

(b) Follow-up workshop on a specific topic

The Working Group on EIA requested that Tunisia be asked to host the first workshop. Contact was made with the Minister of the Environment & Sustainable Development of Tunisia. The workshop was held 20-21 April 2010 at CITET, Tunis.

The second workshop was carried forward into the new intersessional period (2011-2014).


Baltic Sea subregion Holding two meetings, including on climate change in EIA and SEA, biodiversity, cumulative impacts, marine ecosystems, protected marine areas, marine spatial planning, transboundary EIAs, public participation, post-project analysis, access to justice, application of transboundary SEA

1st meeting: 22-23 October 2009, Vilnius

2nd meeting: 31 March - 1 April 2011, Espoo (Finland)