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Subregional cooperation and capacity-building (2011-2014)

Activities under the Espoo Convention and its Protocol on SEA
(period between 5th and 6th sessions of the Meetings of the Parties to the Convention, 2011-2014)

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:

South-Eastern Europe subregion
Workshop(s) on implementation of the Convention, Protocol and Bucharest Agreement in the subregion.Cancelled.

Mediterranean subregion, including Adriatic Sea

Workshop in France on practical application of the Convention on the basis of the results in the previous workshopsNot completed. Possibly postponed to next intersessional period.

Baltic Sea subregion

Holding at least two meetings on issues agreed (to be specified prior to the meetings)


(a) Seminar on 27–28 October 2011 in Sopot, Poland

(b) Seminar on 20-21 September 2012, Tallinn, Estonia


(c) Seminar in Rostock, Germany planned for autumn 2014

Lead countries: Sweden, Poland, Germany, Estonia.

Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia
Two pilot transboundary EIAs, including seminars prior and during the pilot projects

(a) Belarus with Ukraine (post-project analysis) in 2013-2014. On-going, see Start-up workshop held 9-10 April 2013 and subregional conference held 15-16 April 2014.

(b) Kyrgyzstan with Kazakhstan in 2012. Cancelled, pilot project was no longer needed.

Subregional workshop for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia on EIA in the context of climate change, biodiversity, desertification (forming platform of collaboration with other environmental treaties)Lead country: Kazakhstan. Cancelled.
Seminars for all countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia for the exchange of information, legislation and good practice between all States

Planned, lead countries:

(a) Georgia (postponed to 2015)

(b) Ukraine (postponed to 2016)

(c) Belarus, 15-16 April 2014, in Minsk.

Conference on climate change and EIACancelled.
Conference “Silk Road: development and environmental protection in EIA”Cancelled.