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EaP GREEN: Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood

Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood (EaP GREEN) programme is a large regional programme implemented in 2013-2016 by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), OECD, UNEP, and UNIDO to assist the six European Union’s Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, in their transition to green economy. The programme is financed by the European Commission, the four implementing organisations and other donors.

The programme’s overall objective is to assist the EaP countries to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation and resource depletion. The programme component that ECE is in charge of implementing, aims to promote the use of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and environmental impact assessment (EIA) as essential planning tools for an environmentally sustainable economic development.

ECE will support the participating countries in developing and applying SEA legislation and systems in accordance with the provisions of the Protocol on SEA to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention) (and the EU SEA Directive). The related activities are linked to the workplans under the Convention and the Protocol; and they contribute to promoting the ratification and implementation of the Protocol on SEA. As appropriate, assistance will also be provided for improving the current practices and legal and institutional frameworks on EIA in compliance with the Espoo Convention (and with the EU EIA Directive).

Read more about EaP GREEN Activities implemented by ECE in 2013-2016:

1. Revision of the existing national regulatory and legislative framework.

  • A review of the EIA/SEA legislation and procedures
  • Legal drafting of amendments and new laws (as appropriate)
  • Sub-regional overview and recommendations.

2. Capacity building on SEA and EIA procedures.

  • National and local level training on SEA
  • A pilot application of the SEA procedure to a draft Government plan or programme
  • Development of national guidance documents
  • Sub-regional coordination and experience-sharing events, including a study tour to exchange experience on SEA with another Party to the Protocol (within the EU).

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