As of: August 2017
Capacity development for climate policy in the Western Balkans, Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia - Phase II
Objective and activities
The programme supports climate policy dialogue processes and advisory services in Eastern European and Central Asian countries. It strengthens technical know-how, instruments related to climate change mitigation and institutions in the countries so they can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the effects of climate change. The project relies on flexible and timely interventions in response to the requests of the partner countries. The selected individual measures will provide impetus for improving the conditions for climate change mitigation actions in the partner countries. These individual measures comprise new conceptual approaches, technologies and climate policy instruments. They will produce a broad impact in which the pilot measures feed into government programmes, receive further funding from international donors as promising strategies and attract investments from the private sector, among other things.
The project is a follow up to the IKI project Improving Conditions for Sustainable Energy and Climate Policy.
As in the previous project, it is designed to generate significant impetus for improving climate policy in the region extending beyond the project itself. The measures also help modernise economic structures, develop technological capacities and improve the livelihoods of the populations as appropriate.
State of implementation/results
Since the beginning of the project, more than 50 individual measures have been implemented, including:
- In Kazakhstan, the national government was advised with the development of a legal framework for the transformation into a "green economy".
- In Belarus, the Ministry of Housing and Communal Services was supported by improving the energy efficiency of the residential buildings.
- In Georgia, the process of expanding and improving the current ecological protection zones has been supported and a concept for setting up a biosphere reserve has been established.
- In Kosovo, a contribution was made to achieve the national energy efficiency targets in water and drinking water supply.
- In Mongolia, different strategies for the sustainable use and rehabilitation of Saxaul plants in two regions in the Gobi desert were tested.