Project: Clima East Policy Project

Project created on December 12 2014

Clima East is a European Union funded project package assisting the Eastern Neighbourhood Partnership Countries and Russia in approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Clima East is a European Union funded project package assisting the Eastern Neighbourhood Partnership Countries and Russia in approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The EUR 18 million package consists of two components: the first, with a budget of EUR 11 million and implemented by UNDP, consists of a number of Pilot Projects that support the development of ecosystems-based approaches to climate change; the second is a Policy component that seeks to foster improved climate change policies, strategies and market mechanisms in the partner countries by supporting regional cooperation and improving information access to EU climate change policies, laws and expertise. Implemented by an HTSPE led consortium, this component has a budget of EUR 7 million over 4 years.

Project details

Total budget: 7 000 000 EUR
Source of funding: EC, Directorate General for Development and Cooperation (DEVCO)
Stakeholder(s): Ministry of Nature Protection of Armenia, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Protection of Belarus, Ministry of Environment Protection of Georgia, Ministry of Environment of Moldova, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine; the European Commission
Administrator: CLIMA EAST. Project team: Chloé Fages, Zsolt Lengyel.

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News

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Find out more about the latest activities of the Clima East Project, and have a look at our newsletters!

 

PRESS RELEASE: Georgia and European Union discuss working together to implement the Paris Climate Agreement

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Tbilisi, 2 February 2017 – The EU-funded Clima East programme, which provides support to the Eastern Neighbourhood Policy countries to be better prepared to deal with climate change impacts, organised a workshop attended by representatives of the Georgian Ministry of Environmen

Clima East presents recommendations on the improvement of the national GHG inventory in forestry and harvested wood products

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The workshop “Improving the national reporting of Ukraine on carbon stock and emissions in the forestry sector and harvested wood products” was held at the Aarhus Centre of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine on 26 January 2017. The event was co-oragnised by the Ministry and the EU-funded Clima East Policy Project.

Supporting Azerbaijani and Georgian specialists to the use of the climate modelling tool SWAT (Soil and Water Assessment Tool)

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Clima East presented policy recommendations on how GHG emissions and fuel consumption can be reduced in the Ukrainian road transport sector

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Clima East presented policy recommendations on how greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fuel consumption can be reduced in the Ukrainian road transport sector.

A seminar for NGOs on the Paris Agreement and its next steps in Chisinau

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Workshop on vulnerability of Ukraine’s forests to climate change was held in Kyiv

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Workshop: approximation of law of Moldova on ODS and F-gases to the EU acquis

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About the project

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Background & Objectives

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The EU-funded Clima East project package works with seven Partner Countries (the Eastern Partnership countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – and the Russian Federation) on developing approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation, in order to better equip partners to achieve greenhouse-gas emission reductions, and deal more effectively with the impacts of climate change.

Technical areas covered by the policy project

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Support and activity is foreseen across a wide range of technical areas, including:

Project Team and Resources & Management consortium

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Project team and resources

The Clima East Policy Project is implemented by a core team of four Key Experts:

Case Studies

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The Case Studies describe the actions undertaken and achievements reached under the Clima East Expert Facility in the partner countries. 

Case Studies:

Expert Facility

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Partner Countries

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The Clima East Policy Project is working with the six Eastern Partnership Countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine), and the Russian Federation. 

Ukraine

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Information on this country’s activity, commitments and news relating to climate change can be found in the documents below.

Armenia

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Azerbaijan

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Information on this country’s activity, commitments and news relating to climate change can be found in the documents below. 

Belarus

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Information on this country’s activity, commitments and news relating to climate change can be found in the documents below. 

Georgia

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Information on this country’s activity, commitments and news relating to climate change can be found in the documents below. 

Moldova

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Information on this country’s activity, commitments and news relating to climate change can be found in the documents below. 

Russian Federation

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EU Climate Action

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Four videos to understand better EU Climate Action and Challenges

2020 Climate and Energy Package

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In 2008, the EU adopted a set of regulatory measures known as the Climate and Energy Package and containing a revised EU Emissions Trading Directive, a Decision on effort sharing in non-ETS sectors, a directive on the promotion of renewable energy, a directive on carbon capture and storage , together with  an accompanying impact assessment and revised state aid guidelines.

2030 Framework

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On January 24, 2014, following a public consultation launched with a Communication “A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies” which was published in March 2013, the European Commission unveiled its long awaited proposal for the 2030 policy framework for climate and energy.  The current Climate and Energy Package, adopted by the EU in 2008, is implemented until 2020. 

2050 Roadmap

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Policy and Legislation Documents

Communications

Policy and Legislation (IV) - COP21 and the Paris Agreement

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Communications

Adaptation

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Climate change is already happening and already affects the lives of people across the European Union. Temperature rises have far-reaching consequences for natural systems and geographies, and the economic and social activities that are built around them.

Effort Sharing

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Effort sharing sectors are responsible for about 60% of the EU total GHG emissions. Whereas the EU ETS covers CO2 and N2O emissions, effort sharing aims at reducing all 6 6 “Kyoto gases”: CO2, CH4, N2O, HFCs, PFCs and SF6.  Effort sharing covers all sectors except industrial sectors covered by the EU ETS, international aviation, LULUCF and international maritime transport.

United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

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The United Nations Convention on Climate Change was adopted in 1992 as one of the three conventions at the “Rio Earth Summit”. The other Rio Conventions are the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and the Convention to Combat Desertification. The UNFCCC entered into force on 21 March 1994. The UNFCCC was ratified by 195 countries.

Article 2 of the Convention states that:

Conference of the Parties (COP)

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Parties to the Convention (all countries that ratified the UNFCCC) meet once a year at the Conference of the Parties (COP) which is organised by one of the Parties holding the rotating COP Presidency as a representative of one of the UN regional groups. The COP in 2013 was organised by Poland, which is a member of the Eastern European Group (EEG), in Warsaw.

The Paris Agreement

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On 12 December 2015 in Paris, the Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP.21) adopted the long awaited global climate agreement by decision 1/CP.21. The text of the Paris Agreement is contained in the annex to decision 1/CP.21, known also as a Decision Adopting the Paris Agreement.

Kyoto Protocol

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The principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, enshrined in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change adopted in 1992 resulted from a common understanding that the industrialised nations were then the principal actors responsible for climate change occuring as a result of industrial emissions.

UNFCCC Negotiations

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The Paris Agreement adopted: What now for Clima East Partner countries? (December 2015)

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When the President of the COP, Laurent Fabius gaveled the agreement to a rapturous applause of the delegates to the COP on Saturday, 12 December, the majority of commentators speaking to the media were of the view that this was the moment when humanity solved the problems of climate change.

The outcome of ADP 2-11 in Bonn: Final step to Paris (October 2015)

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The last ADP meeting before the Paris COP21 meeting too place in Bonn in October and resulted in a more concise version of the negotiationg text. This text, meant to succeed to the Kyoto Protocole after finalisation in Paris, is analysed and presented by Clima East Key Expert, Dr. Marzena Chodor, who attended the ADP session. 

What key issues are still to be decided before 2015 Agreement becomes a reality? (September 2015)

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The September meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2.10) in Bonn allowed parties to the UNFCCC make a progress on the way towards adopting “a protocol” in less than 3 months from now in Paris. This will be legal instrument or an agreed outcome which, like the Kyoto Protocol, will have legal force over all parties to the Convention, including the Eastern Partnership countries and Russia.

ADP Co-Chairs’ new version of the negotiating text for ADP 2.10 – on the way to Paris Agreement (August 2015)

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At the request of  ADP session in Bonn in June 2015, the ADP Co-Chairs worked  towards a more concise negotiating text by retaining key options and capture progress in a working document.

Adaptation

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Adaptation is one of key approaches to climate change. While it is necessary for countries to address the challenge of mitigation, as without mitigation of greenhouse gases and other climate forces, climate change cannot be addressed, adaptation at first was considered as a local problem.

Mitigation

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Common perception links GHG emissions to the economic growth: economic development must inexorably lead to the increase in GHG emissions. However, this does not have to be the case. It is possible for countries to generate economic growth decoupled from the growth of emissions. Reducing emissions does not have to lead to pain and sacrifice, and to lower economic prospects of countries.

Climate finance

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Climate finance is one of the forms of support provided by developed countries to developing countries. Together with technology transfer and capacity building, finance is one of the Means of Implementation (MOI). Developing countries participation in mitigation efforts is contingent on MOI. The obligation to provide climate finance under the Convention is limited to parties listed in Annex II to the Convention.

Technology

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The Convention urges developed country Parties and Annex II Parties to promote, facilitate and finance the transfer of environmentally sound technologies and know-how to other Parties, particularly to developing countries, to enable them to implement the provisions of the Convention.