OECD/EAP Task Force Contributes to the 7th "Environment for Europe" Ministerial Conference


Background | Contribution to the official documents | Relevant analytical reports |
EAP Task Force mandate | Additional materials | Related events | Main outcomes of the Conference




 The Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference took place in Astana (Kazakhstan) from 21 to 23 September 2011. The two main themes for the Conference were: (1) sustainable management of water and water-related ecosystems and (2) greening the economy: mainstreaming the environment into economic development.

The Conference in Astana took place 20 years after the start of the “Environment for Europe” process. Each previous conference helped to consolidate the role of environmental action in public policies of participating countries, preserve natural capital, and more generally close the gap in the “environmental welfare” of people in the pan-European region.

The OECD has been an active player of the “Environment for Europe” process throughout its entire history. In Lucerne (Switzerland) in 1993, Environmental Ministers established a Task Force for the Implementation of Environmental Action Programme (EAP Task Force) to help transition economies in the process of their environmental “reconstruction” and promote the integration of environmental policy goals into a broader development agenda. OECD’s Environment Directorate has facilitated the work of the Task Force since its inception. Currently, the Task Force continues to be one of the major contributors to policy dialogue within the “Environment for Europe” process: it has driven numerous policy reforms and better policy implementation in the partner countries, including on water-related issues. Within this framework, analytical work and country-level pilot projects have supported policy innovation and implementation. The results from a number of recently conducted studies served as background for discussions at the Astana Ministerial Conference.


Contribution to the official documents of the Astana Conference


Jointly with the UNECE Secretariat, the OECD/EAP Task Force Secretariat has developed a background paper for Ministers on sustainable management of water and water-related ecosystems, which was one of the main documents of the Conference. The Note describes recent trends, challenges and achievements as well as recommendations for the way forward in this area. It was prepared through a broad consultative process involving countries as well as partner organizations.


Relevant analytical reports prepared under the EAP Task Force umbrella



EAP Task Force mandate extension

The Draft Ministerial Declaration welcomes the work of the Environmental Action Programme Task Force and invites the OECD to continue this work, including on the themes of the Astana Conference, in cooperation with Regional Environmental Centres of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia and other partners.


Additional materials


Related events


OECD Horizontal work


Main outcomes of the Ministerial Conference


For more information on the Astana Conference and different side events visit: http://www.unece.org/env/efe/Astana/welcome.html