Environment in emerging and transition economies

International Conference “Strategies for Improving Environmental Compliance Assurance in Russia: Policy and Practical Issues”, October 2005, Moscow, Russian Federation



The OECD/EAP Task Force and the Russian Federal Agency for Environmental, Technological and Nuclear Supervision (Roztechnadzor) organised on 19-20 October 2005 in Moscow, an International Conference “Strategies for Improving Environmental Compliance Assurance in Russia: Policy and Practical Issues”. The agenda is available in English and Russian.

The 1999 OECD Environmental Performance Review of Russia identified a number of challenges faced by
the Russian Federation in implementing environmentally sustainable economic growth. These included:

  • low priority given to the environment by the federal government, particularly after 1996, making less resources available for environmental management;
  • Unfinished re-organization and fragmentation of federal administration units responsible
    for management of natural resources and protection of the environment; and
  • Complex and difficult to implement regulatory framework.

The findings of the 2004 study “Environmental Management in Russia: Status, Directions andNeeds” carried out by the World Bank confirmed that these challenges still exist.

The objective of this event is to discuss latest developments of environmental management in Russia and take stock of opportunities and obstacles to improving this system within the framework of the administrative reform and in light of good international practice. The seminar will be a further step in identifying priority actions to improve environmental policy implementation, and promote its integration in economic and sectoral policies.

This seminar will be held immediately following the 7th annual meeting of the regional Regulatory Environmental Programme Implementation Network (REPIN) for countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA). The REPIN meeting will provide an opportunity for EECCA officials and experts and their colleagues from OECD and Central European countries to exchange experiences on improving policy instruments which promote compliance and environmental enforcement efforts and to review progress in implementing the Network’s work programme.

For more information contact:

Krzysztof Michalak

Non-Member Countries Division
Environment Directorate
tel: (33 1) 45 24 96 00
fax: (33 1) 45 24 96 71
e-mail: krzysztof.michalak@oecd.org


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