Environment in emerging and transition economies

Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood (EaP GREEN): Fourth Steering Committee Meeting

 

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Steering Committee meetings bring together the designated National Focal Points from the EaP country Ministries of the Environment and Ministries of the Economy, the representatives of the European Union and of the four EaP GREEN implementing partners.

The 4th Steering Committee meeting was held on 18 June 2015 in Chisinau, Moldova with the aim of reviewing progress with the implementation of the components of the project since the last meeting on 8 October 2014 in Minsk, Belarus; to discuss achievements and challenges in project implementation; and to agree on a work plan until the end of 2015 and the outlook for activities to be carried out in 2016 towards the completion of the project by 31st December 2016.

The Steering Committee members agreed that each meeting would feature a substantive discussion on a selected theme implemented as part of the EaP GREEN. The 2015 meeting focused on organic agriculture, a component led by UNEP, which was identified as providing a significant opportunity to stimulate green economic growth given the relatively low levels of pesticide and fertilizer use in the region since 1994, as well as the significant share of small farms, the availability of agricultural labour and growing EU market for organic produce and hence considerable export potential.

The session reviewed policies and instruments for the promotion of organic agriculture, including strengthening the organic agri-food supply chains by developing traceability systems, certification schemes, investment mechanisms and research, and capacity-building in the private sector (farms and companies) to access growing international and European markets for organic products.

Meeting documentation

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Presentations

Morning session on EaP GREEN progress and work plan 
(open to the Steering Committee members only)



Progress in the project implementation since the last Steering Committee
Component 1: Governance and financing tools for promoting Sustainable Consumption and Production (UNEP, OECD) 
Component 2: SEA and EIA: Accompanying Sustainable Consumption and Production policy implementation (UNECE)
Component 3: Demonstration projects (UNEP)
Component 3: Demonstration projects (UNIDO)
Work plan for 2015 and outlook for 2016
Component 1: Governance and financing tools for promoting Sustainable Consumption and Production (UNEP, OECD)
Component 2: SEA and EIA: Accompanying Sustainable Consumption and Production policy implementation (UNECE)
Component 3: Demonstration projects (UNEP)
Component 3: Demonstration projects (UNIDO)

Synergies and communication

Synergies and communication (OECD)

 

Afternoon sessions on organic agriculture
(publicly open meeting) 

Organic agriculture in Moldova: policies and instruments
Stimulating organic agriculture through public procurement - Viorel Mosneaga, Director of the Public Procurement Agency, Moldova
Setting the framework for the promotion of organic agriculture: policies and instruments - Viorel Gherciu, ProRuralInvest, Moldova
Round-table presentations by the EaP countries on the promotion of organic farming
(Moderator: Fulai Sheng, UNEP)
Mariam Jorjadze, Director, Elkana (Georgia)
Filip Ashikyan, Deputy Director, Ecoglobe LLC (Armenia)
Viorel Gherciu, President, ProRuralInvest (Moldova)
Natalie Prokopchuk, Project Manager, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Organic Market Development Project in Ukraine
Launch of two reports on organic agriculture in the region (UNEP)

Green Economy Scoping Study for the Republic of Moldova 

Sustainable Consumption and Production Policies and Initiatives in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus

 

The meeting of the EaP GREEN Steering Committee was preceded by the UNECE meeting on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) as a tool for greening economy and on the role of the sectoral authorities in SEA. The high-level segment of the meeting took place in the morning of 17 June 2015. Its aim is to discuss the role of the sectoral and local authorities SEA system, as well as key challenges for establishing national SEA systems in the Republic of Moldova and other beneficiary countries of the EaP GREEN Programme in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus. The second segment of the meeting, which took place in the afternoon, targeted mainly urban planners, local authorities and EaP GREEN national focal points of the Republic of Moldova and other participating EAP-Green countries. Participants increased their knowledge of SEA as a tool for improving sectoral planning and promoting sustainable development and discussed the role of different sectoral ministries and authorities in the SEA process. Details of the meeting including presentations and documentation are availablon the UNECE website: www.unece.org/index.php?id=39334#

The "Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood” (EaP GREEN) programme is being implemented by OECD in cooperation with UNECE, UNEP, and UNIDO to assist the European Union’s Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries in their transition to green economies. These countries are: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The programme is financed by the European Commission, the four implementing organisations and other donors. More information is also available at: www.green-economies-eap.org

 

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