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The countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) are strengthening how they monitor environmental expenditure in order to ensure that funds are used as cost-effectively as possible.
The Second Joint Meeting of the EU Water Initiative EECCA Working Group and the EAP Task Force Environmental Finance and Water Networks was held on the 26-28th of April 2006, in Almaty, Kazakhstan with the support of the Ministry of Environment of Kazakhstan and of CAREC.
It is now widely acknowledged that a key measure in improving water governance consists in establishing water utilities as commercially-run entities, and to regulate their relations with municipalities through performance-based contracts.
At their meeting in Yerevan, EECCA Ministers of Environment, Finance, and Economy, Ministers and senior representatives from several OECD countries, as well as senior officials from International Financial Institutions, International Organisations, non-governmental organisations, and the private sector, met to discuss the situation in the EECCA water supply and sanitation sector and the measures needed to ensure sustainable financing
Effective communication and enhanced information sharing in both English and Russian is essential to underpin the actions and to facilitate the co-operation. Special efforts are needed to communicate effectively with the EECCA Regional Environmental Centers, the NGOs and private sector.
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This document has been prepared by the EAP Task Force Secretariat to share with EECCA countries, donor partners and other stakeholders the experience of the pilot initiative "Policy Dialogue for Institutional Strengthening of the Ministry of Environment of Georgia". The document also offers an evaluation of the usefulness of such Policy Dialogues and a brief description of follow-up initiatives that may require donor support
Two obstacles to achieving the objectives of the EECCA Environment Strategy overall that emerged from discussions at the 2004 Tbilisi Ministerial meeting were: insufficient engagement of Ministers and other political leaders in the process; and a lack of capacity in the "strategic functions" of Environment Ministries, such as strategic planning (including priority-setting), financial and human resources planning and management,
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This report assesses the feasibility and possible modalities for implementing a debt-for-environment swap between the Kyrgyz Republic and some of its creditors. It concludes that such a swap could be feasible and mutually beneficial if specified conditions are met.
This report examines opportunities beyond the public sector for financing water and other environmental infrastructure in China, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation and Ukraine.
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The first part of this report assesses the feasibility for implementing a debt-for-environment swap between Georgia and some of its creditors. The second part of this study presents five project pipelines in priority environmental sectors that could be co-financed by a debt-for environment swap