The Task Force for the Implementation of the Environmental Action Programme for Central and Eastern Europe (EAP Task Force), whose Secretariat is located at the OECD’s Environment Directorate, is organising its tenth annual meeting of the Environmental Finance Network of experts from Eastern Europe, Caucuses and Central Asia (EECCA). The meeting will be held on 22-23 February 2007 at the OECD Headquarters in Paris.
Since 1995, OECD and EECCA experts have maintained this technical network of the EECCA environmental finance stakeholders to oversee the implementation of a comprehensive work programme on environmental finance. The result-oriented programme has so far produced a number of technical guidelines and practical tools to help EECCA countries better manage their public environmental expenditure and strengthen their public environmental financing institutions. The integrated package of environmental financing tools places a strong emphasis on the practical applicability and on compatibility with international standards of good governance and management. It has been developed thorough several years of a participatory process comprising empirical analyses, policy dialogue and field work on several pilot institutional strengthening projects.
The tenth meeting of the EECCA Environmental Finance Network builds upon experience and results of the previous Network meetings, held in Almaty, Kyiv, Moscow, Tashkent, Yerevan, Warsaw, Chisinau and again Almaty in 2006. The Network provides a forum for facilitating exchange of experience, good practices and tools among the EECCA, CEE, OECD donors, IFIs, independent experts and the NGO community on issues pertaining to environmental finance in the EECCA region. While the major counterparts of the EAP Task Force are the EECCA Ministries/Committees of Environment, representatives of the Ministries of Economy and Finance have been also regularly participating in the meetings of the Network.
At the Fifth “Environment for Europe” Conference, held in Kiev, Ukraine in May 2003, Environment Ministers endorsed the EECCA Environmental Strategy and gave the overall responsibility for overseeing its implementation to the EAP Task Force. In addition, Ministers gave the EAP Task Force a mandate to support and facilitate implementation of the Strategy in a number of areas, including environmental finance. In fulfilling this mandate, and in preparation for the next, sixth, Ministerial Conference which will be held in Serbia in October 2007 within the framework of the “Environment for Europe” process, this Network meeting will seek to discuss the major results emerging from the work on environmental finance and agree on the main messages which will be submitted to the Environment Ministers in Serbia for their consideration.
Thus, the major objectives of the tenth meeting of the Network are to:
Meeting Documents and Presentations
SESSION 2 : Environmental Expenditure and Environmental Finance in EECCA
Document 1: Report on Trends on Environmental Finance in EECCA (English, Russian)
Document 2: Draft Category I paper on Mobilising finance for Environmental Priorities: Recommendations for the Future in SEE and EECCA (English, Russian)
Xavier Leflaive, Carla Bertuzzi - Trends in Environmental Finance in EECCA (English, Russian)
Joanna Fiedler - Environmental Financing Trends in South-Eastern Europe (English, Russian)
Craig Davis - Mobilising Finance for Environmental Priorities: Recommendations for the Future (English, Russian)
SESSION 3 : Session of the Project Preparation Committee (PPC)
Document 3: PPC Work programme for 2007 (English, Russian)
Craig Davis - Update on PPC Activities and Prospects for the Future (English, Russian)
SESSION 4 : The Management of Public Environmental Expenditure
Performance Review of the State Environmental Protection Fund of Ukraine (English, Russian)Document 5: Handbook for the Appraisal of Environmental Projects Financed from Public Funds (English, and Toolkit of Training Materials on the Handbook.
Mechanisms for Managing Public Environmental Expenditure in Selected OECD Countries (English) Russian)
Nelly Petkova - Lessons Learnt from the Performance Review of the State Environmental Protection Fund of Ukraine (English, Russian)
Mykola Pilipchuk - Performance Review of the State Environmental Protection Fund of Ukraine: Future Challenges (English, Russian)
Nelly Petkova - Handbook for Appraisal of Environmental Projects Financed from Public Funds (English, Russian)
SESSION 5 : Lessons Learnt from the Financing Strategies in the Waste and Water Sectors
Document 7: Lessons Learnt from Financing Strategies in the Municipal Waste Sector (English, Russian)
Document 8: Rural Cost Functions for Water Supply and Sanitation: Technology Overview and Cost Functions (English, Russian)
Alexandre Martoussevitch - Lessons Learnt from Financing Strategies in the Municipal Waste Management Sector (English, Russian)
Xavier Leflaive - Financing Strategies for Environmental Infrastructure (English, Russian)
Alexandre Martoussevitch - FEASIBLE: Prospects for Further Developments (English, Russian)
SESSION 6 : Wrap-up Session
Document 9: Chapter on Environmental Finance as part of the report on Progress in Environmental Management in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (English, Russian)
Xavier Leflaive - Ways Forward (English, Russian)