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


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The third meeting of the EaP GREEN Steering Committee was held in Minsk, Belarus on 8 October 2014. Participants included the National Focal Points (NFPs) from the six EaP countries, representatives of the civil society, and the four EaP GREEN partners (OECD, UNECE, UNEP, and UNIDO) alongside the European Union delegates. The Steering Committee reviewed the progress made in the past year on the programme's implementation and discussed plans for 2015.

In addition, each Annual Steering Committee meeting features a thematic discussion. The 2014 meeting focused on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) as a tool for mainstreaming environment into economic development at national and local level. Participants reflected on challenges, and identified lessons learned from developing national legislative frameworks and practices for the application of SEA in different economic sectors and geographical scales. The role of the international financial institutions was also addressed. The presentations from this thematic bloc are available for consultation below.

Meeting documentation




Benefits of Strategic Environmental Assessment and its practical application in the EaP GREEN countries

Introduction to the UNECE Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment
Aphrodite Smagadi, Secretary of the UNECE Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context
Initial remarks on SEA and Green Growth/Green Economy
Martin Smutny, Integra Consulting 

Belarus: Challenges in application of SEA in Belarus and ways to address them under EaP GREEN Programme (only in Russian)
Alexander Andreev, Ministry of Natural Resources

Estonia: Strategic environmental assessment of Estonia’s energy sector development programme for 2020
Ljubov Gornaja, Expert in environmental reporting and environmental economics
Czech Republic: SEA in spatial planning
Martin Smutny, Integra Consulting
Poland: Experiences in application of the SEA in the transboundary context for spatial development planning
Paulina Filipipak, General Directorate for Environmental Protection

Ukraine: SEA of Sustainable Development Strategy for Bakhchisaraysky District (part I); and the experience of EBRD in carrying out strategic environmental review of the Ukraine sustainable energy lending facility (part II)
Olena Borysova, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Moldova: Development of the SEA legislative framework and its pilot application to the Orhei Town Master Plan  (only in Russian)
Maria Nagorny, Ministry of Environment
Relevant developments in the European Union 

Towards a circular economy: A zero waste programme for Europe
Andrzej Januszewski, Directorate General for Environment / E1, European Commission



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