Environment in emerging and transition economies

2014 Annual meeting of the Environmental Action Programme (EAP) Task Force


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The 2014 Annual Meeting of the OECD Environmental Action Programme (EAP) Task Force was held on 25-26 November 2014 in the OECD Conference Centre in Paris, France. 

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014, starting at 14:00 in room CC15
14:00 – 14:15

Item 1. Welcome and adoption of the draft Agenda

14:15 – 17:30

Item 2. Green Growth Policies for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)

This session addressed approaches for greening small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in OECD countries and the outlook for policy reform in EECCA to strengthen SMEs’ environmental performance. Participants discussed drivers for greening enterprise behaviour as well as specific instruments to promote environmental compliance and green business practices among SMEs.

This session was organised in conjunction with the OECD Eurasia Week (24-27 November 2014). The objective of the OECD Eurasia Week was to build on the work of the OECD Eurasia Competitiveness Programme and create an opportunity to further strengthen the relations between the countries of the Eurasia region and the OECD. It also served as an opportunity to raise the visibility of the enhanced co-operation on a broad spectrum of thematic issues relevant to further improving the region’s competitiveness.

2.1. Drivers for greening enterprise behaviour

- Mr. Simon Upton, Director, Environment Directorate, delivered a keynote address.
- Ms. Lilia Palii, State Secretary, Ministry of Economy, Moldova, emphasised the importance of SME support policies in the context of greening the economy.


2.2. SME greening in OECD and EECCA countries: Addressing the policy gap

- Ms. Lilit Apujanyan, SME Development National Centre, Armenia, and Ms. Natalia Vinogradova, National Institute for Economic Research, Moldova, presented the results of a survey on the environmental practices of SMEs conducted in the two countries.
- Mr. Eugene Mazur, OECD Environment Directorate reviewed the experience of OECD countries in designing and implementing policy instruments to promote environmental compliance and green business practices among SMEs and its relevance to EECCA countries.
- Mr. Heinrich Wyes, Central Asia Regional Environmental Centre (CAREC) presented his organisation’s activities in promoting the greening of SMEs in Central Asian countries.
- Ms. Malak Shukurova, REC Caucasus presented her organisation’s activities in promoting cleaner production in SMEs in the Caucasus countries.


17:30 – 19:00

Reception was hosted by the EAP Task Force

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, starting at 09:30 in Room D
9:30 – 11:30

Item 3. Water governance in line with Green Economy requirements

Water can be a driver of green growth. However, to realise this objective, water should be used efficiently and allocated to where it creates most value for the community, including the environment. Effective water management can lower the cost of accessing good quality water and reduce investment needs. Part of this involves managing demand for water, in particular through the use of economic instruments, planning the development of water-related services and infrastructure, including how they will be financed, and anticipating future needs, including from climate change.

The objective of this session was to share experiences on improving water management while accelerating economic development in EECCA. Examples were presented of how water features in green economy concepts or strategies in selected EECCA countries and the European Union. The focus of discussion was on approaches for strengthening water governance in green economy policies in EECCA, and on policy instruments for promoting economic growth and facilitating the achievement of water security objectives.

- Mr. Anthony Cox, Deputy Director, Environment Directorate, presented OECD work on water and green growth.
- Mr. Mukhtar Zhakenov, Deputy Director, Department of Water and Biological Resources, Ministry of Agriculture, Kazakhstan, presented water management reform in Kazakhstan in the context of green growth policies;
- Mr. Dorin Dusciac, Deputy Minister, Ministry of the Environment, Moldova presented legal, institutional and financial reform of water management in light of policies that aimed to stimulate economic growth;
- Ms. Marina Makarova, Head of the Water Resources Management Service, Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources Protection, Georgia discussed approaches for reconciling water management and economic growth in the context of the Association Agreement with the EU;
- Ms. Marta Moren Abat, DG Environment, European Commission, explained how better water management could contribute to economic growth in the EU. She presented plans for strengthening EU support to water governance in the EECA region.


11:45 – 12:30

Item 4. Highlights of on-going and planned work by RECs

The representatives of RECs informed participants about the latest developments in the cooperation with countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia.

12:30 – 14:30 Lunch break
14:30 – 16:00 Item 5. Report on the EAP Task Force programme implementation since October 2013 and plans for 2015
16:00 – 16:45 Item 6. Possible inputs of the EAP Task Force to the 2016 “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference
16:45 – 17:00 Item 7. Elections of the EAP Task Force Bureau members
17:00 – 17:15 Item 8. Other business and closing remarks
A lunch side event on “New Perspectives on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA)” was held on 27 November 2014, 13:00h-14:30h in Room D of the OECD Conference Centre. It was organised as part of the OECD Global Forum on the Environment which discussed the inter-dependencies among water, energy, and food security.

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