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Bridging Partners, Regions, a nd Concepts …. ECENA September 2007. Marta Szigeti Bonifert Executive Director. Bridging Stakeholders. The REC is an international organisation with a mission to assist in solving environmental problems……

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bridging partners regions a nd concepts

Bridging Partners, Regions, and Concepts…

ECENA

September 2007

Marta Szigeti Bonifert

Executive Director

bridging stakeholders
Bridging Stakeholders
  • The REC is an international organisation with a mission to assist in solving environmental problems……
    • The REC is legally based on a charter signed by the governments of 29 countries and the European Commission
    • Multi-stakeholder International Board
    • 190 staff (some 30 nationalities)
    • 100% project based organization (over 300 running projects)
    • 10 million Euro annual turnover
    • Offices in 17 countries
    • Population served ~ 200 million
    • Operations beyond Central and Eastern Europe
board of directors
Corrado Clini - Chairman of the Board Director GeneralMinistry for the Environment Land and Sea, Italy

Nadya BonevaDirectorProme Consulting, Bulgaria

Ferruh ErtürkProfessor, Yildiz University, Turkey

Tom HarveyGlobal Environment & Technology Foundation, Founder and Chairman of the Board, USA

Jon OpemSenior AdvisorMinistry of the Environment, Norway

Adriaan OudemanCoordinator Ministry of HousingSpatial Planning and Environment, Netherlands

Istvan PomaziChief AdvisorMinistry of Environment and Water, Hungary

Claude RouamHead of UnitEuropean Commission

Yukio YanagisawaProfessor of Environment SystemsUniversity of Tokyo, Japan

Board of Directors
rec expansion of the beneficiary region
REC: expansion of the beneficiary region
  • 1990 – Hungary
  • 1991 – Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Romania, Yugoslavia
  • 1990 – Hungary
  • 1991 – Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Romania, Yugoslavia
  • 1992 – Albania
  • 1990 – Hungary
  • 1991 – Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Romania, Yugoslavia
  • 1990 – Hungary
  • 1990 – Hungary
  • 1991 – Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Romania, Yugoslavia
  • 1992 – Albania
  • 1995 – Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
  • 2003 – Turkey
  • 1990 – Hungary
  • 1991 – Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Romania, Yugoslavia
  • 1992 – Albania
  • 1995 – Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
rec access to different frames
REC: access to different frames
  • New EU Members
  • Accession Countries
  • New EU Members
  • Accession Countries
  • Pre-Accession Countries/ Stabilization and Association Programs
  • New EU Members
implementation rec a think and do tank
Implementation – “ REC a think- and do-tank”
  • REC carried out more than 3500 projects since 1990… – with the support of the country and field office network – with programmes, topic areas and funds
    • TAs were introduced in 2004 as a tool to better organise and manage the existing expertise and knowledge within the network
    • The topic areas are managed by REC experts based in different countries
    • This development is a direct result of the continuous efforts over the last years to strengthen the synergies within the organisation, to build on the accumulated experience and knowledge and fully use the available in-house expertise
bridging
Bridging

Bridging – Across Borders

Sustainability,

Climate

Change

SEA

Grants,

training

programmes

Improvement

of energy

efficiency

Environmental

Financing,

LEAPs

Awareness

Raising,

Green Pack

NGOs

Government

Government

NGOs

The REC

Business

Local

Governments

Local

Governments

Business

Citizens

Citizens

partnerships
Partnerships
  • EEA – Several topic centers of the European Environment Agency
  • EC - Environmental Experts Group on Structural Funds (DG Env.)
  • OECD - EAP Task Force, Development Assistance Committee Working G. on SEA
  • UNDP - Danube and Black Sea Task Force
  • UNEP - Finance Initiative Task Force, Joint work on the Carpathians Convention, Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles
  • CSD – Commission on Sustainable Development
  • UNECE - Cooperation with UNECE on the implementation of the Aarhus Convention, the Espoo Convention, the International Water Convention, the International Accidents Convention and related protocols
  • ICPDR - International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River
  • MEDREP – Mediterranean Renewable Energy Programme Initiative
  • E3G, HBLF, VIU, CEU, Agroinnova, ICLEI, IUCN, EPE, AMCHAM
  • TOYOTA, JIBIC, Philips, GE, ITDH, USAID
  • EECCA RECs
donors
Donors
  • RECENT DONORS:
    • European Commission
    • The governments of Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States
    • Other inter-governmental and private institutions

THE TOTAL CONTRIBUTION OF DONORS

GIVEN TO CEE THROUGH THE REC

EXCEEDED

100 MILLION EUROS!

the rec bridges donors and beneficiaries
The REC bridges – donors and beneficiaries
  • The REC serves as a unique mechanism for implementing political decisions
    • NGO Support
    • Strategic Environmental Assessments
    • Implementation of the Aarhus Convention
    • Public Transport
    • Biodiversity Projects
    • Education for Sustainable Development
    • Renewable/Sustainable Energy
    • Climate Change
    • Legal support – EU harmonisation
main directions of work following the strategy 2006 2010
Main directions of work following the strategy 2006-2010
  • Strengthening institutions
    • Sustainable development strategies and plans
    • LEAP Development and implementation
    • Environmental law, national, EU and international
    • Environmental financing
    • Environmental enforcement and compliance
  • Capacity building of stakeholders and assisting partnerships
    • Education for sustainable development
    • Capacity building
    • NGO financing
    • Providing environmental information
    • Assisting the practical implementation of the Aarhus Convention
main directions of work following the strategy 2006 20101
Main directions of work following the strategy 2006-2010
  • Sustainable management and use of natural resources
    • Biodiversity, agriculture and rural development
    • Water management
    • Resource and waste management
    • Environment and security
    • Sustainable enterprise
  • Sectoral integration
    • Environmental assessment
    • Climate change and sustainable energy
    • Sustainable transport
    • Health and environment
major environmental initiative under the stability pact for see rerep
Major environmental Initiative under the Stability Pact for SEE –“REReP”
  • Regional Environmental Reconstruction Programme for South Eastern Europe
  • Launched in 2000 in the frame of Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe
  • Task Force comprising of ministers of Environment, EC, donors and NGOs guides its implementation
  • Since the very beginning the REC plays a role of Secretariat of REReP
major environmental initiative under the stability pact for see rerep1
Since launch of REReP growing efforts for

strengthening environmental institutions, policy reform and civil society building

transfer of best practices, exchange of experience, established networks

Increasing

number of cross-border agreements and initiatives

mutual trust and long-term horizon for European integration

political support from the countries

A great need for further environmental assistance

Major environmental Initiative under the Stability Pact for SEE –“REReP”
ecena
ECENA
  • ECENA (former BERCEN) is one of success stories of SEE
    • Became a successful mechanism for regional cooperation in improving implementation and enforcement of EU legislation
    • Supports environmental agencies and inspectorates to address current challenges in improving their capacities and the exchange of experience and best practices
ecena map
ECENA MAP
  • ECENA Multi-Annual work Programme 2007-2010
    • Summarizes the ECENA priorities and activities for the given period
    • Developed taking into consideration the EU accession priorities of the potential candidate and pre-candidate countries
    • Builds upon the achievements of the previous BERCEN/ECENA MAP 2003-2006, as well
ecena map1
ECENA MAP
  • We hope that
    • the ECENA MAP will be regarded as an evolving document, subject to change as new priorities arise for which additional funding is obtained
    • different financial arrangements ( CARDS and PHARE) will not slow down the implementation of the programme
  • We are convinced that
    • Commitment of the beneficiaries to work together on the MAP implementation is strong

The REC is proud to work as secretariat and implementing agency with high commitment to achieve concrete and measurable results with visible impact in the region

sustainable development a n issue of carrying capacity
Sustainable Development: An Issue of Carrying Capacity

If we go on with current production and consumption patterns,

Two planets needed by 2050

2002

2100

1900

2050

Based on "Beyond the Limits", D.H. Meadows, D. L. Meadows, and J. Randers 1992; Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction VT.

~ 2 billion

~ 9 billion