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    C Director Ms Dshkhuhi Sahakyan National Project Coordinator and Ms Hasmik Manukyan Accountant have conducted monitoring field visit to the Koghb and Jujevan communities within Announcement Programme on Recource efficency and cleaner production RECP 17 03 2014 The Regional Environmental Center for the caucasus REC Caucasus is calling for expressions of interest from enterprises in the food and agroprocessing construction and or chemical materials sectors to participate in the programme on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production in Armenia funded by UNIDO Caucasus Workshop Discusses NAMAs 06 11 2013 October 31 2013 REC Caucasus and GIZ organized a regional workshop titled Development of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions NAMAs in South Caucasus countries in cooperation with the International Climate Initiative ICI of the German Federal Environment Ministry BMU November 6 2013 UNIDO s Vacancy Announcement 31 10 2013 UNIDO s Vacancy Announcement on the position of National Coordinator for the EaP GREEN Programme in Georgia Development of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions NAMAs in South Caucasus countries On October 24 25 2013 a Regional Workshop took place in the context of the project Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions NAMA in South Caucasus countries in Tbilisi Georgia Press Release EU and FAO Partnership Project 12 09 2013 Press Release of EU and FAO Partnership Project Improved Pesticides and Chemicals Management in the Former Soviet Union The World Day to Combat Desertifcation 12 07 2013 The World Day to Combat Desertification will be held on June 17 The focus this year is drought and water scarcity REC Caucasus Armenia Conducted Local Consultations Within the Project SUPPORTING COMMUNITY RESILIENCE IN THE SOUTH CAUCASUS 27 02 2013 The aim of the Local Consultations is to provide feedback on survey results to the participating communities and use the information for further discussions and joint actions development REC Caucasus Closes its EU funded Project Fostering Community Forestry Policy and Practice in Mountain Regions of the Caucasus 10 12 2012 On December 5 2012 REC Caucasus launched a two day closure conference on its EU funded project Fostering Community Forestry Policy and Practice in Mountain Regions of the Caucasus at Sheraton Metechi Palace Tbilisi Georgia The 1st Georgian Channel broadcasts RECC activities 31 10 2012 October 25 27 activities conducted by RECC within the framework of the EU funded project Fostering Community Forest Policy and Practice in Mountain Regions of the Caucasus appear on the 1st Georgian Channel VIII Annual International Conference of REC Caucasus 15 10 2012 Greening Energy Sector mainstreaming energy efficiency and utilization of the renewable energy in the Caucasus Energy sector development REC Caucasus Armenia Launched Fifth Round of Professional Training Sessions 26 06 2012 REC Caucasus Armenia BO in close co operation with Ministry of Nature Protection of Armenia and State Environmental Inspection agency has initiated and launched the fifth round of professional trainings for environmental inspectors on June 22 23 2012 REC Caucasus publishes Newsletters 12 06 2012 REC Caucasus is happy to inform that newsletter within the framework of the EU funded project Fostering Community Forest Policy and Practice in Mountain Regions of the Caucasus have been published You can download newsletters from our website RECC EU Monitoring Mission to Racha Georgia On 6 7 June 2012 REC Caucasus team organized field visit in the framework of EU funded project Fostering Community Forest Policy and Practice in Mountain Regions of the South Caucasus and Eurasia Foundation funded project on Introduction of Sustainable use of Natural Resources in Local Communities and Increase their Preparedness against Natur Celebration of World Environment Day in Armenia 05 06 2012 On June 5th from 17 00 19 00 in several cities and villages throughout Armenia the Let s do it Armenia movement is organizing a flash mob chalk drawing contest by the theme of Armenia without garbage in honor of World Environment Day Brief on Zikatar s trainings within the Fostering Community Forest Policy and Practice in Mountain Regions of the Caucasus project 10 05 2012 On 25 28 April 2012 REC Caucasus Armenia BO conducted capacity building trainings on Sustainable forest management within the EU funded regional project Fostering Community Forest Policy and Practice in Mountain Regions of the Caucasus at the Zikatar training centre Global Water Partnership of Central Asia and Caucasus Region is 10 Years old 24 04 2012 On the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of Global Water Partnership of Central Asia and Caucasus Regions on 23 April 2012 Country Water Partnership Armenia organized workshop hosted by Regional Environmental Center for Caucasus Armenia First National Steering Committee meeting 11 04 2012 First National Steering Committee meeting within the framework of the project Improvement of environmental liability regime Introduction of methodology for valuation of environmental damage International expert on Economic Assessment of Ecosystem Services 13 03 2012 The Regional Environment Centre for the Caucasus REC Caucasus is announcing vacancy for the position of International expert on Economic Assessment of Ecosystem Services as part of the project Support Development of Biodiversity Conservation Policies and Practices in Mountain Regions of the South Caucasus Regional Conference Utilization of Renewable Energy Challenges and Opportunity for South Caucasus ended today 02 03 2012 Today on March 2 2012 two day regional conference Utilization of Renewable Energy Challenges and Opportunities for South Caucasus organized by REC Caucasus in cooperation with German foundation Konrad Adenauer Stiftung ended in Sheraton Metechi Palace Hotel Tbilisi Vacancy Announcement Project Assistant within the Fostering Community Forest Policy and Practice in the Mountain Regions of the Caucasus 29 02 2012 The Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus REC Caucasus announces a vacancy for the position of Project Assistant within the EC funded project DCI ENV 2008 151 708 Fostering Community Forest Policy and Practice in the Mountain Regions of the Caucasus REC Caucasus organizes national seminar within the Identification and implementation of adaptation response to Climate Change impact for Conservation and Sustainable use of agro biodiversity in arid and semi arid ecosystems of South Caucasus project 22 02 2012 Azerbaijan Branch office of Regional Environmental Center for Caucasus

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  • REC project in Armenia
    coordinator of the Eastern Partnership Initiative Council of Europe RECC initiated process of involvement into Council of Europe activities in 2009 particularly to be involved at Council of Europe Conference of Ministers Responsible for Spatial Regional Planning CEMAT Status of observer for the RECC has been negotiated with CoE RECC sent an official letter for getting the status of observer in CEMAT which was submitted to the Head of the Cultural Heritage Landscape and Spatial Planning Division During the next CEMAT session Committee of Senior Officials will discuss possibilities for RECC to be granted the status of observer RECC has been requested to re submit its application since CEMAT has undergone some restructurization and members of the Committee were changed International Network of Basin Management Organisations REC Caucasus has become a member of EECCA Network of basin management organisations as part of International Network of Basin Management Organisation s family Director of the International Office for Water France that is REC sub contractor under Creation of Enabling Environment for Integrated Management of the Kura Aras Transboundary Rivers Basin project is serving as executive secretary for International Network of Basin Management Organisations RECC being a member of INBO is taking active participation at its annual conferences UNFCCC RECC was actively participating in different negotiations and CSO meetings within the UNFCCC Engagement of RECC in the work of the UNFCCC increased awareness of the ongoing processes and provided opportunities to get involved into different climate change related activities and projects One of such initiatives is elaboration of the South Caucasus climate change and Gender strategy together with IUCN USA office Joint proposal was elaborated and submitted for the donors Government of Finland consideration World Water Forum 6 RECC has been invited to the first regional consultations meeting in December 21 2010 by International Office for Water which is a regional coordinator for organization of the World Water Forum 6 to be held in 2012 in France During the meeting RECC have been nominated as a member of the European Regional Steering Committee Currently RECC is working over the organization of the regional conference for the preparation to the WWF6 We have to note that it is the first time when RECC participate in the preparation of the World Water Forum which of course give an opportunity to be involved into the international water policy making processes and as well to deliver the regional messages Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and World Reconstruction Conference RECC has participated in the Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and World Reconstruction Conference in Geneva May 2011 as part of the official government delegation and presented the outcomes of the Views from Frontline project piloting community disaster risk reduction in the regions Subsequent outcome report and recommendations on implementation of Hyogo Framework for Action were presented in different side events and plenaries as well as to UNISDR and Global Network for Disaster Reduction REC CAUCASUS FOR GOVERNMENTS In the beginning of 2003 REC Caucasus initiated the process for applying LEAPs methodoloy to the South Caucasus countries Since then the pilot projets Local Environmental Action Plans LEAPs have been developed and implemented in the three selected cities of the South Caucasus Ararat Ganja and Kutaisi The LEAPs documents have been developed in close cooperation with the local authorities and citizens Final documents published in Russian and national languages were presented at hte final city conference and the memorandums of understanding between the city mayors and REC Caucasus were signed According the memorandus the local goverments took the responsibility to integrate LEAPs in city development plans and implement priority actions identified in LEAP An important component of the LEAPs process is provision of financial support to implement some of the LEAPs environmental solutions For this purpose REC Caucasus initiated a small Grants Programme and provided funding for 15 projects ranging from environmental awareness and education initiatives to low cost pollution reduction and environmental improvements in each of the LEAP cities This included small grants for local governments to encourage partnership with business and or NGOs as well as small grants for NGOs Projects addressed improving drinking water supply and irrigation systems improving waste management planting of greenery and raising environmental awareness The LEAPs Programme helps decision makers in local and regional governments industries and NGOs to rank environmental protection needs develop action plans to address priority problems and implement cost effective actions that reduce pollution and save consumers and industries money Moreover the following projects and activities have been undertaken within the framework of the environmental policy and LEAPs Programme to support governmental initiatives in the South Caucasus countries Sub regional training for inspectorates Improving environmental compliance assurance in the Caucasus 2003 in cooperation with OECD EAP Task Force Government needs assessment 2004 Strategic Environmental Assessment SEA Capacity Building in the South Caucasus Towards a Coherent Strategy 2004 2005 Introducing SEA in the South Caucasus Learning Lessons and Transferring Experiences 2006 REC FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES REC Caucasus assisted local communities through implementation of projects supported within the framework of Small Grants Programme Sustainable Development of Caspian Coastal Communities The goal of this Programme was to reduce and prevent the overuse of natural resources of the Caspian Sea region by assisting coastal communities to develop alternative and sustainable sources of livelihood and in general to promote sustainable economic development The Small Grants Programme administered by the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia in collaboration with REC Caucasus and the Russian REC financed more than 150 Projects changing lives of the local communities to the better Grants from 1 000 to 2 500 Euro have been allocated to The Small Grants Programme administered by the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia in collaboration with REC Caucasus and the Russian REC financed more than 150 Projects changing lives of the local communities to the better Grants form 1 000 to 2 500 Euro have been allocated to setup new small companies and create additional jobs that contribute to sustainable development and improved quality of life of the local communities implement pilot projects on environment rehabilitationon train community members in additional professional skills to ensure a more sustainable economic base in small villages of the Caspian coastal area REC CAUCASUS FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES Promotion of Cleaner Production and Energy efficiency technology through development of business planning practices for Cleaner Production and Energy efficiency projects The overall objective of this project is to contribute to sustainable development and minimise environmental impact from industrial sector by stimulating small and medium size enterprises SMEs The objective will be reached via increase of SME s capability in the preparation of financial documentation for CP and EE projects The increased possibility for getting the financial resources from local and international financial institutions will improve their SME s operation capabilities to become more economically efficient while becoming more environmentally friendly and reducing their demand on locally scarce resources Project scope Armenia Azerbaijan Georgia Donor Government of the Netherlands Read more 19 Jun Vacancies Regional Environmental Center for the Caucasus TITLE Experts on Resource Efficiency and Clean Production PROJECT Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production RECP Demonstration Programme in Armenia START DATE TIME ASAP DURATION 1 year LOCATION Yerevan Armenia SUMMARY OF THE PROJECT REC Caucasus Armenia National Office will provide the following services to facilitate UNIDO RECP Demonstration programme in Armenia aimed to improve resource productivity and environmental performance of business at the regional and national levels particularly in agro food processing chemicals and construction materials sectors prioritized by the Government of Armenia as proposed areas for UNIDO RECP intervention JOB DESCRIPTION National RECP experts are to provide necessary services including training and assessment of potential RECP methodology and its application to selected demonstrated organizations to improve their awareness and understanding of RECP its benefits and contribution to sustainable development and which started to take up specific measures for implementation in particular in the prioritized sectors included but not limited to food and beverages construction materials and chemicals JOB RESPONSIBILITIES Participation in RECP methodology trainings assessment of potential RECP methodology Organization and conduction seminars and trainings aimed to demonstrate the potential RECP methodology and its application to selected demonstrated organizations and to improve resource productivity and environmental performance in agro food processing chemicals and construction materials Provide support in organization of meetings seminars discussions and assistance to the REC Caucasus activities events and related duties Implementation other Project tasks as per instruction of Project National Coordinator and Administrative Unit REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Advanced university degree in field relevant to RECP Good understanding of RECP EaP Green programme Green Economy Green Growth Clean production Energy efficiency Experience of working with governmental structures local administration donor organizations non governmental organizations and private sector Good organizational and interpersonal skills tact and high sense of responsibility Good time management skills Ability to clearly express ideas in oral and written forms accuracy in task implementation and concentration Ability to work under pressure and with strict deadlines Good interpersonal and communication skills Ability to establish and maintain working relations in a team and independently Proven excellent experience of working with computer applications Word Excel Access Internet search engines and office equipment Native speaker of Armenian and good knowledge of written and oral English Knowledge of Russian is an asset APPLICATION PROCEDURES To apply please send your CV to Mr Tigran Oganezov at tigran oganezov rec caucasus org Short listed candidates will be invited to the interview OPENING DATE 19 June 2015 APPLICATION DEADLINE July 2015 ABOUT COMPANY REC Caucasus Armenian National Office is a non entrepreneurial non commercial legal person an independent not for profit organization with international character The mission of REC Caucasus is to assist the Caucasus states in solving environmental problems and support in building the civil society through promotion of public participation in the decision making process development of free exchange of information and encouragement of cooperation at national and regional level among NGOs governments businesses local communities and all other stakeholders Read more 22 Apr Development of Mew modules for International Bachelor and Master Programmes in Sustainable Tourism Management Development of new modules for international bachelor and master programmes in sustainable tourism management Duration 15 11 2012 14 10 2015 3 years Objective A multi country project to modernize curricula in sustainable tourism management SuToMa and develop a joint understanding about the principles Occasion Tourism is a regional priority for the Caucasus but an underdeveloped field in all three countries Especially for Europeans the entire Caucasus is a fascinating area with a rich cultural history and biodiversity the cradle of European mankind Our perspective Only a sustainable regional development within the tourism sector meets the expectations of these target groups and guarantees a long term economic social and ecological welfare for local people and following generations Partners 30 universities enterprises and NGOs in Azerbaijan Armenia and Georgia European partners in Ireland and Latvia Targets 12 new modules for innovative topics such as integration of theory and praxis intercultural communication eLearning and IT technologies to be implemented in existing and new BSc and MSc study programmes accredited with ECTS interdisciplinary approach such as agriculture tourism and business studies Outcomes a common understanding of sustainability and regional development modules created according to the Bologna standards comparable qualification standards new methods and materials for teacher and tutor training formal integration of practical placements in the curricula regular monitoring of milestones implementation of eLearning platform new international academic cooperation Chronology Development of modules first year Training of teachers second year Testing with students third year Read more 31 Oct The 1st Georgian Channel broadcasts RECC activities During October 25 27 within the EU funded project Fostering Community Forest Policy and Practice in Mountain Regions of the Caucasus Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus RECC held two day training and one day on job training for the communities of Gebi Chiora Glola of Oni Municipality About 80 participants were trained based on the community forest management plans specially developed for the three villages within the framework of this project The planting activity was broadcasted by the 1st Georgian Channel the footage is avaliable on the following page http www rec caucasus org photoVideo php id 1314690928 lang en The overall objective of the project is fostering community forest policy and practice to address the following problems deforestation and climate change issues secured land tenure and forest community rights rural poverty reduction diminishing regional and national tensions and the risks of insurrections let by alienated elements among population conservation and sustainable development of local communities Community forest management The management plans include 10 years action plan on sustainable forest utilization and covers the following topics forest management inventory monitoring harvesting reforestation protection socio economic aspects consumption of non timber resources usage recreational potential The project is regional and similar activities are held in Republic of Armenia Azerbaijan Republic and Russian Federation Landscape Restoration Activities Regional project Support Development of Biodiversity Conservation Policies and Practices in Mountain Regions of the South Caucasus implemented by Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus RECC with financial support of Government of Norway is currently underway in Oni Municipality of Racha Region Major goal of the project is to build capacity of local communities and authorities to address biodiversity loss in forest ecosystems of mountain regions of South Caucasus in order to improve participatory biodiversity management Jointly with EU funded project Fostering Community Forest Policy and Practice in Mountain Regions of the Caucasus is carrying out reforestation activities in Ghebi community Representatives of Ghebi Community proposed initiative to cultivate nut trees on the adjacent area of the village Mentioned initiative was shared and supported by the representatives of local authorities As a result 2000 walnuts seedlings from 3 to 5 yaer are being planted on three plots 5 ha in total in surrounding areas of Ghebi community Villagers from the community actively participate in planting activities At the same time they have been provided with suitable practical skills and knowledge on planting and maintain activities of wallnuts seedlings as a follow up activity It should been mentioned that nut tree Juglans regia is included in the Red List of Georgia as vulnerable species Read more 12 Jun REC Caucasus publishes Newsletters REC Caucasus is pleased to inform you about newly published newsletters within the framework of the EU funded project Fostering Community Forest Policy and Practice in Mountain Regions of the Caucasus The newsletters includes information on landscape resotation activities in pilot communities joint stakeholder workshops and series of trainings conducted within the project as well as public awareness initiatives success stories and visibility action overview The publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union Armenia Newsletter http rec caucasus org files publications pub 1339585004 pdf Georgia Newsletter http rec caucasus org files publications pub 1339585198 pdf Regional Newsletter http rec caucasus org files publications pub 1339586826 pdf Read more 23 Mar Improvement of environmental liability regime introduction of methodology for valuation of environmental damage Armenia and Georgia two South Caucasus countries determined to establish a sovereign democratic social state governed by rule of law have adopted a policy to shift toward market relations in the economy In order to implement this policy a process of economic reforms based on liberal values has been initiated In the current social and economic situation all countries have overcome a period of drastic collapse and for more than five seven year almost two digit economic growth rate is registered in the countries It has become of utmost importance to ensure sound bases for long term economic development which becomes increasingly urgent in a situation when there is an issue of maintaining growth rates on the one hand and increasing its effectiveness on the other In this context economic progress requires mainly qualitative improvements which ultimately leads to the necessity to ensure qualitative economic development along with quantitative growth Qualitative improvements are those factors that will ensure a general increase in the level of life quality by utilizing economic growth results for the improvement of the public life standards in the country The overall objective of the project is to improve environmental management system in the countries through enhancement of the environmental liability regimes The specific objectives of the project are 1 To develop modern methodology for estimation of the monetary value of damage caused as a result of environmental pollution and exploitation of natural resources at the national level 2 To design and implement pilots in selected sectors to illustrate how the elaborated methodology would work in practice and explore replication opportunity at country level Project Duration 15 months Donor Government of Netherlands Concept Note Notwithstanding the fact that two countries have adopted the main principles of sustainable development economic social environmental and will pursue the following principle economic development and the environmental system are not ends but means to ensure normal conditions for and satisfactory level of the process of sustainable development of a person the economic development in Armenia and Georgia in the upcoming years will continue to be of a man caused nature and in this regard the solution of existing environmental problems issues in the Republics will become more complicated and more expensive Even for the maintenance of the current state of the natural environment in the countries the society the state local self governance bodies and business entities will need to carry out additional environmental activities and make additional expenses Underestimation of the damage caused to natural resources and the environment in general results in a forged presentation of economic development and progress figures Today traditional macroeconomic indicators accepted in this field gross domestic product income per capita and others overlook environmental degradation ignore the decrease in natural resources Thus exploitation of resources i e loss of natural resources often is regarded as a net income In this way a possibility to deteriorate natural resources and to pollute the environment emerges Underestimation of damage caused to the environment or failure to record such damage in expenses in its turn brings about distortions of major macroeconomic figures such as for example gross domestic product GDP or net domestic product NDP When the mechanism for compensation of environmental and economic damage based on The polluter pays principle does not work effectively then this results in corresponding real losses for business entities or the population According to estimations made by Western scientists this kind of damage in developed countries comprises 3 5 of GDP No such calculations or relevant assessments were carried out in South Caucasus states The absence of above mentioned studies does not allow assessing the real picture of the country s economic development in terms of sustainable development that is real gains and losses in the economy become non comparable On the other hand in a situation when relevant studies were not conducted and or were absent real scopes of the damage already caused and being caused as a result of the pollution of environment are not assessed This is the reason why economic mechanisms aimed at the reduction of the scope of environmental damage the system of environmental fees and fees for the use of natural resources operate less effectively because the tariffs do not correspond to are not equivalent to the real scopes of damage already caused or being caused as a result of pollution of environment Moreover there is a clear tendency observed in the countries that pollution taxes did not provided any significant incentive for pollution abatement measures rather they mainly served to generate revenues for the Government budget The system remains underdeveloped in EECCA where it is still based on the Soviet concept of compensation for damages and is seldom put into practice The existing state approved methodologies for environmental damage assessment are speculative inaccurate and often too complex to present to courts that are supposed to adjudicate on these issues In these conditions it has become necessary to examine the actual scope of damage caused to the environment in the GDP structure and its influence on GDP which in its turn will enable to calculate the real scope volume of damage caused by environmental pollution and exploitation of natural resources Country s Situation Armenia The development of Armenian economy in the coming years will continue to have a technological nature and as a result solutions to environmental problems in the country will become more complicated and more costly Even in the current conditions the preservation of Armenia s environment requires additional environmental measures and expenditures on the side of the public the state local governments and enterprises Following traditional economic indicators might lead to negative consequences for Armenia in the near future Those indicators can be rapidly improved and thus formally achieve economic stability and end the economic crisis through accelerated logging in forests relentless use of all mines using cheap unclean technologies etc which unfortunately is currently taking place in the country to some extent However the extremely negative ecological consequences of this state of the affairs for many regions of the country are obvious In order to reduce harmful influence on the environment and to maintain efficient sustainable use of natural resources in Armenia regulatory role as well as to generate financial resources increase cash flows to make environmental investment and to fill the budget fiscal role the Law on Environmental and Nature Use Charges and pertinent bylaws have been adopted and introduced a certain set of economic tools environmental and nature use charges in 1998 2000 charges are paid for water use mining of useful underground resources use of biological resources disposal of hazardous substances into the environment placing industrial and municipal waste in the environment and production and import of environmentally hazardous commodities Moreover following the objective of improving environmental economic tools stated in the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper the following legislative acts were adopted in 2004 2005 A number of changes and amendments to the law On environmental and nature use charges have made the charge system more effective and efficient in its both fiscal and regulatory reduction of the volume of hazardous discharges into the environment aspects Adoption of the law On tariffs for compensation of damages caused to fauna and flora as a result of environmental violations 2005 and approval of assessment procedures for impact of economic activities on water and land resources and the atmosphere by the Government of Armenia allow environmental inspection bodies to ensure a more effective and efficient process of recording environmental damages and their compensation transfer to state budget It should be stated that the state budget allocation for the environmental action programme is not significant therefore all types of environmental charges fees and compensations for environmental damage are accumulated in the state budget and disbursed in a highly centralized manner The main shortcoming of the current system is that the charges collected for the purposes of funding environmental protection measures and programmes are only partially used for this purpose For instance according to some expert estimations Armenia s economic growth causes environmental damage commensurate with 8 10 of the country s annual GDP The current budget revenues from environmental charge collection do not exceed 0 25 0 27 of GDP i e are 20 to 40 times less than the damage caused According to latest analysis more than half of major resources collected for environmental protection purposes is used to finance other priorities Currently for more targeted use of environmental charges the Law On the Budget System stipulates the sum total of budget earmarked for environmental programmes shall be no less than the sum total of environmental charges actually collected in the preceding budget year With regard to environmental liability it should be mentioned that although OECD study has been conducted in Armenia and based on results of the study an assessment procedures for impact of economic activities on water and land resources and the atmosphere were elaborated and approved by the Government of Armenia that allow environmental inspection bodies to ensure a more effective and efficient process of recording environmental damages the methodology for assessment of environmental damage is not yet precise and comprehensive Georgia Georgia is a lower middle income country that has as its legitimate major policy priority to achieve sustained economic growth and related to this to substantially reduce poverty The Government s strategy is largely based on establishing a liberal and largely deregulated market economy and introducing stringent measures designed to minimize corruption and rent seeking However in this context the role of environmental policy was neglected moreover the role of environment in dealing with the external effects of economic activity in the form of pollution has effectively been ignored Among the major policy measures introduced by the government was a Tax reform enshrined in a new Tax Code entered into force in 2005 Its main objectives was the reduction of the tax burden and elimination of administrative barriers to doing business After approval of Tax Code there has been a significant change in the mix of instruments for environmental protection The new Tax Code abolished taxes on emissions of air and water pollutants alongside a tax on the use of natural resources dating from 2005 all of which had been introduced in the 1990s Also were eliminated a road transit fee on foreign motor vehicles and a tax on fuel imports Among the legal reforms the new Law on Licenses and Permits being endorsed in 2005 introduced mandatory auction based allocation of licenses for the use of natural resources Few changes have been made to existing product taxes on motor fuels and vehicles but there have been some improvements in the application of user charges for utility services The auctioning of licenses has become an important source of revenue for the central Government The level of fees rates for each of the natural resources is defined in the Law on Fees for the use natural Resources 2004 amended later by Law on Introduction of Changes and Amendments to the Law on Fees for the Use of Natural Resources Another set of instrument is fines for environmental offences As with pollution taxes fines per ton of excess emissions have not been altered since 90th Collection rates of fines for administrative violation were very low in the early 2000s around 5 but have increased significantly since the Environmental Inspectorate was established in 2005 For instance fines imposed in 2008 were almost collected However it should be mentioned that the current system of calculation of fines is regulated by the order of the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources and based on methodology that is not accurate does not consider any externalities It can be stated that the methodology for calculation was put in place by chance Goals and Objectives The overall objective of the project is to improve environmental management system in the countries through enhancement of the environmental liability regimes The specific objectives of the project are 1 To develop modern methodology for estimation of the monetary value of damage caused as a result of environmental pollution and exploitation of natural resources at the national level 2 To design and implement pilots in selected sectors to illustrate how the elaborated methodology would work in practice and explore replication opportunity at country level Activities There are following major activities will be implemented Activity 1 Inception activities During the inception phase the following preparatory activities will be accomplished Formation of the Project team TORs for major staff and experts will be developed and selection conducted in accordance to REC rules and procedures In addition leading governmental entities will be requested to provide nominate project contact point for further collaboration and coordination of activities in each of the countries Identification of stakeholders and formation of the project inter agency National Steering Committee NSC based on consultations at national level the project steering committees will be formulated in each beneficiary country at the beginning stage It is very important to ensure involvement into the process since the beginning of all related stakeholders Apart of leading agency that will be Ministries of Environment in two countries would be necessary to involve into the process Ministries of Finance Economy Justice and Tax authorities Preparation and conduction of the inception workshops Inception meeting in each country will be organized with participation of selected stakeholders from public sector and Civil Society Organisations from Armenia and Georgia Goals and objectives of the project will be presented general approach toward implementation and major outputs will be discussed recommendation for detailed work plan will be elaborated Based on result of national workshops regional meetings will be organize to discuss project approach and methodology come up with consolidated project work plan to setup major milestones Activity 2 Identification of key sectors of the economy economic activities in each country mostly causing damage to the environment in the result of overexploitation or pollution Based on key sectors of economy that cause damage to environment are already indicated in national policies NEAPs EPR Sustainable development strategy etc as well as in the result of discussions to be held in the framework of a workshop organized with the participation of stakeholders determine the key sectors of the economy in each country that are increasingly vulnerable toward overexploitation of natural resources and damage caused to the environment as a consequence of carrying out economic activities and their further development expansion Activity 3 Support in r evision and analysis of the system of economic instrument applied in all two countries of the region Analysis of the existing system of economic instruments used in the countries will be conducted as well as liability regimes with regard to environmental damage will be reviewed Institutional analysis will be updated legislative requirements and existing gaps in the system will be revealed It is important to consider experience of OECD EAP TF activities in the countries in the area of introduction of economic instruments and environmental liability Activity 4 Identification and Assessment of the best available practice in introduction of the system methodology of valuation of damage into environment The project needs to analyze and categories the different methods for valuing natural resources mostly used in OECD countries and relevant EECCA countries that can be used for the application of liability regimes The advantages and disadvantages of using different methodologies in Caucasus countries should be well documented recommendations as to the best method or combination of methods to be applied under national liability regimes will be elaborated Activity 5 Development of relevant methodology ies for monetary assessment of depreciation of natural resources and indicators for calculation of the damage A framework approach will be developed for different sectors for identification of methods for monetary assessment of depreciation of natural resources and calculation of the damage caused as a consequence of environmental pollution and exploitation of natural resources It is important to identify clear links between environmental losses and country s development trends while evaluating macroeconomic parameters It is also very important to understand how to define significant damage to environment and a level of restoration therefore criteria to define the scope of damage for the application of liability regime will be elaborated Relevant recommendations will be developed and submitted to the government for approval Outputs In the framework of Project results in the long run the suggested Project activities will contribute to the achievement of the following major results Developed methodology ies for valuation of actual damage caused to the environment by economic activities and recommendations to the government provided Benefits of using elaborated methodology demonstrated through pilot activities and best practices are disseminated More generally areas or spheres of the economy which are more vulnerable for environment in terms of damage and exploitation of natural resources will be identified modern methodology for an assessment applied and valuation exercise in pilot sector conducted The following risks obstacles have to be addressed in the process of Project implementation Political factors Speculations regarding assessments elaborated as a result of the Project implementation beyond the framework of sustainable development principles Lack of political will for the acceptance of recommendations due to the fact the project objective may be seen as an attempt to somehow put in limitation into economic development Anticipated conflicts among the Project team the group of stakeholders enterprises and organizations operating in the sectors and areas of the economy that are increasingly vulnerable toward overexploitation of natural resources and damage caused to the environment populations in the territories where these enterprises are located and local self governance bodies Institutional and human factor Institutional restructuring of government bodies may lead to significant changes in priorities and lack of interest towards the project objectives Lack of knowledge experience and skills to initiate new approaches among local specialists or experts Lack of professionals and relevant staff at a corresponding level who would perform assessments of environmental issues taking into account links with economic health care and social issues The Project s Approach Activities planned in the Project will be guided by and based on the following principles Cooperation and Participatory principle Project development requires close operational relations among the state stakeholders enterprises and organizations operating in the economic areas and sectors mostly vulnerable in terms of overexploitation of natural resources and damage being caused to the environment populations living in corresponding territories and local self governance bodies This principle of cooperation can be successful only if it is based on a common goal and mutual trust among parties The Project implementation and recommendations accepted in the process of implementation require an active public involvement during the whole process while successful public relations require a two way communication Firstly public participation means raising the level of awareness through informing all stakeholders about the scale and aims of their own efforts environmental issues and priorities and possible actions to address the most pressing issues Active involvement of non environmental government regulatory bodies Ministry of Economy Ministry of Finances Tax Authorities etc into the project since the beginning will be ensured Principle of using best international practices In order for the project to achieve multiple results and be successful the experience of realization of similar projects in other countries preferably eastern European implemented by international environmental or financial organizations can have essential importance OECD experience and particularly activities conducted under the framework of EAP TF in the field of assessment and introduction of economic instruments in the EECCA region will be used The EAP Task Force has done extensive work on helping environmental regulatory agencies in EECCA countries to modernize their systems of economic instruments for environmental protection particularly pollution and product charges The project should also use an accumulated experience and materials from Monetary Penalties and Liability EECCA RECs Joint Projects Principle of integrity The procedure for classification of issues related to environment should make it possible to monitor environmental issues from various viewpoints and integrate health care environmental economic and social aspects of environmental degradation which ultimately comprise the context for sustainability Project Duration and Budget Project Duration 15 months Read more 02 Nov VII Annual International Conference of REC Caucasus on Climate Change Adaptation Challenge and Opportunity for the Caucasus On November 10 11 2011 with financial support of the Ministry of Environmental Affairs Land Use Planning Agriculture and Forestry of Lichtenstein VII Annual International Conference of REC Caucasus on Climate Change Adaptation Challenge and Opportunity for the Caucasus is being organized in Tbilisi Georgia The event is designed to provide a forum for all interested parties in a comprehensive discourse on climate change issues The primarily goal of the Conference is to discuss problems of climate change taking into account natural and anthropogenic factors and environmental economic and social impacts of global climate change in the South Caucasus region to search for balanced approaches towards reduction of anthropogenic pressure on climate system through promotion of understanding among scientists governments business and public to learn about existing trends to raise awareness of target groups and to promote information exchange and transfer of experience within and

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    C Director Ms Dshkhuhi Sahakyan National Project Coordinator and Ms Hasmik Manukyan Accountant have conducted monitoring field visit to the Koghb and Jujevan communities within Announcement Programme on Recource efficency and cleaner production RECP 17 03 2014 The Regional Environmental Center for the caucasus REC Caucasus is calling for expressions of interest from enterprises in the food and agroprocessing construction and or chemical materials sectors to participate in the programme on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production in Armenia funded by UNIDO Caucasus Workshop Discusses NAMAs 06 11 2013 October 31 2013 REC Caucasus and GIZ organized a regional workshop titled Development of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions NAMAs in South Caucasus countries in cooperation with the International Climate Initiative ICI of the German Federal Environment Ministry BMU November 6 2013 UNIDO s Vacancy Announcement 31 10 2013 UNIDO s Vacancy Announcement on the position of National Coordinator for the EaP GREEN Programme in Georgia Development of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions NAMAs in South Caucasus countries On October 24 25 2013 a Regional Workshop took place in the context of the project Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions NAMA in South Caucasus countries in Tbilisi Georgia Press Release EU and FAO Partnership Project 12 09 2013 Press Release of EU and FAO Partnership Project Improved Pesticides and Chemicals Management in the Former Soviet Union The World Day to Combat Desertifcation 12 07 2013 The World Day to Combat Desertification will be held on June 17 The focus this year is drought and water scarcity REC Caucasus Armenia Conducted Local Consultations Within the Project SUPPORTING COMMUNITY RESILIENCE IN THE SOUTH CAUCASUS 27 02 2013 The aim of the Local Consultations is to provide feedback on survey results to the participating communities and use the information for further discussions and joint actions development REC Caucasus Closes its EU funded Project Fostering Community Forestry Policy and Practice in Mountain Regions of the Caucasus 10 12 2012 On December 5 2012 REC Caucasus launched a two day closure conference on its EU funded project Fostering Community Forestry Policy and Practice in Mountain Regions of the Caucasus at Sheraton Metechi Palace Tbilisi Georgia The 1st Georgian Channel broadcasts RECC activities 31 10 2012 October 25 27 activities conducted by RECC within the framework of the EU funded project Fostering Community Forest Policy and Practice in Mountain Regions of the Caucasus appear on the 1st Georgian Channel VIII Annual International Conference of REC Caucasus 15 10 2012 Greening Energy Sector mainstreaming energy efficiency and utilization of the renewable energy in the Caucasus Energy sector development REC Caucasus Armenia Launched Fifth Round of Professional Training Sessions 26 06 2012 REC Caucasus Armenia BO in close co operation with Ministry of Nature Protection of Armenia and State Environmental Inspection agency has initiated and launched the fifth round of professional trainings for environmental inspectors on June 22 23 2012 REC Caucasus publishes Newsletters 12 06 2012 REC Caucasus is happy to inform that newsletter within the framework of the EU funded project Fostering Community Forest Policy and Practice in Mountain Regions of the Caucasus have been published You can download newsletters from our website RECC EU Monitoring Mission to Racha Georgia On 6 7 June 2012 REC Caucasus team organized field visit in the framework of EU funded project Fostering Community Forest Policy and Practice in Mountain Regions of the South Caucasus and Eurasia Foundation funded project on Introduction of Sustainable use of Natural Resources in Local Communities and Increase their Preparedness against Natur Celebration of World Environment Day in Armenia 05 06 2012 On June 5th from 17 00 19 00 in several cities and villages throughout Armenia the Let s do it Armenia movement is organizing a flash mob chalk drawing contest by the theme of Armenia without garbage in honor of World Environment Day Brief on Zikatar s trainings within the Fostering Community Forest Policy and Practice in Mountain Regions of the Caucasus project 10 05 2012 On 25 28 April 2012 REC Caucasus Armenia BO conducted capacity building trainings on Sustainable forest management within the EU funded regional project Fostering Community Forest Policy and Practice in Mountain Regions of the Caucasus at the Zikatar training centre Global Water Partnership of Central Asia and Caucasus Region is 10 Years old 24 04 2012 On the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of Global Water Partnership of Central Asia and Caucasus Regions on 23 April 2012 Country Water Partnership Armenia organized workshop hosted by Regional Environmental Center for Caucasus Armenia First National Steering Committee meeting 11 04 2012 First National Steering Committee meeting within the framework of the project Improvement of 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Caucasus 29 02 2012 The Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus REC Caucasus announces a vacancy for the position of Project Assistant within the EC funded project DCI ENV 2008 151 708 Fostering Community Forest Policy and Practice in the Mountain Regions of the Caucasus REC Caucasus organizes national seminar within the Identification and implementation of adaptation response to Climate Change impact for Conservation and Sustainable use of agro biodiversity in arid and semi arid ecosystems of South Caucasus project 22 02 2012 Azerbaijan Branch office of Regional Environmental Center for Caucasus

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    RECP Demonstration component project www recp am is being implemented in the frames of Partnership for Environment About us Who We Are Structure Managment Board of directors International Advisory Council Staff Organisational Chart Documents Annual Reports RECs Network News News All Armenia Azerbaijan Georgia Regional News International News REC Caucasus News Newsletters Announcements Vacancies Announcements Vacancies Focal Areas Water Land Forest Biodiversity Green Economy Energy Disaster risk reduction DRR Climate

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    RECP Demonstration component project www recp am is being implemented in the frames of Partnership for Environment About us Who We Are Structure Managment Board of directors International Advisory Council Staff Organisational Chart Documents Annual Reports RECs Network News News All Armenia Azerbaijan Georgia Regional News International News REC Caucasus News Newsletters Announcements Vacancies Announcements Vacancies Focal Areas Water Land Forest Biodiversity Green Economy Energy Disaster risk reduction DRR Climate

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    Ms Hasmik Manukyan Accountant have conducted monitoring field visit to the Koghb and Jujevan communities within Announcement Programme on Recource efficency and cleaner production RECP 17 03 2014 The Regional Environmental Center for the caucasus REC Caucasus is calling for expressions of interest from enterprises in the food and agroprocessing construction and or chemical materials sectors to participate in the programme on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production in Armenia funded by UNIDO Caucasus Workshop Discusses NAMAs 06 11 2013 October 31 2013 REC Caucasus and GIZ organized a regional workshop titled Development of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions NAMAs in South Caucasus countries in cooperation with the International Climate Initiative ICI of the German Federal Environment Ministry BMU November 6 2013 UNIDO s Vacancy Announcement 31 10 2013 UNIDO s Vacancy Announcement on the position of National Coordinator for the EaP GREEN Programme in Georgia Development of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions NAMAs in South Caucasus countries On October 24 25 2013 a Regional Workshop took place in the context of the project Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions NAMA in South Caucasus countries in Tbilisi Georgia Press Release EU and FAO Partnership Project 12 09 2013 Press Release of EU and FAO Partnership Project Improved Pesticides and Chemicals Management in the Former Soviet Union The World Day to Combat Desertifcation 12 07 2013 The World Day to Combat Desertification will be held on June 17 The focus this year is drought and water scarcity REC Caucasus Armenia Conducted Local Consultations Within the Project SUPPORTING COMMUNITY RESILIENCE IN THE SOUTH CAUCASUS 27 02 2013 The aim of the Local Consultations is to provide feedback on survey results to the participating communities and use the information for further discussions and joint actions development REC Caucasus Closes its EU funded Project Fostering Community Forestry Policy and Practice in Mountain Regions of the Caucasus 10 12 2012 On December 5 2012 REC Caucasus launched a two day closure conference on its EU funded project Fostering Community Forestry Policy and Practice in Mountain Regions of the Caucasus at Sheraton Metechi Palace Tbilisi Georgia The 1st Georgian Channel broadcasts RECC activities 31 10 2012 October 25 27 activities conducted by RECC within the framework of the EU funded project Fostering Community Forest Policy and Practice in Mountain Regions of the Caucasus appear on the 1st Georgian Channel VIII Annual International Conference of REC Caucasus 15 10 2012 Greening Energy Sector mainstreaming energy efficiency and utilization of the renewable energy in the Caucasus Energy sector development REC Caucasus Armenia Launched Fifth Round of Professional Training Sessions 26 06 2012 REC Caucasus Armenia BO in close co operation with Ministry of Nature Protection of Armenia and State Environmental Inspection agency has initiated and launched the fifth round of professional trainings for environmental inspectors on June 22 23 2012 REC Caucasus publishes Newsletters 12 06 2012 REC Caucasus is happy to inform that newsletter within the framework of the EU funded project Fostering Community Forest Policy and Practice in Mountain Regions of the Caucasus have been published You can download newsletters from our website RECC EU Monitoring Mission to Racha Georgia On 6 7 June 2012 REC Caucasus team organized field visit in the framework of EU funded project Fostering Community Forest Policy and Practice in Mountain Regions of the South Caucasus and Eurasia Foundation funded project on Introduction of Sustainable use of Natural Resources in Local Communities and Increase their Preparedness against Natur Celebration of World Environment Day in Armenia 05 06 2012 On June 5th from 17 00 19 00 in several cities and villages throughout Armenia the Let s do it Armenia movement is organizing a flash mob chalk drawing contest by the theme of Armenia without garbage in honor of World Environment Day Brief on Zikatar s trainings within the Fostering Community Forest Policy and Practice in Mountain Regions of the Caucasus project 10 05 2012 On 25 28 April 2012 REC Caucasus Armenia BO conducted capacity building trainings on Sustainable forest management within the EU funded regional project Fostering Community Forest Policy and Practice in Mountain Regions of the Caucasus at the Zikatar training centre Global Water Partnership of Central Asia and Caucasus Region is 10 Years old 24 04 2012 On the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of Global Water Partnership of Central Asia and Caucasus Regions on 23 April 2012 Country Water Partnership Armenia organized workshop hosted by Regional Environmental Center for Caucasus Armenia First National Steering Committee meeting 11 04 2012 First National Steering Committee meeting within the framework of the project Improvement of environmental liability regime Introduction of methodology 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    of UN Armenia House in Yerevan The aim of the training was to introduce the assessment evaluation and recommendations of the Demo organizations by the experts The training had module presentation 1 6 presented during the RECP introductory on 14 16 of April 2014 introducing next steps to be applied by the experts when working with the Demo organizations Profile Development of Mew modules for International Bachelor and Master Programmes in Sustainable Tourism Management 22 04 2013 A multi country project to modernize curricula in sustainable tourism management SuToMa and develop a joint understanding about the principles Profile Improvement of environmental liability regime introduction of methodology for valuation of environmental damage 23 03 2012 Armenia and Georgia two South Caucasus countries determined to establish a sovereign democratic social state governed by rule of law have adopted a policy to shift toward market relations in the economy Profile Tasks Photo Video Support Development of Biodiversity Conservation Policies and Practices in Mountain Regions of the South Caucasus 15 12 2011 The project Support Development of Biodiversity Conservation Policies and Practices in Mountain Regions of the South Caucasus implemented by REC Caucasus aims to build capacity of local communities and authorities to address biodiversity loss in forest ecosystems of mountain regions of South Caucasus in order to improve participatory biodiversity managem Profile Tasks Materials Photo Video Prevention Preparedness and Response to Man made and Natural Disasters in the ENPI East Region PPRD EAST 10 10 2011 South Caucasus is high risk disaster zone that undermines countries economy and threatens natural environment and human security Due to countries prolonged transitional period the gap has been formed through Non existing electronic Risk Atalas Outdated statistics on DRR imperfect Cartography GIS non existing satellite imagery Profile Tasks Views from the Frontline 23 09 2011 The project

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    RECP Demonstration component project www recp am is being implemented in the frames of Partnership for Environment About us Who We Are Structure Managment Board of directors International Advisory Council Staff Organisational Chart Documents Annual Reports RECs Network News News All Armenia Azerbaijan Georgia Regional News International News REC Caucasus News Newsletters Announcements Vacancies Announcements Vacancies Focal Areas Water Land Forest Biodiversity Green Economy Energy Disaster risk reduction DRR Climate

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