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  • REC project in Armenia
    on Environment held in Astana in 2011 were in the focus Moreover based on negotiations with European Environmental Agency EEA on elaboration of pan European assessment on environment RECC in partnership with other RECs and EEA was involved in elaboration of Assessment of Assessment Report RECC has finalized the regional Assessments on Water Eco system and Green Economy The reports are available on RECC web site www rec caucasus org RECC has also participated at OECD EAP TF Bureau meeting With Reference to Belgrade decisions during annual meeting the EAP Task Force discussed and broadly endorsed the proposed draft Consolidated Programme of Work and Budget of the EAP Task Force for 2008 that was jointly prepared by the OECD EAP Task Force secretariat and EECCA RECs The programme consists of three parts activities to be jointly implemented by OECD and EECCA RECs activities to be implemented by OECD alone and activities to be implemented by EECCA RECs alone At the same time RECC along with other EECCA RECs and OECD is focused on elaboration of post Astana mandate and strategy of EAP Task Force The major inputs of EECCA RECs to the EAP Task Force will be as follows Integration of the concept of Green Growth into economic development of EECCA sub regional approach EAP Task Force input to Rio 20 Environment and Security Initiative The role and involvement of the REC Caucasus into Environmental and Security Initiative was discussed at the regional meeting conducted in Tbilisi in March 2009 In light of the current political situation after the August events and taking into consideration that OSCE stopped its operations in Georgia the potential role of REC Caucasus in coordinating certain activities projects under the umbrella of the EnvSec has been discussed with major partners of the process as well as with the Chairman of the ENVSEC Board Willingness to see the REC Caucasus in the process has been officially stated by the Governmental representatives as well EU Eastern Partnership Initiative and the Civil Society Forum RECC applied and was selected again to participate at the Civil Society Forum under EU Eastern partnership in 2010 Moreover REC is a permanent member of third platform under Eastern partnership CSF on Energy and Environment REC C has been participating in EC call under the Eastern Partnership Flagship projects ENPI programme for the prevention preparedness and response to natural and man made disasters and in the Framework Agreement for promotion of Shared Environmental Information System Bearing in mind the multilateral approach of the Eastern Partnership Initiative RECC is going to coordinate national energy security and environmental panel on the regional level For this several consultations and meetings with national SCOs have been conducted In future years RECC will have to strengthen the role of the regional 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

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  • REC project in Armenia
    and cleaner production Programmes Sustainable Management of Natural Resources Profile Ongoing Projects Completed Projects Capacity Development and Information Profile Ongoing Projects Completed Projects Environmental Policy and Integration Program Profile Ongoing Projects Completed Projects Our Services Consulting Advocating Advising Capacity Building Confidence Building Events Library Environmental Reports Environmental Publications REC Caucasus Publications International Conventions Processes International Conventions International Processes Useful Links Environmental Calendar 2014 Contact Us Water The South Caucasus countries lie within the Kura Aras river basin In the region virtually all the water resources are considered to be part of national wealth and the national legislation in the basin countries stipulates the basic principles of management utilisation and protection of the water resources and water systems All countries in the region are committed to managing water resources in a sustainable manner and this commitment is reflected in national development and environment policies and plans including MDG based poverty reduction and development strategies and national environmental action programmes The main water issues in the South Caucasus regions and priority environmental problems include water quality quantity flood habitat protection and bioresources Pollution of surface groundwater resources reduction of river flow and water shortage in Kura Aras river basin as well as policy legal and institutional deficiencies make the struggle against water pollution complicated Current hurdles such as inadequate monitoring low data reliability and accessibility poor infrastructures low awareness and inadequate capacities contribute to defective water related eco systems Also several regional issues have been identified that are common to all South Caucasus countries such as different approaches standards and methods for management of water resources between the countries absence of a reference laboratory in the entire Kura river basin and an absence of a harmonised classification scheme in the South Caucasus Several national organisations are involved in water assessments in the

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  • REC project in Armenia
    Reports Environmental Publications REC Caucasus Publications International Conventions Processes International Conventions International Processes Useful Links Environmental Calendar 2014 Contact Us Land Land degradation has been recognized as a major global environmental threat The biodiversity of the Caucasus eco region that has global significance is being lost at a rapid rate level of desertification deforestation and loss of biodiversity is alarming The recent inventories and studies revealed that the South Caucasus region faces critical challenges due to the degree of desertification and threats to its fragile ecosystems specifically the mountain ecosystems forests wetlands and related biodiversity that are largely caused by poverty unsustainable nature resource management and improper agriculture practices as well as climatic factors The forms of land degradation such as desertification wind and water erosion landslides overgrazing soil exhaustion and others are found all over the South Caucasus region The land degradation affects heavily local households leading to decrease of land fertility lesser yields low quality crops and finally increase of poverty Land degradation especially desertification has triggered migration of rural population especially from the mountainous regions disrupted economic development prospects aggravated regional conflicts and instability and threatened the lives and livelihoods of local people The problem is complex and calls for environmental social and economic analyses and elaboration of effective regional and national action plans The need of regional cooperation in combating desertification has been stressed at the International Conference on the Issues of Draught and Desertification in the Countries of the South Caucasus hosted by REC Caucasus in 2002 Even though desertification has intensified over the past years in the South Caucasus region and vast areas are now degraded no measures have been taken at the regional level to address this problem Our projects Sustainable Land Management for Mitigating Land Degradation and Reducing Poverty in the South

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  • REC project in Armenia
    Ongoing Projects Completed Projects Capacity Development and Information Profile Ongoing Projects Completed Projects Environmental Policy and Integration Program Profile Ongoing Projects Completed Projects Our Services Consulting Advocating Advising Capacity Building Confidence Building Events Library Environmental Reports Environmental Publications REC Caucasus Publications International Conventions Processes International Conventions International Processes Useful Links Environmental Calendar 2014 Contact Us Forest Biodiversity Forests provide important benefits to rural communities including wood for construction and fuel non wood forest products such as mushrooms berries nuts and medicinal plants and grazing for domestic animals They protect villages from landslides and floods and prevent erosion of agricultural lands Forests also provide wider benefits which are important at a national and even global level they are an important storehouse for biodiversity they help protect water supplies and water quality and they contribute to climate change mitigation by sequestering Many forests in the Caucasus region which are used by rural communities have been and are continuing to be degraded The communities which are using the forests do not have an incentive to take care of the forests they do not own the forests they do not have secure rights in some cases they need the land for grazing their animals and the people know that if they do not take the benefits someone else will therefore it is better to take them while they are available State forestry authorities do not always have the resources to be able to prevent unsustainable use and the local self government bodies which are responsible for forests do not have the resources and technical knowledge Conflicts can arise between the objectives and activities of the organisation which is responsible for managing a forest territory and rural people who use the forest territory or for whom the territory has some special cultural significance Conflicts are

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  • REC project in Armenia
    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 Change RECP Resource efficiency and cleaner production Programmes Sustainable Management of Natural Resources Profile Ongoing Projects Completed Projects Capacity Development and Information Profile Ongoing Projects Completed Projects Environmental Policy and Integration Program Profile Ongoing Projects Completed Projects Our Services Consulting Advocating Advising Capacity Building Confidence Building Events Library Environmental Reports Environmental Publications REC Caucasus Publications International Conventions Processes International Conventions International Processes Useful Links Environmental Calendar 2014 Contact Us Green Economy A Green Economy can be thought of as an alternative vision for growth and development one that can generate growth and improvements in people s lives in ways consistent with sustainable development A Green Economy promotes a triple bottom line sustaining and advancing economic environmental and social well being While the prevailing economic growth model focuses on increasing GDP above all other goals Green Economy promotes a triple bottom line sustaining and advancing economic environmental and social well being In this regard REC Caucasus is taking serious steps towards the advancement of Green Economy The organization has developed strategy for efficient use of energy and materials and reducing risks to health and safety Cleaner Production is the continuous application of an integrated preventive environmental strategy to processes and products to reduce risks to humans and the environment In practice the CP can be defined as preventive process addressed to implementation of methodology to improve process efficiency and increase overall yield of final products It is a win win approach when entrepreneur running business gets benefit out of the reduction of operation costs minimization of expenses related

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  • REC project in Armenia
    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

    Original URL path: http://rec-caucasus.am/energy/ (2016-02-14)
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  • REC project in Armenia
    Environmental Reports Environmental Publications REC Caucasus Publications International Conventions Processes International Conventions International Processes Useful Links Environmental Calendar 2014 Contact Us Disaster risk reduction DRR Reduction DRR measures are designed to protect livelihoods and the assets of communities and individuals from the negative impacts of hazards This is done by the use of mitigation preparedness and advocacy Mitigation is reducing the scale intensity and impact of hazards Preparedness is strengthening the resilience of communities to withstand respond to and recover from hazards and of government implementing partners and all other stakeholders to establish speedy and appropriate interventions when the community s capacities are overwhelmed Advocacy means favorably influencing the social political economic and environmental issues that contribute to the causes and magnitude of impacts of hazards Thus DRR can be seen as a means of strengthening livelihood security reducing vulnerability and increase opportunities of pursuing sustainable livelihoods Climate change and its potential negative impacts such as increased storm surge floods will be affecting the most vulnerable communities living in rural areas of developing countries like Armenia Azerbaijan and Georgia It is thus important to recognize the importance of climate change adaptation and its relationship with disaster risk reduction This is particularly relevant to countries like Bangladesh where adaptation is the main method of combating climate change Disaster risk and climate change are two threats that correlate positively reinforcing each other Thus DRR can be used as a powerful tool to understand the threats being faced by communities living in those areas in a way that preparedness and adaptation methods can be devised accordingly Projects Views From the Frontline Disasters are especially harmful for developing countries the smaller the economy and the weaker the infrastructure the greater the human cost and damage to development situations With the main core purpose of

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  • REC project in Armenia
    Profile Ongoing Projects Completed Projects Capacity Development and Information Profile Ongoing Projects Completed Projects Environmental Policy and Integration Program Profile Ongoing Projects Completed Projects Our Services Consulting Advocating Advising Capacity Building Confidence Building Events Library Environmental Reports Environmental Publications REC Caucasus Publications International Conventions Processes International Conventions International Processes Useful Links Environmental Calendar 2014 Contact Us Climate Change Climate change has long since ceased to be a scientific curiosity and is no longer just one of many environmental and regulatory concerns It is a growing crisis with economic health and safety food production security and other dimensions Shifting weather patterns for example threaten food production through increased unpredictability of precipitation rising sea levels contaminate coastal freshwater reserves and increase the risk of catastrophic flooding and a warming atmosphere aids the pole ward spread of pests and diseases once limited to the tropics Climate change is already occurring in the South Caucasus region There is strong evidence of increased warming over the last century in this area Statistically increasing trends in mean annual temperature mean daily minimum temperature and mean daily maximum temperature are evident though there are no trends in mean annual precipitation nor the number of wet days per year REC Caucasus works with policy makers at national and regional levels local populations and CSOs on improving awareness on climate change issues for better understanding of problems related to climate change impact its socio economic dimension particularly affecting ecosystem integrity rural production and food security by introducing of adaptation practices developing regulatory and institutional framework to consider climate change issues in planning enhancing local capacities for sustaining their livelihood level in face of climate change and developing the replication strategy to extend results of the activities and upscale best practices in other regions of the South Caucasus REC Caucasus

    Original URL path: http://rec-caucasus.am/climate-change/ (2016-02-14)
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