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Building Bridges : 

Building Bridges Presentation of The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe Marta Szigeti Bonifert Executive Director

Our Mission: 

Our Mission “(…) The REC is a non-partisan, non-advocacy, not-for-profit international organisation with a mission to assist in solving environmental problems (…)” The REC is legally based on a charter signed by the governments of 28 countries and the European Commission International organisation 200+ staff (some 30 nationalities) Over 300 running projects 12 million Euro annual turnover REC Video – Click!

Mission in Practice: 

Mission in Practice RESEARCHING AND MONITORING ASSESSING THE NEEDS RAISING AWARENESS PROVIDING INFORMATION PROMOTING PUBLIC PARTICIPATION BUILDING CAPACITY PROVIDING CONSULTATIVE SUPPORT TO ACTUAL PROBLEM SOLVING

Donors : 

Donors The European Commission The governments of Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States Other inter-governmental and private institutions Donations by Geographic Location 1990-2002

Bridges: 

Bridges Government Local Governments Business Citizens NGOs The REC Government NGOs Local Governments Business Citizens Bridges – Across Borders

The REC Network: 

The REC Network Head Office Szentendre, Hungary 16 COs 3 FOs Operations beyond Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)

Partnership in focus…: 

Partnership in focus… The REC fulfils its mission by promoting cooperation of all environmental stakeholders, and by supporting the free exchange of information and public participation in environmental decision making The REC has developed, promoted and implemented numerous models and tools to address environmental challenges and sustainability, such as stakeholder engagement clearing house mechanism capacity building regional/international partnerships

Partnerships – Energy: 

Partnerships – Energy REEEP A global coalition to accelerate the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency, announced at the World Summit on Sustainable Development, initiated by the UK REC’s role in REEEP Develop Information Clearing House for CEE and Turkey Organise regional workshops and training; disseminate information MEDREP Type 2 partnership of governments, businesses and associations, initiated in 2002 during the Johannesburg Summit by the Italian Government REC’s role in MEDREP Developing and operating the training and development centre; to provide capacity building on both macro and micro levels Execution of projects leading to the development of an advanced renewable energy market across the target regions/countries (tradable renewable certificates, biomass and geothermal projects in the Balkans, etc.) Coordination between the MEDREP and REEEP initiatives CLEAN FUEL AND VEHICLE INITIATIVE UNEP/US EPA and other partners – Global coalition REC’s role Addressing Clean Fuels and Vehicles Issues in Central and Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia regions

Project Implementation: 

Project Implementation Programmes: Business and Environment Capacity Building Climate Change Environmental Law Environmental Policy and Local Initiatives Information NGO Support Public Participation Key Topic Area Groups Governance for Sustainable Development Stakeholder Support Sectors of the economy International Instruments International Mandates Funds Italian Trust Fund Japan Special Fund

REC Climate Change Programme: 

REC Climate Change Programme Established in 1999 What we do Capacity building for developing national climate policy Strengthening public participation and access to information of climate policy Support for implementing UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol National action plan on climate change GHG emission inventory Registry system (for Emission Trading and JI)

Programme Projects (1): 

Programme Projects (1) 1999-2001: Capacity building for climate protection (with WRI) Experiences of Activities Implemented Jointly; Sectoral integration of climate consideration into energy policy (1999) Capacity needs to implement the Kyoto Protocol; Good practices in policies and measures (2000) Public participation and access to information of climate-related policy development (2001) 2002-2004: Support for implementation of the KP Developing national registry system (2002) Developing GHG emission inventory (2003-; with UNDP)

Programme Projects (2): 

Programme Projects (2) 2003-2005: Promotion of Flexible Mechanisms Database on JI environment in CEE countries: JI potential assessment by countries (Romania, Poland, Bulgaria, Czech Republic) Feasibility Studies on potential JI projects (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania) Present and Planned Activities SE Europe and Turkey Capacity building, assistance to formulate CC Strategy/Action plan, promotion of CDM, support of development of Green Investment Scheme (Bulgaria, Romania) EECCA (Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia) Transfer the experience: Capacity building, institutional, legal background to promote JI/CDM

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