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Regional Environmental Information Networking (REIN) Meeting for Countries of  

Eastern Europe and the Caucasus in Kyiv Ukraine.


Hotel Khreschatyk, Kyiv, Ukraine, 3-5 November 2009

        The Regional Environmental Information Networking (REIN) Meeting, initiated by UNEP’s Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA) and the UNEP Regional Office for Europe and carried out with the support of the Center for Ecological Consulting and Audit (CECA), was held on 3-5 November 2009 in Kyiv, Ukraine with the purposes of networking, information exchange and capacity development for countries of Eastern Europe and the Caucasus. Twenty-seven representatives of the Ministries of the Environment, universities, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and UNEP-collaborating centres from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Russia, Poland and Ukraine took part in the meeting.

        The main objective of the REIN Meeting was to discuss environmental networking in EECCA countries, observing and monitoring, data and information sharing based on existing national mechanisms in key institutions (data providers and information disseminators), and to support environmental assessments, reporting and early warning of emerging environmental issues and trends. During the meeting, participants discussed their countries’ involvement in global/regional assessment and reporting processes such as GEO-5, ENVSEC, Environment for Europe and plans for the Astana Ministerial Conference.

 


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Performance Review of the State Environmental Protection Fund of Ukraine

         

26 June 2006 in Kiev, Ukraine Stakeholders' Meeting took place under the guidance of the Ministry of Environmental protection of Ukraine and OECD where Performance Review of the State Environmental Protection Fund of Ukraine was discussed.

The major objective of the Review was to conduct an independent and objective evaluation of all important aspects of the administration and management of the State Environmental Protection Fund of Ukraine against good international practices, such as those contained in the OECD's Good Practices for Public Environmental Expenditure Management. The report analyses the strengths and weaknesses of the Fund's performance and proposes a Reform Plan for further improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the State Fund and the system of environmental funds in Ukraine. Thus, the review also aims to support the Ukrainian Government in their efforts to improve the management of the public environmental finance system in the country in line with good international practices.
The specific objectives of the stakeholders' meeting was two-fold:

1. Discuss and agree on the main findings and recommendations made as part of the analysis;
2. Discuss and agree on future next steps for strengthening the Funds system in Ukraine. 

The emerging results from the work on the Performance Review will be presented at the next meeting of the EECCA Environmental Finance Network (in February 2007). In addition, the lessons learnt from this work will be included in a report on the assessment of progress with implementing the EECCA Environmental Strategy endorsed by the Ministers at the 2003 Kiev "Environment for Europe" Conference.

 

 

Workshop on Heat Supply Issues, Energy Conservation and  Perspectives for 

Implementation Kyoto Protocol Provisions  and Green Investment Scheme in Ukraine

        8 June 2006  the workshop on Green Investment Scheme in Ukraine was initiated by Vertis Environmental Finance for senior managers of  energy sector  of Ukraine.

The following issues were discussed during the workshop:

  • Ukraine and the Kyoto Protocol

  • The concept of “greening” and Green Investment Scheme

  • Project “AAU trade and GIS options for Ukraine” and the role of private business in it

 In particular, the following issues were analyzed: the feasibility of green projects implementation in the framework of GIS,  the root causes of the existing barriers related to availability of financing, the opinions concerning the most effective measures needed for implementation of AAU trade and GIS options for Ukraine.

 

"Key issues in Establishing the Environmental Management System  at the Enterprise,

in Conducting Environmental Auditing and Certification"

From 22 till 24 February 2006 the seminar on "Key issues in Establishing the Environmental Management System at the Enterprise, in Conducting Environmental Auditing and Certification" was organized and conducted by the Center for Environmental Consulting and Auditing and the International Center of Financial-Economic Development-Ukraine, being supported by the Ministry of Environmental Protection of Ukraine and the Ministry of Industrial Development of Ukraine.

   

 

The heads of the departments and  the lead specialists on environmental protection and safety of the following enterprises took part in the seminar: Odessa port enterprise, Rivne Azot,Consern Stirol, Nikopol ferrosplav enterprise, Severodonetsk venture Azot,  "Pivdenny GZK", Sumykhimprom, Alchevsk metallurgy plant, etc. Among the lecturers there were the representatives of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of Ukraine, lead specialists of the CECA, Tebodin and "SJS - Ukraine".

 

 

               

Agenda of the seminar included the following issues:

·         Environmental state of the enterprises of metallurgy and chemical industries and measures for its improvement;

·         Legislative and regulatory requirements for environmentally hazardous enterprises and issues related to waste management;

·         Approaches for conducting environmental auditing. Methodology for preparation, conducting and reporting on environmental audit;

·         Key issues in environmental policy of Ukraine and economic mechanisms in  natural resources management;

Experience in establishing environmental management system and conducting audit  on the enterprises of Ukraine.

 

Major impacts of military polygons’ on the state of the environment  and livelihood

The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine in cooperation with the Center for Ecological Consulting and Auditing  organized the seminar on “Major impacts of military polygons’ on the state of the environment  and livelihood ” in the premises of the Officers’ House in 17-18 November, 2005.

Among the participants of the seminar there were the representatives of OSCE Coordinator office in Ukraine, office of cooperation with NATO, NATO information center, lead specialists in the area of environmental safety of military activities of the National Scientific-Research Center of Military Technologies and Military Safety of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, representatives of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Ministry of Finance, State Land Management Committee, Lviv oblast department of the Ministry of Health,  Ukrainian Society of Birds Protection, natural reserve “Roztochia”, Yavoriv State Administration, Yavoriv military polygon, NGOs, mass media.

An important for Military Forces of Ukraine issue how to ensure environmentally safe operation of  Yavoriv polygon as the training military  site of the international significance was discussed in the course of the seminar

 

                                                          

 

Driving forces and scope of International environmental audit and management

27 September 2005, CECA in cooperation with   the Ministry of Environmental Protection of Ukraine and the State Institute of Ecology at the Ministry of Environmental Protection of Ukraine initiated and organized the seminar on “Driving forces and scope of International environmental audit and management”. The seminar was organized in compliance with the Law of Ukraine N 1862-IV “On environmental auditas of 24 June 2004, and in particular, Art. 27 International cooperation in the area of environmental audit.

David Nelson (USA), Director of the International Association of Environmental Auditors, President of Global Decisions Inc., who developed a number of international environmental standards was invited for participation in the seminar in the capacity of key speaker. Participants of the seminar, the representatives of governmental agencies and business organizations, received an opportunity to get familiar with the innovative international trends int eh area of environemtnal auditing, to discuss actual for Ukraine issues related to the implementation of the “On environmental Audit”.

 

                                          

The following issues were discussed during the seminar:

  • Driving forces of environmental audit
  • International regulatory initiatives and agreements
  • International financial institutions
  • Ecological standards and foreign investments
  • Ecological considerations of the multinational corporations
  • Key aspects in conducting due diligence audit
It was underlined the necessity to ensure quality of environmental audits in compliance with international standards and requirements, importance in experience exchange by the mean of broaden communication and in the course of conducting joint environmental audits.