Expert mission to Central Asian States

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Vienna, 10 July 2017 – On 10-11 July, high-ranking representatives from the European Union, the Umweltbundesamt (Environment Agency Austria) and the environment agencies of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan met in Astana/ Kazakhstan. The meeting marked the beginning of the implementation of a jointly developed action plan of environmental and climate change actions in the Central Asian States. The action plan envisages improvements of environmental policy as well as capacity building for the environment ministries in these countries and joint cooperation efforts. The meeting took place in the framework of the WECOOP2 project in which the Environment Agency Austria participates. The aim of the project, which runs from August 2016 to February 2019, is to establish a solid framework for dialogue between the five countries and the European Union about the environment, climate and water. Experts from the Environment Agency Austria will be used throughout the project to address issues related to the areas water, waste and climate change. The WECOOP2 project (regional coordination and support for the EU-CA enhanced regional cooperation on Environment, Climate Change and Water) is run in close cooperation with the EU delegation under the EU’s Central Asia strategy. It is a continuation of its predecessor WECOOP, and as such aims to improve the dialogue between the EU and Central Asia. The project leader is MWH Global in Brussels, and the Environment Agency Austria and the Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus (RECC) are consortium partners.

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The Environment Agency Austria has a demonstrable track record of successful projects in more than 60 countries – from the new EU Member States to the Western Balkans, the Middle East, the Maghreb countries and Asia. In its capacity as adviser the Environment Agency Austria advises UN and EU institutions and is active as a partner in more than 200 national, European and international networks, bodies, and working groups.

 

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