Coordination with other initiatives in the country

Belarus actively cooperates with international donors on environmental issues. Belarus' key partner in terms of the scope of provided assistance and the number of projects in this area is the European Union that has an extensive history of engagement with the Government of the Republic of Belarus in this field and a broad portfolio of existing projects dealing with practical issues of environmental conservation and improvement in the Republic of Belarus. The second largest international technical aid donor is the GEF, which has provided financing in the amount of over USD 30 million over the period of cooperation with the Republic of Belarus. UNDP and the World Bank are the main implementing agencies for the EU and GEF-funded projects in Belarus. In addition, environmental projects in Belarus are funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Germany.
To ensure synergy, where possible, the project will coordinate its activities with other related EU programmes and initiatives, as well as those implemented by other donors listed below.


EU regional projects:

Waste Governance-ENPI East. The objective of the project is to reduce the risks of negative impact on the environment and human health arising from inappropriate management of waste in the six ENPI East countries: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova and the Russian Federation. In Belarus, the project focuses on developing a waste management strategy for Pukhovichi district in Minsk region.

Air Quality Governance in the ENPI East Countries (AIR-Q-GOV). As part of the overall goal of improving national systems of air quality assessment and management in the project countries, the project in Belarus addresses a number of problems that will result in the adoption of technology-based emission limit values and recommendations for technology standardization and organization of an in-process emission control system in the cement industry, designed to meet environmental standards in general and, specifically, the EU BREF.

Towards a Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) represents an EU initiative seeking to modernise and simplify the collection, exchange and use of the data and information required for the design and implementation of environmental policy. The project is implemented by the European Environment Agency (EEA) together with the partner countries during the period of 2010 - 2014. The main partners at the national level are state environmental and statistical agencies dealing with the collection, processing, storage and dissemination of environmental data and information.

The Forest Law Enforcement and Governance. (ENPI FLEG) Phase II Project started in 2012 and is implemented by the World Bank, jointly with the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the WWF, in seven ENPI countries. It seeks to reduce the threats to forests posed by illegal logging, trade, poaching and corruption.

Clima East: Support to Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Russia and ENP East countries. The Project started in October 2012 and has a 4 year implementation timeframe. The overall objective of Clima East is to support the ENP East countries and the Russian Federation so that they are better equipped for greenhouse-gas emission reductions and better prepared to deal with climate change impacts. The programme also includes a pilot project component (budget EUR 11 million) supporting the development of ecosystems-based approaches to climate change.

The Programme Green Economy in Eastern Partnership Countries started in 2013 and is designed to run until 2016. The EU provided EUR 12.4 mil. to implement this Programme. The Programme envisages integration of the principles of environmentally sustainable production and consumption into national development plans/strategies and the corresponding legislative/regulatory frameworks, as well as support to adaptation and practical implementation of these principles in the economies of Eastern Partnership countries, which will foster their environmentally sustainable economic growth and transition to green economy.

The following bilateral projects are implemented in Belarus by the European Union with the participation of UNDP:

The UNDP/EU project "Support to the development of a comprehensive framework for international environmental cooperation in the Republic of Belarus". This project is part of the AAP 2008 and is aimed at building the strategic planning and management capacity of the Republic of Belarus in the field of environmental protection and environmental information. In particular, the project envisages approximation of the national legislation in the field of waste management and biodiversity conservation with EU standards, to bridge the gaps in the existing legislation. This project also aims to raise awareness of environmental protection issues among the general public, and to promote participatory decision making on environmental issues through active involvement of communities as stakeholders in the implementation of several pilot projects.

Support to Local Development in the Republic of Belarus. This project is part of the AAP 2011. It is expected to be launched in 2014. The project will be implemented in four regions of the Republic of Belarus: Brest, Vitebsk, Gomel, and Mogilev. The project seeks to strengthen the national capacity of the named regions in socio-economic development management at the local level, including introduction of project approach, and resolve local issues through specific project initiatives and involvement of local residents into tackling vital area-specific environmental problems.

These projects build on the EU/Belarusian Government/UNDP joint action experience and mechanisms tried and tested in the Projects "Sustainable Development at Local Level" и "Area-Based Development of the Chernobyl-affected areas". These projects, which were implemented with financial support from the European Union in 2009 - 2010, focused on facilitating environmental protection and sustainable development at the central and local levels through promotion of participatory decision making at the local level and implementation of community initiatives.


Other donors' projects and programmes:

The Integrated Solid Waste Management Project for Belarus with a budget of USD 48 million is implemented by the World Bank in 2011 - 2014 and seeks to implement an investment project on waste management in the City of Grodno. A full-scale Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Stockpile Management Project financed from a GEF grant is finalized in 2013.

Small Grants Programme of the Global Environment Facility (GEF SGP) has been operating in Belarus since 2004 and provides financial support in the form of grants in the amount of up to USD 50 thousand for NGOs and local self-governance bodies to address environmental issues on the local level. During the reporting period, the GEF/SGP funded 85 environmental projects in Belarus for the total amount of over USD 3 million. In mid-2013, the GEF additionally provided to Belarus USD 1.7 million to prepare and implement project initiatives in 2013.

Belarus Green Cities: Supporting Green Urban Development in Small and Medium Sized Cities in Belarus
The GEF project, to be implemented by UNDP focuses on promoting green urban development and strengthening participation of Belarusian cities in the EU Covenant of Mayors. In particular, the project aims to support investments in the development of green cities in Belarus, with a special focus on energy-efficient street lighting and environmentally sustainable transport.
Removing Barriers to Wind Power Development in Belarus
The project aims to remove barriers to implementation of wind power projects in Belarus. The project envisages establishment of a financially sustainable public-private partnership on the basis of an investment grant in order to promote investments in wind power. By the end of the project, it is expected to develop a feasible green tariff and procedures that will directly contribute to installation of wind-powered generators turbines with total capacity of over 25 MW in Belarus in the next 5 years.