Environment and Security Initiative - Transforming risks into cooperation

Contract partner: UNOPS – United Nations Office for Project Services – Geneva officeCountry: Europa, regional/länderübergreifend Funding amount: € 500.000,00Project start: 01.11.2009End: 31.12.2012

Short Description:

Overall goal

The overall goal of this proposal is to contribute to the reduction of environment and security risks, and to the increased cooperation around environment and security issues in the region of South Eastern Europe (SEE). A transfer of lessons learned to the other ENVSEC regions Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Southern Caucasus forms an important part of the proposal.

The ENVSEC Initiative is a partnership between the United Nations Environment and Development Programmes (UNEP and UNDP), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Regional Environment Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC). The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has joined the Initiative as an associated partner. Activities to achieve the ENVSEC objectives include policy integration, vulnerability and risk assessments, capacity-building of government institutions, environmental hotspot risk mitigation measures and civil society strengthening. The project contributes to improved knowledge, understanding and management of environmental and security risks in the SEE region as well as to achievement of region-specific objectives and priorities that have been set.

The current phase 2009-2012 will support activities in the following priority areas wihch have been identified jointy with the partners in a series of national consultations:

Priority 1: Management and reduction of trans-boundary risks from hazardous activities

Priority 2: Management of shared natural ressources

Priority 3: Strengthening regional cooperation on environmental governance through participatory and informed decision-making and implementation processes

Priority 4: Adaptation to the impacts of climate change for reducing security risks in SEE

project number2579-00/2009
source of fundingOEZA
sector Umweltschutz allgemein
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.