Events

Strengthening Local Environmental Planning and Environmental Civil Society in Ukraine

October 19 - - 20, 2015

Strengthening Local Environmental Planning and Environmental Civil Society in Ukraine: Cities as Drivers of Sustainable Development in Ukraine

The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) is organising the conference "Strengthening Local Environmental Planning and Environmental Civil Society in Ukraine: Cities as Drivers of Sustainable Development in Ukraine". The event will be held on October 19-20 in Kyiv, Ukraine.

The Ukrainian population faces significant environmental and energy-related challenges. Given the current crisis in the country, the Government of Ukraine is paying close attention to issues of energy security, environmentally sustainable policies and practices, governance structures, and mechanisms for viable public participation in decision-making processes at local level. The REC, with a mandate from the European Commission, Ukraine and 31 other REC member states, has been providing structured assistance to Ukraine since 2014 to address environmental and resource-related challenges, and to build a community of practice for sustainable resources management through the framework programme "Strengthening Local Environmental Planning and Environmental Civil Society in Ukraine". The governments of the United States, Norway, the Netherlands and Japan are providing support to the programme as resource partners.

The conference in Kyiv will bring together key stakeholders to build active partnerships and mobilise resources for local sustainability initiatives in Ukraine. The first day will be dedicated to presenting the results of the one-year project "Local Environmental and Energy-Related Action Plans (LEAPs) for Sustainable Development, Energy Diversification and Civic Engagement in Communities in Ukraine", which will be presented by the mayors of the three project partner municipalities: Cherkasy, Poltava and Ivano-Frankivsk. The event will also mark the officially launch of the project "Local Initiatives for a Sustainable Ukraine" (LINK Ukraine).

The LEAPs Ukraine project was successful in meeting its primary targets: environmental and energy issues were integrated into the planning process; the sustainable management of natural resources was included in the LEAPs document; and civic involvement and transparency in government decision making has been ensured. The follow-up LINK project aims to strengthen local capacities to diversify sources and options for a resource-efficient economy by bringing together policy makers, businesses and civil society at local level to enable positive change in Ukraine. The project promotes good governance, energy efficiency and EU integration processes.

The second day of the conference, which will be organised in the form of a workshop, will address the topic of boosting investments in energy efficiency in Ukraine's urban environments. The goal is to strengthen the capacities of Ukrainian stakeholders to apply for and implement concrete energy efficiency projects.