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REC Climate Change Programme



In 1999, the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC), in cooperation with the World Resource Institute (WRI), launched its Climate Change Programme to help Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries identify policies and measures to comply with the commitments and respond to the opportunities created by the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol.

Our activities are supported by funding from the US EPA, the European Commission DG ENV, the Government of Japan, the Ministry for Environment in Italy, the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, The Netherlands and the Mac Arthur Foundation.

Project Strategy

The overall strategy of the project is to work:

  • at the international level with an advisory committee consisting of representatives from EITs and Western countries. The committee guides the project activities according to international priorities and makes suggestions for future activities.
  • at the regional level by networking with a larger group of CEE countries, facilitating internet discussions and organising regional workshops.
  • at the national level with NGO partners.

What We Do

The programme covers a wide range of activities including NGO grants, outreach and organisational work in the target countries, regional workshops, publication production and dissemination, facilitation of information exchange and the promotion of constructive dialogue between stakeholders in order to build up constituency for action on climate issues in the CEE region.

How We Do It

NGO grants are awarded for the preparation of case studies on the following topics:

  • experiences of Activities Implemented Jointly (AIJ)/Joint Implementation (JI) in selected CEE countries;
  • assessment of the national climate policy with a special regard to energy issues;
  • capacity needs of CEE countries for the reporting and monitoring of GHG emissions; and
  • best practices in policies and measures aiming at the mitigation of climate change.

The case studies can be used as a tool for capacity building within the country to support the national governments in the climate negotiations and to provide input to the international climate community.

Workshops, consultations, meetings and seminars facilitate discussion about:

  • the experiences of CEE countries with AIJ;
  • the role of energy and transport sectors in the national climate policy;
  • the components of the national JI systems;
  • national system capacity for GHG emissions monitoring and reporting;
  • financing opportunities for climate protection; and
  • capacity-building needs in the EITs.

Contact information

Extensive information is available on the the REC's Climate Change Web site.

Networking action to involve Local Governments in the EU and international energy and climate debate” (LG Action)

Workshop on Development of Green Investment Scheme in Romania: national set-up in the international context

Climate change impacts will badly affect biodiversity in South-East Europe (Press release)

Workshop on post 2012 climate regime

Enhance regional SEE cooperation in the field of climate policy

Workshop on facilitation of climate policy in CEE and Turkey for the post-2012 period

Adaptation to the Consequences of Climate Change Process:
Progress Achieved and Capacity Building Needed

Workshop on Fulfilling Monitoring and Reporting Requirements under the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol.

Green Investment Scheme

Country assessment reports on climate change

Workshop on the capacity building neeeds in the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)

Capacity Building for Improving the Quality of GHG Inventories (Europe/CIS Region)

Support of the Implementation of the Kyoto Protocol

Capacity for Climate Protection in Central and Eastern Europe

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

World Resources Institute

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