The Regional Coordination and Support for the EU-Central Asia Enhanced Regional Cooperation on Environment, Climate Change and Water (WECOOP2) project was launched by the European Union (EU) in August 2016. It is the second phase of WECOOP that was implemented in 2012-2014.
It intends to continue strengthening the dialogue and sustainable development between the Central Asia partners, and to facilitate their cooperation with the EU on environment and climate change. Specifically, the project efforts are concentrating on improving and rationalising the policies and expanding the capacities of national ministries and government agencies active in these areas.
- The project's overall objective is to promote and strengthen enhanced regional cooperation on environment, climate change and water, both between the EU and Central Asia and within Central Asia, in particular through the EU-Central Asia Platform for Environment and Water Cooperation and the Working Group on Environment and Climate Change (WGECC) chaired by the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea.
The EU and Central Asia government representatives agreed at the Milan High Level Conference on Environment and Water Cooperation in October 2015 to introduce positive economic and other incentives to consume and produce sustainably, regularly assess environmental impact of sectoral policies, develop adequate infrastructure, mobilise relevant financing, strengthen compliance monitoring and legislation enforcement and raise societal awareness on sustainable development.
Throughout the project duration, up to February 2019, the EU and the Central Asian countries meet at WGECC sessions to update the partners on national efforts in environment protection, climate change adaptation and and agree on joint actions.
This project is funded by the European Union and implemented by a consortium led by Stantec including as consortium partners the Austrian Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) and the Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus (REC Caucasus).