Ambitious climate policy in the countries of South-East and Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia

Project description

Title: Capacity development for climate policy in the countries of South-East and Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia, Phase III (CDCPIII)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
Country: Comprehensive service package: Georgia, Albania, Moldova, Montenegro, Mongolia. Individual and small measures: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, North Macedonia, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
Lead executing agency: Line ministries and authorities in the partner countries responsible for the fields of energy, environment and climate. Georgia: Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture
Overall term: 2017 to 2022

Context

As a result of the entry into force of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), all signatory states are facing the challenge of implementing national contributions towards climate protection. To achieve this, it is crucial for climate protection targets to be integrated into technical and cross-sectoral strategies, and into activity and budget plans, as well as into checking and reporting systems. 

The institutional, legal, financial and human-resource prerequisites needed for this are met only to a limited degree in the project countries. As a result, no sufficient link can be drawn between their climate protection ambitions and their development targets.

Objective

The project countries have integrated their national climate protection targets into national development strategies.

Approach

The project raises decision-makers’ awareness of the need for integrated climate protection policy and the benefits and advantages associated with this. As a result, those responsible in the various ministries engage with one another to a greater extent in order to coordinate an umbrella national climate protection policy. Effective knowledge management leads to multiplier effects in other countries of the project region and among the international community. 

In Georgia, the project is helping the government meet to its national obligations from the Paris Agreement on climate change within the framework of the UNFCCC. It is concentrating its work and advice on three key processes:

  • The project supports the update of the nationally determined contributions (NDC) with regard to reporting to the UNFCCC.
  • It assists in drafting of the Georgian Climate Change Strategy 2030 and Action Plan for 2021-2023 (CSAP).
  • It analyses options for decarbonisation and the implementation of the NDCs in the transportation and logistics sector.

Last update: December 2021