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Clima east synergies with fleg ii lengyel 2013 10 01

  1. 1. Seeking synergies between ClimaEast and FLEG II Mr Zsolt Lengyel, Team Leader & Key Expert 1. 1 October 2013, Minsk
  2. 2. Content of presentation 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Context for mitigation & adaptation Project background Implementing consortium Key Experts and Offices Approach Objectives Result areas Proposed activities related to the forestry sector & synergies 9. Timeline 10. Contacts
  3. 3. 1) The context – mitigation & adaptation (1) • A highly dynamic context • A strategic vision and capacity is essential, to maximise the benefits and to minimise the costs • Planning and sequencing of strategic actions is essential • Global warming is accelerating, CO2 concentration in the atmosphere reached 400 ppm in May 2013 • Strong bilateral, regional and international cooperation needed
  4. 4. 1) The context – mitigation & adaptation (2) To adapt or to mitigate: is that really a valid question? Mitigation and adaptation are both necessary and complementary. We need to increase mitigation efforts. If the 2°C target is missed, adaptation increasingly costly. We need to adapt.
  5. 5. 1) The context – mitigation & adaptation (3) Adaptation is inevitable (delayed impact of emissions). Adaptation is cheaper 1€ invested in flood protection saves 6€ damage costs. Postponed adaptation and maladaptation will lead to higher damage costs. ≥ 100 bn/year by 2020; 250 bn/year by 2050 for the EU
  6. 6. 2) BACKGROUND INFORMATION Beneficiary countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russian Federation and Ukraine (partner countries – PCs) Project time frame: October 2012 – October 2016 Project budget: EUR 7 million* Funding authority: The European Commission (EC), DEVCO * Part of a larger 'Clima East project' package, containing pilot projects on ecosystems based approaches to climate change (EUR 11 million) implemented by UNDP
  7. 7. Pilot projects on ecosystems based approaches to climate change implemented by UNDP (11 million EUR) - The aim: To show through pilot projects the feasibility of ecosystem-based approaches to climate change, meaning that intact ecosystems such as peatlands, permafrost landscapes, boreal forests and pasture land can have a strong and cost-efficient positive effect both on climate change mitigation and adaptation Component 1: Conservation & SM of peatlands in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus to minimize carbon emissions and help ecosystems to adapt to CC, while contributing to the overall mitigation and adaptation effort Component 2: Protection & restoration of forest and peatland permafrost carbon pools in Komi Republic and Nenetsky Autonomous Okrug Component 3: SM of pastures in the Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia) to demonstrate CC mitigation and adaptation benefits and dividends for local communities Component 4: SM of pastures & community forests in Moldova’s first National Park Orhei to demonstrate climate change mitigation and adaptation benefits and dividends for local communities Global coordination , management and knowledge sharing component
  8. 8. 3) THE CONSORTIUM HTSPE • Project management & technical assistance • Sectors include Natural Resources, Governance and Environment • Strong regional experience Ecorys • Energy, Climate Change, Low Carbon IIASA • Land Use, Applied Research Milieu • Policy and Legal Ricardo-AEA • Climate Change, Energy, Government
  9. 9. 4) EXPERTS AND OFFICES • 4 Key Experts - Team Leader, Expert on Emissions Trading and 2 Regional Coordinators • Non-key experts (500 mandays) • Expert Facility (EF) (1 million EUR) • Project Office in Brussels • Two satellite offices: – Moscow (for Belarus, Russian Federation and Ukraine) – Tbilisi (for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Moldova)
  10. 10. 4) Key Experts •Team Leader and Key Expert 1: Zsolt Lengyel Based in Brussels ( •Key Expert 2: Marzena Chodor ( Based in Brussels • Key Expert 3: Mikhail Kozeltsev ( •Key Expert 4: Nina Shatberashvili ( Based in Moscow Based in Tbilisi •Help desk and general inquiries: Marina Zolotcov ( ) Based in Brussels
  11. 11. 5) APPROACH (1) 1. Practical outputs and observable benefits for the national partners and stakeholders 2. Added value from the regional scope of Clima East 3. Learning from Partner Countries and the European Union, contributing to coordinated efforts to tackle climate change challenges, where possible
  12. 12. 5) APPROACH (2) Demand driven structure – built-in flexibility • Responsive to beneficiary countries’ requirements • Focus on gaps and additionality of activities, synergy with other donors • Following the emerging needs from the international negotiations on the implementation of Doha Climate Gateway and 2015 agreement • Expert Facility
  13. 13. 5) APPROACH (3) National focus – seeking regional synergies and mutual benefits • Pooling experience and sharing ideas and approaches • Transfer of best practice from EU but also within region Accessibility – both to documentation and to expertise • Brussels base as bridge to EU expertise • High quality website, visibility and events to maintain momentum • Help desk
  14. 14. 6) OVERALL OBJECTIVE The overall objective of Clima East is to support PCs so that they are better equipped for greenhouse-gas emission reductions and better prepared to deal with climate change impacts
  15. 15. 7) ACTIVITY STRUCTURING – RESULT AREAS 1. Increased understanding of the EU climate and energy acquis and the 20/20/20 agenda 2. Responsible public institutions will competently address the Kyoto and post-Kyoto regime under the UNFCCC, and (for Annex I) be strengthened to comply with regulations 3. State-of-the-art national climate change mitigation and adaptation policies developed, fine-tuned and implemented 4. Increased capacity for climate change vulnerability and impact assessments and increased capacity for adaptation planning 5. National and/or regional Emissions Trading Schemes prepared and started 6. Progress made in elaboration of low carbon development strategies (expected primarily in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Moldova)
  16. 16. 8) Proposed Forestry Related Activities • Address LULUCF data and reporting issues with a view of supporting both mitigation and adaptation activities • Support the development of sectoral NAMAs in the forestry sector (Armenia, Georgia) • Expert support for improvement and application of methodologies and models of vulnerability assessment (all countries) • A Geo-Wiki, crowd-sourcing based approach to improve land cover information (IIASA; (Azerbaijan)
  17. 17. 8) Potential synergies identified in FLEG II Azerbaijan - Development of local and regional plans of adaptation of forest sector to the climate change at local and national level (County priority No 9.) Azerbaijan - FLEG will provide the technical support for the evaluation the costs of services from ecosystems and through the implementation of inventory processes. (County priority No 10.) Armenia - Independent public (third party) monitoring of the forestry sector. (Area 3 - Public awareness and public monitoring of the forests )
  18. 18. 8) Potential synergies identified in FLEG II Georgia- Activity 2.9. Assess the role of forests in Climate Change mitigation and adaptation (in the CC vulnerable areas)implemented by IUCN (Priority area 2 Improving sustainable forest management) Moldova, Ukraine, Russia – no explicit mentioning of climate change ( adaptation, mitigation) yet in the country workplans
  19. 19. 9) Timeline: Where are we now? • Mobilisation of key experts • Consultations with stakeholders • Seven draft national work programmes • Mobilisation plan for non-key experts • Setting up Expert Facility • Visibility plan • Clima East Launch Event & Steering Committe meeting
  20. 20. 9) Timeline: Where are we going? • Implementation phase- until October 2016 • We will continue to listen • Annual workplans to be completed and approved
  21. 21. 10) How to contact us The project team can be contacted at personal e-mail addresses and : Clima East Office c/o Milieu Ltd Rue Blanche n 15 1050 Brussels, Belgium The full project website will be launched soon: