27 agosto 2008

Regional Environmental Center - REC

The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) is an international organisation with a mission to assist in solving environmental problems.
The REC established its head office in Szentendre, a scenic town 20 km north of the Hungarian capital, Budapest.

Topic Areas of the REC:
-Strengthening institutions for sustainable development
-Capacity building of stakeholders and assisting partnerships
-Sustainable management and use of natural resources
-Integration of environmental concerns into the relevant sectors (such as energy, transport, etc)

REC Projects and Project Websites:
-Cross-border Projects
-European Union Accession
-South Eastern Europe
-Access to Information
-Joint (non-REC) Web Sites

The REC's projects are financed by a wide range of international donor organisations. The REC collaborates closely with the Japan Special Fund and the Italian Trust Fund.

*Italian Trust Fund (ITF)
The Italian Trust Fund (ITF) was established in 2001 as a targeted contribution of the Italian Ministry for the Environment and Territory to the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC).
The ITF operates within the framework of environmental improvement and cooperation in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Its activities are consistent with the REC’s mission and complementary to other REC programmes -- sharing the same ambition to strive for a solution of environmental problems afflicting the CEE region.
The Italian Trust Fund (ITF) operates in the areas of
-environmental governance;
-renewable energy;
-sustainable agriculture;
-technical support in Central and Eastern Europe and South Eastern Europe;
-development of joint environmental investment projects;
-institutional strengthening;
-strategic environmental assessment;
-assistance to NGOs;
-support to international conventions; and
-climate-change protection.
The ITF also assists the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe in its fundraising activities by supporting its presence in the international arena, expanding fundraising opportunities and providing expert personnel from the Italian Ministry for the Environment Land and Sea (Italian Ministry) out of its offices in Rome, Brussels and Belgrade.
All projects are implemented in collaboration with the REC and the respective country offices, and are entirely funded by the Italian Ministry.

*Japan Special Fund
The Japan Special Fund of the REC, established in 1993, is a mechanism through which the Government of Japan supports the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe in its efforts to solve the environmental problems of the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region.
Currently, the priority areas of the Japan Special Fund are:
Support to the Kyoto Protocol
Support to Regional Cooperative Programs
Technical Support to Countries in the CEE Region
Assistance to establishing GIS
Shaping the post 2012 climate regime

REC Project Support (SECTOR Grants)

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