Local Governance

LEAPing ahead

Ten municipalities in Belarus and four in Moldova finalised the development of local environmental action plans (LEAPs) through a process that included stakeholder involvement, the prioritisation of environmental issues, the assessment of the environmental situation with expert support, and the definition of goals, targets and actions. The LEAPs had been adopted in all 14 municipalities in Belarus and Moldova by November 2014. The municipalities are now equipped with a powerful strategic tool that provides a basis for future planning, management and fundraising for environmental projects. The LEAPs will help the municipalities to access national and international funds, underpin the struggle against environmental degradation, and guide local communities to a more sustainable future.

Two municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina finalised LEAP documents under the project “LEAPs as an Instrument for Municipality Development”, which provided a forum for stakeholders to work together on common priorities and actions to address environmental problems in their communities.

In parallel, the REC initiated programmes to support local environmental and energy-related planning in the municipalities of Cherkasy, Poltava and Ivano-Frankivsk in Ukraine (with funding from the U.S. Department of State); and to support the more sustainable use of water resources in communities in the Middle East and North Africa (with the support of the Government of Sweden).

Capacity development

The topic area continued to build the capacities of local communities for participatory planning, environmental assessment, and the financing and implementation of projects aimed at improving the environmental situation. Topic area experts helped to further develop the capacities of local institutions in SEE countries, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus for sustainability planning and management by strengthening local institutions, addressing environmental degradation, and enhancing the speed of institutional reforms.

Promoting sustainable development

Activities were carried out to promote a comprehensive and integrated approach to the sustainable development of local communities in order to contribute to poverty reduction and the further democratisation of societies by improving local environmental planning and management. Municipalities in Belarus and Moldova began the implementation of investment projects for which they had submitted proposals to the REC earlier in 2014. Supported projects were launched in December 2014 and aimed to:

  • increase the proportion of the population covered by primary waste selection and collection services in Chashniki, Ashmyany, Hlubokoye and Ivatsevichi (Belarus);
  • establish the basis for the expansion of green areas in two districts in Belarus (a design for three green areas in Braslaw; a plan for green areas and a green nursery in Polatsk; and work on the old park in the village of Kistyani in Rahachow);
  • establish the basis for improving water quality in three water courses in Belarus, including improvements to the sewage treatment system in Byaroza and reduce impacts on the Yaselda River; the development of a plan for the restoration of the hydrological and hydro-chemical regime of the Tsitawka River in Pukhavichy; and improvements to the condition of the Plyasnyanka River in Vileyka district;
  • improve access to good-quality drinking water and establish the basis for wastewater treatment in Moldova, including improved drinking water supply in the village of Cenac (Cimislia); the construction of a water supply and sewerage system in Glodeni; and the modernisation of the wastewater treatment plant and extension of the sewerage system in Stefan Voda; and
  • improve access to/and the transparency of information on the environmental situation in the Falesti region (Moldova), and create an environmental information and education centre with the district radio.
Local Governance

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