Printed publications

Posters for the 2016 REC General Assembly
November 2016

In order to showcase its recent activities, the REC created an exhibition of posters for display during the meeting of its General Assembly in December 2016. The posters highlight the REC's efforts to achieve strengthened environmental...


Themis Network Training Guidelines
November 2016

These training guidelines provide a clear structure for developing, delivering and evaluating training programmes. They are targeted at enforcement practitioners and government officials in the beneficiary countries of the Themis Network and...


The EPIRB Project in Armenia
November 2016

The Environmental Protection of International River Basins (EPIRB) project aimed to improve the quality of water in transboundary river basins in the wider Black Sea region and Belarus, including Armenia. This leaflet provides an outline of EPIRB...


The EPIRB Project in Belarus
November 2016

The Environmental Protection of International River Basins (EPIRB) project aimed to improve the quality of water in transboundary river basins in the wider Black Sea region and Belarus. This leaflet provides an outline of EPIRB activities in...


The EPIRB Project in Moldova
November 2016

The Environmental Protection of International River Basins (EPIRB) project aimed to improve the quality of water in transboundary river basins in the wider Black Sea region and Belarus, including Moldova. This leaflet provides an outline of EPIRB...


The EPIRB Project in Azerbaijan
November 2016

The Environmental Protection of International River Basins (EPIRB) project aimed to improve the quality of water in transboundary river basins in the wider Black Sea region and Belarus, including Azerbaijan. This leaflet provides an outline of...


The EPIRB Project in Georgia
November 2016

The Environmental Protection of International River Basins (EPIRB) project aimed to improve the quality of water in transboundary river basins in the wider Black Sea region and Belarus, including Georgia. This leaflet provides an outline of EPIRB...


The EPIRB Project in Ukraine
November 2016

The Environmental Protection of International River Basins (EPIRB) project aimed to improve the quality of water in transboundary river basins in the wider Black Sea region and Belarus, including Ukraine. This leaflet provides an outline of EPIRB...


POrTal – Issue 2
November 2016

This second issue of the WATER POrT newsletter opens with statements by ministers responsible for water-related issues in Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia, in which they outline current challenges in the water sector and describe the benefits of the...


The Adaptation to Climate Change Programme in Hungary
October 2016

European Economic Area (EEA) Grants and Norway Grants are financial mechanisms established by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to reduce economic and social disparities within the EEA and to encourage bilateral cooperation and project...


WATER POrT: Good Practices and Knowledge Transfer
October 2016

The WATER POrT component of the WATER SUM project provides a platform for building skills and transferring knowledge on integrated water resources management (IWRM) and climate change...


In the Flow – Issue 9
October 2016

The Environmental Protection of International River Basins (EPIRB) project targets the improvement of water quality in transboundary river basins in the wider Black Sea region and Belarus. Issue 9 of the project newsletter In the Flow features an...


Streetsmarts Info Sheets
October 2016

The teaching materials presented in the Streetsmarts teachers’ guide are designed to help secondary-school teachers present Europe's main urban challenges and engage their students in the quest for solutions. The materials are ideal for use...


Streetsmarts Case Studies
October 2016

The teaching materials presented in the Streetsmarts teachers’ guide are designed to help secondary-school teachers present Europe's main urban challenges and engage their students in the quest for solutions. The materials are ideal for use...


SEiSMiC: Enabling social innovation in European cities
October 2016

This publication details the outcomes of the project "Societal Engagement in Science, Mutual Learning in Cities" (SEiSMiC). Implemented between 2013 and 2016, SEiSMiC created national networks in 10 European countries, bringing together a wide...


Akhuryan River Basin District: Draft management plan
October 2016

The Environmental Protection of International River Basins (EPIRB) project aims to improve the quality of water in transboundary river basins in the wider Black Sea region and Belarus, including Armenia. This brochure, published in English and...


Prut River Basin: Draft management plan
October 2016

The Environmental Protection of International River Basins (EPIRB) project aims to improve the quality of water in transboundary river basins in the wider Black Sea region and Belarus, including Moldova and Ukraine. This brochure, published in...


Chorokhi-Ajaristskali River Basin District: Draft management plan
October 2016

The Environmental Protection of International River Basins (EPIRB) project aims to improve the quality of water in transboundary river basins in the wider Black Sea region and Belarus, including Georgia. This brochure, published in English and...


Central Kura River Basin District: Draft management plan
October 2016

The Environmental Protection of International River Basins (EPIRB) project aims to improve the quality of water in transboundary river basins in the wider Black Sea region and Belarus, including Azerbaijan. This brochure, published in English and...


Upper Dnieper River Basin: Draft management plan
October 2016

The Environmental Protection of International River Basins (EPIRB) project aims to improve the quality of water in transboundary river basins in the wider Black Sea region, including Belarus and Ukraine. This brochure, published in English,...


Policy Watch No. 4
September 2016

The fourth SEiSMiC policy watch document highlights current high-level trends related to urban development and social innovation, shedding light on citizen engagement at the global level in the form of global initiatives and events such as the...


Water, Growth and Stability
August 2016

The REC is attending this year's World Water Week and, with selected partners from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, will actively...


Stakeholder Analysis for Integrated Water Resources Management
August 2016

In the framework of the Water and Security (WaSe) component of the WATER SUM project, stakeholder analyses were carried out in local communities in Jordan (the municipalities of Al Karak, Jerash, Al-Salt and Ajloun) and Tunisia (the delegations of...


Public Opinion Assessment
August 2016

In the framework of the Water and Security (WaSe) component of the WATER SUM project, a public opinion assessment was undertaken in local communities in Jordan (the municipalities...


MENA World Cafe 2016 Issue Papers
August 2016

The REC attended the 2016 World Water Week in Stockholm and actively participated in the cluster of activities related to the focus on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The MENA Focus 2016 aimed to enhance experience and...


Smart Solutions
July 2016

While public transport is fundamental to the sustainability and well-being of rural and peri-urban regions, due to shrinking and ageing populations it is becoming increasingly challenging for many public authorities and public transport operators...


In the Flow – Issue 8
July 2016

The Environmental Protection of International River Basins (EPIRB) project targets the improvement of water quality in transboundary river basins in the wider Black Sea region and Belarus. Issue 8 of In the Flow features an interview with...


The Water, Growth and Stability Initiative (WGSIni)
June 2016

This brochure outlines the ambitious Water, Growth and Stability Initiative (WGSIni), a newly established framework for the creation of a knowledge-based platform, a dynamic network of water experts, and an e-learning tool for capacity building...


The Typology of the Public Building Stock in Albania and the Modelling of Its Low-Carbon Transformation
June 2016

The objective of the project "Support for Low-Emission Development in South Eastern Europe (SLED)" is to help policy makers in Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia to set realistic but ambitious...


Local Water Security Assessment
June 2016

This technical report was produced in the framework of the WaSe component of the WATER SUM project. The countries included in the assessment are Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt in North Africa; and Lebanon, Jordan and Syria in the...


Learning to Change
May 2016

This brochure outlines the activities of the REC's Sustainable Development Academy in the areas of educational reform, the development of educational tools for use in schools, teacher training, and capacity building for high-level officials. The...


Refugee crisis: How SEiSMiC countries are coping
May 2016

The fourth SEiSMiC takeaway highlights examples of resilience and innovation in Turkey, Germany and Sweden, countries that have all recently had to cope with a huge influx of refugees from Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East. It focuses on a...


Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development “Transforming Our World”
May 2016

On January 1, 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN summit, officially came into force. The REC, in pursuit of its mandate...


Policy Watch No. 3
May 2016

The third SEiSMiC policy watch document explores the ideas and initiatives behind the term “new urban economy”.  It sheds light on the sharing economy as a global trend, and on the potential of this new economic model to transform...


Themis: Managing Natural Resources and Combating Environmental Crime
May 2016

The Themis Network is a country-driven regional cooperation initiative in South Eastern Europe. This factsheet describes Themis activities to date and outlines the network’s ongoing goals as it continues its efforts to strengthen...


Education for Sustainable Futures
May 2016

The five-year programme "Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the Western Balkans (2012 - 2016)" is based on the six pillars of the UNECE Strategy on ESD and is currently being implemented in Kosovo*, Montenegro and Serbia with the...


Local Initiatives for a Sustainable Ukraine
April 2016

The LINK project is being implemented by the REC in order to strengthen local capacities for diversifying sources and identifying options for a resource-efficient economy; and to bring...


Shared challenges, Joint response
April 2016

The regional project Sustainable Use of Transboundary Water Resources and Water Security Management (WATER SUM) addresses water-related challenges and promotes...


Local Environmental and Energy Action Plans for Sustainable Development, Energy Diversification and Civic Engagement in Communities in Ukraine
April 2016

The US Department of State's Regional Environment, Science & Technology, and Health (ESTH) hub has partnered with the REC to bring together policy makers, businesspeople, academics and civil society leaders at municipal level in selected...


Local Water Security Action Planning Manual
April 2016

This manual has been developed in the framework of the Water and Security (WaSe) component of the WATER SUM project. It is a step-by-step guidebook for practitioners who are developing local...


25 people. 25 years
April 2016

As part of the celebrations to mark the REC’s 25th anniversary in 2015, we interviewed 25 people who have played a significant role in the life of the organisation and made a valuable contribution to addressing environmental issues in...


Local Energy Security Action Planning
March 2016

The goals of the project “Local Initiatives for a Sustainable Ukraine” (LINK Ukraine) are to strengthen local capacities for diversifying sources and options for a...


POrTal – Issue 1
March 2016

The WATER SUM project supports the Middle East and North Africa region and its water stakeholders by advancing water management at national and local levels, by promoting the more sustainable...


Targeting 2016
March 2016

The year 2016 brings new challenges for the REC. Our new strategic planning period, which ends in 2020, focuses on the achievement of three key results across REC partner countries: strengthened environmental governance; strengthened low-emission...


Towards Transition
March 2016

The project “Support for Low-Emission Development in South East Europe (SLED)” provides support to policy makers in Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. In the framework of the project,...


The Typology of the Residential Building Stock in Albania and the Modelling of its Low-Carbon Transformation
March 2016

The objective of the project “Support for Low-Emission Development in South Eastern Europe (SLED)” is to help policy makers in Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia to set realistic but ambitious...


Decarbonisation Modelling in the Electricity Sector: Serbia
March 2016

The objective of the project “Support for Low-Emission Development in South Eastern Europe (SLED)” is to help policy makers in Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia to set realistic but ambitious...


The Typology of the Residential Building Stock in Serbia and the Modelling of its Low-Carbon Transformation
March 2016

The objective of the project “Support for Low-Emission Development in South Eastern Europe (SLED)” is to help policy makers in Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia to set realistic but ambitious...


Decarbonisation Modelling in the Electricity Sector: Albania
March 2016

The objective of the project “Support for Low-Emission Development in South Eastern Europe (SLED)” is to help policy makers in Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia to set realistic but ambitious...


Decarbonisation Modelling in the Electricity Sector: Regional Report
March 2016

The objective of the project “Support for Low-Emission Development in South Eastern Europe (SLED)” is to help policy makers in Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia to set realistic but ambitious...


Decarbonisation Modelling in the Electricity Sector: Montenegro
March 2016

The objective of the project “Support for Low-Emission Development in South Eastern Europe (SLED)” is to help policy makers in Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia to set realistic but ambitious...


The Typology of the Residential Building Stock in Montenegro and the Modelling of its Low-Carbon Transformation
March 2016

The objective of the project “Support for Low-Emission Development in South Eastern Europe (SLED)” is to help policy makers in Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia to set realistic but ambitious...


Decarbonisation Modelling in the Electricity Sector: Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
March 2016

The objective of the project “Support for Low-Emission Development in South Eastern Europe (SLED)” is to help policy makers in Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia to set realistic but ambitious...


Local Water Security Action Planning
February 2016

The regional project "Sustainable Use of Transboundary Water Resources and Water Security Management" (WATER SUM) addresses water-related challenges and promotes regional cooperation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)...


Financing Low-Carbon Refurbishment
January 2016

The residential sector is responsible for approximately 30 percent of Europe's carbon dioxide emissions. With an estimated 110 million homes in Central and Eastern Europe, South Eastern Europe and the Black Sea and Baltic regions, there is...