Support to the Steering Group on Environmental Assessment
September 7, 2011

During the UNECE Belgrade conference, Central Asian countries, international and non-governmental organizations endorsed the proposal of Kazakhstan to hold next ministerial conference “Environment for Europe” in Astana, (Kazakhstan) in 2011. 

The Ministry of Environmental Protection of the Republic of Kazakhstan confirmed its commitment to CAI principles, and supports CAREC efforts on assistance to preparation and holding of the ministerial conference “Environment for Europe” in Astana (Kazakhstan) in 2011. (letter of February 10, 2009).

According to the protocol decision of the working conference of the Ministry of Environmental Protection-UNDP-CAREC (5-7 of December, 2008), it was proposed to establish the Conference of Parties (COP) in order to provide inter-sectoral support of activities of the task force on arrangement of the ministerial conference in 2010-2011.

The Conference of Parties will be comprised of representatives of the ministries, national companies, business sector, science, NGOs and international organizations. 

The first “Assessment of Assessments” (AoA) was carried out on the state of the marine environment. Launched in 2005 by the UN General Assembly (resolution 60/30), this was a pioneer activity aimed at building the foundations of a regular process for global reporting and assessment of the state of the world’s oceans.


The report, 'Europe's environment — an Assessment of Assessments' 

The report, 'Europe's environment — an Assessment of Assessments' covers: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Republic of Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Uzbekistan.

“Europe’s Environment Assessment of Assessments” (EE-AoA) is a project which builds on this experience aimed at supporting the development of a sustainable regular process to keep the pan-European environment under continuous review. The EE-AoA adopts a similar modular and phased approach allowing for and building on input  from various running activities or projects, in particular the EEA’s 2010 State and Outlook Report. Consequently, the results of the EE-AoA will not only support the development of an ongoing environment assessment process for the pan-European area but will be of direct relevance for the EEA and European Neighbourhood.
The report provides an evaluation, an «assessment of assessments» (AoA) in the Eastern Europe region (Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova). It presents the current state of assessments regarding water and water-related ecosystems and green economy and resources efficiency themes in the Eastern European region. This report has been prepared as part of the European Environment  Agency (EEA) report, Europe’s Environment Assessment of Assessments (EE-AOA), for  the 2011 Astana Ministerial Conference Environment for Europe. The report follows the methodology proposed by the EEA in Guide to the Europe’s Environment Assessment of Assessments 2011. 
The report consists of two chapters: the water and related ecosystem and green economy and resource effi ciency themes. The report is an overview of the most relevant reports produced since 2005 by various international and national organisations. The main reports anaylised are: State of Environment Reports and related thematic or sectoral reports on environmental issues especially those produced at national or regional levels; environmental statistical publications; environmental performance reviews; and reports on progress with environmental conventions or other types of environmental legislation.
The report provides an evaluation, an «assessment of assessments» (AoA) in the South Caucasus region (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia).
The report provides an evaluation, an «assessment of assessments» (AoA) in Russian Federation

The report provides an evaluation, an «assessment of assessments» (AoA) in Central Azia region (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan)