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U.S. State Department and REC partner on environment and energy-related action plans in selected municipalities

ULeap3_copyThe REC recently concluded a partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Regional Environment, Science & Technology, and Health Hub (ESTH), in which the parties helped bring together multiple stakeholders in selected municipalities in Ukraine to develop local environmental and energy action plans (LEAPs).

In mid-February 2015, a delegation from ESTH, representatives from the U.S. Embassy to Ukraine, and REC project team members visited three partner municipalities: Poltava, Cherkasy and Ivano-Frankivsk. These kick-off meetings brought together more than 50 representatives from local government, civil society organisations, academia and the business community, leading to a successful agreement to cooperate on project implementation.

In exchange for their participation in the project, partner municipalities will receive support for developing their own LEAPs. Local stakeholder groups will be involved in drafting these plans by providing expertise, organising targeted trainings and promoting the socioeconomic benefits of energy efficiency and other practical local-level actions.

Specifically, the primary goals of the initiative are to integrate environmental and energy issues into local planning processes; support the sustainable use and management of natural resources; and foster civic involvement and transparency in government decision making. The initiative, which started in October 2014, will run through December 2015.

The project is funded by the U.S. Department of State and the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment of the Netherlands.

A factsheet providing further details about the project is available here.