EPA Programs in the Caucasus
Explore our work in the Caucasus:
Each of these activities are detailed below.
The Science and Technology Center in Ukraine (STCU) was established as a nonproliferation program, by an international agreement in November 1992. The Center coordinates the efforts of numerous governments, international organizations, and private sector industries, providing former weapons scientists (FWS) from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) with new opportunities for sustainable, peaceful employment. The funding Parties to the Center are Canada, the United States, the European Union, Japan, Norway and South Korea. Recipient Parties for STCU within the Caucusus are Azerbaijan and Georgia.
STCU activities include research projects, which employ scientists in the development of new science and technology, and supplemental programs, such as training and workshops. With funding from the US State Department, the US EPA has been an STCU Partner since 2001. EPA is currently supporting one project through the STCU, a regional evaluation of mining-related metals contamination, risks, and innovative remediation technologies in Georgia.
The Global Methane Initiative (GMI) is an international public-private initiative that advances cost effective, near-term methane recovery and use as a clean energy source in four sectors: agriculture, coal mines, landfills, and oil and gas systems.
Georgia is a GMI partner country. A complete list of activities in Georgia is available on the website of the Global Methane Initiative.
From 2000-2009, EPA had a long-standing partnership with the Regional Environmental Center for the Caucuses (REC Caucasus), which is based in Tblisi, Georgia. In 2000, the REC Caucasus was created to work for environment and sustainable development in the Caucasus region, following a decision made at the Sofia Ministerial Conference in 1995. REC Caucasus is unique in that it is the only regional organization in the South Caucasus region.
During this time, EPA supported the REC Caucasus Environmental Policy and LEAPs Program. Beginning in 2003, REC Caucasus implemented “Local Environmental Action Plans” (LEAPs) in the three South Caucasus countries. The LEAP project helped a wide range of community stakeholders (including decision-makers in local and regional governments, industries, and NGOs) rank environmental protection needs, develop plans of action to address priority problems, and implement cost-effective actions that reduce pollution and save consumers’ and industries’ money. Pilot LEAP projects demonstrated that South Caucasus cities were ready to implement participatory approaches to community problem-solving. This program also strengthened regional cooperation between Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia to solve environmental problems.
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For additional information about EPA's work in Eurasia, contact:
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2610R)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460