Workshop on The Strategy of Environment Protection for the countries of Eastern Europe,
The workshop aimed to recommend to the 5th Ministerial Conference "Environment for Europe" what steps could be taken to build an effective biological and landscape diversity strategy for EECCA region.
Current status of the strategy for EECCA region is quite away from the understanding of importance of biodiversity conservation for sustainable development of the region. As a result the chapter 3.2 “Biodiversity conservation and protection of ecosystem” of the discussed document contains short list of general problems and does not provide clear picture of the way to resolve its:
The workshop focused on the: "STRUCTURE", "CONTENT", and "SYNERGY" of the Strategy; exploring how biodiversity issue could be properly incorporated in the "environmental" strategy; what could be proposed for such purpose; how can synergy be created between different processes; how can harmonization of initiatives be achieved?
Conclusions and recommendations
A workshop on the Strategy of Environment Protection for the countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA): Prospects and Obstacles was held within the framework of the first regional session of the Global Biodiversity Forum for the countries of Eastern Europe (April 23-25, 2003, Chisinau, Moldova).
The workshop was attended by 40 representatives of governmental bodies, research institutions and non-governmental organizations from the EECCA countries with 22 reports presented and more than 15 statements made. The workshop adopted the following declaration:
Recognizing the priority of biodiversity conservation for the EECCA countries and taking into account their ethnic and cultural peculiarities and different social and economic development,
noting the inadequate level of attention paid to the issues related to biodiversity in the documents prepared for the Fifth Ministerial Conference “Environment for Europe” (held in Kyiv on May 21-23, 2003)
recognizing the need of an integrated (institutional, legal, financial, humanitarian) approach towards the problem of landscape and biological diversity conservation,
noting the lack of an adequate legal and public regulation of nature conservation in the modern market environment, particularly in the economies in transition,
supporting the efforts of countries-members of the UN European Economic Commission aimed at landscape and biological diversity conservation,
the participants of the first regional session of the Global Biodiversity Forum for the countries of Eastern Europe request the Fifth Ministerial Conference on the topic “Environment for Europe” to adopt a draft resolution on biodiversity presented by the Council of the Pan-European Strategy in the field of biological and landscape diversity.
Noting the importance of setting up institutions of civil society for addressing the problem of landscape and biological diversity conservation,
emphasizing the importance of integrating the issues of biological and landscape diversity in the system of continued ecological education and training,
calling for close cooperation between all interested parties,
recognizing the urgency of cooperation within the framework of bilateral and multilateral agreements, and
convinced in the possibility of elaborating a common stand of the EECCA countries in respect of the strategy of biological and landscape diversity conservation on the basis of national and regional strategies,
the participants of the first regional session of the Global Biodiversity Forum for the countries of Eastern Europe identified the main provisions which, in their view, should be reflected in the documents of the Fifth Ministerial Conference on the topic “Environment for Europe” in respect of the Strategy of Ecological Partnership in the UN EEC region: nature conservation strategy for the countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA):
To achieve these goals biological and landscape diversity should be viewed by different agents as a special treasure that has economic value as well. The participants of the session consider it necessary:
Welcoming the preparation of the Karpaty Convention for signature the participants of the workshop demand to speed up elaboration of the Caucasian and Central Asian Mountain conventions, as well as that of the Nistru and Dniepr conventions and express their expectation that legal aspects of landscape and biological diversity conservation will be adequately reflected in these documents.
The participants of the first regional session of the Global Biodiversity Forum for the countries of Eastern Europe consider it necessary to encourage national delegations to take the provisions of this resolution into account in adopting final documents of the Fifth Ministerial Conference on the topic “Environment for Europe” (Kiev, May 21-23, 2003).
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