Regional Synthesis Report: ENPI East – Synthesis report on: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russian Federation and Ukraine

The regional synthesis report has been prepared within the project ‘Analysis for European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) Countries and the Russian Federation on social and economic benefits of enhanced environmental protection’, initiated and supported by the European Commission’s EuropeAid.

The overall aim of the project was to raise awareness of the value of the environment and ensure that the environment has its due place on the agendas of each government. Its specific objectives are to improve awareness of the benefits of enhanced environmental protections within the ENPI countries and of their capacity to assess these benefits. In this way, the study is meant to support countries to integrate environmental considerations into policy making and to mobilise financial resources for environmental improvements.

Under the project, a specific country benefit assessment has been conducted for each of the countries by a team consisting of an EU expert and a national expert, using a Benefit Assessment Manual developed under this project.

This is the executive summary of the synthesis report for the ENPI East countries which covers Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russian Federation and Ukraine.

The insights from the country studies underline that the environment merits being given greater attention in policy making, implementation, financing and enforcement. This offers benefits in terms of cost savings, potential contributions to a range of important non-environmental policy objectives, to improved security (food, water, energy, climate) and to improved quality of life of citizens.