International Cooperation

EPA's Efforts in the Caucasus Region

The Caucasus is a region which borders Europe and Asia. It includes three republics of the former Soviet Union: Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. EPA has been collaborating with the Caucasian republics for over twenty years, focusing on support of Environmental Centers, and cooperation with governments and non-governmental organizations on environment, science and technology issues.

Explore our work in the Caucasus:

 

Science and Technology Center in Ukraine (STCU)

The Science and Technology Center in Ukraine (STCU) Exitwas 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.

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Global Methane Initiative

The Global Methane Initiative (GMI) Exit 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 Exitis available on the website of the Global Methane Initiative.
 

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Regional Environmental Center (REC) for the Caucasus

From 2000-2009, EPA had a long-standing partnership with the Regional Environmental Center for the Caucuses (REC Caucasus),Exit 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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Learn more about Countries in the Caucasus

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Contacts 

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
202-564-6600