Strong CoM – Strengthening the Covenant of Mayors Movement in Belarus

About of project:

Project Period: 01.05.2016 – 30.04.2020

Budget: € 663,090.37; EU contribution - € 629,604.30

Implementing Agency: Ecopartnership International NGO

Location: Belarus

Description

About 7,000 cities and provinces in various countries have acceded to the European initiative – the Covenant of Mayors, undertaking the commitment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40% by the year 2030.  In Belarus, there are only 11 such cities which, however, sometimes fail to fulfill their commitments due to the absence of relevant expertise, experience and cooperation between non-governmental organizations and national authorities.

Goals and Objectives: Bring the Covenant of Mayors to the attention of the general public.  Establish efficient cooperation of local authorities, non-governmental organizations and national administrations in the energy sector and in the field of climate change. These measures will facilitate successful fulfilment of Belarus’ commitments under the Covenant, as well as the involvement of new Belarusian participants.

Intermediate Outcomes: In two years of the project implementation, the number of towns-parties to the Covenant Of Mayors on Climate and Energy has grown from 11 to 40. Training events and conferences are held for representatives of these towns to expand their knowledge about energy efficiency and adaptation to the climate change. The project participants apply to Ecopartnership International NGO for consultations on the development of sustainable development and climate action plans.

A contest of the Covenant of Mayors local initiatives aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or reinforce climate change adaptation on the level of town or districts, was held in 2017. The winners were 4 district executive committees and 6 non-governmental organizations. Each winner received a financial support of up to €45,000.

In autumn 2017, 10 representatives of the signatory towns made a study visit to Germany and Denmark, where they had an opportunity to learn foreign experience in the sphere of sustainable development.

Energy Days – events raising public awareness about energy efficiency and climate change issues have been held annually with the support from the European Union. In 2018, Energy Days were held in 27 Belarusian towns within the European Sustainable Energy Week.

Points of Contact: Natalia Andreyenko, Energy and Climate Project Coordinator

+375 17 336 01 90, +375 29 706 85 45, na@ecopartnerstvo.by

Hyperlinks: www.climate.ecopartnerstvo.by