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:

The National platform of the Covenant of Mayors was set up; it is designed to make an effective contribution to the dialogue between non-governmental organizations and local/national authorities.

5 to 7 action plans will be developed for sustainable energy development and climate protection, as required for the participation in the Covenant of Mayors.  Three to four Belarusian cities will receive financial support of up to Euro 45,000 for the implementation of thematic initiatives under the Covenant. Up to Euro 10,000 will be allocated to about five to seven local non-governmental organizations in the signatory cities for developing sustainable energy and climate action plans in cooperation with local authorities. 12 to 15 representatives of non-governmental organizations and 15 to 20 employees of local executive authorities (which have cities that will accede to the Covenant of Mayors) would have an opportunity to improve their expertise and skills in the field of energy and climate.

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.ecopartnerstvo.by