A REC expert team is currently visiting three partner municipalities in Ukraine (Cherkasy, Poltava and Ivano-Frankivsk), and is also holding discussions in Stryy, Lubny and Berdychiv. The visits are part of a structured assistance programme through which the REC is helping Ukraine to address environmental and resource-related challenges.
The REC has now been active in Ukraine at local level for almost a year, the result of a partnership with the US Department of States Regional Environment, Science, Technology and Health (ESTH) hub. The main goal of the partnership is to develop local environmental and energy action plans (LEAPs) in selected municipalities. Recently, the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment granted significant funds to the REC, which will enable the continuation and expansion of activities under Local Initiatives for a Sustainable Ukraine Link project framework.
At several meetings carried out over the last two weeks, the project team and local partners have been discussing methodologies for evaluating the local environmental situation and strategies on how to improve energy self-sufficiency. Based on the needs of project beneficiaries, outcomes will be tailored for maximum receptivity with regard to policy advice, sustainable development plans and long-term financial support. As a stepping stone, the REC project team will assist each participating municipality in the assessment of top-priority issues related to environmental damage and energy security.
The REC looks forward to cooperating successfully with these municipalities, and is proud to be part of the growing international endeavour to assist Ukraine in setting a course for a sustainable future.