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29 July 2014

Announcement of the communication, awareness raising and development education projects selection results

Thank you all for your interest in the call and congratulations to the following organizations and educational institutions that have been selected for funding, within the call for communication, awareness raising and development education projects launched on 23 May:

Asociatia ROPOT (6,000 USD)

Asociatia Tinerilor Bucuresteni (5,600 USD)

Asociatia Valoare Plus (6,000 USD)

College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University (6,000 USD)

Global Focus Centre (6,000 USD)

Romanian Center for European Policies - CRPE (6,000 USD)

Following the launch of the call for proposals, 129 applications have been received, out of which 6 projects have been selected for funding. The full list of applicants can be downloaded here. The evaluation process has been conducted by the UNDP project team, according to the selection criteria provided in the call for proposals.The selected projects will be financed by the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the Official Development Assistance budget and implemented in partnership with the UNDP Regional Centre for Europe and Central Asia.

13 June 2014

Final Conference on Financial Sustainability of Carpathian Protected Areas Project

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Romania and the National Forest Administration ROMSILVA have organized, on 12 June 2014, the final conference of the project “Improving the Financial Sustainability of the Carpathian System of Protected Areas”, financed by GEF and implemented by UNDP Romania and NFA ROMSILVA, in partnership with WWF Romania.

The UNDP-GEF project closure event was organized back to back with the final event of the BioREGIO project “Integrated Biodiversity Management and Ecological Connectivity in the Carpathians”.

The final project results were presented and the participants were introduced to key aspects related to the added value for UNDP-GEF Projects in the area: ground breaking studies, creating paths for sustainable development, new opportunities opened by the project, etc. Furthermore, a workshop on sustainable financing for protected areas was held, with a focus on the link between financial analysis, business plans, eLearning course, strategic implementation of management plans and partnerships at the level of Carpathian Convention towards joint cooperation and common vision for the future.

The main project results were also presented through an infographic and were shared with the press representatives who attended the press conference.

For the last four years, UNDP Romania has been providing assistance to the Romanian Ministry of Environment and Climate Change in the implementation of this GEF Project, which is part of the UNDP 2010-2012 Country Programme, which aims, inter alia, at increasing the capacity of Romania to contribute to the promotion and protection of global and regional public goods. I wish to express my trust that with this project results and the commitment of the governmental partners towards the sustainability of all the implemented projects’ results, the Romanian Carpathian protected areas and the CNPAs will be on the path to an increased financial sustainability”, Mrs. Monica Moldovan, Head of Programme Unit UNDP Romania, said.

During the past 15 years, National Forest Administration Romsilva has built a strong partnership with the United Nations Development Programme Romania and together we have implemented environment related projects that promoted important changes for our country and the entire region. With an innovative approach, this project managed to strengthen the institutional capacities of protected areas administrations and to generate the economic and social arguments around the economics behind the biodiversity management. Following these arguments, our project drafted several legal amendments, which aim at developing a long term financing strategy and at strengthening local management, in order to access funding sources for the protected areas”, Mr. Dragos Mihai, Project Manager and Head of Protected Areas – NFA Romsilva, said.

The press release presented during the press conference can be found here.

09 June 2014

Improving Energy Efficiency Project, Shortlisted in CE Sustainable Energy Europe Awards

Improving Energy Efficiency in Low-Income Households and Communities in Romania Project has been shortlisted in the Living category of the European Commission’s prestigious competition, Sustainable Energy Europe Awards 2014.

First launched in 2006, the SEE Awards recognise and promote outstanding projects in energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean transport. The SEE Awards gather projects that contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and have a proven impact.

For this year, a total of 342 entries were submitted, from sustainable energy projects across Europe. From those, a total of 30 nominees have been selected by a set of nine technical experts under the supervision of the European Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME).

The SEE Awards integrate five different categories according to different policy strands: awareness-raising (Communicating), educational programmes (Learning), buildings (Living), energy savings (Consuming) and clean mobility (Travelling).

The Living award is presented annually to a best-practice project which aims at making buildings more efficient or which incorporates the on-site generation of renewable energy systems.

Improving Energy Efficiency in Low-Income Households and Communities in Romania Project, nominated for the Living category, aims to dismantle the barriers to implementing energy efficiency measures among poorer households and communities in Romania and thereby help alleviate fuel poverty.

The project is proving to be highly relevant at the national and regional levels as fuel poverty represents an issue of increasing concern for many countries across the European Union, particularly at a time of rising fuel prices and diminishing household spending power coupled with increased vulnerability to climate change. The project meets several pressing development objectives, including climate change mitigation and poverty alleviation through increasing energy efficiency measures and strengthened policy focus on poor households and areas in Romania’, Mihai Moia, project coordinator at UNDP, explains.

The 30 nominees are now evaluated by a high level jury (with representatives from European institutions, local governments, energy agencies, specialised media, and industry associations), in order to decide the overall winners. The winners for each category will be presented at the Awards Ceremony hosted by EU Energy Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger, to be held on 24 June, within EU Sustainable Energy Week.

EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), an initiative of the European Commission, showcases activities dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions. It is designed to spread best practices, inspire new ideas and build alliances to help meet the EU’s energy and climate goals.

Additional information on this year’s SEE Awards can be found here.

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The United Nations Development Programme in Romania

The UNDP Romania Country Office has been phased out at the end of December 2012, upon the completion of our Executive Board-approved Country Programme Document for Romania (2010-2012).  In this context, UNDP’s international representation in the form of a Resident Representative function has ceased as of 31 December, 2012.

As of 1 January 2013, UNDP’s presence in Romania will be constituted as Project Management Office (PMO), and will be headed by a National Head of Office.  The PMO is expected to be in place until June 2015 having its main responsibility to oversee the implementation of the residual projects portfolio.


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