The European Union's initiative for the New Independent States (NIS), TACIS, has begun a series of model projects to spearhead the implementation of environmental projects throughout the NIS under the auspices of the Environmental Support Facility (ESF). The first of these started on 24 April 1995 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and covers training and development in environmental auditing. The TACIS programme is an EU initiative which provides grant finance for know-how to foster the development of market economies and democratic societies in the New Independent States and in Mongolia. This first model project aims to improve environmental awareness and promote environmental improvement through training in the use of environmental audit techniques. The training programme provides industry and government planners and managers with an introduction to the skills needed to assess the environmental effects of industrial processes. These skills are then linked to the identification of low-cost environmental improvement measures for specific industries in the region. This training programme concentrates upon participation, by means of case studies selected to demonstrate practical environmental auditing techniques. The theory is then linked to practical hands-on experience which will include the audit of an industrial site within the region. This interactive approach will encourage knowledge sharing and transfer. The training being undertaken in Almaty is the first in a series of five-day training programmes for this first model project on environmental auditing. Further training programmes will be held in Minsk, Belarus (15 May 1995), Ykaterinberg (19 June 1995) and Rostoff (26 June 1995), the Russian Federation, and Baku, Azerbaijan (18 September 1995). TACIS provides an overall budget of ECU 750,000 for a schedule of three model projects which provide training programmes covering environmental auditing, integrated catchment planning, and project identification and preparation.
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan