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Proposed Regulation on environmental measures in developing countries

The European Commission has published a proposal for a Council Regulation on environmental measures in developing countries in the context of sustainable development. The proposal aims to set up funding for activities in developing countries aimed at integrating an environment...
The European Commission has published a proposal for a Council Regulation on environmental measures in developing countries in the context of sustainable development. The proposal aims to set up funding for activities in developing countries aimed at integrating an environmental dimension into the sustainable development process. Support will take the form of studies, technical assistance, training, other services, supplies or works. In addition, in certain cases, Community financing may cover capital investment and co-financing.

Activities will concentrate on:

- Preserving biological diversity through conserving ecosystems and habitats necessary to maintain the diversity of species and the survival of endangered species, and identifying and assessing biodiversity resources;
- Improving the environment, especially of urban areas, through management plans for waste, waste water and air pollution in the context of regional planning;
- Preserving coastal areas by reducing sources of pollution and supporting initiatives for the sustainable management of marine ecosystems;
- Applying and transferring technologies adapted to environmental constraints, particularly in the energy field;
- Improving practices for soil conservation and livestock farming management, forest protection and the fight against desertification;
- Adapting production processes and making economic operators aware of the environmental constraints that may have an impact on trade.

Projects eligible for financing will include:

- Pilot schemes designed to promote sustainable development, environmental protection and long-term management of natural resources;
- Preparation of guidelines and instruments aimed at promoting sustainable development and environmental integration;
- Analyses of the environmental effects of projects, programmes, strategies and policies.

Particular attention will be paid to schemes to build up national, regional and local institutions and involving local people in identifying, planning and implementing projects. Beneficiaries will be states, regions, decentralized departments, regional bodies, public agencies, traditional and local communities, private operators and industries, including cooperatives, NGOs and associations representing local people.
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