Greening the future, advancing rights and stability

Spurring an inclusive and green transition with responsive governance in the Eastern Neighbourhood region

Background

On their path to greener economies and closer ties with the EU, countries in the Eastern Neighborhood Region must navigate a fragile and dynamic context shaped by manifold economic, environmental, and social factors. A just and green transition of the region, therefore, should confront this complexity: its environmental benefits should lead to improvements in socio-economic well-being and shared prosperity, while supporting institutional capacities and civic spaces to deal with the region’s frayed social fabric.

To this end, the Greening the Future project develops people-centred and innovative solutions that promote democratic local governance and a green and just transition.

In Georgia, the project accelerates green transition with a local governance-anchored approach, with emphasis on evidence-based decision-making and civil society participation in planning.

In Moldova, it has a dedicated focus on energy and transport sectors, supporting regulatory environments and driving behavioural change towards renewable energy and energy efficiency. A regional component coheres and synthesizes them with knowledge-sharing and adaptive learning.
 

Objectives

The project's objective is to assist countries in the Eastern Neighborhood region, particularly Georgia and Moldova, in adopting and accelerating development pathways that are green, inclusive, and resilient. This objective will yield three outcomes:

In Georgia, the project aims to reduce territorial disparities by fostering inclusive local development and a green transition in the municipalities of Poti and Khobi. Area-based development solutions will reinforce democratic governance and social cohesion.

In Moldova, the project supports the green transition of the energy and transport sectors by strengthening institutional capabilities, adopting gender-sensitive policy/regulatory frameworks, and increasing access to finance.
Regionally, the project will enhance cooperation, networking, knowledge sharing, and solutions for an accelerated inclusive green transition and proactive, anticipatory governance.

 

Impact

  • Local development capabilities for evidence-based planning, to foster social cohesion and broaden partnerships with the civil society and private sector
  • Locally-implemented energy-efficient measures, including energy audits and energy management systems
  • Opportunities for vulnerable communities to access green jobs
  • Policy and regulatory environments to incentivize investments in the renewable energy sector and energy efficiency
  • Regulatory sandboxes for community-adopted, efficient and renewable energy solutions
  • Access to financial products for investments in green and low-carbon technologies
  • Eastern Neighborhood Inclusive Green Transition Platform - a resource space for peer learning, and cross-regional collaboration
  • Digital solutions in support of green transition, local governance and to address the risks posed by misinformation and disinformation

Related Materials

Impact

START DATE

January 2024

END DATE

December 2027

STATUS

Ongoing

PROJECT OFFICE

Regional Center Istanbul

IMPLEMENTING PARTNER

UNDP

DONORS

DANISH GOV/MIN of FOREIGN AFF

TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS

$536,490

DELIVERY IN PREVIOUS YEARS

2024$81,753

Full Project information

77.5%

of primary

energy resources is being imported in Moldova.

Eastern

Neighborhood region

comprising Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, shares a common aspiration to deepen ties with the European Union (EU) despite facing shared adversities.

283k

IDPs

encounter challenges in accessing local services, impacting their social integration in Georgia.