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Guide to Implementing Local environmental Action Programs in Central and Eastern Europe


Markowitz, P

Subject Keywords: Local Environmental Action Programs(LEAPs)
Type: Report
Region: International (other)

Local Environmental Action Programs(LEAPs) hold enormous promise for helping to solve environmental problems at the local level in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). LEAPs involve developing a community vision, assessing environmental issues, setting priorities, identifying the most appropriate strategies for addressing the top problems, and implementing actions that achieve real environmental and public health improvements. LEAPs are founded upon meaningful public input in local governmental decision-making.

LEAPs provide a forum for bringing together a diverse group of individuals with different interests, values, and perspectives. LEAPs are often led by a Stakeholder Group (SG) composed of representatives from all major institutions in the community, including businesses, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), academic and scientific institutions, and government agencies. These individuals work together over a period of 12-24 months to forge a consensus on recommended priorities and actions for addressing environmental concerns. These recommended priorities and actions are compiled in an Environmental Action Plan (EAP) that serves as a blueprint for future environmental investments in the community. Recommendations from the EAP are then incorporated into the decisions of the Municipal Council and other implementing bodies.



Rights: © The Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe
Suggested citation:

Markowitz, P. (2000) Guide to Implementing Local environmental Action Programs in Central and Eastern Europe [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 23rd July 2018].


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