About LEDS EEP
Throughout Eastern Europe and Eurasia, as in all other regions of the world, countries are responding to both internal initiatives and international agreements which seek the achievement of economic growth and development in ways that simultaneously reduce the causes and effects of climate change. These Low-Emissions Development Strategies, or “LEDS,” are the foundation of national commitments under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, as well as under many other regional and global agreements to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) – Bureau for Europe and Eurasia, initiated the LEDS Europe and Eurasia Platform (LEDS-EEP), following up on the U.S. Government programme “Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies” (EC-LEDS), which aims to provide fast start climate financing and build capacities in partner countries, provide targeted technical assistance, and build a shared global knowledge base on low emission development. Thus, the LEDS-EEP now exists to provide a network for knowledge sharing, support, interaction and learning to all those throughout the region who are working toward this goal.
As part of the LEDS Global Partnership, the LEDS EEP mission is focused on Eastern Europe, including EU member states, countries of the Energy Community and the countries of the Caspian and Black Seas. The unique challenges and opportunities of the area will guide the focus of the platform and its working groups.
The LEDS EEP seeks to link policymakers, practitioners and the lender/donor community through meetings, working groups, and resource sharing on topics relevant to low-emissions development strategies.
Outside the region, LEDS EEP connects to the LEDS Global Partnership and the other regional platforms in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia to create new learning and collaboration opportunities that facilitate the development and implementation of meaningful policy.
The platform harnesses the collective knowledge of its members engaged in the region, and connects members to resources and communities of practice from around the world. The platform website is periodically updated with case studies, research and analytical tools offering guidance and capacity to policymakers and practitioners working to put LEDS into practice.
The platform will stay abreast of the most significant issues facing the region with regard to greenhouse gas policy. Its mission is to remain a source of support on these issues as members encounter them.
The platform is establishing Working Groups which can be either thematically similar to working groups in other LEDS platforms or entirely unique. Members with strong interest in particular topics will have opportunities to both participate in and also collaborate in the formation of working groups on topics that matter most to them.
The platform is structured as shown in the figure with a Steering Committee that is reserved for donors, government ministries and agencies, research institutions, NGOs and industry associations willing to support or contribute to the platform activities. The activities of the platform will be coordinated by a secretariat, which is guided and overseen by the Steering Committee.
The platform will hold an Annual Forum each year, and the Steering Committee will seek input from the General Membership through the Forum and other consultative processes.
The LEDS-EEP is an initiative founded by the USAID Bureau for Europe and Eurasia, and the work of the secretariat is currently supported by USAID. Support from other donors and participants is expected to expand over time.