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EEA and Norway Grants: Environmental protection is the largest sector

04/11/2009 // The EEA and Norway Grants are making a difference and contributing to a better environment in the beneficiary states. About one quarter of the funding provided by Norway for the period 2004-2009 is spent on environmental projects.

The EEA Grants and Norway Grants were established in connection with the enlargement of the EU and European Economic Area (EEA) in 2004. The overall aim is to contribute to the reduction of social disparities in the EEA. Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein contributes 1.3 billion euro to the 15 beneficiary states. Norway, as the largest donor, provides 97 percent of the total grants. Environmental protection receives grants of approximately 283 million euro, leading to about 350 projects, programmes and funds, and thereby making environmental protection the sector receiving the most funds.

In October 2009, more than one hundred participants from beneficiary states and donor states were gathered in Warsaw to exchange experiences and present results in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development, the Norwegian Minstry of the Environment writes on their webpage. Results from several projects and programmes were presented at the conference, and later this year two reviews about the results related to decrease emissions of greenhouse gases and protecting biodiversity will be published. 

The largest part of the green funding through the EEA and Norway Grants focuses on energy efficiency and renewable energy in public buildings, in order to decrease emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants. Other key areas of support include reducing water pollution, improving waste management, protecting biodiversity, and environmental monitoring. In addition, several research projects in the environmental field are supported.

Through 19 funds for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in 12 beneficiary states, 1000 NGO projects are already being implemented. Many of these are in the field of biodiversity and environmental protection. Norway is a significant supporter of civil society in Central and Southern Europe. 

Read the full article on the homepage of the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment. 

Read more about the EEA and Norway Grants here.

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