Italian Trust Fund

The Italian Trust Fund (ITF) was established in 2001 as a targeted contribution of the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea (IMELS) to the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC).

It shares the REC’s ambition to assist in addressing environmental issues in Central and Eastern Europe and beyond. More than simply a funding mechanism, the ITF is an advisory body to the REC and stakeholders.

The ITF has a very broad beneficiary area, implementing courses, establishing partnerships and contributing to overall environmental progress in Central and Eastern Europe, South Eastern Europe, Turkey, the Black Sea region and the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) region. With no binding geographical limitations, the ITF is able to spread and replicate its experience wherever requested.

The main areas of operation are sustainable development; capacity building; institution strengthening; training on environmental management and policies; education for sustainable development; environment and health; eco-building and energy efficiency; the facilitation of international conventions; climate change mitigation; and renewable energy. The ITF also assists the REC in its fundraising activities by supporting its presence in the international arena, expanding fundraising opportunities and providing expert personnel from the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, out of its headquarters in Rome and from its field offices in other countries.

Since the establishment of the ITF, Italy has become a major partner in environmental and sustainability solutions in the region served by the REC. Italy’s financial contribution has exceeded EUR 12 million, backing the successful implementation of more than 200 projects across Europe and beyond. The funded projects have raised awareness of far-reaching challenges related to the environment, climate change and health, and have provided fundamental help in identifying solutions. Cooperation between the ITF and the REC has also established and promoted strong networks among the beneficiary countries for regional and global solutions and has opened up new opportunities and channels for the involvement of Italian stakeholders — government, business, academia and civil society.

The most recent ITF initiative is the CEO Forum for Green Growth in the MENA Region (Middle East and North Africa), which supports policies for green growth while stimulating the environment in which businesses operate.

All ITF projects are implemented in collaboration with the REC head office and country offices.

Key ITF projects

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