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Country Environment Profile for Afghanistan 2017

Wheat farmer field training in AfghanistanBetween 2005 and 2016 important changes concerning environment, watershed management, and climate change have occurred in Afghanistan, new laws have been adopted, and new institutions have been created. Following all these major changes in the institutional and legal setting and the important commitment taken by the European Union on the "integration of environment and climate change" the Country Environment Profile (CEP) of Afghanistan has been updated.

The main objective of the CEP is to identify and assess environmental and Climate Change issues to be considered during the implementation of the current Multiannual Indicative programme (MIP) and the preparation of the Joint EU programming.

The CEP analyses the key environmental challenges, the current policy, legislative and institutional framework and the strategies and programmes designed to address them at national level. Also, the CEP identifies those environmental issues that can be best addressed through a national or a regional approach, and provides an overview of past and ongoing international (including the European Commission) regional cooperation in the environment sector.

The Profile establishes the key linkages between the environment, climate change and development objectives, especially poverty reduction and explores potential future linkages with migration pressures. This information will ensure that the EU co-operation strategy adequately integrates environmental and climate change considerations and establishes the necessary environment safeguards for cooperation activities undertaken in Afghanistan.

The CEP study provides decision-makers in the European Union and in Afghanistan with sufficient information to identify cooperation activities with specific environmental objectives and to establish environment safeguards for other activities.

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25 April 2018

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