CDI and the process of EU enlargement

Through trainings and both strategy and curriculum development processes leading to institutional change and capacity development, CDI helps EU candidate and neighbouring countries to fulfill their biodiversity conservation responsibilities.

Processes of change

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI), Wageningen UR is actively involved in facilitating processes of change in EU candidate and neighbouring countries to work in accordance with European directives and policies in the field of biodiversity conservation (including the management of protected areas), water management and rural development. More specifically CDI helps to develop capacity and guide institutional change in the mentioned countries to implement the Birds and Habitats Directives, the Water Framework Directive and to align with the Common Agricultural Policy and EU’s Agri-environment programmes.

Implementation of pilot projects

This is done both through implementing pilot projects (action learning), facilitating strategy development processes, curriculum development and providing tailor made trainings. We work and have worked in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Slovakia, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Recently Currently CDI has worked is working in Ukraine to introduce the principles of the Habitats Directive and helped the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology to draft a strategy for the introduction of Habitats Directive in Ukraine. In Turkey further contributions are made to the implementation of the Water Framework Directive, the Birds and Habitats Directives and to support rural development processes in accordance with the EU Common Agricultural Policy and linked Agri-environment Programmes. In the Western Balkan CDI helps to enhance further cooperation between the candidate countries to prepare for EU accession in the field of water management.

Project partners

We work extensively with government, non-government and scientific organisations and increasingly also with the private sector. Our strength is that we apply a holistic and integrated approach to processes of change. We can draw on the expertise and knowledge of Wageningen University but we also work with Dutch and international consultancy firms and non-governmental organisations. Examples of on-going projects are: ‘Introduction of EU Standards and Methods for Habitat Identification and Classification’ in Ukraine, ‘Strengthening of the regional cooperation/networking in the forestry and water management sector and sustainable development in the river basins of the South-Eastern Europe countries’, ‘Developing and implementing a capacity development trajectory on the Agri-environment Measure implementation in Turkey’, ‘Developing the curriculum for and implementing a Training of Trainers Programme on the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive in Turkey’ and ‘Developing a Strategy for the Implementation of N2000 in Turkey’.