Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus (REC Caucasus)
The Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus - REC Caucasus is an independent, not-for-profit, non-advocacy foundation registered in spring of 2000, following the decision made at the Sofia Ministerial Conference in 1995, to work for environment and sustainable development in the Caucasus region.
REC Caucasus assists the Caucasus states in solving environmental problems and supports in building the civil society through promotion of public participation in the decision-making process, development of free exchange of information and encouragement of cooperation at national and regional level among NGOs, governments, businesses, local communities and all other stakeholders.
The founding document of REC Caucasus - its Charter - was signed in September, 1999 by the governments of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and the European Union.
Work of the organisation has been supported by the core funding provided by the EU. Following an agreement signed between REC Caucasus and the USA, the US became a key supporter and donor of REC Caucasus. Other financial and technical assistance has been provided by Denmark, Germany, Switzerland.