Interview with Arcadie Capcelea

IPMS 1996
Lead Environmental Specialist for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, 
Environmental Sector Unit, World Bank

(This interview was conducted in 2002.  Dr. Arcadie Capcelea is still with the World Bank and is an Environmental Consultant in the Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development Unit for Europe and Central Asia Region.)

Current Activities
As the World Bank’s Lead Environmental Specialist for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Arcadie currently serves as the Task Team Leader for Environmental Policy for the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Team Leader for the Agricultural Pollution Control Project in Moldova. He also oversees all of the World Bank’s environmental impact assessment procedures for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In addition, Arcadie is coordinating the World Bank’s preparations for the 2002 United Nations World Summit on Global Sustainability in Johannesburg.

Most Important IPMS Lessons

IPMS represented the first time that Arcadie found himself in a professional group whose composition exhibited such broad consideration for sustainable development issues, spanning environmental, social and economic growth aspects. As a result, he had the opportunity to reflect upon single issues in a variety of different contexts and make efforts to understand other participants’ perspectives. Arcadie also indicates that Ms. Kristalina Georgieva’s lecture on the economic evaluation of benefit/cost analyses was particularly insightful.

Applying IPMS Lessons

From 1990 to 2000, Arcadie served as Deputy Minister and Minister of the Environment of Moldova. Ms. Georgieva’s lecture at IPMS proved to be a key resource for Arcadie’s promotion of pollution payments as part of the regulatory structure of Moldova’s National Environmental Fund. He employed the knowledge that he had gained from IPMS in the economic aspects of his work on other Moldovan environmental laws and regulations as well.
Arcadie indicates that he was successful in adopting the mutual gains approach to negotiating with other ministers in discussions concerning regional development strategy. As a result, sustainable development principles were fully integrated into energy and agricultural policy documents.

Suggestions for Improving IPMS
Arcadie suggests that IPMS can be improved by widening its substantive scope to include an examination of the role of international, national and sub-national institutions in dealing with trans-boundary issues, such as nutrient pollution of water bodies in Central Asia.

Suggestions for Other SCF Activities
Arcadie believes that regional programmes based on the IPMS model are a good idea, yet points out that stakeholders in each region must come to a consensus on identifying specific sustainability issues that are most important. Regional programme organizers must also assess potential participants’ levels of education and awareness of sustainable development issues in order to design the programme accordingly.


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