EU funded projects in BiH

The Jala River as a case study towards sustainable development

PROJECT DETAILS

Sectors Environment
EU Acquis chapters Environment
Programme Funding Year 2008
Value €98,750
Periods of implementation 2010
Locations BANOVIĆI, GRAČANICA, GRADAČAC, KALESIJA, KLADANJ, LUKAVAC, SREBRENIK, TUZLA, ŽIVINICE, ČELIĆ, DOBOJ-ISTOK, SAPNA, TEOČAK

Results

With the European Union funding, this project had significant impact on prevention of pollution and environmental degradation of the natural resources in the target area by transfer of EU best practice and know-how to local partnerships created between civil society organisations and stakeholders. In particular, our support has resulted in: • Well organised and environmentally engaged inhabitants of Tuzla in the to-be-established Environmental Action-group Tuzla (EAT). • Strengthened capacity of civil society (NGOs and EAT) and local and cantonal authorities in Tuzla for dialogue and cooperation on environmental matters, decision making and information exchange. • Prevented further degradation of the Jala River in Tuzla through the joint implementation of the Action Plan by authorities and NGOs. • More awareness raising activities on environmental protection. By such actions, we contributed to reducing pollution in BiH and improving quality of living in BiH but also to promoting the country's environmental protection and natural resources.

SUMMARY

Environment is a high ranking issue on the European agenda and increasingly so with regard to its interventions in BiH. The BiH and the European Unions' strategic documents stress the importance of proper implementation of the environmental acquis. While the official responsibility for compliance lies with the BiH authorities, the NGO community has a very important role to complement the work of the administration by signalling infractions, collecting of information, coordinating the pilot project and educating citizens about their rights and obligations. BiH environmental NGOs have developed considerably over the past decade. Further support to their capacity building and know how improvements has been recognised as valuable for their becoming full and complementary partners of the administration in implementation of the environmental acquis. The European Union has recognised those needs, and provided series of development projects to contribute to encouragement of the partnership between governmental and non-governmental sectors with the aim of effective implementation of EU standards in environment in BiH. In that respect, this European Union project aimed at improving a public involvement and cooperation as a precondition for environmental protection in the target area of Tuzla using the Jala River as a case study towards sustainable development.

RESULTS

With the European Union funding, this project had significant impact on prevention of pollution and environmental degradation of the natural resources in the target area by transfer of EU best practice and know-how to local partnerships created between civil society organisations and stakeholders. In particular, our support has resulted in: • Well organised and environmentally engaged inhabitants of Tuzla in the to-be-established Environmental Action-group Tuzla (EAT). • Strengthened capacity of civil society (NGOs and EAT) and local and cantonal authorities in Tuzla for dialogue and cooperation on environmental matters, decision making and information exchange. • Prevented further degradation of the Jala River in Tuzla through the joint implementation of the Action Plan by authorities and NGOs. • More awareness raising activities on environmental protection. By such actions, we contributed to reducing pollution in BiH and improving quality of living in BiH but also to promoting the country's environmental protection and natural resources.