EU funded projects in BiH

Towards a good status of Drina river water

PROJECT DETAILS

Sectors Environment
EU Acquis chapters Environment
Programme Funding Year 2008
Value €95,697
Periods of implementation 2010
Locations BRATUNAC, SREBRENICA, VIŠEGRAD

Results

With the European Union funding, this project had significant impact on increase of civil society organisations’ (CSOs) participation and inter-municipal cooperation in the Local Environment Action Plans’ (LEAPs) implementation of Višegrad, Bratunac and Srebrenica municipalities for a better Drina river management. Also, we fostered multi stakeholder partnerships and actions led by CSOs for a better quality of Drina river management. In particular, Public-Private Partnerships in 3 target municipalities on Drina are activated, aimed at the implementation of LEAP inter-municipal priorities. Advocacy process for creation of a Water Sub-Agency on Drina River with the active involvement of local stakeholders is initiated and specific proposal is elaborated. A series of multi-stakeholders pilot actions to reduce the waste in and along the Drina river are conduced, including public campaigns with particular involvement of young population (schools) that took an active part in environmental actions on the field (cleaning and arranging the site along the river banks).

SUMMARY

Environment is a high ranking issue on the European agenda and increasingly so with regard to its interventions in BiH. BiH and the EU's 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 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 empowering civil society organizations in sustaining the creation of multi-stakeholder partnerships finalised for the achievement of good status of the Drina river water as foreseen by the EU WFD.

RESULTS

With the European Union funding, this project had significant impact on increase of civil society organisations’ (CSOs) participation and inter-municipal cooperation in the Local Environment Action Plans’ (LEAPs) implementation of Višegrad, Bratunac and Srebrenica municipalities for a better Drina river management. Also, we fostered multi stakeholder partnerships and actions led by CSOs for a better quality of Drina river management. In particular, Public-Private Partnerships in 3 target municipalities on Drina are activated, aimed at the implementation of LEAP inter-municipal priorities. Advocacy process for creation of a Water Sub-Agency on Drina River with the active involvement of local stakeholders is initiated and specific proposal is elaborated. A series of multi-stakeholders pilot actions to reduce the waste in and along the Drina river are conduced, including public campaigns with particular involvement of young population (schools) that took an active part in environmental actions on the field (cleaning and arranging the site along the river banks).