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Second Croatian NWG meeting
November 14, 2014

The Croatian National Working Group met for the second time on November 14, 2014, at the Croatian Chamber of Economy in Zagreb. Participants included representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Institute of Forestry, the Faculty of Forestry, the Faculty of Agronomy, the Croatian Environment Agency, the Agency for Agricultural Land, the Agency for Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development, Croatian Forests l.l.c., and the State Statistical Bureau.

Visnja Grgasovic from the Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection outlined the aims of the project and described how, since its launch in October 2012, ministries from Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania have made efforts to build the capacities of institutions responsible for tackling climate change. Low-carbon strategies to reduce emissions from agriculture and forestry have been important aspects of the project.

During the meeting, presentations were given in relation to tackling climate change impacts in the land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) sector: "Improving reporting in land use, land-use change and forestry in the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol" and "Upgrading the national system for the reporting of greenhouse gas emissions for the implementation of the decisions of the European Parliament and the Council".

Nirvana Frankovic Mihelj of the Energy Efficiency and Environmental Protection Fund outlined the many reasons for devoting funds at national level to addressing the problem of climate change.

Hundreds of leading scientists were involved in drafting the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They warn that climate change is a reality: we are currently faced with its negative impacts, which may be far worse in the future if we do not take significant action at the level of the international community.

Ms Frankovic Mihelj emphasised that the issue of climate change is very complex, encompassing all sectors and all activities. It cannot be addressed successfully in the long term at the level of only one or two institutions. Common, focused and well-coordinated action in all areas is essential, not only to enable Croatia to meet its international and EU obligations, but also for the timely implementation of actions and measures to reduce the negative impacts of climate change in society.

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