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Serbian stakeholder workshops
June 23, 2014

Three LOCSEE stakeholder workshops were organised by the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection. The three workshops were held in the Tara Mountains on June 23, 2014; Novi Sad on June 26, 2014; and Nis on June 27, 2014, and each had a similar agenda. The workshops were dedicated to raising awareness and building knowledge about climate change and its related challenges for the Republic of Serbia. The workshops attracted over 100 participants, representing local self-governments, NGOs, the business community, academia and the media. The meetings were organised in cooperation with the UNDP, and the events in Novi Sad and Nis were organised back to back with the two workshops "Adapting to Sustain", held in the framework of the Second National Communication of the Republic of Serbia to the UNFCCC. Local partners in the organisation of the workshops were the NGOs Center for Ecology and Sustainable Development from Subotica and the Center for Civil Society Development (Protecta) from Nis.

Productive discussions took place among workshop participants regarding the impacts of projected climate change on some key economic sectors, including agriculture, water management and forestry, as well as mitigation potential in the waste management sector. Participants had an opportunity to learn more about national policy and the legal framework in relation to climate change from a presentation delivered by a representative of the Climate Change Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, who described the main elements and findings of the Initial National Communication of the Republic of Serbia to the UNFCCC as well as ongoing activities for the preparation of the Second National Communication. A representative of the ministry presented recent developments in legislation, the GHG inventory and other related project activities that support the establishment of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and sustainable measuring, reporting and verification systems for GHG emissions.

Special focus was also given to possibilities to improve regional cooperation. In this context, the LOCSEE project was presented by the head of the Climate Change Division, Ms. Danijela Bozanic, who outlined activities implemented to date as well as future plans regarding possibilities to reduce GHG emissions from the waste sector. She pointed out the innovative nature of such an approach and stressed the importance of developing regional cooperation, naming the LOCSEE project as one of the first steps towards achieving these goals.

The final conclusion reached by the participants was that combating climate change is a very important issue, and that multi-sectoral and regional cooperation is vital, as is continued dialogue between decision makers, stakeholders and beneficiaries in order to mainstream climate change concerns into the sectoral, national and regional development agenda.

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