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LOCSEE at the Themis Network Executive Committee meeting
March 12, 2014

On March 12, 2014, the LOCSEE project was represented by the REC at the third Executive Committee meeting of the Themis Network for Managing Natural Resources and Combating Environmental Crime, which took place in the Macedonian capital Skopje.

Maria Beatriz Rosell, junior expert at the REC, wrote two chapters for the Themis publication South Eastern Europe Environment Outlook 2013. Her contributions focused on climate change policies in SEE and the LOCSEE project; and waste management in SEE. During the roundtable discussion on this publication and a second Themis publication (the Environmental Networking Handbook), the REC presented a brief overview of the LOCSEE project, its outputs and added value, and outlined the content of the submitted chapter, which describes the challenges and developments in climate change policies in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo*, Montenegro and Serbia). It was emphasised that the state-of-the-art analysis developed by all the LOCSEE partners and compiled by project partner JOANNEUM RESEARCH served as a major source of information for one section of the chapter.

The importance of the Regional Policy Network for Low-Carbon Policies and Climate Change in SEE (RPN) was also stressed as a way to further influence the development of climate change policies in the region after the conclusion of the LOCSEE project in December 2014. Approximately 60 representatives of various organisations from Italy, Greece, Hungary, Montenegro, Austria and Serbia are part of the RPN, and some of the participants at the Themis Network meeting, who work on projects related to climate change policies, showed an interest in learning more about LOCSEE and in joining the RPN.

Themis is a regional network of environmental law enforcement institutions in EU candidate and potential candidate countries. It was launched in 2010 and is managed by the REC. Its mission is to protect the environment through the effective implementation and enforcement of environmental legislation and by combating environmental crimes. For further information on the Themis Network and to download the publication South Eastern Europe Environment Outlook 2013 in English and local languages, please visit the Themis website.

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
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