Making of Low Emission Development and Adaptation Strategy Begins
Bosnia and Herzegovina begins development of Low Emission Development and Adaptation Strategy. Representatives of ministries, academic institutions and other organizations participated in the first workshop aiming to reach agreement on Strategy concept, to define the priorities within the areas within which emission of gases is highest, as well as those most exposed to the climate changes. The workshop was held on 9 and 10 July 2012 in Teslić.
Low Emission Development and Adaptation Strategy is overall, long-term strategy, developed by local actors supported by UNDP, whose aim is to separate economic growth and social development from increasing emission of greenhouse gases and to meet the challenges of climate change.
In other words, the aim of the Strategy is to determinate the development in line with climate change consequences, while insisting on the elements of sustainable development, and answer the questions on how to achieve the benefits for economy, environment and society in general, how to control the greenhouse gases emission, protect the environment, reply on existing consequences of climate change, and at the same time encourage economic development, create new job opportunities and investments, and also direct the society toward long term sustainable development.
Bosna and Herzegovina has the opportunity to become the one of the first countries in the world which will develop the long term Low Emission Development and Adaptation Strategy, whose concept is developed under UNFCCC and is in line with politic of European Union.
Ms. Daniela Carrington, UNDP advisor for climate change in Bratislava, offered advices for development of strategy on the bases of experience of other countries. Talking on importance of development of long term Strategy of Low Emission Development she stressed: “Providing support to Bosna and Herzegovina for development of this strategy, UNDP is supporting the adaptation of politics and investment decisions which will decrease emission of greenhouse gases, reply on challenges of climate change, decrease poverty, create new green jobs and make society sustainable”.
Mr. Mehmed Cero, Deputy Federal Minister for Environment and Tourism, pointed out the importance of this strategy as the base for development of other strategies, since it will integrate different sectors starting from energy, buildings, agriculture, forestry, transportation, etc.
After the support to the process of strategy development is provided and relevant institutions included in process of development are identified, the following step is collection and analysis of data, identification of measures and politics, and development of draft Strategy which will be presented and forwarded for the comments of interested parties by the end of September 2012.