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ETNAR conference held in Palic, Serbia Press release

Civil society wants to promote renewable energy and conservation of natural resources in the Western Balkans and Turkey
Natural Resources

Programme: Natural Resources

Project: ETNAR

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Civil society organizations dealing with the environment : We want to cooperate on the conservation of natural resources and the promotion of renewable energy in the region!

From September 24th to 26th, 83 participants and 55 non-governmental organizations from Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Turkey gathered in Palic, Serbia, where during the 3 day conference entitled : Approximation in the field of environmental protection in the Western Balkans and Turkey – ETNAR, they were able to learn more about the issues of sustainable energy and conservation of natural resources, and how to improve advocacy on these issues throughout the region.

The focus of the conference was cooperation on energy, transport and natural resources, and joint action to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for member countries of the Energy Community was agreed. In the field of natural resources, problems in the region were indentified and a proposal was made about cooperation on various issues. Also, thanks to the speakers from the EU, participants received initial training on the application of horizontal legislation and how to use the Aarhus convention in advocacy campaigns.

The conference was organized as part of the two-year project that began in December 2012: Advocacy NGOs networks for sustainable use of energy and natural resources in the Western Balkans and Turkey – ETNAR (PROJECT CODE: IPA-CSF-2012/306-573 , under the IPA Civil Society Call EuropeAid/132438/C/ACT/Multi), which is funded by the IPA Civil Society Program of the European Union and implemented by Green Action / FoE Croatia (Zagreb, Croatia), CEKOR (Subotica, Serbia ), Center for the Environment (Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina ), Center for Ecology and Energy (Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina ), Green Home (Podgorica, Montenegro) and international partners of the Heinrich Boell Foundation (Berlin, Germany with offices in Zagreb and Sarajevo), Friends of the Earth International – FOEI (Amsterdam, Netherlands) and Friends of the Earth Europe – FOEE (Brussels, Belgium).

Conference agenda with links to all the presentations can be found at www.etnar.net.


02.10.13. 15:18

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