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Environmental Local Authorities InterBalkan Network - ELAIN

  • Outcomes

    It was decided unanimously:

    (a) To give institutional status to ELAIN

    The institutional structure of ELAIN was decided to be modeled according to the UNs' organizations standards. More specifically it be consisted of:

    (i) The General Assembly. The General Assembly is ELAIN’s political body. Taking decisions by consensus. Consists of political representatives (Partner’s mayors, PESYDAP’s President). Meets once a year (indicative timetable) and decides on the place of the meeting.

    (ii) The Council. The Council is the responsible body for the daily ELAIN’s activity. It refers to the General Assembly. It consists of the scientific heads of the network (Partner’s Directors of the Environmental Departments Directorates and PESYDAP’s special consultant). It forms the subject matter of the meetings.

    (iii) The Secretary. The Secretary is ELAIN’s Logistics body. Entrusted with the follow - up mechanism. It refers to the Council. It consists of members of the secretariats of the network.

    (b) To establish a follow – Up mechanism

    Each partner has appointed executive, who is in charge of communication with the public on the ELAIN project, and between the respective managers of the partners. In this context, founded and members - zone.

    (c) To sign a Declaration

    Signature of the following Declaration which expresses the interest of the partners for innovative environmental policies and cooperation in this context.

    “We, the Heads of Local Governments and high – level representatives as participants to ELAIN project, having met at Athens from 6th April to 8th April, with the full participation of civil society, recognize the need of common actions in order to face common environmental issues.

    Therefore we commit to work together in the following framework:

    • Planning and implementing projects, making use of technologically advanced and innovative applications for dealing with the common environmental issues. These actions will contribute to the improvement of the conditions in the urban environment and, ultimately, in the living standards of our citizens. 
    • The involvement and the active participation of citizens in the above actions.”

    (d) Creation of the ELAIN certificate

    Rewarding the best environmental policy practices with the ELAIN certificate.

    (e) Production of electronic thematic map where the adopted environmental policies of the partners are reflected.

     

    PESYDAP’s Adopted policies

    • Environmental noise management • Electromagnetic pollution management • Waste management • Air pollution management • Energy efficiency • Innovation and research

    Novi Sad’s Adopted policies

    • Environmental noise management • Electromagnetic pollution management • Waste management • Water management • Air pollution management • Energy efficiency • Innovation and research

    Nis’s Adopted policies

    • Environmental noise management • Electromagnetic pollution management • Waste management • Water management • Air pollution management • Energy efficiency • Innovation and research

    Rijeka’s Adopted policies

    • Environmental noise management • Waste management • Water management • Air pollution management (pending) • Energy efficiency • Innovation and research

    East Sarajevo’s Adopted policies

    • Waste management (pending) • Energy efficiency (pending) • Innovation and research

    Bijeljina’s Adopted policies

    • Waste management • Air pollution management • Energy efficiency • Innovation and research

    Tirana’s Adopted policies

    • Waste management • Air pollution management • Energy efficiency • Innovation and research

    Sofia’s Adopted policies

    • Environmental noise management • Waste management • Air pollution management • Energy efficiency • Innovation and research

  • Outcomes

    It was decided unanimously to establish

    (a) a thematic sub network of protected areas with environmental status.

    Considering that each partner oversees a protected area of environmental interest in the area of its responsibility, a new thematic network was founded, aiming to exchange best policy practices and to give added value to the status of the protected areas. More specifically the network consists of Mount Egaleo (PESYDAP), the Vitosha Natural Park (Municipality of Sofia), the Artifical Lake Park (Municipality of Tirana), the Rječina River canyon (Municipality of Rijeka), the Jahorina natural park (Municipality of East Sarajevo), the Special Nature Reserve Gromizelj (Municipality of Bijeljina), the Begecka Jama Nature Park (Municipality of Novi Sad) and the Jelasnica Gorge (Municipality of Nis). The subnetwork was reflected on an e-map and was published in the projects' website. see it in action at the 3rd INTERNATIONAL EVENT TAB

    (b) To maintain the existing network

    (c) To expand the network thematically by including cultural aspects.

    (d) To expand the network geographically into eastern countries of Eurasia

  • Outcomes:

    From the conference'swork and as a result of many hours of negotiations that followed, it was decided by the participants – with the practice of consensus – to adopt an environmental cooperation platform, focusing on the following components:

    Environmental noise management

    Electromagnetic pollution management

    Waste management

    Water management

    Air pollution management

    Energy efficiency

    Innovation and research