Central European Initiative member states will work together on sustainable waste management
State Secretary at the Ministry of the Environment, Metka Gorišek, participated in the Ministerial Conference on the Environment under the Central European Initiative (CEI) currently chaired by Montenegro. The main themes of the ministerial meeting, attended by the environment ministers of the CIS member states, which brings together 17 countries as a regional intergovernmental policy forum, were waste management and waters without borders. The conference adopted a joint declaration on cooperation in sustainable waste management among CIS member states.
Waters Without Borders
During the water panel, the Secretary of State underlined the importance of cross-border cooperation in the field of water as a catalyst for peace and stability: “Active cross-border cooperation in river basins international organizations is essential to improve water, food and climate security. Therefore, we recognize as particularly important the functioning of bilateral water commissions with neighboring countries and the functioning of international water commissions such as the International Commission for the Sava Basin and the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube. . Within this framework, Slovenia has achieved a significantly improved ecological status of the rivers Drava, Mura and Sava and a reduction in flood risks also through the establishment of a modern flood forecasting system in the river basin. Sava.
Slovenia’s involvement in the processes within the three European macro-regions – Danube (EUSDR), Adriatic-Ionian (EUSAIR) and Alpine (EUSALP) – allows it to rely on environmental content with advanced technologies and actively integrate the hydrographic basin, management of coasts and seas. Important steps have also been taken to take green infrastructure into account in development planning. Slovenia can thus be considered as one of the countries which successfully apply the principles of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes. With the help of best practices, he becomes an ambassador of the importance of cross-border water cooperation for peace and sustainable development.
The conference also featured a video by the director of the Vesolje-SI Center of Excellence and professor at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering at the University of Ljubljana, Tomaž Rodič, who presented the first Slovenian satellite. The video shows the applicability of this modern tool in international river basins on selected examples of the Danube, Sava and Soča and Adriatic Sea for the preparation of modern plans for the management of river basins, floods, coastal and maritime space management plans, including adaptation to climate change.
In the waste management panel, State Secretary Gorišek presented the situation in Slovenia, all the challenges it faces and its best practices, and underlined the importance of strengthening the commitments of the international community in the field of prevention of marine pollution by waste, in particular plastic. She reported on the success of separate waste collection in Slovenia and the planning of the treatment of residues into products and energy.
Joint declaration on cooperation in sustainable waste management
In a joint general statement, CIS environment ministers called for enhanced cooperation at national, regional and global levels in the field of waste management, which is becoming one of the most pressing environmental challenges in the world. IEC zone. Cooperation should therefore be strengthened by setting up a SEP platform, bringing together various actors, from government and public sector representatives to non-governmental organizations and experts. Financial resources to support the activities of the platform must come from the European Structural and Investment Funds, the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance and other funds.
Central European Initiative (ECI)
The IEC enables networking and the development of project ideas between countries to complement and improve connections and cooperation within the framework of existing European macro-regional strategies, financial mechanisms and other arrangements. It consists of 17 countries: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Ukraine and Slovenia.
For more information about the conference, visit the IEC website