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South Eastern Europe Sub-Regional Workshop On Strengthening MEA Synergies And Indicators In NBSAPs

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South Eastern Europe Sub-Regional Workshop On Strengthening MEA Synergies And Indicators In NBSAPs

The “South Eastern Europe Workshop on Strengthening synergies and indicators in National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAPs)” was held from the 22nd to the 24th April 2015 in Belgrade, Serbia.

The overall objective of the workshop was to strengthen capacity for indicator development through identifying and developing a common suite of indicators across the countries of the subregion as part of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) updating process.

This workshop was organized as one of the activities of the project “Strengthening MEA synergies and indicators in NBSAPs for the Pan-European region”, led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

This project is funded by the European Commission’s Thematic Programme for Environment and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources including Energy (ENRTP) fund, with contributions from UNEP (Environment Fund) and aims to explore the opportunities to produce a suite of common indicators, first at the sub-regional level, and subsequently across the Pan-European region. This will be achieved through two sub-regional workshops; one with countries of South Eastern Europe, and the other with countries of Central Asia, Southern Caucasus and Eastern Europe. A number of web-based trainings will support the indicator development, and a regional workshop will then consolidate the results.

The workshop brought together 13 delegates from six countries of South Eastern Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Serbia. Participants included representatives from government Ministries, national environmental agencies and research centers. Representatives from the UNEP Regional Office for Europe (UNEP ROE), UNEP Programme Office in Vienna (UNEP ROE-Vienna) and UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) also participated in the
workshop and contributed their expertise.