Today, the representatives of the consortium ENOVA d.o.o. Sarajevo and CETEOR d.o.o. Sarajevo, had a meeting at the Kardial Hotel in Teslić with the support of the UNDP, presented documents that our authorities will proudly present as strategic documents of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The network of Aarhus Centers in Bosnia and Herzegovina strongly opposes the way in which the „Strategy for Climate Change Adaptation and Low Carbon Developmentuntil 2030“ in Bosnia and Herzegovina is being prepared. The complete process of drafting these documents, which has been going on since May this year, has not been provided with adequate public participation and we cannot give it legitimacy.
Nina Kreševljaković from the Aarhus Center in Sarajevo believes that the process of drafting strategic documents is in the exclusive competence of state and entity bodies, not international organizations. “It is shameful and unnecessary for the money of international organizations to be spent on activities for which civil servants have already been appointed through their regular incomes within the position they hold. Also, the way of involving the public in the entire process of drafting documentation is illegal.
“I think it is high time for authorities to take responsibility and work independently in accordance with the law,” she added.
“We do not admit this form of consultation, in which, instead of reports from public authorities, the public gets the responses from international institutions – which is contrary to the regulations of the Aarhus Convention. Instead of organizing open public consultations, the authors contacted the organizations individually and invited them to closed consultative meetings. “, said Samir Lemeš from the Aarhus Center Zenica.
“This is another in a series of “projects” by which international donors, in cooperation with similar local consultants, are shaping the fate of Bosnia and Herzegovina and its citizens,” said Denis Žiško from the Aarhus Center Tuzla. “The attempt to present project activities as a process of public consultation is a clear indicator of how much the participants in this project, including ministry representatives, respect the laws of our country.”
Viktor Bjelic from the Aarhus Center in Banja Luka believes that the answers of the consultants to the submitted written comments of the Aarhus Centers show arrogance and obvious bias towards the energy lobby. “A document that does not show ambition to change from the established policies of BiH regarding harmful energy projects such as the construction of a coal-fired power plant cannot receive support from the environmental organization. We find it absurd to plan to reduce carbon emissions by building new coal-fired power plants. “, he said.
Aarhus Centers in Tuzla, Sarajevo, Banja Luka and Zenica submitted comments on draft strategic documents, highlighting a lack of institutional capacity, competence and ambition that run counter to the goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change. The omission of making strategic assessments affects the environment, although it is legally mandatory, it is already becoming a common but unacceptable practice in the adoption of strategic documents in BiH. Such strategies will remain just a dead letter on paper, done only to meet the form and requirements of foreign investors and for consultants to collect their fees, instead of serving as a guide for the long-term sustainable development of Bosnia and Herzegovina.