Center for Environment together with 26 organizations from the entire Bosnia and Herzegovina sent requests and recommendations for sustainable recovery and public policy reform with an aim to easier overcome current crisis caused by pandemics, but also longterm unsustainable resource management. Necessary changes are stated in the document together with the meeting invitation for all relevant institutions on all levels of governance, as willingness for constructive discussion was emphasized.
“We believe this situation gives humanity an opportunity to evaluate how our past and current actions have led to a destructive exploitation of the planet’s limited resources. It is necessary to learn lessons from this crisis that will prepare us for the upcoming challenges, such as climate change, loss of biodiversity and fertile soil, reduction of water supplies, etc. The future of this country must rely on an economy that will be more fair and less destructive for the planet and our communities,” said Nataša Crnković, president of Center for Environment.
In the document organizations request:
– sustainable transport, development of urban mobility and preservation of public space;
– conservation and improvement of natural habitats and biodiversity through systematic support to research and nature protection;
– more protected areas and clear and protocol-based conservation, management of protected areas, species and specific habitats;
– support to organic agriculture, strengthening the competitiveness of domestic producers and reduced dependence on imports;
– suspension of countries subsidies for thermal and large hydropower plants and abolition of incentives for small hydropower plants;
– investments in energy efficiency and real renewable sources such as solar and wind energy, encouraging citizens to independently produce, use and sell their own renewable energy.
The coronavirus pandemic has already taken numerous lives, which is the biggest and heaviest impact on our society. It is still unclear how the economy will develop and what is the time frame for its recovery, what kind of expertise is necessary to achieve it and many other issues that weigh on every citizen. That is the reason we give priority to much more significant investment in the future of our country, especially in education and science. Only highly educated and professionally evolved staff can create modern, relevant and long-term economically and environmentally sustainable branches of the economy.
Due to the entire situation and all of the above, we urge the authorities to take the stated requirements into account and answer to an urgent meeting in order to find solutions to the challenges ahead.
A complete file with all requests and recommendations you can find here.