May 09, 2014

Podgorica, 26th Session of the National Council for Sustainable Development and Climate Changes Held
The 26th Session of the National Council for Sustainable Development and Climate Changes was held today, starting at 11 oÈclock at the building of the Office of the President of Montenegro, chaired by President Filip Vujanović.

The issues of importance for strengthening of institutional capacities of the National Council and improvement of the sustainable development policy were discussed within the ongoing process of revision of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development of Montenegro 2015-2020. Proposed structure, content and dynamics of the revision process were accepted, with particular emphasis on the necessary introduction of monitoring of sustainable development trends based on application of sustainable development indicators. In this context, the Human Development Report prepared by the UNDP was considered as significant in terms of resource efficiency, estimating further integration of resource efficiency indicators into sector policies.

The National Council also considered the Draft Second National Communication on Climate Changes, providing an overview of the levels of greenhouse gas emissions, updating the data which were available so far. It was estimated that this document significantly enhanced the availability of data since a continuous overview of greenhouse gas emissions had been presented for the period 1990-2011, with a more in-depth consideration of the possible measures of adaptation to climate changes and providing an innovated projection of measures aimed at alleviation of climate changes impact. Drafting of this document is especially important for the environmental protection policy from the aspect of transposing the EU energy and climate package of requirements into the national legislation, as well as in the context of projections defining the sector policies.

One of the priority topics dealt with by the National Council is the issue of waste management in Montenegro. At the today’s session, the Draft National Waste Management Plan 2014-2020 was adopted, by the adoption of which the previously adopted Strategic Waste Management Plan from 2005 will cease to apply, as well as the National Waste Management Plan 2008-2012. Thus, Montenegro continues to govern the field of waste management alike the EU countries, i.e. it fulfills the obligation of this generation towards the future generations, by treating waste as a resource primarily with a view to protecting the already scarce natural raw materials on Earth.

The National Council deems that the current state-of-affairs in the system of collection and treatment of waste is at an alarmingly low level. There is a lack of coordination among the entities in charge of waste management and the necessity of establishing a regional waste treatment system. In this regard, the importance of treating waste as a resource, taking into account the specificities of Montenegro and the quantity of waste generated, it is necessary to define an economically justified use of waste. Importance of cooperation with the Centre for Sustainable Development in implementation of these goals was emphasized. It has been particularly pointed out that without sustainable waste management it is not possible to talk about the sustainability of the national development, primarily in the context of tourism and further positioning of Montenegro as a tourism destination. In the final remarks, the National Council emphasized the importance of all the stakeholders in charge of waste management in line with the applicable regulations.

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