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Union of Municipalities of Montenegro involved in the implementation of the regional project “Collecting data on solid waste in South East Europe”

New Image 20 October 2014 – The Union of Municipalities of Montenegro is involved as a partner in the implementation of the regional project “Collecting data on waste in the South East Europe.” The main objective of the project is to improve the capacity of public utilities and municipalities in Southeastern Europe in the effective use of data collected, treated and delayed waste, and therefore in better planning of waste management at the local level. The project is implemented by the Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South East Europe (NALAS), Association for Waste Management in Serbia and the Association of Public Utility Companies in B&H (Aquasan), with financial support of MMS ORF (Open Regional Fund for Modernization of Municipal Services) and SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation). Partners on the project are associations of local authorities, associations of public utilities and the National Agencies for Environmental Protection of the four partner countries: Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska, Macedonia and Serbia.

The first meeting of the project was held on 16th to 17th October this year in Belgrade.

The participants were welcomed by Mrs. Maja Grizelj on behalf of the GIZ, who was also the moderator of the workshops. In the introductory part of the meeting, the participants were addressed by Mr. Sandi Zulic, Director of Aqasan, Mrs. Jelena Janevska, Knowledge and Communication Manager of the NALAS Secretariat, Mr. Goran Vujic, Executive Director of the Association for Waste Management in Serbia and Mr. Nebojisa Redzic, Head of the National Registry of pollution sources in the Agency for Environmental Protection of the Republic of Serbia. They expressed the confidence that the project will have visibly good results, in particular through the implementation of the project in 16 pilot municipalities in the region.

Mr. Goran Vujic presented first Working Package of the project relating to the methods for data collection and testing in 16 pilot municipalities, as well as relating to the definition the criteria for the selection of pilot municipalities in the project.

Mr. Boran Ivanovski, project manager on behalf of the NALAS has presented the second Working Package, relating to the capacity building of municipalities and public utilities for the effective use of data in 16 pilot municipalities, through the improvement of existing online informational system Model for Solid Waste Management (SWIS) and Cost and Finance Model (CFM), as well as through the organization of training for the employees of municipalities and public utilities. Improved quality of waste data will be the basis for the improvement of management tools and models, trough checking the inputs and outputs. Input data required for model designing can be collected and processed by using the method developed in the framework of the project, so SWIS and CFM will be used not only as a research and educational tools for managers, but also will provide a higher quality of situational analysis (output data), as basis for the improvement of municipal planning (eg. waste management plans, investment plans, spatial and urban planning, etc.) and to provide the conditions for the establishment of a comparative assessment of the public utilities capacities.

Working Packages 3 and 4, relating to the establishment of a Platform for exchange and dissemination of knowledge about the data collection of waste management and the application of innovative methods for data collection were presented by Mr. Marijan Dujmovic, project manager on behalf of the Aquasan. The Platform for the exchange and dissemination of information on the collection of municipal waste is intended to municipalities and utilities, their associations and the respective networks, as well as the national authorities of the four partner countries. The Platform will be established in order to strengthen the capacities of the pilot municipalities regarding the collection of data on municipal waste through the exchange of best practices and comparative assessment of the capacities. Furthermore, it will contribute to the establishment of mutual understanding approach to data collection and treatment of municipal waste, as well as developing guidelines and promoting knowledge transfer and twinning at the local level. During the implementation of the project, the Southeast Europe and the EU municipalities will be recognized as an example of good practices in the field of municipal waste management. They will be also invited to make contribution to the project activities. Services and support provided by the Platform will be designed by the project partners led by Aquasan.

Participation of national regulatory authorities responsible for the waste management policy will encourage the application of methods of data collection at the national level. In this regard, the project will provide consultancy support to the national authorities.

The Union of Municipalities of Montenegro was presented by Mrs. Ivana Lalevic, advisor for public relations and publishing of the UoM Secretariat and Mrs. Danijela Djurovic, member of NALAS Task Force on Solid Waste Management.

Participants have considered Working Packages and proposed criteria for the selection of four pilot municipalities in each country implementing project activities. Also, models of the Platform were proposed in order to make the knowledge and experience gained through this project available to all interested parties. Association of Local Governments will invite its members to apply for the participation in this project.