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First Dialogue Platform Indetification of Challenges and Needs for Establishenment for Cross – Border ISWM Model in the Adriatic Pilot Region

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First Dialogue Platform: Indetification of Challenges and Needs for Establishenment for Cross – Border ISWM Model in the Adriatic Pilot Region was held 26 to 27 December 2015 in Bar, in the organization of the Union of municipalities of Montenegro.

The first dialogue platform brought together representatives of the Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South East Europe (NALAS), GIZ, and representatives of ministries, representatives of municipalities/cities and their utilities: Slivno (Croatia); Neum (Bosnia and Herzegovina); Herceg Novi, Bar and Ulcinj (Montenegro); Shkodra, Vau i Dejes and Lezhe (Albania), representatives of associations of local authorities and national experts.

The conference was opened by PhD Zoran Srzentic, Mayor of the municiplity of Bar, Mr.Refik Bojadzic, Secretary General of the Union of Municipalities of Montenegro, Mr.Kristof di Marco, Manager of the Fund, Open Regional Fund for the modernization of municipal services GIZ and Mr.Boran Ivanoski, Programme Officer of the Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South East Europe (NALAS).

On the Behalf of host city, the conference was opened by Mr.Zoran Srzentic, Mayor of Bar, stating that this is an interesting topic in the field of environmental protection, which directly affects the quality of citizens life.
– Recognizing the integrated solid waste management as a challenge and the need for all municipalities to be covered by the platform, I believe that your contribution to this project is extremely useful in order to prepare the measures and recommendations for future policies and plans to meet European norms and standards in this area. Municipality of Bar, in cooperation with the Municipality of Ulcinj, participated in the construction of inter-municipal sanitary landfill for communal waste “Možura”. The construction of the sanitary landfill has solved the question of the proper disposal of communal waste produced not only in the Municipality of Bar, but almost the entire Montenegrin coast – said PhD Srzentic, indicating that the currently preparation of technical documentation for construction of the waste treatment facilities within the complex of sanitary landfill which is aimed at reducing the quantity of waste through recycling, composting and treatment of construction waste.

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Secretary General of the Union of Municipalities, Mr. Refik Bojadzic emphasized that solid waste management is an important issue that touches every citizen, and therefore must be high on the agenda of local authorities, especially the coastal municipalities that its GDP based on tourism development and related activities.
– I think that more attention needs to be commited to the separation of waste at the place of its origin, its selective collection and recycling. Local authorities, as duty holders of local politics, a sizeable number of activities in the field of protection and improvement of the environment should be aimed on the prevention of waste production and to raise public awareness about the negative consequences of our everyday actions and irresponsible acts to future generations. All together should learn and point out that if every household invest a little effort and have contribution to reduce of waste generation, as well as selective waste collection, in order to thus significantly extend the life of sanitary landfills. Also, it will reduce the negative consequences and scars that we make to the environment, and that will be back us and the futther generations like a boomerang with multiple negative effects.
I particularly want to commend the inter-regional nature of this project, which goes beyond the borders of our country, with the aim of an integrated manner perceive this truly unique area of the Adriatic coast and to offer joint solutions to their protection and full valoraziation in the development, that is the interest of all of us – said Mr.Bojadzic.
The first Dialogue Platform was dedicated to the presentation of the state in the field of solid waste management in the pilot municipalities and legislation in this area, including the municipal regulations. The analyzes were performed in order to define the total quantity of generated waste and quantity of waste that does not belong in the waste collection and disposal, but uncontrollably disposed of in rural areas (mainly in riverbeds, lakes and roads), the ways in which this waste can come/ is coming to significant watercourses, and thus to the sea and becomes a floating waste.
The aim of the project is to accurately define the quantity of floating waste, identify the place of its origin and reasons, marks the migration routes, as well as to draw attention to the vulnerability of all points of the ecosystem in these migratory routes. During the presentations and work in work groups of the first and second day of the dialogue, it was founded that the largest quantity of floating waste in the reporting pilot region come along the Bojana River to the sea, and that waste is delivered to the Skadar Lake by all its tributaries. Further steps in the project relating to the definition of sea currents and floating waste marking roads, especially since it was found that the island of Mljet in Croatia is one of the most vulnerable points in our pilot region.
During the first working day the participants of the Platform for Dialogue had the opportunity to visit the inter-municipal landfill “Možura”, which later given the character of a regional landfill, since it accepts waste from all coastal municipalities, with the exception of the Municipality of Herceg Novi. Technical director of Landfill, Mr. Senad Arabelovic introduced the visitors to the manner of organizing and functioning of the landfill.
At the end of the second working day, it was concluded that it is necessary to:
define the future minimum technical standards in waste management and to ensure the harmonization of all the participants in this direction;
establish a formal dialogue and cooperation between all stakeholders;
at the next meeting to present what activities have been undertaken in the pilot municipalities to raise the quality of services;
be monitored to determine the type and composition of collected waste;
increase the rate of waste collection;
promote the importance of recycling and organizing joint recycling system

The next meeting of the Dialouge Platform will be held in Mljet (Croatia) in February 2016, and is it is planned to consider the draft Cross-border Model of integrated solid waste management.

The Platform is organized within the regional project “Solid Waste Management in border rural and coastal areas of South-East European region”. The project is implemented by three partners, NALAS (Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South East Europe), SWG (Standing Working Group for Regional Rural Development of South-East Europe) and GIZ (German International Cooperation), and the project included the association of local authorities, and one the partner assocation is the Union of Municipalities of Montenegro.

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