The legal and regulatory framework for mitigation and adaptation to the impact of climate change is an important part of Kosovo's agenda towards European integration; as a first step, UNDP provides support for the roll out of the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory management system, that will provide the baseline for the policy and for the preparation of specific actions and projects for mitigation and adaptation to climate change. The contamination of the environment and the risks to health posed by the industrial waste of the Trepca Complex in the north of Kosovo is a major problem that requires concerted and fast response. Following remediation activities in the previous years, UNDP supported in 2011 the organization of a conference that convenes ministries, the local authorities, administration of Trepca complex, UN agencies and civil society organizations, in order to examine models of management of industrial waste in other countries and agree a list of short-term and medium term actions to stop the damage to the environment and to the health of people living in the area.
UNDP will also support the institutions involved in disaster management and disaster risk reduction (DRR) establish a Kosovo DRR platform, develop mechanisms for coordination and systems and tools for risk analysis and disaster preparedness.
Related DocumentsTrepca Conference Report
The key stakeholders Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, Ministry of Economic Development, Municipality ofMitrovicë/Mitrovica, Trepca Enterprise and UNDP Kosovo agreed to establish a working group tasked to summarize the conclusions and recommendations.
Largely ignored by the Yugoslavian Government, the area never received development money for tourism despite its wealth of flora, fauna and cultural traditions. Luckily, this also spared the region the communist era concrete hotels and restaurants that mar similar regions in Kosovo.