The four countries of the Balkan region (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) are pioneering the UNCCD NAP alignment processes in Central and East Europe. With support of GEF and UNEP, the countries have started with the NAP alignment in 2013 almost simultaneously, and have identified numerous opportunities for synergies, complementariness and experience sharing and increased role of the civil society sector. The cooperation and synergies overarches to other ongoing GEF and UNEP supported projects in the region, such as the preparation of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans of the CBD convention.
The side event aims at presenting the NAP alignment process in the four Balkan countries by their national representatives and with support of the NGO sector, as an example of organically growing regional response to land degradation also through NAP alignment, which can be replicated in other countries and regions.
The side event is promoted by Bosnia and Herzegovina, the RS Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, with the support and participation of Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning of Macedonia, Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro.
The event is supported by UNEP Vienna ISCC and Forestry and Environmental Action (fea).