In the period from October-December 2018, a total of 8 trainings across Serbia were held for the representatives of local self-governments on completing the forms and submitting data for the Cadastre of contaminated sites, owing to the funds allocated within the project “Enhanced Cross-Sectoral Land Management through Land Use Pressure Reduction and Planning”, implemented by UN Environment, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Environmental Protection Agency of the Republic of Serbia and with the support of regional nongovernmental network Forestry and Environmental Action – fea.
The participants were introduced to the obligations of the local self-governments arising from the legal framework and the associated bylaws, as well as with the importance of adoption of the Rulebook on the content and manner of maintaining the Cadastre of contaminated sites, the type, content, forms, manner and deadlines for the submission of data.
In addition, the participants were presented with the results of preliminary investigations on the territory of 32 industrial locations conducted within the same project, as well as the Guidelines for sustainable land management at the local level in the Republic of Serbia, and the website dedicated to the topic of land degradation and sustainable land management.
The trainings were held in Novi Sad, Užice, Bor, Subotica, Niš, Kragujevac, Šabac and Belgrade. A total of 148 participants from 95 municipalities attended the trainings, whereby the percentage of municipalities covered reached 57 percent.
Furthermore, 14 meetings were held with representatives of local self-governments from cities/municipalities whose territory includes contaminated sites identified within the project as priorities for rehabilitation and remediation.
The project “Enhanced Cross-Sectoral Land Management through Land Use Pressure Reduction and Planning”, has been implemented in Serbia since 2015 with the aim of developing instruments and coordination mechanisms for integrated land management, remediation and strengthening of national and local capacities to reduce pollution and pressure on land, as well as to achieve sustainable land use.