National Capacity Self Assessment for Environmental Protection Management
During the 1990s, international community became aware of the need to protect global environment. To this end, there was a need to implement effectively the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) and Convention to Combat Desertification (CCD). In the late 1990s it was noticed that certain parties to these conventions, namely developing countries, there was a problem with capacities for full implementation of the conventions. In order to assess the countries’ needs regarding capacities and to plan strategies to realize those needs, an agreement was reached between the GEF Secretariat and United Nations Development Programme. Capacity Development Initiative (CDI) was promulgated in May, in 1999. As the first step in CDI implementation it was approved to finance the countries which wanted to implement national capacity self-assessment (NCSA) for the environmental protection management.
At the request of the Ministry competent for Environment, the GEF approved in 2003 the means for the realization of the project “National Capacity Self-Assessment for the Environmental Protection Management in Serbia” and the project started in 2005.
Finalization of the project “National Capacity Self-Assessment for the Environmental Protection Management in Serbia” is again initialized by the Ministry of Environment, Mining and Spatial planning in 2010 and financed by GEF.
National priority capacity building process in Serbia is based on outputs of two main consecutive processes of NCSA. These main consecutive processes are:
• Thematic assessment for three conventions, to identify the cross-cutting issues and synergy areas linked to thematic assessments,
• To form national capacity action plan related to cross-cutting issues and synergy areas