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Assignment Title Environmental Associate
Organizational Context & Project Description
Energy efficiency and environmental sustainability are essential components of a European future for countries like Bosnia and Herzegovina. With a generally low awareness of the interdependence between environment and development, national priority setting in this area is quite limited.
UNDP focuses its support on ensuring that Bosnia and Herzegovina has the human and financial resources to sustainably use its environmental and natural resources, that it meets the EU Environmental Acquis and creates green, resilient economic growth and sustainable livelihoods for its population. The ultimate goal of the Energy and Environment Sector in BiH is to fundamentally change the understanding of the environment, including water resources, and sustainable energy issues in the country, from the current perception of being a burden to being an important current and future development asset. Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country rich in natural resources, which could be one of the drivers of development and economic growth. The potential is high in forestry, adventure and specialised tourism and water sports, the energy sector (hydropower and biomass utilisation), manufacturing and services.
However, the overall awareness of policymakers and citizens of the intricate and subtle connection between environment and development is still fairly basic, with the result that these resources are not being adequately used or protected. Although there has been progress in the harmonisation of the legal aspects of environmental protection in each Entity, implementation of environmental legislation remains a concern. State-level environmental law or, as a minimum, harmonised modern legislation in both Entities, is needed to ensure a uniform countrywide approach to environmental protection and its challenges.
Application deadline: 17 February 2019
More information: BIHR000443