A national training on water quality, soil protection, SEA/EIA, the management of protected areas, and eco-crimes took place in Sabac, Serbia, on October 19-21, 2016.
The goal was to present Themis capacity-building outputs at the regional and sub-regional level to national stakeholders in the field of environmental law enforcement, including the non-governmental sector.
The 31 participants at the event represented a range of stakeholders, including the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, the Serbian Environmental Protection Agency, local municipalities, NGOs, and national/local entities responsible for the management of protected areas.
The training provided an opportunity to present updates on Serbia’s progress in the transposition of EU legislation and examples of good practice regarding its enforcement. The event also promoted cooperation between Serbian public entities and the NGO sector and gave participants an opportunity to discuss ideas for trainings and capacity building. The Themis Network is seen as a case study of successful capacity building, which the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection intends to take into account in future activities.
Connections were also established with the CRESSIDA project (Building Local Community Resilience for the Sustainable Development of Watersheds in South Eastern Europe), which seeks to build stakeholder capacities to face sustainability challenges in the Drin and Drina River Basins, with a focus on improving the flexibility and adaptive capacities of communities and businesses through knowledge and education.