Presentation on theme: "Europe & CIS Subregional Workshop: 7-8 March 2007, Istanbul, Turkey Enhancing National GEF Coordination, Communications and Outreach (Session 6): The Bulgarian."— Presentation transcript:
Europe & CIS Subregional Workshop: 7-8 March 2007, Istanbul, Turkey Enhancing National GEF Coordination, Communications and Outreach (Session 6): The Bulgarian case
Background As of 1991 - weak awareness on environmental issues of global concern at national and local level Lack of sufficient communication and dialogue at national level for identifying national priorities. More national and FP meetings at the regional level were needed. Within the period 1991-2000 awareness on global environmental issues has been raised gradually.
Global Environmental Issues Within the competencies of MOEW are all GEF focal areas: Biodiversity Climate Change International Waters Land Degradation The Ozone Layer Persistent Organic Pollutants
National documents National strategy for the environment and action plan 2000-2006 National strategy for the environment and action plan 2007-2014 is under development. National Sustainable Development Strategy is also under preparation.
Coordination Mechanism A National Level-Informal GEF Committee is composed of representatives of the following concerned agencies: Ministry of Environment and Water Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Ministry of Economy and Energy Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works UNDP Country Office and/or WB
Coordinating with other stakeholders Other sector agencies Academic and scientific organizations Local Authorities NGOs
Lessons learnt The commitment at political level in the initial phase of project development is crucial. Inter-institutional coordination and cooperation is enhanced through establishment of a coordination mechanism Raising awareness on global environment issues is important for involving local people in implementation of environmental protection activities. A range of products and activities are needed to improve public opinion and disseminate information – e.g. websites, publications, presentations and round tables.
How it was achieved The greatest awareness has been achieved on biodiversity and climate change issues through: –Process of adoption and implementation of EU legislation –Workshops –Information meetings –Dissemination of information –UNDP country office activities –Small Grants Program in relation to communication with local communities and NGOs
Recommendations Better coordination and consultations between all stakeholders. Carrying out information meetings/training with local stakeholders Including GEF national activities in different awareness raising campaigns Integrating GEF priorities and objectives into national sectoral strategies, plans and programs Participation in regional meetings and sharing of experiences within and between different regions.