Action plan for Belgrade won’t remain on paper
Citizens will be informed every year on the implementation of measures from the Assessment of Vulnerability to Climate Change and the Action Plan for Adaptation, Belgrade city manager Goran Vesić said at the presentation of the document. He underscored the authorities will not let the plan become a dead letter. Vesić reminded that Belgrade’s assembly adopted the plan in October thus making Serbian capital the first city from the region having action plan for climate change adaption in place.
Jakob Doetsch, representative of German Development Cooperation – GIZ, said it was good to complete the plan before the United Nations Climate Change Summit in Paris – COP21, which starts in the end of November. He added the German government set climate change as the biggest priority and that it ranks second in the world by donations for action in the area of climate change.
Virginie Manfroni from the Embassy of France in Serbia said the plan is an important step both locally and globally as it proves that the country’s municipal authorities are very dynamic and proactive in the field of climate change. She added Belgrade took the lead.
Belgrade’s environmental protection secretary Goran Trivan stated Serbia’s capital is the only one in the region with a strategy for reforestation, and that the World Bank declared its waste management plan as one of the best.