Third National Communication of Bosnia and Herzegovina under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

What is the project about?

UNDP BiH in partnership with the Ministry for Spatial Planning, Construction and Ecology of Republika Srpska, and GEF financial support, has started implementation of the Project Enabling Activities for the Preparation of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Third National Communication to the UNFCCC.

The Project aims to enable Bosnia and Herzegovina to produce and disseminate its Third National Communication (TNC) to the Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) according to Decision 17/CP8 and other guidance provided.

The TNC will update and strengthen information provided regarding climate changes, greenhouse gas inventories, climate change mitigation, vulnerability to climate change and steps taken to adapt to climate change, as well as information on public awareness, education, training, systematic research and technology transfer. The Project also increased the capacity to produce subsequent national communications that meet CoP guidelines.

What We Do

BiH, as a non-Annex I party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is obligated to submit its National Communications on Climate Change (NC) every four year. Second National Report was submitted in 2012.

As a non-Annex I party to the UNFCCC, Bosnia and Herzegovina is also obligated to submit its  Biennial update reports on the greenhouse gases emissions (BUR) every two years. First Biennial Update Report of Bosnia and Herzegovina on greenhouse gases emissions (FBUR) was submitted in 2014.

This Project is not only support BiH in meeting its obligations as a UNFCCC signatory but will also serve as a significant strategic document for sustainable development, as well as a link between environment protection, climate changes and key socioeconomic development issues.

What have we accomplished

Project activities are structured around the completion of four chapters of the Third National Communication. In final phase of Project document is finalized and it is in process of publishing. Following activities are implemented in order to finalize document:

•    Updating GHG inventory
•    Vulnerability assessment and adaptation measures
•    Mitigation analysis
•    Updated information on NC and other areas, TNA

Continued action, 2016/2017

The long term objective of the project is to assist BiH in deepening the mainstreaming and integration of climate change into country and sectoral development goals and to enable the entity and state level government to respond to international environmental obligations by strengthening and giving continuity to the institutional and technical capacity development that has been initiated and sustained by the National Communications process to date.

Who Finances it, 2014-2017

The main donor of the project is the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The total project value  is 631,000 USD.

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