Western Balkans Climate Resilience Workshop
May 11-12, 2016Vienna

This event brought together representatives from the Western Balkans and European Union, as well as the European Commission and partner organizations, to discuss actions needed to scale-up and complement current climate resilience efforts in the region.

The Western Balkans Climate Resilience Workshop brought together over 40 participants, from the six Western Balkans countries and four European Union (EU) Member States, as well as from the European Commission (EC), the World Bank, and other development partner organizations, to discuss actions needed to scale-up and complement current climate resilience efforts in the Western Balkans.

The Workshop deepened the regional dialogue and experience sharing initiated last year at the Western Balkans Climate Resilient Growth Roundtable, where several topics emerged as priority areas for confronting the “new climate normal"  including Climate Policies and Institutions, Linkages between Climate Change and Integrated Water Resource Management, and Climate-smart Agriculture.

On these three topics, the Workshop supported experience sharing among Western Balkans countries and EU Member States, on actions to address climate change in line with EU Climate requirements. This provided the background for a broader dialogue, with the development community, to take stock of efforts by accession countries and identify further needs of integrating climate resilience in policies, institutions, and investment programs, based on adaptation priorities, EU harmonization process, and complementarity with current activities.

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  • Climate change and adaptation options for Albania’s coastal areas
    Albania - Eglantina Bruci
  • Climate modelling for Bosnia and Herzegovina and its applications
    Bosnia and Herzegovina - Marko Stanojevic
  • Climate change adaptation and resilience in the Western Balkans: the latest from UNEP
    UNEP - Matthias Jurek
  • Climate vulnerability need assessments: outcome from the ECRAN process
    ECRAN - Robert Bakx
  • The EU climate framework post the Paris Agreement
    DG CLIMA - Ivana Mijatovic-Cernos
  • Framework for accession countries to comply with EU climate agenda: current status, EC assistance, and further needs
    EEAS - Gazmend Selimi
  • The national adaptation policy process in Austria: activities, status, performance, and lessons learnt
    Austria - Juergen Schneider
  • Romania’s climate strategy and action plan: outcomes from recent World Bank advisory services
    Romania - Gabriela Popescu
  • Institutional mechanisms for climate policy coordination across sectors in Bulgaria
    Bulgaria - Boriana Kamenova
  • Poland: Building Economic Modeling Capacity for Climate Policy Analysis
    Poland - Edward Basiński & Leszek Pawel Kasek
  • Climate change policies in Albania
    Albania - Kledi Xhaxhiu
  • Influence of climate change on water sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Bosnia and Herzegovina - Boško Kenjić
  • State of play of harmonization with the climate EU acquis in Montenegro
    Montenegro - Đorđije Vulikić
  • Efforts by Serbia to harmonize with EU climate acquis
    Serbia - Dragana Milovanović
  • Making agriculture in Bulgaria more resilient to climate change
    Bulgaria - Wilfried Hundertmark
  • The World Bank experience in the Western Balkan countries
    World Bank - Igor Palandzic
  • Integrated water resources management in Albania and climate change
    Albania - Irfan Tarelli
  • Influence of climate change on water sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Bosnia and Herzegovina - Boško Kenjić
  • Climate-smart agriculture: trends, drivers, global context and the EU
    World Bank - Marc Sadler
  • Climate-smart agriculture from concept to realization: fundamental considerations for national implementation
    FAO - Reuben Angelo Sessa
  • Romania: Low-carbon growth options and climate adaptation efforts in the agriculture sector
    World Bank - Hans Kordik
  • Macedonia: Reducing vulnerability of agriculture to climate change
    Macedonia - Lidija Chadikovska