JAHORINA, Bosnia and Herzegovina, September 2016 – Twenty national experts and 10 company representatives working in different sectors in Bosnia and Herzegovina last week received certificates of cleaner production from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
They were trained to improve production measures by means of reducing the consumption of resources, reducing the amount of pollution generated, and increasing productivity. The trainees also prepared cleaner production strategies for their companies.
The training course was conducted as a part of UNIDO’s National Cleaner Production Programme (NCPP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Funded by the Government of Slovenia, the programme is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations.
UNIDO Project Manager, Petra Schwager stressed the significance of sustainable industrial development for the overall economic development of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as for the country’s efforts to join the European Union.
Mehmed Cero, Deputy Minister for Environment and Tourism, said: “The project is of high importance for our country. It will help improve resource efficiency and productivity, as well as create jobs in Bosnia and Herzegovina.”
Universities were also involved in the programme. A group of students from the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences of the University of Sarajevo visited one of the participating companies to collect data necessary to analyze water consumption and identify its water balance. Through the cooperation with higher education institutions, the NCPP intends to include resource efficiency and cleaner production in regular academic curricula.