The Millennium Development Goals Fund (MDG-F) Programme

"Mainstreaming Environmental Governance:
Linking Local and National Action in Bosnia and Herzegovina"

The MDG-F joint programme on environment and climate change was formulated as a partnership between United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Volunteers (UNV), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in close collaboration with the BiH Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, the FBiH and RS Ministries of Agriculture, Forestry, and Water Management, the participating municipalities and civil society organizations.

The three-year programme (2009 – 2012) funded by the Spanish MDG Achievement Fund (thematic window for Environment and Climate Change) aims to:

  • Improve local level environmental planning by developing effective participatory environmental methods
  • Enhance management of environmental resources and delivery of environmental services by improving environmental service delivery mechanism
  • Increase national environmental awareness and action, localizing and achieving the MDGs, by assisting the public institutions to assess the existing legal institutional framework in order to produce the new "road map"

The joint programme is designed to address the significant barriers faced in effectively delivering environmental services and management:

  • overcome weak economic management
  • overcome poor environmental protection
  • support for developing Local Environmental Action Plans in partner municipalities
  • providing conditions for implementing local environmental management and service delivery priorities
  • raising the awareness and national level support for environmental action through an environmental financing
  • and developing effective systems for capturing environmental data