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21/11/2013
Educating Young People About Water

In the period of November – December 2013, UNDP and the Hydro-Engineering Institute Sarajevo will implement a project in the Sarajevo Canton entitled “Awareness Raising Activities on Water Rights and Responsibilities in 8 Schools in Sarajevo Region”.

The project involved participation of teachers and students from 8 elementary schools (OŠ) in Sarajevo:

·         OŠ “Mula Mustafa Bašeskija“ – Municipality of Stari Grad,

·         OŠ “Edhem Mulabdić“ – Municipality of Stari Grad,

·         OŠ “Safvet - beg Bašagić – Municipality of Centar,

·         OŠ “Hasan Kaimija“ – Municipality of Centar,

·         OŠ “Hrasno“ – Municipality of Novo Sarajevo,

·         OŠ “Aleksa Šantić“ – Municipality of Novi Grad,

·         OŠ “Avdo Smajlović“ – Municipality of Novi Grad,

·         The Sixth Primary School Ilidža, Municipality of Ilidža.

The main project objective is connecting young people through education and research on water.

Through the project, students will be educated on the subject of water, motivated to analyze water supply and water consumption in their schools, as well as certain water problems in their surroundings. They will also be motivated to come up with the ideas on how to solve these problems.

The students will present the results of their research between themselves at the workshop “Water for Life” on 2 December 2013 on the premises of the elementary school OŠ “Aleksa Šantić”.

This workshop will be an opportunity for socialising and the exchange of experience, but also a possibility for young people to send a common message to the citizens of Sarajevo on the necessity of rational water consumption and water quality conservation. 

 

 

18/11/2013
Researchers’ Meeting – 15 November 2013

On Friday, 15 November 2013, 15:00 h, prof. dr. Hamid Čustović presented his new book „Rural Ecology“ in a lecture-room for post-graduate studies. 

 

12/11/2013
European Week for Waste Reduction

After the four successful events, the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) will be organized for the fifth time in the period of 17 – 25 November 2013 with an objective to strengthen citizen awareness about the necessity of reducing waste in the European countries.

Through artworks, contests, workshops and many other activities during EWWR, citizens will be presented with simple actions to be used in everyday life and, thus, reduce the quantity of disposed waste.

The official partner of the implementation of the European Week for Waste Reduction is the Ministry of Spatial Planning and Environmental Protection of the Sarajevo Canton, while the coordinator of activities in the Sarajevo Canton is the Centre for Environmentally Sustainable Development (CESD). This is the third year in a row Bosnia and Herzegovina has joined, via the Sarajevo Canton, the network of European countries that have traditionally been involved in waste reduction through different activities.

The objectives of the European Week for Waste Reduction are the following:

promoting sustainable measures for waste reduction and stressing the impact of consumer society on environment and climate changes;

reducing the quantity of produced waste through the processes of reuse or extended expiration date of products, as well as recycling;

reducing adverse impacts of waste on environment and human health, and reducing the contents of hazardous substances in the materials and products;

informing citizens of all ages about simple actions possible to be conducted in everyday life and, thus, contribute to the reduction of disposed waste.

More information on the European Week for Waste Reduction can be found on the official EWWR website: www.ewwr.eu

11/11/2013
Researchers’ Meeting – 8 November 2013

On Friday, 8 November 2013, 15:00 h, prof. dr. Aleksandar Knežević presented key themes from his new forthcoming book entitled “Compendium – Energy Paradigm” in lecture-room for postgraduate studies. The book is about to be published in the middle of the next year.    

 

04/11/2013
Researchers’ Meeting – 1 November 2013

On Friday, 1 November 2013, 15:00 h, prof. dr. Kasim Tatić held a lecture entitled “Development, Creativity and Environment” in a lecture-room for postgraduate studies at the Hydro Engineering Institute Sarajevo. 

 

30/10/2013
Meeting with representatives of the Hydro-Engineering Institute Sarajevo

Today, in the premises of the Government of Bosnia-Podrinje Canton Goražde, the Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Emir Frašto and Demir Imamović, met with the head of Hydro-Engineering Institute of the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Sarajevo, Tarik Kupusović, PhD.

The subject of their discussion was the development of a Study on proposed locations, beaches and swimming areas on Drina River in the Bosnia-Podrinje Canton Goražde. The developer of the Study is HEIS under the guidance of a Project Manager and Engineer Nedim Đipa.

From the water management aspect, the aforementioned Study should include locations suitable for the construction of beaches and swimming areas (lakes) on the banks of the Drina River in Bosnia- Podrinje Canton Goražde, and the Study itself would represent a baseline for defining ways of using shoreline of the Drina River, bearing in mind the Spatial plan of the Bosnia- Podrinje Canton Goražde for the period 2008-2028, which is currently under development.

The Ministry of Economy of the Bosnia- Podrinje Canton Goražde initiated the development of this Study in order to improve the tourist offer and to attract potential investors, and its development will both facilitate and accelerate the legal procedure of obtaining a preliminary water permit. 

25/10/2013
Pilot Study for the reduction of non-revenue water and Master Plan for water supply of the settlements in the north of Tuzla

Representative of the Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) headquartered in Belgrade, dr. Marih Kerestecioglu, paid a visit to the Municipality of Tuzla on 22 October 2013 and gave praise to the local government and PUC Vodovod i Kanalizacija Tuzla regarding the work accomplished. 
This refers to the Pilot Study for the reduction of non-revenue water and Master Plan for water supply of the settlements in the north of Tuzla. The project objective is the preparation of Master Plan and designing of primary pipelines and the water supply system structures for local communities of Dragunja, Obodnica Gornja, Obodnica Donja, Dobrnja, Lipnica Gornja, Lipnica Srednja, Breške, Dokanj, Grabovica and Gornja Tuzla.

Regional expert for water supply systems, Đevad Koldžo (HEIS) presented the project results and showed a few video clips from the field visit in Tuzla, i.e. in Kužići more precisely, where significant losses in pipelines were reduced.

A successful cooperation with the water utility company resulted in promises that already in 2014 it is possible to apply for new funds, and circa 500,000 EUR have been invested so far.

Mayor of the Municipality of Tuzla Jasmin Imamović did not hide his enthusiasm regarding the work accomplished and he stated that the Municipality of Tuzla had a strategy of a long-term and adequate water supply until 2035. He also stated that within this strategy the municipality was making efforts to implement necessary projects allowing the possibility to apply for loan facilities.

Experts agreed that there were 31 measuring zones in Tuzla required to be rehabilitated in order for water supply system to be classified as the first quality group according to the methodology developed by the International Water Association (IWA). This has been made in Kužići and Krojčići so far, and water losses are planned to be reduced in the same manner in other registered locations.   

During the project implementation, there was an excellent cooperation between the European Commission, the Consultant and the Municipality of Tuzla. “I am very happy that the Municipality of Tuzla is on its way to reduce water losses, which was proved by the project implemented in these two zones. I am going to propose to the European Commission this project to be extended across all areas covered by the Municipality of Tuzla,” said the environmental protection expert Merih Kerestecioglu.

He emphasized that Tuzla, in accordance with the categorization of water loss experts, from the initial rating “D” (the worst) reached the best rating “A” for relatively short period of time.

The project was financed by IPA 2008 for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Iceland. The project was implemented by the Hydro Engineering Institute Sarajevo (HEIS). 

23/10/2013
Regional Meeting of Experts with the Aim of Connecting Science and Sustainable Development

UNDESA (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs), United Nations - Department of Economic Development and Social Affairs and the Croatian Government - Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs have organized a Regional meeting of experts with the aim of connecting science and sustainable development, held at the Inter-University Centre in Dubrovnik on 21st / 22nd October, 2013. The aim was to contribute to the Global Report on Sustainable Development, which is to be prepared through a series of similar regional meetings, following the Rio +20 Conference held last year. The meeting identified the main science-based challenges of sustainable development from the perspective of Europe and Mediterranean, which will make an integral part of the Global Report, a draft of which should be completed by 31st December, 2013.  

In addition to the UNDESA officials, the meeting was attended by international experts, representatives of governments, scientific institutes, international organizations and civil society, who have discussed the future directions of sustainable development and have established a network of scientific experts who have a proactive role in creating sustainable development policies at local, national, regional and global level.

Professor Tarik Kupusović, PhD also took part in this meeting as a representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In addition to his participation in the discussion, Mr. Kupusović presented "Options for strengthening the connection between science and policies for sustainable development at regional and sub-regional levels".

18/10/2013
Information on the visit of a delegation from Rijeka

On 18 October, delegation of the Public Institution Institute for Physical Planning of Primorsko-Goranska County paid a visit to the Hydro Engineering Institute Sarajevo. The delegation was headed by the director, prof. dr. sc. Mladen Črnjar. Along with professor Kupusović, the meeting was also attended by prof. dr. Kasim Tatić from the School of Economics and Business Sarajevo. Information on the expertise of each participant was exchanged, future points of reference were assessed and the possibilities of future cooperation were considered (including other fields as well), the cooperation to be financed by the EU funds.  

 

 

27/09/2013
One step closer to the construction of wind farm Poklečani, value of 110 million EUR – the project public consulting organized in Posušje

The project Wind Farm Poklečani foresees the construction of 36 wind turbines, while the total planned wind farm capacity should amount to 72 – 108 MW of the capacity installed, depending on the selected supplier of the equipment to be offered during public tender offer for the wind turbine delivery. Estimated value of the total investment amounts to 110 million EUR, and financing is planned through the loan funds and the company funds. The construction is planned to be completed in the end of 2017, stated during public consulting regarding this project, organized by Elektroprivreda HZHB on Monday (23 September 2013) in Posušje.

Present citizens, representatives of the Municipality of Posušje, associations and other interested parties had an opportunity to discuss the presented documents: Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for the wind farm Poklečani, Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP) and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) prepared by WYG International Limited from England and the Hydro Engineering Institute Sarajevo.

Namely, the surveys of wind potential at the location of the WF Poklečani started in December 2006 by installing measuring equipment for measuring wind potential. The Government of the Federation of BiH enacted a decision for preparation and construction of WF Poklečani in 2010, and commissioned Elektroprivreda HZHB to implement the decision.

Through spatial basis of the Spatial Plan of FBiH for the period of 2008 – 2028, the proposed energy structures by Elektroprovreda HZHB were accepted, including WF Poklečani. Location permit was obtained for installing a pillar of 50 m with the installed measuring equipment for the analysis of wind parameters collected since 2010.

Future activities include preparing documentation for issuing preliminary water permit and environmental permit, restoring measuring equipment on the existing measuring pillar and installing an additional pillar with the equipment for measuring wind potential, as well as obtaining other required permits and preparing design documentation. 


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