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Chemicals and hazardous substances monitoring improvement and integration of Seveso database into Croatian Environmental Information System (CEIS) as the unique Central Seveso Information System” (CRO SEVESO) (HR 14 IB EN 02)
Deadline: Mar 30, 2016  

 Environmental protection
 Transnational cooperation
 Climate Sciences

  1. Overall objective:

    The overall objective is to strengthen the capabilities and efficiency of the Republic of Croatia in the field of environmental protection and mitigation of climate changes by improving management, monitoring and more precise reporting on chemicals, emissions, hazardous substances and accidents as well as to upgrade and integrate the current Seveso databases with Geographic Information System (GIS) within Croatian Environmental Information System (CEIS).

  2. Project purpose:

    The purpose of the project is to improve and harmonize climate change mitigation capabilities and chemical pollution and hazardous substances monitoring of the Croatian Agency for the Environment and Nature (CAEN).

  3. Contribution to Accession Treaty/ Relevant national documents:

    Accession Treaty

    Following the signature of the Accession Treaty on December 9th 2011 by 27 Member States and the Republic of Croatia and its ratification procedure in the Member States, Croatia joined the European Union (EU) on July 1st 2013. As one of the EU Member States, Croatia is obliged to follow the EU reporting obligations in the field of environmental protection.

    National Environmental Strategy

    The main goal of the Strategy (OG 46/02) is preserving the environment in Croatia by improving legal, financial and institutional frame for environmental management on local and national level; by strengthening competencies; by integrating nature protection into other sectors (e.g. agriculture, forestry, tourism, etc.) in order to reduce environment pollution; by implementing comprehensive monitoring and unique IT system and by raising public awareness on environmental issues.

    National Environmental Action Plan

    National Environmental Action Plan (OG 46/02) has been envisaged as a process of setting goals and efficient enforcement of environmental protection in Croatia. It sets guidelines for long-term environmental management, taking into consideration the overall economic, social and cultural development. Furthermore, it sets the basis for harmonization of economic, technical, scientific, educational, organizational and other measures, i.e. measures encompassing enforcement of international obligations aimed at nature protection. Some of the most important priorities are waste disposal, air quality, etc. It is also very important to establish comprehensive monitoring and unique information system, to improve management of natural resources and protected areas, as well as to strengthen the capacities of employees working in the field of nature protection.

  4. According to the above stated documents Croatia has obligation to:
  • Build the capacity for comprehensive and systematically monitoring of the state of the environment;

  • Collect and process the environmental information and make them available to all stakeholders;

  • Implement the use of modern communication technologies and standards in line with European requirements, providing access to information about the environment of Croatia, allowing them to communicate, exchange and allow the use of cartographic support;

  • Develop routines for processing the collected environmental data and their evaluation (modelling, prediction and visualization);

  • Associate with the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Environment Information and Observation Network (EIONET);

  • Collect and process information about the environment of Croatia used for preparation of European environmental reports;

  • Establish a system for exchange of all information about chemicals;

  • Establish comprehensive programs for the preventive, immediate and remedial activity in relation to cases of chemical accidents;

  • Establish national activities on reducing the risk of persistent organic pollutants. This Twinning project, financed under the Transition Facility Program - Measure 3.1 Support in the area of environment and climate change, supports the implementation of the EU acquis in the area of environment and climate change through building of the institutional capacities related to management, monitoring and reporting on chemicals, emissions, hazardous substances and accidents in the Republic of Croatia with the final objective to protect the environment and mitigate climate changes.

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