9.7 Current debates and reforms
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Currently the draft of the new National Environmental Protection Programme is in the adoption process for the period from 2020 to 2022. The proposed programme was prepared on the basis of the revision of the Proposed Nature Protection Strategy of the Republic of Serbia for the period from 2019 to 2025. The Nature Protection Programme is one of the basic strategic documents of nature protection which determines the long-term planning framework and policy of integrated nature protection, including conservation of biodiversity, landscapes and geo-heritage as well as sustainable use of biodiversity components in cooperation with relevant sectors at all levels.
The Ministry of Environmental Protection, in cooperation with the Aarhus Centre Novi Sad and with the support of the OSCE Mission to Serbia, held public consultations on draft of the fourth the National Report on the Implementation of the Convention on Access to Information, public participation in decision-making and the right to legal protection in environmental matters (Aarhus Convention), all in accordance with the obligations of the Republic of Serbia as a member of the Convention. Civil society organizations, representatives of relevant institutions and the media participated in the process. These Public Consultations are the first of the planned total of five public consultations that the ministry in cooperation with Aarhus Centres will hold in the coming period.