As a party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H) has undertaken important steps towards understanding and addressing climate change issues. It is increasingly recognized not only by the Government and scientific community, but also by its citizens that climate change is an issue of key strategic importance. B&H has put great emphasis on climate change as one of the most significant development challenges facing the country. The importance of adaptation was clearly reflected in its Second National Communications and Climate Change Adaptation and Low Emission Development Strategy (CCA LEDs), adopted in 2013. In 2015, B&H submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC), as part of the negotiations leading to the historic Paris Agreement, which it signed in April 2016.
Authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina and key domestic stakeholders realize the increasing threat posed to them and the development of the country by climate change and the need of adapting to it in order to avoid or minimise negative consequences. The government is motivated to support and implement the national adaptation planning (NAP) process as adaptation issues are becoming very important for the country’s further development.
The overall project’s objective is to support the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina to advance the national adaptation planning process. Green Climate Fund (GCF) resources will be used to enable the government to integrate climate change related risks, coping strategies and opportunities into ongoing development planning and budgeting processes. The project will advance adaptation planning in B&H with a focus on most vulnerable sectors such as water management, agriculture, forestry etc., upgrading the knowledge base for adaptation, prioritizing adaptation interventions for the medium term, building institutional capacities for integrating climate change adaptation and demonstrating innovative ways of financing adaptation at the sub-national/local government level.
The overall objective of this assignment is to provide leadership and expert support for improvement of the legislation of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) in the light of EU legislation transposition issues and improvement of water management practice in FBiH.
Legal/policy expert will work closely with the appointed Working Group (WG) chaired by the Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism, UNDP and other experts. As a result of this consultancy a new Decree on conditions for waste water emissions into environment and public sewage (hereinafter referred to as the Decree) is to be made in accordance to the needs of management practice in FBiH and EU legislation requirements. Existing Decree on conditions for waste water emissions into environment and public sewage („FBiH Official Gazzette“, number:101/15, 1/16 i 101/18), includes only limit values of waste water emissions and some of the industrial emissions compatible with urban waste waters, as well as industrial emissions which contain some of the limit values for dangerous and priority substances which are not sorted as per type of the industry, only general parameters are given for them.
Development of the Decree will be done in constant cooperation with the appointed working group and requires a joint and coordinated approach of technical and legal experts.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant should work in close consultation with and under the guidance and supervision of the UNDP project manager. Specifically, his\her responsibilities are but not limited to the following:
1. Review existing Decree on conditions for waste water emissions into environment and public sewage for FBiH and other relevant legislative framework in the light of transposition of EU directives, using, among other inputs, reviews and recommendations provided by the Working Group (WG), UNDP and other sources.
2. Participate and facilitate Working Group (WG) meetings, when necessary. Work closely with the WG in outlining and examining the current policy framework related to water management and waste water discharge in FBiH and which could best elaborate current practice and its deficiencies.
3.Consult with WG on findings and propose draft text of the new Decree on conditions for waste water emissions into environment and public sewage in line with the Article 55, Law on Waters, FBiH, which contains the following:
- Conditions for the discharge of urban waste water emissions into environment and public sewage – correction of the existing Regulation
- Conditions for the discharge of technological waste water emissions into environment and public sewage industrial emissions compatible with urban waste waters, with prescribing limit values for each particular type of industry derived from reference documents for each of the industrial branches.
- Conditions for the discharge of technological waste water emissions into environment and public sewage all other industries in FBiH with prescribing limit values for each particular type of industry.
New Decree on conditions for waste water emissions into environment and public sewage should also consult relevant EU Directives:
- Directive 2000/60/ EC of the European Parliament and the Council-Water Framework Directive;
- Directive 2006/118/EC on the protection of groundwater against pollution and deterioration;
- Directive 2006/11/EC on pollution caused by certain dangerous substances discharged into the aquatic environment of the Community;
- Directive 91/271/EEC (supplemented by a directive 98/15/EC) concerning urban waste-water treatment.
- Directive 2013/39/ EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 August 2013 amending Directives 2000/60/EC and 2008/105/EC as regards priority substances in the field of water policy Text with EEA relevance;
4. Conduct Impact assessment of the proposed Decree, in accordance with the regulations on the Impact Assessment Procedure („FBiH Official Gazzette “, number 1/94, 8/95, 58/02, 19/03, 2/06 i 8/06), and fill out the appropriate prescribed form in accordance with it.
5. Facilitate not more than 3 workshops organized by the Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism and UNDP, prepare relevant documentation and guide discussion with aim to communicate proposed legislative changes with wider public. Ensure wider accepting and ownership of the proposed law changes.
6. In close cooperation with the WG and other experts, which will provide inputs/advices, develop and finalize draft proposal of the Decree on conditions for waste water emissions into environment and public sewage that is ready for procedure of the formal adoption by relevant FBiH authorities.
Required Skills and Experience
B.Sc. in technology engineering;
- Minimum 10-year experience in working with industry sector in FBiH;
- Knowledge of the environmental issues in BiH;
- Knowledge and understanding of the relevant EU directives;
- Familiarity with UN system and the UNDP rules, procedures and regulations would be advantage.
Knowledge of English is an asset.
Application closing date: 25 July 2019