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Aarhus Centre Banja Luka

Aarhus Centre Banja Luka supports and promote the implementation of the Aarhus Convention in and around Banja Luka.

Aarhus Centre Banja Luka

The principal goal of the Aarhus Centre Banja Luka is to promote the implementation of the Aarhus Convention in BiH and act as a liaison between public intuitions and the community at large, especially at local level.

In June of 2013, Centre for Environment opened the Aarhus Centre for Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environment Matters, with financial support of the EU and the OSCE Mission to BiH.

The principal goal of the Aarhus Centre is to promote the implementation of the Aarhus Convention in BiH and act as a liaison between public intuitions and the community at large, especially at local level.

The Mission of the Aarhus Centre is:

to collect, analyse, process and exchange information of relevance to the environment with all interested parties, inform the interested parties of the right to healthy environment, encourage transparency of public administration and active participation of citizens in decision-making in environment matters and provide legal support to civil society in environment matters.

The Office of the Aarhus Centre is open to citizens, representatives of associations and institutions interested in getting accurate and up to date information on environment matters and adequately preparing for participation in decision-making.

Services provided by the Aarhus Centre are:

  • Enabling citizens, representatives of associations and institutions to access information; provision of assistance in exercising the right to participation in decision-making in environment matters; provision of legal protection of human rights in environment matters; provision of support to public administration at all levels in BiH in building capacities needed for implementation of the commitments resulting from ratification of the Aarhus Convention by BiH; provision of support to public and private companies in the process of public participation in consultation and decision-making on planned projects and interventions which may have impact on the environment; provision of technical support to civic initiatives; provision of professional support in advocating for civic interests in complex environment matters; provision of reliable environment information to the media.

Key to operation of the Aarhus Centre are the non-governmental organisations involved in environment matters and units of local government which should implement the Aarhus Convention in practice. By building capacities of civil society organisations, their skills will be improved, enabling them to objectively and substantively represent the public in environment matters. At the moment, the staff of Banja Luka Aarhus Centre consists of the coordinator and the legal officer. 

Centre facts and figures

Year of establishment
2013
Hosted by
Centre for Environment
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Main fields of activity

Aarhus Centre Banja Luka

Nataša Crnković

President

Viktor Bjelić

Coordinator of AC
Office of Aarhus Centre Banja Luka

Office of Aarhus Centre Banja Luka

Mise Stupara 5
78000 Banja Luka
Bosnia & Herzegovina

OSCE Secretariat

OSCE Secretariat

Wallerstrasse 6
1010 Vienna
Austria