By Medina Malagić – Sarajevo
A conference entitled “Growing Environmental Problems in BiH and Eco-Innovations as Possible Solution for Wastewater Treatment” was held in Sarajevo today. It was organized by the Sarajevo Regional Development Agency (SERDA) regarding the project Metris Plus- “Strengthening and Research of the Innovative Potential in the Adriatic Region Through Joint Research Initiatives”, which was implemented by the Metris Research Center realized through the IPA Adriatic Program.
The stated goal of this conference was the promotion of innovative solutions in wastewater treatment.
The importance of this conference was highlighted and predicated on the growing value of water resources accompanied by uncontrolled pollution and the lack of infrastructural capacity for wastewater treatment in BiH. One of the advantages in BiH is the abundance of water resources, but the country continues to face numerous challenges in many areas that impede efficiency in wastewater treatment.
More specifically, participants at this conference paid special attention to the influence of wastewater treatment on the eco-system and drinking water, which inevitably plays a substantial role in the process of the European integration of BiH.
Participants at this conference included representatives from the Istrian Development Agency (leading partner in this project), as well as representatives from other project partners.
Project Manager at Serda BiH Asad Karišik said: ”the goal of the conference is to provide a process where we could speak about the problems of wastewater treatment. However, at the same time we are looking to offer a solution to the problem, and this is the reason that the project was launched. Our interst in realizing this project is also to align international practices with BiH institutions”.
Karišik also specified that in addition to finding a solution to these problems through the cooperation of the founders of Serda, which is the city of Sarajevo, Eastern Sarajevo, Canton Sarajevo, and 32 municipalities in BiH, they will also seek cooperation with other levels and institutions that deal with water management and water treatment in BiH.
He also said that another goal of the conference was to bring local institutions and experts in one place in order to discuss solutions and as a way to raise the level of awareness of the general public on these issues.
‘’We promoted these topics, and at the same time we have given space to local institutions and experts, and included the University of Sarajevo, in order to raise awareness to the general public on the solutions and findings of our project. At the same time, we use this as a platform for a discussion on other projects and other solutions’’, concluded Project Manager Asad Karišik.
*The Sarajevo Economic Region Development Agency (SERDA) was established by Sarajevo Canton, City of East Sarajevo and 20 municipalities from both entities in 2003, whose goal is to encourage and strengthen regional development of the country through financial support, education, business infrastructure development, capacity building, information services for foreign investors, and the implementation of inter-regional and international projects.