The challenges of the sustainable management of natural resources in the countries of the Drina basin are numerous. Participants of the workshop “Gender dimensions in the sustainable management of natural resources through a Nexus approach in the Drina basin” jointly organized by UNECE and GWP-Med, will attempt to examine the role of women and their contribution to finding solutions to these challenges through the Nexus approach.
The Drina basin is shared by three countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. Home to over a million people, the basin is rich in natural resources such as hydropower, timber, metals and minerals. In addition, its rich and beautiful nature makes it a real tourist gem, while its fertile soil promises good yields and food security.
Basin countries are striving to improve their economies and societies. While working there, they still face challenges in achieving growth without compromising the natural environment and the well-being of future generations.
The workshop will take place online on June 23. Its participants, including senior country officials, academics, local authorities, NGOs and representatives of international organizations, will address some of the critical aspects of the development challenges of the Drina Basin, taking into account the needs of all people. , including those who generally do not have a say in decision-making.
GWP-Med, in partnership with the UNECE and supported by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), organizes the workshop under the “Promote the sustainable management of natural resources in South East Europe, through the use of the Nexus approach”(SEE Nexus Project).
For more information about the workshop and the participants, please see the workshop agenda.
The Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystem Nexus (“Nexus”) approach was introduced in the natural resource management program to improve water, energy and food security while preserving ecosystems. and their functions.
The Nexus methodology provides an integrated and coordinated approach across sectors (energy, mining, agriculture, tourism, forestry), to reconcile potentially conflicting interests as they compete for the same scarce resources while assessing the impact on climate change , the environment, and society.
Gender with emphasis on local context and needs
The workshop will provide a brief overview of the latest trends on the global gender agenda. However, it will focus on the local context and needs.
Several case studies and projects that have taken place in the Drina basin over the past two years will be presented during the workshop. They will address some of the most urgent situations related to sustainable development, environmental protection, water, waste management and their impact on women and the local population.
“Women are often affected by environmental impacts and suffer the consequences more than men. At the same time, they are under-represented in decision-making, while many jobs remain predominantly male in rural areas, ”said Tassos Krommydas, GWP-Med program manager.
Krommydas also added that there is a primary need not only to increase the capacities of women and involve them in all aspects of decision making, but also to address gender considerations in policy making. It is certainly positive that women are increasingly seen as leading environmental struggles.
In order to facilitate an active discussion and provide a platform for women’s voices to be heard, the organizers plan to invite workshop participants to share their ideas and views on possible solutions and the way forward to provide lasting solutions to concrete phenomena. , while at the same time the nexus approach is applied.