Regional Working Group on Environment
The Regional Working Group on Environment (RWG Env) is established under the auspices of RCC as an intergovernmental platform aimed at coordinating important regional initiatives and projects in the area of environment and climate change.
The RWG Env meets twice a year, while at least once at level of ministers in charge of environment and climate change. As a result of present activities the “Podgorica Declaration” has been adopted in April 2016. By this document ministers from WB economies reconfirmed strategic plans and committed themselves to continue cooperation through RCC in addressing the main regional environmental issues and through improving energy efficiency in the region.
The RWG Env gathers representatives of line ministries, but also representatives from various regional and international organizations, projects, environment agencies, partner organizations from the region and the EU. The RWG Env coordinates activities related to three main regional projects addressing climate proofing of transport infrastructure, water-energy-food-ecosystem nexus and biodiversity.
The RWG Env is co-chaired by the Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat the permanent Co-chair, and one participating economy of the RWG Env on an annual rotational basis (following alphabetical order).
2015/2016: Montenegro - The Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism
2016/2017: Serbia – The Ministry of Environmental Protection.
2017/2018: The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - The Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning.