Regional Conference on Environmental Impact Assessment is an event organised by HUSZPO, so far held three times in different cities in Croatia.
HUSZPO is a non-governmental and non-profit organization, established in 2004 by respected legal entities and individuals, all practitioners in the fields of environmental and nature protection. Nowadays, the Association membership consists of about 40 companies and individual expert members. The purpose of the Association is to advance professional knowledge and services in environmental and nature protection, harmonize and promote professional interests, promote professional ethics and strengthen cooperation with similar national and international organizations and associations.
The First Regional Conference was held under the auspices of the Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection in September 2013, in Zadar. You can find out more about it at: Conference 2013, Zadar
The Second Conference was held under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia, the Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection and the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund of the Republic of Croatia, in September 2015, in Novi Vinodolski. You can find out more about it at: Conference 2015, Novi Vinodolski
The Third Regional Conference was held in September 2017, in Vodice, under the auspices of the under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, the Ministry of Environment and Energy of the Republic of Croatia, the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Croatia, the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds of the Republic of Croatia, the Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts, the Croatian Agency for Environment and Nature and the Croatian Business Chamber. Conference Partner was UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe). You can find out more about it at: Conference 2017, Vodice
At the opening ceremony of the Third Regional Conference a short film on the idea of the conference has been shown which can be seen here.
All conferences were extremely successful. At each, more than a 100 expert presentations were given and several round tables with diverse topic held. Each conference had more than 300 participants – practitioners, scientists, public authority representatives, representatives of the local and regional governments, non-governmental organizations, public relations experts, members of the media and investors from Croatia, the region and beyond.
The guiding idea behind the Conferences is to gather stakeholders from different environmental and nature protection procedures and enable them to share their knowledge, experiences and views through constructive and democratic dialogue.
Unfortunately, in practice procedures are still often delayed and extended due to discord between the stakeholders creating uncertainties regarding investment realization, which is a precondition of economic growth. These uncertainties can be significant obstacles in accessing EU funds, for which environmental and nature protection procedures are prerequisites, whether in form of SEAs for Operational Programmes or EIAs for individual projects. That is why main goals of the Conference are removing communication barriers and increasing mutual understanding and trust between the stakeholders, all the while respecting expert knowledge and best practice.
Given the interdisciplinary nature, and the breadth of the topic, the 4. Conference on Environmental Impact Assessment, 2019 will be divided into three sections:
A: Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA): Relevant Data and Methods, Efficiency of Procedures, Documentation Quality Control, Acceptability for the Ecological Network, Protection and Mitigation Measures, Environmental Incidents, Espoo Convention
B: Environmental and Nature Protection Strategy: Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), Protocol on SEA to the Espoo Convention, Inter-sectoral Conciliation, Relation Between EIA, SEA and Other EU Directives, Scope of Court Reviews in EIA and SEA, Climate Change Adaptation, Management Plans, Land Use Planning
C: Sustainable and Inclusive Growth: Ecosystem Services, Natura 2000 and Economy, Public Participation, Project Financing
Through all the editions, the Conference has transformed into an important event not only for Croatia, but also for the region. Namely, it has proven to be an excellent opportunity to form acquaintances and arrange collaboration between companies from different countries, as well as a platform for exchanging experiences between experts and other stakeholders from the European Union and their counterparts from the countries in the region which are currently on their path towards the EU membership.
We thank our patrons, partner organizations, committee members, authors, panelists, moderators, participants and everyone else on their contribution to the realization of this conference.
Also, we especially thank all of our sponsors for their financial support without which this conference could not be organized.