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Under the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, signatory cities in Serbia committed to prepare and implement Sustainable Energy and Climate Plans (SECAPs), containing concrete measures aimed at reducing GHG emissions, energy consumption, as well as adapting to the impacts of climate change. In this way, national climate mitigation and adaptation efforts are supported in a tangible and efficient manner at the community level, representing a pivotal process to promote and mainstream long-term sustainable development in the country.

Supported by the German Federal Government and the European Union, SECAP Development Workshops were held from 16 to 19 May in Novi Sad, Valjevo, Vranje, and Pirot. City representatives and participating stakeholders came together to jointly identify measures for mitigation and adaptation to climate change in the relevant sectors that concern their city, marking a further step to finalising the cities’ SECAP documents. All participating stakeholders demonstrated a good level of awareness and commitment to contribute to the process, which remains crucial for the effective planning of GHG emission reduction measures and improvements for climate change resilience. The support is provided within the EU4 Energy Transition: Covenant of Mayors in the Western Balkans and Türkiye project implemented by GIZ as part of the Open Regional Fund for South-East Europe – Energy, Transport and Climate Protection.

The SECAP development process will soon continue with consultation processes with the public to seek and support citizens’ participation and collect their feedback. This acknowledges that to achieve high quality of life in sustainable, climate-resilient, and vibrant cities for all residents, their active involvement is vital.

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