World Environment Day, 2016 - “You breath what you burn”

A new website allows citizens to access in real time data of air quality stations all over BiH.

Through the observance of World Environment Day, United Nations seek to find ways to mobilize everyone to be aware not only of the responsibilities they have, but also their power and ability to become agents of change for much needed support to sustainable and equitable development and preservation of environment and human wellbeing.  

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), as the voice for environment in the United Nations system, this year will endeavour to place a spotlight and advocate for improvements in one of the most important areas of environment that may bring forth direct effects on wellbeing of people around the world– the air quality.

In the winter months 2015/2016 four cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Zenica, Banja Luka, Sarajevo, Tuzla) entered the WHO’s list of the most polluted cities in Europe, where the citizens became witnesses clean air in this country and globally has become an apparent luxury.

Several UN agencies are actively working on the issue of Energy Sustainability/Energy Efficiency/Clean Air/ Health aspects.

In the Framework of a UNEP/GEF project 2 new air quality stations were installed in Prijedor and Gorazde and 2 existing stations (in Banja Luka and in Ivan Sedlo) have been upgraded. A new website allows citizens to access in real time data of air quality stations all over BiH.

UNEP and several partners have joined forces on promotion of modern, energy-efficient, climate-resilient and affordable district energy systems in cities of Banja Luka and Sarajevo in order to tackle the emerging issue of  air pollution. These two cities are now part of the global District Energy in Cities Initiative hosted by UNEP, where the district heating systems in Banja Luka and Sarajevo will experience modernization and rehabilitation of their heating networks..

The City of Banja Luka and the Canton of Sarajevo have identified the topic of district heating as a key entry point for achieving better air quality and sustainable development for their citizens.

During the 2016 Sarajevo Film Festival, at EnviroDay (the day dedicated to environment in Bosnia and Herzegovina) that will take place on August 19 2016, we will bring to your attention all the action that was taken in order to facilitate improvements to this important issue of air pollution.

Each and one of us can take the action that makes a difference as only if we work together we can make a difference.

We urge all citizens and institutions of BiH to act, to join us in determination to achieve one of the key Sustainable Development Goals - improvement of the air quality in Bosnia and Herzegovina. There is no more time to lose!