In early 2009, DEWA/GRID-Europe along with the Regional Office for Europe (ROE) initiated a new sub-regional reporting process, the Dinaric Arc and Balkans Environment Outlook (DABEO). The DABEO report will be an integrated environment assessment (IEA) and sub-regional examination and synthesis of the environmental situation in the Balkan mountainous region that includes parts of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Greece, Kosovo (territory under Interim UN administration), Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia. DABEO is being carried out in a “bottom-up”, collaborative and consultative style, much like its parent products, UNEP’s series of Global Environment Outlook (GEO) assessment reports at the global level. The DABEO project also responds to a specific request to report on a highly diverse and ecologically-sensitive mountainous region, with many unique environmental and human aspects. A major objective is to build awareness of a project among the nine countries and individual DABEO participants in the reporting work, maintaining their support and interest, ultimately resulting in a fully-informed, professional and scientifically-valid DABEO integrated assessment.
The results will include greater knowledge about and sensitivity to the unique ecology and related environmental and human problems of the Dinaric Arc and Balkan Mountains region; a process for addressing these problems within the realm of existing policies and instruments for the region; an operational network of national focal points within and among the nine Dinaric Arc and Balkan countries (+ Kosovo - territory under Interim UN administration) for this purpose and other, ongoing activities and exchanges of knowledge and experiences; and better information for environmental decision-making in the region.
Along with an integrated environmental assessment of the Dinaric Arc and Balkan Mountains region, the project will also result in a harmonized and integrated data collection process to assure comparability over time and across national borders, and integration across disciplines and geographical boundaries for the entire region, as well as a DABEO Database and Information System to support an eventual regional policy instrument, and guide local, national and regional actions and policies to improve environmental conditions and the quality of life of local communities.