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LOCAL PEOPLE'S ATTITUDES TOWARDS QUALITY OF ENVIRONMENT IN SERBIA – B&H CROSS-BORDER REGION

By
Mirjana Bartula ,
Mirjana Bartula
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Faculty of Applied Ecology Futura, University Singidunum, Belgrade, Serbia

Uroš Radojević ,
Uroš Radojević

Faculty of Applied Ecology Futura, University Singidunum, Belgrade, Serbia

Dragana Selmanagić ,
Dragana Selmanagić

Hydro-Engineering Institute, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Erna Zildović ,
Erna Zildović

Hydro-Engineering Institute, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Miloš Nikolić
Miloš Nikolić

Hydro-Engineering Institute, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Abstract

Public participation in environmental decision-making is nowadays accepted as an integral part of the sustainable development process and an important mean for improving quality, legitimacy and capacity of environmental assessment and decisions. When communities participate in the management of their resources in form of consultation or active involvement, there is a greater likelihood of success as people are more willing to obey their own regulations than those imposed upon them from outside. This paper presents results of a survey in Serbia-BiH cross border region that explored the attitudes of local people towards natural resources and environment quality, environmental priorities and efficiency of local government in solving environmental problems. Results were used as inputs for drafting “Action plan for sustainable use of cross border natural resource” contributing in this way to better acceptance and easier implementation of the plan at the community level.

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