Circular Economy Roadmap Workshop with the Private Sector

Prishtina, June 10, 2022 – To explain the Roadmap to Circular Economy for the private sector, The American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo was pleased to co-host a Workshop in collaboration with UNDP, where stakeholders from the private sector had the opportunity to voice their concerns regarding the transition to a circular economy, as well as learn of new ways this transition can be achieved. This workshop was facilitated by Ladeja Godina Kosir (Founder and Executive Director at Circular Change) and Marco Segovia Bifarini (Project Manager at Circular Change).

Maria Suokko, UNDP Resident Representative in Kosovo, in her opening statement said that it is important for the private sector to alter the way in which its products are made. Suokko believes that transitioning to a circular economy is crucial to revert the harm caused by greenhouse gas emissions in a sustainable way.

Florije Tahiri, Senior Officer for Waste Treatment, MESPI, stressed that Kosovo is facing major environmental challenges. As long as the waste is not yet managed in an integrated way, then the level of pollution will be high, given that the rivers and lakes are also quite polluted. She said that the Ministry of Environment is constantly working to address these challenges, draft strategies and implement concrete projects in this field.

Arian Zeka, Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo, said that the circular economy is a response of paramount importance to the local and global environmental challenges. He further stated that a circular economy should help address these and other issues related to depletion of natural resources, degradation of environments and generation of more waste.