Snježana Ivanović, Informacijski izvori iz međunarodnih odnosa i međunarodna integracija Hrvatske (Information sources in the field of international relations and international integration of Croatia), Zagreb, Institute for International Relations, June 2012
The purpose of the booCover IMO publication, Information sources in the field of international relations and international integration of Croatiak, published in Croatian language, is to stress the need for good information sources in the field of international relations and to evaluate the role of libraries in both building the information and open democratic societies. Namely, only well informed citizens can actively participate in the political process, not leaving that task exclusively to political decision makers and epistemic communities. The book promotes the idea that it is necessary for the users in Croatia to get most of relevant information related to international relations, and particularly its political aspect, from a single point of access. Such access to digital information sources on the Internet is possible only by creating a vertical portal, i.e. vortal. Starting from the comparative analysis of the examples of good practice in the world, the book focuses on the elaboration of a vortal of international relations within the library of the Institute for International Relations (IMO), Zagreb.
Sanja Tišma, Ana-Maria Boromisa and Ana Pavičić Kaselj, Environmental Finance and Development, London and New York, Routledge, May 2012
Cover IMO Environmental Finance and DevelopmentThe book Environmental Finance and Development, authored by IMO researchers Sanja Tišma, Ana-Maria Boromisa and Ana Pavičić Kaselj, has been published in the Routledge Studies in Ecological Economics Series. This book focuses on environmental financing in the process of alignment with the EU. Based on a comparative analysis of national environmental strategies and financial needs, and their links with strategic development documents in five selected countries (Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, Turkey), the book identifies major achievements and remaining challenges in the main areas of environmental regulation: nature protection, water, waste, air and climate change. For each area the same concept is applied: the current situation is presented, followed by an overview of institutional and legal frameworks. The division of competences between actors at the same or at different levels is addressed, costs of implementation are estimated and possible sources of financing identified. The analysis shows that a significant role in the decision making related to financing environmental protection has: (i) commercial value of environmental infrastructure necessary for services; (ii) issue of affordability; (iii) price setting mechanisms; (iv) risks for investors and creditors; and (v) policy stability and predictability.