Joining forces for a sustainable future in western Balkans

This program was financially supported by the Regional Programme on Environment Western Balkans of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

A Green Agenda is a participatory method for developing and implementing local sustainable development strategies and plans with active involvement of representatives of the different sectors in the local community where the process is conducted.

 

Objective of the Balkan programme: The overall objective is to contribute to the transition towards (further) democratisation, sustainable development and stability in the Western Balkans.

 

Programme goals:

  • to develop and implement Green Agendas;
  • to have 12 Green Agendas adopted by local authorities in 12 communities;
  • to promote Green Agendas in the whole Balkan region;
  • to create new methodologies for developing Green Agendas and incorporating new methods for working with the local population;
  • to develop, test and promote new methods of Environmental Education;
  • to develop and support cooperation and exchange of information between NGOs;
  • to support environmental NGOs in the region in obtaining and using knowledge and expertise on EU enlargement.

 

Activities
1. Green Agenda development and implementation

  • Identification of three pilot communities where we will start a Green Agenda process.
  • Stakeholder analysis: what documents or obligations for documents or plans exist in the community? Who are the stakeholders and what can be expected from them?
  • Stakeholder meeting: The public start of the Green Agenda process is the first meeting for all stakeholders, in which the process is explained and interest in participation is identified among those present.
  • Local Working Groups: Local thematic Working Groups will be created in each community, these groups will carry out the Green Agenda analysis.
  • Local Working Group activities: The Working Groups will develop ideas for small activities.
  • Training of Trainers: The trainers will be trained in the Green Agenda method, including best practices and examples from other countries.
  • Training on ICT and Information Management: We will organise a training on information management and IT tools
  • Pilot projects: One of the characteristics of the Green Agenda method however is that it focuses not only on the creation of a document, but also on the actual implementation of the ideas laid down in the document.
  • National study visits.Study visits will be organized to other communities in the country where Green Agendas are developed.
  • International study visits: These international study visits give the opportunity to see how Green Agendas are developed and work in other countries.

2. Promoting the Green Agenda method and results
Materials on Green Agenda: Each country will develop its own manual.
National workshops: will be organized to share the results with a wider audience and to inspire others in the country to conduct a Green Agenda process and to (financially) support it.
Website and electronic newsletter: An international website and an electronic newsletter in which experiences from all countries can be shared will be made, with input from all 6 countries.

 

3. Sustainability of the method and the results

  • Development of a regional methodology: A compilation of all experiences by creating a shared manual for the Western Balkans.
  • Trainer Workshops on Environmental Education: Elected local trainees will receive a Training of Trainers workshop on Environmental Education.
  • National Platforms on Green Agenda: We plan to create a national platform where representatives of all 3 communities, NGOs and trainers can share experiences as well as ideas to further promote the results and method inside the country.

4. Regional and European cooperation

  • Workshops on EU Accession and funds: Milieukontakt will organize workshops on EU law, the accession process and upcoming funds for participating NGOs and communities. The aim is to discuss and share common themes (e.g. water/waste) problems and solutions.
  • Regional Skill Share seminars: During these seminars new insights, knowledge and experiences can be shared with the goal to form a regional network of environmental NGOs, active communities with Green Agenda experience, trainers and (EU) experts.
  • Promoting the method internationally: To support Macedonian, Serbian, Montenegrin, Bosnian and Kosovo NGOs and trainers to take part in EU Accession activities and international meetings on the issue, we will organise visits to Brussels and to international and European events, including meetings with other international NGOs.

 

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Environmental Day

  • International Day for Preservation of the Ozone Layer - September 16

  • Clean Up the World Weekend - September 17-19

  • Zero Emissions Day - September 21

  • Car Free Day - September 22

  • World Day of Tourism - September 27

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