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The Great Plant Hunt: Eco-Schools Toyota Biodiversity Educational Project

Eco-Schools – Toyota Biodiversity Educational Project

The project will focus on biodiversity with a particular emphasis on plants and their associated species. The project will include educational aspects, based on the FEE Educational Principles, and practical activities based on resources developed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew with funding from the Wellcome Trust. Kew and the Wellcome Trust will be acknowledged on all material adapted from the Great Plant Hunt (GPH). Where possible links with Toyota retailers will be encouraged, especially in MM5 countries (countries with strong Toyota presence). The project will run for five years.  

Partners

The Foundation for Environmental Education is a non-governmental, non-profit charity aimed at promoting sustainable development through environmental education. A global presence, more than 80 countries around the world are engaged in working with various FEE programmes. The organisation is recognised by UNESCO as a world-leader within the fields of Environmental Education and Education for Sustainable Development.

Toyota Motor Europe established the Toyota Fund for Europe to collaborate with non-profit organisations on community activities that support the environment, technical education and road safety. The projects supported by the Toyota Fund for Europe aim at raising awareness and creating positive change.

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Kew’s mission is to be the global resource for plant and fungal knowledge and the world’s leading botanic garden. The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health by supporting bright minds in science, the humanities and social sciences and public engagement.   

The Great Plant Hunt was commissioned and funded by The Wellcome Trust to mark the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth.  The materials were developed and created by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Objectives of the project

  1. Develop young people as advocates for conservation & promotion of local biodiversity actions
  2. Develop science based resources in line with the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) principles to allow teachers to promote biodiversity education activity
  3. Meet Kew/FEE principles
  • Easy to apply
  • Promote critical thinking by “go and see”/study approach (learn by doing)
  • Consistent with CBD/Green Corridor
  1. Help meet EU/UN targets for biodiversity education
  2. Develop module as part of FEE school programmes.

Materials prepared for schools will follow the FEE Educational Principles and will be living examples of Education for Sustainable Development.

 

Eco-Schools implementation of the project

Step I Registration

Interested schools wishing to take part, must register with the National Operator (NO) to begin. The NO approves the list of schools taking part. NOs register the schools and enter the school’s information to the FEE database.

Step 2 Review

Following the guidelines and resources, schools will review the initial situation to get a baseline before any actions take place. This part is vital if schools are to track their progress and celebrate their success. Schools must carry out a baseline Biodiversity Awareness Survey to examine levels of awareness surrounding biodiversity and its importance. There will be a number of essential questions which schools will need to answer. However, schools are welcome to come up with a more extensive set of questions as part of the review process. The questions will take into account the age and ability of the user. The results should be publicised.

Another important element of the review is to create a habitat map of the school grounds and record the species present. Schools will need to think about the seasons, weather and time of year, as biodiversity is strongly influenced by all. Schools will use ID charts adapted from Kew’s Great Plant Hunt. Sample ID charts will be made available. Schools will also be able to fill in/create their own ID charts based on the species they find. Students will be encouraged to take pictures of plants found on their schools grounds include some brief information, record them on the charts and upload them on the project page.

The schools stories/information will be uploaded to ‘Exposure’. Guidelines will be circulated re. Exposure.  It is hoped that a basic database of plant species in schools around Europe will be created and added to in subsequent years.

As well as local resources, it is hoped that knowledgeable family and community members and local experts will offer assistance in identifying species. 

Step 3 Action

The Review will have helped pinpoint some issues of concern in the schools, perhaps even in the surrounding area or nationally. Once schools have a clear baseline they can focus their attention on ways of helping biodiversity and various plant species.

 

Top 2 Biodiversity Actions: 

ü  Increase the levels of awareness throughout the school and wider community

ü  (If possible) increase the number of native species and the species diversity in the school’s environs.

Examples of actions will be uploaded by the schools/National Operators and published on ‘Exposure’.

 

Step 4 Monitoring and Evaluation

From the beginning schools should plan how they will measure the success of you Biodiversity Action Plan. The monitoring process is extremely effective when it comes to identifying progress and comparing past and present behaviour and attitudes.  It is important that changes in behaviour and practical measures are measured over an extended period of time.

Evaluate levels of awareness by revisiting the awareness survey carried out at the beginning of the year.

Evaluate progress on practical improvements

ü  Create a new map showing off any practical improvements

ü  Check if species richness and numbers have increased

More at    http://www.ecoschools.global/the-great-plant-hunt/learn-more

More about implementation actions in Serbia at: http://ambassadors-env.com/project/veliki-lov-na-biljke/ (in Serbian) and  http://feeserbia.com/programi/veliki-lov-na-biljke/ (in Serbian)

 

 

 

Aarhus Center Novi Beograd – how to get involved?

In November 2015, Young Researchers of Serbia established the Aarhus center Novi Beograd, the fifth Aarhus Centre in Serbia, as an encouragement for the implementation of the Aarhus Convention and the greater involvement of citizens in environmental protection issues. On 13 April 2016, at the Media Center in Belgrade, Aarhus Centre Novi Beograd, with the support of OSCE Mission to Serbia, organized a roundtable “How to get involved?” about the cooperation between different actors in the environmental protection in Belgrade. At the roundtable, about 30 representatives of institutions and organizations discussed what can be done to improve environmental protection in Belgrade. For more information, please visit website link or facebook link.

 

 

ENV.net Course: CSO Participation in Accession Process

Agenda 8.4.2016

9:30-10:00 Registration of participants

10:00-10:10 Short introduction of ENV.net project, Nataša Žugić-Drakulić, ENV.net coordinator for Serbia

10:10-11:10 Andjelka Mihajlov and Mirjana Drenovak Ivanovic, representatives of the Negotiation Team 27

11:10-11:30 Representative of the Negotiation Group 27, invited

11:30-11:50 Jelena Pajović van Reenen, representative of the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society

11:50-12:10 Natasa Djereg, Center for Ecology and Sustainable Development- CEKOR, National Convention on the EU: “Role of CSOs in Accession Process”

12:10-12:30 Hristina Stevanović-Čarapina, Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development: “Position papers on Chemicals/Waste/IPPC, as the framework for discussion”

12:30-13:00 Discussion

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-14:45 Richard Filcak, European Environmental Bureau: “Horizontal polices and legislation – lessons learned from the EU accession process, challenges and opportunities”

14:45-15:30 Richard Filcak, European Environmental Bureau: “CSOs in EC Progress Reporting

15-30-16:00 Mirko Popović, Belgrade Open School: Coalition 27 Report on Serbia’s progress in the Chapter 27 (Environment and Climate Change) of the EU pre-accession negotiation 27: Environment and Climate Change

16:00-16:30 Discussion

* Moderator: Aleksandra Mladenović, Executive Director, Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development

Chapter 27: Environment and climate change in the media

Activities of the project include: 
The round table / seminar on 28 October at 12 am in the Media Center: Chapter 27, environment and climate change in the media ,
for journalists,  includes Chapter 27, case reporting practices on this issue in our country (compared with reporting in other countries) …. (presentation of the project activities at the fair ECOFAIR 2015, with a public invitation to interested parties to apply for the seminar
- preparing and making available information on-line brochure for the Press 

Activities contribute to the objective of the project to influence the improvement of journalistic skills and knowledge for specialized reporting in the field of environmental protection and climate change, which would contribute to the improvement of ways, the quality and scope of media coverage and better information of the citizens. The project is support of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, which in 2015 co-financed ENV.net project

The third ENV.net partnership meeting in Milan, November 2013

The third partnership meeting of organizations from six countries participating in ENV.net project is being held from 5-8. November, 2013., in Milan, Italy. 

The first day was dedicated to presentation of activities undertaken in the last months and description in details how each partner organisation is planning to implement activities foreseen in the project strategy in 2014.  In the afternoon of the 1st day  a practical training session on the use of social networks was delivered by Claudia Vago, consultant.
The 2nd day was dedicated to the EEB Training session on advocacy and monitoring the approximation process to the environmental acquis. In the 3rd day, a Training of Trainer (ToT) was organised in order to identify a common methodology to be used, followed by a short information session on how to use the website, to add pages and posts.  The 4th day was focused in defining the project strategy and specific activities for 2014.

Moments from the Meeting in the Gallery of pictures.

Meeting with European Parliamentarians

European Parliament Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety had a meeting with the civil society sector dealing with environment, public health and food safety issues, on 28. October, 2013. at the EU Delegation to Serbia premises.

On behalf of the EP ENVI Committee Vice-President Ms Christa Klass and her team had a discussion with CSO representatives, including EASD team, on important environmental and health issues, as well as on the recent problems with the milk issue in the field of food safety.

EASD in the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint: 2013 International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action

EASD, as the CSO National SAICM focal point, active participated in the 2013 International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action, October 20-26, 2013 (Color pencils with and without lead).

On October 22, at 11:00, EASD/ENV.net Serbia Team participated in the central event in Serbia in, the Institute of the Public Health of Serbia - Agenda of the event : program skupa

On October 23. from 9:45 in Eco-School  OŠ “Drinka Pavlović” ,Beograd , EASD team, in partnership with the   APOS , gave a public lecture on “The sources of lead in the environment” , related lead in environment and lead poisoning (by different pencils and paint products). Our hosts and audience were biology professor Tatiana Tursijan, chemistry professor Dragana Ilic, and 7. and 8. grade students.

EASD presentation on lead from environmental angle : AOR Olovo 22.10.2013.

Events have media attention, for example.

 

Lead is well-known toxic chemical with ability to harm human health and cause wide range of health disorders including neurological disorders, anaemia, tiredness and muscle weakness, paralysis, kidney and liver damage and stomach upsets.  According to WHO assessments lead exposure is estimated to account for 0.6% of the global burden of disease, with the highest burden in developing regions.

In children, the potential for adverse effects of exposure to lead is increased because of their physiological, metabolic and behavioural specificity. Lead can pose the risk to unborn child due to its possibility moves through placenta. Childhood lead exposure causes cognitive functions disorder resulted in about 600,000 new cases of children with intellectual disabilities every year.  Latest scientific findings confirmed that there is no safe threshold for lead and that lead poisoning is entirely preventable.

The  phasing  out  of  lead  from  petrol,  first  in  western  Europe  and  later  in central and eastern Europe, has resulted in a significant fall in blood lead levels in children over the last two decades. Nevertheless there are still a lot of sources of lead releases into environment such as industrial processes, paint, solder in canned foods and water pipes.  It is still necessary to further reduce  the  levels  of  lead  in  the  blood  because  there  is  no  known  safe  level  in children and pregnant women.

To facilitate action aim preventing of  lead poisonings globally and especially exposure to lead from paint WHO together with UNEP created Global Alliance to Eliminated Lead from Paint (GAELP) that includes United States Centres for Diseases Control, US EPA and International Paediatric Association as well as Who and UNEP. The GAELP aims to elimination of lead from paint till 2020 in the majority of countries.

To raise awareness about lead poisoning, highlight countries and partners’ efforts to prevent childhood lead poisoning  and urge further action to eliminate lead paint WHO through the GAELP will facilitate an international campaign on lead poisoning prevention (with a focus on lead paint), to take place 20-26 October 2013. This will be a campaign involving voluntary country-led activities, and we are now at the stage where countries (and NGOs) can volunteer to take part.

In WHO European Region four public health institutions and poison centres  in Albania, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, and Serbia and a number of non-governmental organizations located in Armenia, France, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Republic of Moldova and Serbia  registered events that they will organize during Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.  The diversity of events that are planned reflect countries priorities in elimination of lead poisonings that for WHO/ Europe Member States includes awareness raising workshops with decision-makers, legislators, industry representatives, TV events and mass media publications, distribution of booklets, national conferences are planned in the participating countries.  Interesting events such as exhibition on lead poisonings and screening of the preventive movie will take place in France. Clinical toxicologists will inform from CHRU Lilly (France) Poison Control Centre will send mail to approximately 1500 City halls and to Paediatricians and Child Professionals.

Action to eliminate leaded paints should take place in all countries.

Marshall Memorial Fellow working visit to EASD

On October 22, 2013, Mijo Vodopic as a  Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, an American non-partisan, non-profit organization that works on strengthening transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan, visit Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development office in Belgrade. Currently, Mijo Vodopic is a program officer  at the  MacArthur Foundation, a US-based philanthropy. His portfolio includes scaling energy efficiency across the built environment, with a particular emphasis on low-income residences, urban sustainability and mitigating climate change.

Working meeting was focused on exchange experience, primarily related to renewable resources—solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, biomass, as well as other environmental and sustainability issues. EASD Team is always learning from international experience, towards new possible partnerships and cooperation.

“Little progress” in Chapter 27 issues in 2013, according to EC

Serbian first priority is accession to EU.

EC Delegation in Serbia, present to relevant CSOs, on October 18, 2013 , Serbia Progress Report 2013, in which the Commission services present their assessment of what Serbia as the candidate country has achieved over the last year. Presentation on 2013 Reports’ economic chapters is followed by discussion by  CSOs representatives, including the NGOs as the one of category of CSOs. Environmental Chapter have great attention in discussion part of the meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Related to Chapter 27, overall EC conclusions is “little progress”.

Although there are a lot of challenges ( EU Enlargement Factsheets – Energy, Climate Change and Environment ), EC conclusion is in some relevant segments different that ENV.net Study (ENV.net-Study-Extended-Summary-June-2013  ).

ENV.net Serbia Team prepared document: Reading of 2013 Progress Report for Serbia and Strategy by ENV.net Serbia Team ( Serbia 2013 Progress Report and Strategy – Reading by ENV.net Serbia Team )Resulting key words are : Group 1 : civil society organizations, empowered civil society, Dialogue between decision makers and stakeholders , Public awareness, public participation and consultation process; Group 2: sustainable growth, synergies between environment and economy, emissions to air /air quality , waste management , environmental governance , climate change, protected areas, water management,  chemicals management, environmental impact assessment, integral pollution and prevention control (industrial emissions); Group 3: implementation of adopted legislation, Intra- and inter-institutional cooperation, proper functioning of the core institutions, coordination of sectoral policies; Group 4: the skills gap, education and training.

Some background information for SERBIA: candidate – applied in 2009, obtained candidate status in March 2012. The EU-facilitated dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina was launched in March 2011. The First agreement of principles governing normalisation of relations was reached with Kosovo in April 2013. The momentum of reforms has also been reinvigorated in Serbia. The European Council decided in June 2013 to open accession negotiations. The first Intergovernmental Conference on Serbia’s accession negotiations will be held in January 2014 at the very latest, after the Council adopts the negotiating framework, which was proposed by the Commission in July 2013. In the meantime, the ‘screening’ began in September 2013. The Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) entered into force on 1 September. – see more

 

 

Research results presented to scientific community

EASD experts presented research results at international conferences.

Papers:

Rethinking Waste Management within the Resource-efficient Concept, Anđelka Mihajlov and Hristina Stevanović-Čarapina, key note lecture

Identification and characterization of Marinas in Vojvodina, Serbia, Nataša Žugić-Drakulić, Hristina Stevanović- Čarapina and Anđelka Mihajlov

were presented at the 7th ICEEM Conference: Challenges for Sustainability, Vienna, September 2013 ( full program).

Paper:

Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA): meaning and framework , Nebojsa Pokimica and Andjelka Mihajlov

was presented at the FIRST REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT, Zadar, Croatia, September  , 2013.

2013 ISWA  world Congress – October Vienna. Almost 1,300 delegates from 84 countries gathered in the beautiful city of Vienna, which constitutes once again a new record participation for the ISWA World Congress. The participants were offered a lot during the 3 congress days, from the inspiring opening to the tropical closing ceremony, e.g. 250 speeches in 56 sessions, 180 poster presentations. EASD / ENV.net team participated. EVALUATION CRITERIA FOR LOCAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PLANS, Hristina Stevanovic Carapina and Andjelka Mihajlov was presented.

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Presentations are ENV.net study related.

Eye on EU approximation environmental challenges

Different events organised to raise awareness to EU approximation environmental challenges.

International Fair Eko-Svet  was held from 2.6. october 2013. in Novi Sad where different innovations and new technologies were presented.  Also, numerous interesting presentations on environmental issues were organized as an important part of this Fair.

10th International  Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Fair – ECOFAIR is held from 9-12. October 2013. in Belgrade.  Aside from participation of major national and international companies and institutions which are active in the field of environmental protection, there is also very rich professional and scientific program.  For example, Regional Conference on Environmental Reporting – precondition for investment and sustainable business was held in the organization of Camber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia.

ENV.net Team awareness on climate change have media attention.

 

Minister for Education and Science underlined the importance of drinking water for development

The First SEE Regional Science Promotion Conference (SCIPROM), is opened on October 2, 2013 in Belgrade, with the aim to bring together science promotion professionals, practitioners and enthusiasts to share experience and network in order to strengthen the link between science and society in our Region.  In the current competitive global environment it is an imperative to enhance economic and social capacities by improving the educational structure of society, inspiring innovation and technological advancement and creating a milieu for appreciation of the value and benefits of knowledge.

In the opening address, Minister for Education, Science and Technology development of Serbia Tomislav Jovanovic underlined, among others the importance of knowledge based actions, as well as the importance of drinking water for development.

Conference bring international experts and representatives of international organizations, research and educational institutions, science camps, science communicators, NGOs, private sector and media on board. ENV.net team participated.

This conference justify the path of ENV.net Serbia development linking European Integration, Knowledge based activities and sectors : Education, Science and Environment/Natural Resources.

SAICM Regional Meeting, Skopje, September 2013

EASD representative participate at the 5th CEE regional meeting on SAICM in Skopje, Macedonia FYR, from 23 to 26 September 2013. EASD is National NGO/CSO Focal Point for SAICM.  Besade the EASD representative, the representative from Cleaner Production Center – Belgrade participated. Overall, the dynamic of the meeting was very positive with a total of 48 people participating, including 11 Governments, 6 IGOs, 3 regional centres and 9 NGOs. List of participants is available (  CEE Rm 5 INF15_LOP ),

First day CEE regional workshop on endocrine disrupting chemicals, lead by UNEP in collaboration with WHO and OECD.

Second day: Technical Information Sharing session – featuring information on Chemicals in Products, Lead in paints, Children’s environmental health, nanotechnologies and nanomaterials and other themes of interest for the region

Third day - SAICM priority setting workshop, looking at progress to date, identifying gaps and regional priorities and setting the course of action to reach the 2020 goal in the framework of the Overall Orientation and Guidance exercise mandated by ICCM3.

4th day: 5th Central and Eastern European regional meeting on SAICM. 

Some of the key highlights of the meeting outcome include:

(i) Selection of Poland as the Regional Focal Point for the remainder of the term until ICCM4;

(ii) identification of priority Strategic Approach implementation activities for the region (that will also feed into the Overall Orientation and Guidance document);

(iii) request to review synergies from a Strategic Approach perspective; and

(iv) identified need and request for WHO to build capacity in the region for Poison Control Centres.

Documents from the meeting are available

In the corridor of the Meeting, ENV.net networking meetings took place.

The first GREEN FLAGS in Serbia

The Constitutional National FEE Committee Meeting was held in Ministry for Education, Science and Development of Serbia, on September 6, 2013.

 

Prof. Dr. Ivica Radovic, Assistant Minister, opened the meeting, followed by presentations from FEE Serbia Team: Prof. Dr. Andjelka Mihajlov (national mentor for FEE programmes), Dragana Grujicic (assistant Eco-Schools national operator and acting YRE national operator), Prof. Dr. Natasa Zugic-Drakulic (assistant Blue Flag national operator) and Petar Marinkoic (assistant Green Key national operator).

Strategic decisions were approved, like starting Green Key and YRE programmes, approval of the first 3 Green Flags for Eco-Schools, as well as the rules for Committee functioning.

The first Eco-School Ceremony was in the school “Drinka Pavlovic”, Belgrade on September 19, 2013-  Minutes from ceremony in gallery of pictures and video.

The second Eco-School Ceremony was in kindergarten “1001 radost”, Belgrade, on September 25, 2013.

At the both ceremonies City of Belgrade Secretary for Environment Mr Goran Trivan officially gave green flags to school officials.

Strawberry Newsletter

Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development accredited to attend the High-level event on the Millennium Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda, 25 September 2013 at United Nations Headquarters, NY

Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development, accreditation to attend the High-level event on the Millennium Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda, to be held on  25 September 2013 at United Nations Headquarters, NY, approved by the Office of the President of the General Assembly/ Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations.
The programme of the event, as well as an official information note, can be found on the official web page of the event: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/specialevent.shtml.

National FEE Committee Meeting, September 6, 2013

The Constitutional National FEE Committee Meeting was held in Ministry for Education, Science and Development of Serbia, on September 6, 2013. Strategic decisions are approved, like starting Green Key and Young Reporters for Environment, approval of the first 3 Green Flags for Eco-Schools, as well as the rules for Committee functioning.

Information posted at FEE site

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENV.net snapshot analysis: While waiting for EC 2013 Progress Report

ENV.net snapshot analysis

Legislation: In terms of the degree of compliance with the EU environmental acquis, intense legislative activity of the Ministry in charge of Environment and other institutions with responsibility in this area has led to a significant level of transposition of the relevant EU regulations. According to the Progress Monitoring Report for the year of 2012, the majority of EU directives relating to the so-called horizontal issues, nature protection, management of chemicals and noise are completely or almost completely transposed into national legislation. In other areas (air quality, waste management, water protection and industrial pollution control) the bulk of EU legislation has largely been transposed into national legislation. With regard to the obligations of the Republic of Serbia as a non-Annex 1 country in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the complexity and cost of implementation of these regulations, the compliance with the acquis in the climate package has just started. National Environmental Approximation Strategy, with the assumption that the Serbia will be a member of the EU by 2019, provides for the achievement of full transposition of most of the acquis by the end of 2014.

Administrative and institutional capacity: The existing administrative capacity, especially at the local level are assessed as insufficient for adequate implementation. Given the complexity of the environmental acquis, and the fact that the jurisdiction of the EU is divided between a numbers of institutions in this area, there is a strong need to further strengthen inter-agency cooperation and coordination.

Environmental infrastructure: Given the state of the infrastructure, as well as the experience of the new EU member states in this process, the Strategy estimates that full implementation of EU regulations will be completed by 2030, and that the total cost of full implementation of EU legislation in the field of environment will be around 10.6 billion euros.

Financial investments: Given the institutional complexity and multidisciplinary nature of the field of environment, full transposition of the acquis may require a longer time frame, especially in the case of directives that require large financial investments (heavy investment directives).

Year 2013: The activities in the sector stagnated in 2013, and it is to be seen how it will be reported in the 2013 Progress Report, as well as to see the further “speed” to implement commitments in environmental sector.

 Within ENV.net project, short analysis is perform related the activities in sector in the time frame from 2002 (see bellow).

EASD participated in the process towards Progress report for 2013 (2013-Progress-Report-EASD-contribution).

ENV.net

Development of ENV.net in West Balkan and Turkey: giving citizens a voice to influence the environmental process reforms for closer EU integration – EuropeAid/132438/C/ACT/Multi – 2012/306-642 and  2014/351-610 (2012-2016)

The project builds on the experience of an EU-funded project, namely the Environment Forum , implemented in the period 2009-2012, aiming at developing capacities of environmental NGOs to establish a constructive dialogue with national authorities. The present project strategy has been designed to achieve a greater commitment and capacity of a group of CSOs coming from Environment Forum experience and which have agreed on the creation of a new network, the ENV.net, to support the civil activism, give citizens a voice and influence the public reform processes in the approximation to the environment acquis. With the view to further enhance their capacities to work with CSOs and to share experience with other European countries, EEB has accepted to participate and to share its experience.  Project objective - Greater commitment and capacity of the ENV.net to give citizens a voice and influence public sector reform processes in the environment sector through analysis, monitoring and advocacy.

Partners for project implementation are:  Puntosud ,  EASD   Co-PLAN , EEB - European Environmental Bureau  , ATRC   and  TEMA . EASD Activity circles  represent the scope of our activities. 

Project launched site for presentation of activities in all participating countries, as well as facebook  page and ENV.net Newsletters.

ENV.net – Serbia team include: Dr Nataša Žugić Drakulić –National Coordinator and   Filip Jovanović – assistant , chosen in transparent process by „ Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development“, partner organisation in this project. In addition, National consultant for European integration is Prof dr Andjelka Mihajlov (in the first year of the project), dr Hristina Stevanović Čarapina is leading expert .

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Some of activities could be followed only in Serbian, like calls to participate, and other actions targeted to citizens in Serbia.

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Highlights: ENV.net publications

October 2016:Regional conference  ”The environmental challenges, EU enlargement and public participation – the role of media on advocating environmental issues! 

June 2016: Agenda, EnE16-ENV.net Zbornik radova/Proceedings of papers ;  WED Messages from Serbia: 12th Regional Conference “Environment to Europe” , REPORT FROM EnE16-ENV.net, BELGRADE, SERBIA

April 2016 - ENV.net Course: CSO Participation in Accession Process , Chapter 27: CSOs participation

March 2016 - New internet portal: Greenweb

January 2016 – Save the date for EnE16-ENV.net Conference ; We participate: Regional Conference: „Sustainability of the FPAs” , Brussels . Water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus assessment in the Sava River Basin – Lessons learned and further steps

October – December 2015 – Ministry support to ENV.net , Event

October – Partnership for Climate Change issue : Serbia’s climate talks – on the way to Paris

June 11 - European Commission Vice-President Mr Maroš Šefčovič had meeting with CSOs in Belgrade. EASD participate!

June 7 – Bicycling-ENV.net promotion  in town Gornji Milanovac , Green day in Gornji Milanovac

June 5 – Regional Conference ”Environment to Europe” EnE15 – ENV.net EU Environmental Horizontal Legislation: Methods, Standards and Tools  , Invitation , AGENDA , Proc. of papers

May 26, 2015 – Promotional activity

April 21, 2015 – Participation in Public Hearing on Climate Change related challenges in Republic of Serbia

April - THE ELEVENTH REGIONAL CONFERENCE ENVIRONMENT TO EUROPE – ENE15 – ENV.NET acknowledged as the European Sustainable Development Week event

March 22 - Celebrating the World Water Day in Serbia: field visit to Ada Ciganlija

February 2, 2015: Invitation for EnE15-ENV.net Conference launched

January 29, 2015: A Guideline of EU Accession Monitoring Tools for CSOs in candidate and potential candidate countries (ENV.net region): Chapter 27 , document finalized

January 27, 2015: Promotion of Publication

January 8, 2015: Promotion of Publication

December 31: Thematic Publication “Environment to Europe”, 2014 ( Tematski zbornik radova “Životna sredina ka Evropi”)

December 12: ENV.net Serbia Seminar: Environmental Education in Schools

November 24-25, ENV.net on the margins of ECF Annual Meeting in Brussels with European Commision

November 4-5 , Regional training on the process of designation of potential Natura 2000 sites

October 30 - Conference “EU accession in the field of environmental protection and the role of local authorities” 

October 28 – Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection is co-funded ENV.net project , contract signed

October 22-23, Belgrade: ENV.net training: “EU project design process and Implementation of environmental policy”, Invitation , Agenda , Training

October 2014 – ENV.net brochure published and presented

October 14 – ENV.net related:  Participation on Conference “Eco-standards and Education”

October 8 - “Little progress has been made in the areas of environment and climate change”

September 29 – ENV.net Round-table Dialogue for Green Future (ENV.net okrugli sto sa niškim srednjoškolcima “Dijalogom ka zelenijoj budućnosti“) (sub-grant)

September 23-25,  Brussels: ENV.net preparatory partnership meeting and Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) Closing Event for Phase I 

September 19-24 , We are following Explanatory Screening for the Chapter 27

September 9 - Peer Review mission on the state of play of the implementation of selected EU environmental Directives in Serbia : meeting related nature protection, participation

August 29 – ENV.net  (sub-granting) publication published  PUBLICATION : “Species of plants and animals of special conservation concern in EU” , in Serbian

July 27 – Partnership with media – Radio Beograd 2

June 19 – Eco-package initiative as the example environmental education for the future EU citizens

June 5 – CONFERENCE , ENV.net multi-stakeholder Conference on Chapter 27: about 200 participants

 

 

 

 

June 4 – Meeting with media , Moments from the Conference for Media

May 29, 2014 – ENV.net Serbia Conference organisation on the good track -Agenda for EnE14/ENV.net Conference “Environment to Europe”, June 5, 2014 in SCC – opening at 10:00

May 22-24, 2014 – 4th Partners Meeting in Milan

May 13, 2014 - European Solar Days – participation in promotion of EU environmental values

 

 

 

 

May 10, 2014 – ENV.net Let us clean up Europe! event: Ada Ciganlija Beograd ;  ENV.net Serbia with children, parents and teachers “cleaning up Serbia” , Event in pictures

May 22-24, 2014 – 4th  ENV.net Partners Meeting in Milan

May 7-8, 2014 – Some of ENV.net Partners meet in the corridors of ECRAN ECF Meeting

April 25, 2014 – UNEP acknowledged EnE14-ENV.net 2014 Conference as the World Environmental Day Event

April 5, 2014 – Education for future citizens of EU: guest lecturing at the Law Faculty

April 4, 2014 - EU Delegation to Serbia: Consultative Meeting with CSOs on progress towards EU in 2014

Aprl 4, 2014 – We participated to the meeting related to EU-Serbia Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee – JCC

April 2, 2014 – ECRAN NGOs Environment and Climate Change Forum – Evaluation Outcome - Congratulation to ENV.net partners!!!!

April 1, 2014 – Protego and Protecta sign subcontracting contracts

Marc 20-9, 2014 – EASD written contribution to the 2014 Progress Report

March 25,  2014 – Participation on UNECE consultation related to the 3rd EPR for Serbia

March 23, 2014 – ENV.net sub-grants winners announced , ENV.net

March 20, 2014 – We participate on Panel at Faculty of Organisation Sciences – University of Belgrade : Knowledge about Environment

March 9, 2014 – Technical (formal requests) evaluation of sub-grants application finished: 45 projects eligible for further evaluation 

March 6, 2014 – Promotion of global activity EARTH HOUR (Marh 29, 20:30-21:30)  and call for participation

March 4-6, 2014 – We participate in Zagreb on Workshop on Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus Assessment in the Sava River Basin

From February 2014 – EU negotiation process: we are following explanatory screenings

February 26, 2014 - In accordance with procedure, QUESTIONS by potential applicants with our ANSWERS are posted on web site on February 26, at 07:00 , taking in account questions received by February 25 at 23:59

February 20-21, 2014 – EASD-ENV.net Serbia participated in defining the first strategic framework for CSOs development

February 18,2014- Knowledge based advocacy: Environment should be within priorities in the negotiations with EU

February 13, 2014 - Environment in youth policy in Serbia

February 12, 2014 – Meeting with ENVAP2 Project representatives

February 7, 2014 - Participation on Training related the Sector Planning Documents – SPDs

February 1, 2014 – Call of proposals for ENV.net sub-granting in Serbia  “EU: we watch and learn to be ready!”

January 30, 2014 – Participation on public hearing by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Study Group

January 30,2014 – Thematic meeting of the SECO mechanism on IPA II programming

January 30, 2014 – Participate in the Mapping of CSOs and other stakeholders in in the process of EU accession negotiations

January 19, 2014 – EASD / ENV.net Team reading of European Parliament Resolution, January 2014

January 07, 2014 –  Starting preparation for ENV.net 2014 Round-table / Conference

January 2, 2014 – Attention to ENVIRONMENT in EUROPA DAIRY

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December 23, 2013 – Workshop on environmental values for kindergarten children from Sombor (Minutes) ,  Participation on meetings in Nature Protection Institute and Agency for Environmental Protection

Decembar 20, 2013 – In media : Promotion of knowledge based information

December 20, 2013 - Environmental Education for future EU citizens , Minutes 

December 17, 2013 – ENV.net region news: European Affairs ministers give green light to Serbia’s EU negotiations

December 16, 2013: Workshop for strategic planning of further work SECO mechanism

December 3, 2013 - ENV.net presented to the master students of Faculty of Security Studies

December 2, 2013 - Eye on EU integration process: Parliament of Serbia , Eye on SEE regional cooperation

November 28, 2013 - Meeting  FPA project grantees with DG Enlargement representative

November 25, 2013 - Partnership with Media Partnership agreement with Journalist’ Association of Serbia

Environmental Education of future EU citizens: Activity on November 19,2013

  Acknowledging the outreach of ENV.net Survey and ENV.net 2013 Roudtable recomendations, EASD – ENV.net Serbia recognized importance of  children/youth education  for active EU citizenship , through promotion of EU environmental values. We would like to share moments from kindergarten “Pčelice”, from village Šetonje, as promotion event for environmental values in education.  With children and teachers, as well as EASD Team, there were Prof dr Ivica Radovic and mr Ljubiša Antonijević, assistant ministers for education and science.

Partnership with municipality - On November 18., 2013, ENV.net project presented on the Round table in Municipality Vračar (within City of Belgrade).

Cooperation with TACSO Serbia - On November 15. 2013, in Belgrade, TACSO Advisory Committee (LAG) organized a consultative meeting with representatives of civil society organizations and networks and Serbian civil society expert community.  At the meeting a draft of a document on the assessment needs of civil society in Serbia was discussed.

EASD prepared Opinion and contribution to the Draft Strategy Paper for the Republic of Serbia 2014-2020. Through SECO mechanism opinion is sent to Governmental Office for European Integration. Opinion is based on  Serbia 2013 Progress Report and Strategy – Reading by ENV.net Serbia Team .

Organisation capacity building process: EASD acknowledged becoming IPEN network Participating Organization

CSOs at the First constituting meeting of European Union-Serbia Stabilization and Association Parliamentary Committee

Eye on environmental laws changes: monitoring compliance with EU directives

November 2013. - The third ENV.net partnership meeting in Milan

28. October - Meeting with European Parliamentarians

ENV.net Serbia Team prepared document: Reading of 2013 Progress Report for Serbia and Strategy by ENV.net Serbia Team Serbia 2013 Progress Report and Strategy – Reading by ENV.net Serbia Team )

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22. and 23 October - Education on sustainable management of lead/chemicals

October 18 - EC Delegation in Serbiapresent to relevant CSOs, on October 18, 2013 , Serbia Progress Report 2013, in which the Commission services present their assessment of what Serbia as the candidate country has achieved over the last year.

October 2013 : Participated on different events organized to raise awareness to EU approximation environmental challenges.

Promotion of ENV.net facebook page!

October 2, 2013 -  ENV.net  team participated at the First SEE Regional Science Promotion Conference (SCIPROM), opened  in Belgrade, with the aim to bring together science promotion professionals, practitioners and enthusiasts to share experience and network in order to strengthen the link between science and society in our Region.  In the current competitive global environment it is an imperative to enhance economic and social capacities by improving the educational structure of society, inspiring innovation and technological advancement and creating a milieu for appreciation of the value and benefits of knowledge. In the opening address, Minister for Education, Science and Technology development of Serbia underlined, among others the importance of knowledge based actions, as well as the importance of drinking water for development. Conference bring international experts and representatives of international organizations, research and educational institutions, science camps, science communicators, NGOs, private sector and media on board.

This conference justify the path of ENV.net Serbia implementation and development,  linking European Integration, Knowledge based activities and sectors : Education, Science and Environment/Natural Resources.

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Waste management and water management are considered as two important segments of environmental acquis and studies in this area represent an important aspect of ENV.net project. Environmental accession status of Serbia ( waste , water  and EIA thematic issues) was presented by EASD team at International Conferences in Vienna (Austria) and Zadar (Croatia), as well as on chemicals at SAICM Regional Meeting (Skopje, Macedonia FYR).

In addition, possible ENV.net partnerships are discussed with other participants and interested CSOs.

In Skopje, EASD representative met Macedonian 4x4x4 BB representative on September 26, 2013, to discuss possible enlargement of ENV.net project to Macedonia.

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Promotion of ENV.net site in place  Join us!

Added value for ENV.net Serbia is EASD activities within the development of Post-Rio+20 Agenda.

Office for Cooperation with Civil Society organised on September 6, 2013 Conference devoted to negotiating Chapter 27 (Environment). Presentation (in Serbian) from the Conference includes: Poglavlje 27 pregovoriIskustvo R SlovenijeNatura 2000 MinistarstvoUloga civilnog drustva u monitoringuNatura 2000 NGO )

September 2013: ENV.net project presented in the Ministry of Education, Science and Development of Serbia (Meeting of the National Committee for Environmental Education Programs)

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August 2013. Snapshot analysis

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July 2013 - By invitation, Prof dr Hristina Stevanovic Carapina, had plenary lecture: RELIABILITY OF DATA ON WASTE GENERATION IN THE APPLICATION OF LCA AS A  PREREQUISITE IN DECISION-MAKING PROCESS ABOUT THE INTRODUCTION OF RECYCLING IN MUNICIPALITY OF BOR , at the eight Symposium “Recycling Technologies and Sustainable Development”%

Chapter 27

Project CHAPTER 27  is  financial support in 2014 to ENV.net project by Ministry of Agriculture and Environment.

The “Chapter 27″ is composed of two phases: 

Phase 1 – Tenth Regional Conference Environment to Europe (EnE14-ENV.net), with thematic focus to Chapter  27

Phase 2 – Thematic publication/s based in related issues.

 

ENVIRONMENT TO(wards) EUROPE – EnE

This project present different phases in EU accession. Started to raise awareness of the importance of  the UNECE  Ministerial “Environment for Europe”  Belgrade 2007 Conference,  and further continuously is mobilizing interesting parties in Serbia and Region to catalyze environmental and sustainable development towards European values. EASD Activity circles  represent the scope of our activities. 

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November 2017: EASD participate: Summit to Plan the End of Amalgam in Europe 2017– November 20-21, Berlin 

September 2017: “Make Mercury History” – EASD participated at Minamata COP1 in Geneva

July 2017: Civil Society Forum  in Trieste, 11-12 July 2017 – we (EASD) participate  ;  Good signal: Serbia gets (again) separate Ministry of environmental protection 

June 2017: Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development 

May 2017: Draft Agenda for Environment to Europe EnE17 Conference (Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development), June 5, 2017, Belgrade

April 2017:  Call: The Thirteenth Regional Conference ”Environment to Europe – EnE17″, June 5th 2017, Belgrade

February 2017:  “EnE17 – The 13th Regional Conference Environment to Europe” announcement: Climate Change Education

June 2016:    Agenda , EnE16-ENV.net Zbornik radova/Proceedings of papers ; WED Messages from Serbia: 12th Regional Conference “Environment to Europe” , REPORT FROM EnE16-ENV.net, BELGRADE, SERBIA

January 2016 - Save the date and participate: June 6, 2016 – Environment to Europe Conference  

June 5, 2015 –  2015 Conference, Information,  Proc. of papers

We participate at European Green Week

December 2014  - Thematic Publication “Environment to Europe” ( Tematski zbornik radova “Životna sredina ka Evropi”)

June 5, 2014 - ENV.net multi-stakeholder Conference on Chapter 27: about 200 participants , 2014 Conference

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agenda for EnE14/ENV.net Conference “Environment to Europe”, June 5, 2014 in SCC – opening at 10:00

Invitation for EnE14-ENV.net Conference, June 5 – 2014 in Belgrade

EnE14 / ENV.net Conference will be held on June 5, 2014 in Belgrade   (it will 10th regional conference!). Thematic focus: Chapter 27.  Reserve the date!  More information soon. Follow the updated information related to event.

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EnE13 – Environment to Europe Conference  on June 10, 2013 is focused on local environment.  The main messages from this participatory ENV.net event are: environmental sector activities should be knowledge based, and education for environment and sustainable development should be priority. Capacities and continuity is very important for inclusion environment in other sectoral policies. Conference is institutionally supported by Ministry of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection and Ministry of Natural Resources, Mining and Spatial Planning, as well as National Commision for UNESCO.  This Conference is UNEP WED event.

2013 EnE13 ENV.net RoundtableFocus: Local Environment AgendaZbornik radova EnE13 – Zivotna sredina ka Evropi - Papers ProceedingsMinutesMore than 120 participants at EnE13 conference/ENV.net Roundtable: 10 June, 2013 in Belgrade
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Snapshots from the previous EnE “Environment to Europe” Conferences:

Thematic focus Published materials
2005 EnE05 Thematic focus : The importance of Environmental Sector in EU Integration process Detailed Agenda published.CD Proceedings of Papers published.Book “Sustainable Development and Environment towards Europe in 95+ steps”, by A.Mihajlov, published in Serbian
2006 EnE06 European/developed countries values in environmental and related issues; lessons learnedAt the same time, the Civil Society Forum EfE07 Meeting towards UN Pan-European Ministerial Conference Belgrade 2007 “Environment for Europe” held. Detailed Agenda published.CD Proceedings of Papers published.Book “Sustainable Sustainable Development and Environment Towards Europe in 95+ Steps”, by A.Mihajlov, published in English
2007 EnE07 Dedicated to contribute to upcoming UNECE “Environment for Europe” (2007, Belgrade) Pan-European Ministerial ConferenceNGO Declaration on Environmental Cohesion of Western Balkan agreed Detailed Agenda published.CD Proceedings of Papers published.
2008 EnE08 Youth and Vulnerable Groups in Environmental EU Accession Detailed Agenda published.SnapshotEnE08 Zbornik radova 4. regionalne Konferencije „Zivotna sredina ka Evropi“-sadrzaj published.
2009 EnE09 Climate Change and Sustainable Tourism Conference Detailed Agenda published (agenda EnE09)SpeechCD Proceedings of Papers published.http://www.europa.rs/en/mediji/arhiva-vesti/2009/645/Environment+protection+is+a+joint+effort.html
2010 EnE10 Green Education and Green Economy Detailed Agenda published ( Agenda EnE10 Konferencije )CD Proceedings of Papers published.Snapshot
2011 EnE11 Rural and Mountain Sustainable Development Detailed Agenda published (agenda_ene11)http://www.ruralinfoserbia.rs/dokumenta/agenda_ene11.pdfCD Proceedings of Papers published.Publication with selected paper published.
2012 EnE12 Learning event for Rio=20 preparation – Green Economy and Governance for Sustainable Development Detailed Agenda published ( Agenda EnE12 )http://www.pks.rs/Documents/Slu%C5%BEba%20za%20marketing/Agenda%20EnE12.pdfCDProceedings of Papers published.UNDP/UNEP Green Economy Study published http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/984serbia.pdf

Within “Environment to Europe” Process, EASD actively participate and organize different supporting activities in different related thematic areas, like sustainable consumption and production, efficient resource use, chemicals, eco-consumers protection, participation at global, EC, regional and with papers at different conferences, etc. Regional cohesion projects supported Environment to Europe process.

 

Eco-Package in Eco-Schools (INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM IN SERBIAN SCHOOLS)

Schools interesting to become Eco-School   are invited to participate . EASD Activity circles  represent the scope of our activities. Faculties and Universities could become EcoFaculty – EcoUniversity (for Serbia more applicable is EcoFaculty Program, becouse we do not have student campuses as known in many countries, taking in account Greening_university_toolkit),  by applying adapted umbrella Program. EASD was approved as the FEE FULL MEMBER ORGANISATION at FEE GA in June 2014. 

Contact National Operator FEE Serbia – EASD  by Email: ecoschools@feeserbia.com ; office@ambassadors-env.com

Detailed instructions are posted in Serbian, as well as most news and announcements.

In addition, there are separated dedicated web sites (in Serbian) for: Eco-Schools (with Eco-Schools on map), and  Eko-paket (Eco/Package)

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October 2017: Eko-paket – Eco-Schools annual conference for the school year 2017/2018

May 2017: Eko-paket 2017 outcome

September 2016: Education for Sustainability

September 2016:  FEE General Assembly 2016 and International Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, Ahmedabad, India

June 2016: WED Messages from Serbia: 12th Regional Conference “Environment to Europe”

May 2016: EASD Knowledge Partner with CEE for ESD for transforming education for children and youth

May 2016: Eco-package 2016 outcome

November 2015: Eco-Schools 2015 NOM in Northern Ireland

October 2015 -  SDGs as the relevant part of the context within which FEE operates

January 2015 - Eco-schools Serbia in the International Eco-schools news

December 2014, status: ECO-SCHOOLS FAMILY IN SERBIA IS GROWING, CATALYZED BY ECO-PACKAGE ACTIVITY, On December 12, 2014 in Belgrade, two different activities, merged in one great and successful event, happened: Green Flags Award ceremony and Annual meeting of Eco-Schools Coordinators. Over 50 participants were present from all levels of education institutions.  The main topics discussed include different ideas and methods on how environmental education in schools could be enhanced and better represented in school curriculum. Positive experiences are shared, in particular related motivation through ECO-PACKAGE activity, supported in Serbia by Tetra-Pak Production Company (Tetra Pak Production d.o.o Beograd in 2013/14 and 2013/14 supports Eco-Schools Program in Serbia, as a socially responsible company). From 3 Eco-schools in 2012/13, 15 in 2013/14, in Serbia there are in the moment 24 schools in different stages of Eco-School Program implementation 2014/15 (2 higher education institutions level, 1 secondary school level, 18 elementary schools and 3 pre-schools). Behind this growing success is NO Team in Serbia (from organization Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development): National FEE Mentor for FEE Programs Prof.dr. Andjelka Mihajlov, National Eco-School Coordinator (until October 2014 Milica Petrovic, from October to December 2014 Dragana Grujicic, and in 2015 expecting new dedicated person on the board), National FEE Council (with representatives of supporting ministries, other relevant institutions and experts), Prof. dr. Natasa Zugic-Drakulic – Executive Director, assistance of Milena Tabasevic and Marina Marjanovic, as well as Coordinators and dedicated teachers, professors and principals in Eco-Schools (participants of 2014 Seminar): Andrijanić ZoranAngeleski AlmaBabović Dragana Božilović DragicaBursać Slađana,Davidović Stevan,Despotović Slavica, Đurović Ljiljana, Gligorovski Tatjana, Grahovac Prole Milijana, Ivanović    Vesna, Janković Danijela,  Jeličić Biljana, Joksimović Ana, Jovanović Dragana, Kocić     Vesna, Luković      Verica, Luković Brankica, Maksić Marina, Mandić Miroslav, Miloradović Dragana, Milosavljević Zorica, Momčilović Verica, Nikitović Dragana, Nikolić Perčević Đulica, Pantović Zoran, Perić Snežana, Sekulić Dragojle,  Simendić Siniša, Stoiljković Slavica, Strugar Aleksandra, Vasiljević Milka, Večei Funda Valerija, Vidojević Mirjana, Vranić Darko, Grujičić   Marina, Malinić Uglik Sanja, Planić Vasilie, Marković Jasmina, Radić Marija, Stanojlović Dragana and Ceranić  ĐuroMoments from the Event are available at: http://ambassadors-env.com/gallery/eko-skole-12-12-2014/ and http://ambassadors-env.com/gallery/eko-skole12-12-2014-deo-2/

December 2014 - Eco-schools National Operators Meeting 2014 ; National Meeting of Eco-Schools Coordinators

June 2014 – The first year of Eco-package initiative

May 2014 – With children, parents and teachers “cleaning up Serbia”

International Eco-Schools is following Eco-Schools Serbia

January 2014. : There are 18 schools in the Program, 3 of them already awarded with Green Flag

Meeting with Eco-Schools Coordinators, December 2013

Tetra Pak Production d.o.o Beograd in 2013/14 start to support Eco-Schools Program in SerbiaTetra Pak, as a social responsible company takes part in this Program in order to raise awareness of children and local communities on the importance of responsible behaviour towards environment. 

The first GREEN FLAG ceremonies : September 19 and 12, 2013 , November 19 2013

National FEE Committee Meeting, September 6, 2013 : 3 schools awarded

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3 schools applied and started process in 2012-13 .

June 2013: International Mentor visited school “Drinka Pavlović” in Belgrade.

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Program activities include summer schools, summer camps, etc.

Related activities: Education for Sustainable Development

BLUE FLAG: INTERNATIONAL ECO-CERTIFICATION FOR BEACHES AND MARINAS

An interested for Blue Flag should contact the national for Serbia fee.serbia@gmail.comEASD Activity circles  represent the scope of our activities. EASD was approved as the FEE FULL MEMBER ORGANISATION at FEE GA in June 2014. 

Related documents for application , as well as activities,  are posted in Serbian , and on separate FEE Serbia web page.

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EASD participate at 2017 Blue Flag National Operator Meeting 

Blue Flag (and Green Key) for beaches and marinas among EEA TOUERM (Tourism and Environment Reporting Mechanism) Indicators

Serbia: Blue Flag 2017 Ceremony at beach on “Belgrade Sea”

2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development  

November 2016:  Serbian Visions 2016 : Blue Flag and Green Key programs presented by  FEE SERBIA (EASD)

October 2016: Blue Flag NOM 2016: EASD participate 

InWASTEgate

June 2016: Blue Flag for Ada Ciganlija beach

January 2016: National jury and Committee for FEE programs in Serbia

October 2015 EASD at 2015 Blue Flag NOM

October 2015 SDGs as the relevant part of the context within which FEE operates

Blue Flag 2015 National Jury Meeting, January 2015

Blue Flag 2014 National Jury Meeting , February 2014

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National FEE Committee Meeting, September 6, 2013 

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In 2013 Ada Ciganlija-Sava Lake Beach in Belgrade deserved the second time this important international certification.

Activity on Blue Flag Beach in Serbia among the five continental winners of the 3rd IOC Sport and Environment Awards. This is recognition for outstanding initiatives in the field of environment and sustainable sport, in particular cleaning the bottom of the lake. See also FEE site.

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In the publication  ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION ACTIVITIES HANDBOOK 2013,   3 pages are examples from Serbia: Serbia, p.18, Serbia, p.28 and Serbia, p.71

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2013 Blue Flag National Jury meeting held in February 2013.

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In 2012 only Ada Ciganlija-Sava Lake Beach in Belgrade deserved this important international certification. Nominated by National Jury to be awarded with Blue Flag in 2013 (noted in media  )

Feasibility Study BF Serbia – 2011

Green Key

Green Key is presently the largest global eco-label for accommodation and has a national administration center (in Serbia this is organisation “Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development” ) in each participating country.

Green Key is an independent Programme recognized and supported by the World Tourism Organization and UNEP.

National operator is planing starting implementation of the program in Serbia in 2014. International criteria reflect the various fields of tourism facilities (hotels, hostels, camp sites, conference and holiday centres) and specialized national criteria reflect each country’s legislation, infrastructure and culture.

EASD was approved as the FEE FULL MEMBER ORGANISATION at FEE GA in June 2014. 

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Blue Flag (and Green Key) for beaches and marinas among EEA TOUERM (Tourism and Environment Reporting Mechanism) Indicators

Athens 2017: Green Key National Operator Meeting dedicated to the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development  

Serbian Visions 2016 : Blue Flag and Green Key programs presented by  FEE SERBIA (EASD)

WED Messages from Serbia: 12th Regional Conference “Environment to Europe”

List of GREEN KEY facilities

October 2015 SDGs as the relevant part of the context within which FEE operates

Radisson Blu Old Mill Belgrade – The first GREEN KEY HOTEL in Serbia , February 2015

We participate on Green Key national operator meeting 2014

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National FEE Committee Meeting, September 6, 2013 

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For Serbian children from the Diaspora

Office of the Diaspora and Serbs in the region of the Serbian Government decision on co-financing projects that contribute to the preservation and strengthening of relationships motherland and the Diaspora (July 2013.) backed the co-financing of the project “For Serbian children from the Diaspora“,  planed  to be implemented by the “Environmental Ambassadors for  sustainable development “, in cooperation with “Children’s resort Belgrade” .

Project is implemented within  the program of activities “Eco-Schools”.

Summer Camp started on August 16, 2013 and it was very successful. Minutes available in gallery of pictures.

EASD accepted as the member in Sustainable Development Solutions Network -SDSN

The UN Secretary-General announced the launch of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) on August 9, 2012. The Solutions Network mobilizes scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in support of sustainable-development problem solving at local, national, and global scales. This Solutions Network accelerates joint learning and helps to overcome the compartmentalization of technical and policy work by promoting integrated approaches to the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. The SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, as well as other international organizations. The Network is structured around 12 Thematic Groups of global experts that work to identify common solutions and highlight best practices. They also provide technical support to the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Executive Committee approve EASD membership in July 2013 ( Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development Acceptance ).

Participation in two-day study tour for CSOs representatives

Office for Cooperation with Civil Society with the support of the OSCE Mission to Serbia organized a two-day study tour for CSOs representatives who are engaged in the field of protection and conservation of the environment,especially in terms of raising public awareness of the need to seal the flood as well as in activities related to the mapping of risks and developing plans to protect the environment from these natural disasters .

Purpose of this study tour was the promotion of enhanced mechanisms of public participation in the prevention and flood protection and mitigation of their consequences. The aim of these visits was CSOs capacity building for their greater involvement in decision-making related to water management.  Dragana Grujičić, as the EASD representative, participated in this action.

 

Participants visited the following locations in Central and South Serbia: Lake Gruža, gravel pits near Kruševac and municipality Trgovište.

 

EASD approved as the member of UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform

Since the first UN Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 – the Earth Summit – it was recognized that sustainable development could not be achieved by governments alone. This notion is reflected emphatically in the landmark outcome document of that Summit, “Agenda 21″. Section 3 underscores the criticality of harnessing expertise and capacity from all sectors of society and all types of people: consumers, workers, business owners, farmers, students, teachers, researchers, activists, indigenous peoples, and other communities of interest.

Sustainable development goes together with allowing people to broadly engage in development policy making.  UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform serves to provide wide access to information and knowledge for sustainable development, through its online and social media. EASD involvement in process is approved by UN.  It also helps build the capacity, knowledge and skills base of Major Groups. It supports, facilitates and monitors voluntary Partnerships for Sustainable Development and monitors the more than 750 voluntary commitments registered at Rio+20. It also promotes online and face-to-face knowledge and skills acquisition by stakeholders through its SD-Learning programme.

FEE Serbia International Mentor in Monitoring visit to Serbia, June 2013

Mr Riza Epikmen, member of the FEE Board of Directors , as the International Mentor for  FEE Serbia (Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development), visited Serbia from June 14-16, 2013. The FEE Board responsibilities include ensuring compliance with the organisation’s objectives/values, recommending policies/plans, approving membership applications and monitoring performance in relation to plans, budgets, etc. In 2011 and 2012 International Mentor for FEE Serbia was Michael Ierides.

On June 14th he visited FEE Serbia office, where he had the first meeting with EASD core team, including National FEE Mentor Andjelka Mihajlov, National Blue Flag Program Coordinator Sandra Radunovic and Assistant to National Eco-Schools Coordinator Dragana Grujicic.

In order to be informed of Eco-Schools Program implementation, he visited school “Drinka Pavlovic”  , applied for “Eco-School” award and waiting for Jury decision. Dedicated teachers  and director presented how the school is implementing program.

On meeting in the premises of Tourist of Organization of Serbia, members of FEE National Council and ministries competent for environment and tourism representatives have constructive discussion with Mr Epikmen, focused on his advice related to Green Key Program implementation and plan of FEE Serbia to become FEE full member in 2014.

On June 15th, he has site visit to 2013 Blue Flag Beach (Ada Ciganlija-Sava lake) and participated in ceremony for Blue Flag 2013 season opening.

Minutes from Monitoring visit are in the Gallery.

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Some pictures from TV-video coverage:

More than 120 participants at EnE13 conference/ENV.net Roundtable: 10 June, 2013 in Belgrade

The main messages from this participatory ENV.net event are: environmental sector activities should be knowledge based, and education for environment and sustainable development should be priority. Capacities and continuity is very important for inclusion environment in other sectoral policies. Conference is institutionally supported by Ministry of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection and Ministry of Natural Resources, Mining and Spatial Planning, as well as National Commision for UNESCO.  Draft Agenda ( Agenda FINAL on 06 06, strane 2-8 ) and CD Proceeding of Papers are published. This Conference is UNEP WED event.

At the opening session  Mrs. Prof. dr Zorana Mihajlović, Minister of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection of Republic of Serbia,  Mr. Christoph Eichen, First Secretary Economic Cooperation, Embassy of Germany in Serbia,  Mr Andrew Headey, EC Delegation in SerbiaMr Jürg Staudenmann Deputy Resident Representative UNDP Serbia,  SEIO Representative,  European Integration Office, Government of the Republic of Serbia,  Mr. Prof dr. Ivica Radović, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia,  Mr Klaus Schmidt  – Team Leader of IMPACT project – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Representative of  Eptisa Regional Office for SEE, as well as Mr Dušan Stokic of Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, shared the views related environmental sector and EU Integration. Event is officially oppened by Mr. Goran Trivan, Secretary for Environmental Protection, City of Belgrade.

Municipal Infrastructure Support Programme (MISP), EU-IPA Project, EPTISA, is presented by Dragana Vasić, Deputy Team Leader. MFA, LCA and Cleaner Production as Analitical Tools in Environment are presented by , prof. dr Hristina Stevanović Čarapina, IMPACT project- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH representative.

The Importance of the Participation of Civil Society Organizations in Decision-Making Process is addressed by  Milena Banović, Office for Cooperation with Civil Society, Government of the Republic of Serbia Representative .

Analysis of current status of EU Environmental Integration and ENV.net project  is presented by Prof dr  Nataša Žugić Drakulić, National Coordinator, ENV.net Project .

Coordinator for Conference is Doc dr Dunja Prokić.  Conference chair person is Prof f dr Andjelka Mihajlov

Conference is supported by: Eptisa Regional Office for SEEHemofarm fond i Coca Cola Hellenic.

Selected presentation: Dragana Vasić EnE13 -MISP for Serbia

More selected presentations in Serbian.

EASD Team

 Minutes from event are posted in gallery

Reported by ACUNS, UNEP, FEE.

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On behalf of Organizing Committee of the ninth Regional Conference “Environment to Europe-EnE13″, we want to inform you that the conference will be held  on 10 June, 2013, presenting one of the events for World Environment Day (UNEP), as well as conference supporting EU accession process in sector Environment  through project “Development of the ENV.net in West Balkans and Turkey: giving citizens a voice to influence the environmental process reforms for closer EU integration”. Serbian Ministry of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection acknowledged the importance of this Conference.

 The theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations is Think.Eat.Save. Think.Eat.Save is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages you to reduce your foodprint.

Focus thematic issue this year is Local Environment. Each year EnE Conferences have different thematic focus.

We are inviting you to active participate on the Conference Environment to Europe – EnE13, either by preparing and presenting your paper, or by contributing as an auditor and participant (f application form_EnE13Gidelines for paper preparation EnE13) . 

Invitation is also distributed through FEE and ACUNS.

Application forms (with or without paper) and abstracts-papers send using email contact: conference.ene13@gmail.com

Important dates:

Deadline for submission of applications form  (for participants wishing to participate with paper): April, 15th

Deadline for submission of abstracts: April, 25th

Abstract acceptance notification: May, 6th

Deadline for submission of paper (extended abstracts): May, 15th (3-6 pages, in English or in Serbian / other language from former Yugoslavian Republics with Abstract in English)

Paper acceptance notification: May, 27th

Early registration deadline: May, 27th

Late registration deadline: May, 31st

Deadline for submission of application form without paper: May, 31st

Conference: June,  10 

Participation  fee :

Registration fee paid by May, 23 is 55 €

Regular price registration fee is 100 €

Payment: for details / account, please contact organizers by Email

Students are exempt from paying the registration fee.

Conference (EnE conferences) contributes to:  EU and Accession, Regional Cooperation, International Cooperation, UNEP promotion , represent Scientific and other Conferences, Educational Signals and Courses, Scientific Signals and Projects, Promotion of Science, as well as Environmental Experts’ Networking   

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WED: “Do not waste the food – avoid unresponsive consumption”

On June 5th, Association of Consumers (APOS) and Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development (EASD), in Media Center, Organize Conference  dedicated to UNEP WED message: “Think. Eat. Save”. Presentation by: Andjelka Mihajlov, Lela Tasic, Jovanka Nikolic, Nina Milos, Igor Damjanic.

Main messages includes:

1. Quantity and the type of food consumed by each of us, is indicator of responsible use of natural resources

2. Environmental sector, as well as consumers protection, should be within national priorities

Minutes from the Conference available in Gallery of photos.

2013 EC and Partners: growing together – Framework for Partnership Agreement, Belgrade, May 23-24

The Regional Conference “CSF Framework for Partnership Agreement Inception Conference” titled “EC and Partners: growing together – Framework for Partnership Agreement”  held in Belgrade on May 23-24 at Palace of Serbia, Yugoslavia Hall.

Over 200 representatives of CSOs that are awarded with EU funding within IPA SCF projects took part in this conference. Among 18 awarded projects ENV.net had its representatives (9 participants from 6 countries).

Environmental Ambassadors had 2 representatives present on this important meeting with other CSOs, as well as EU and National Authorities representatives.

More information about the Conference and minutes  could be find.

The second ENV.net partnership meeting

The second meeting of the ENV.net project is organized in Belgrade on May 21. and 22., 2013. (ENV.net is EU funded project, EuropeAid/132438/C/ACT/Multi, 2012/306-642).  Meeting is taking place in the Hotel Tulip Inn, Putnik, where representatives from the „Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development” are participating.  

Minutes from the meeting are available.

EDUCATION and ENVIRONMENT, among priorities for citizens: National consultation “The Serbia We Want”

On May 13, 2013, in Palace Serbia in Belgrade, the final discussion  of   preliminary results  within National Consultation u process of National Consultation “The Serbia we Want” took place.

Discussion was moderated by prof. dr Slobodan Cvejić, followed by statements of prof. dr Mladen Lazić, prof. dr Mihail Arandarenko, prof. dr Anđelka Mihajlov, doc. dr Danilo Vuković and dr Svetlana Stanarević.

Concluded remarks contributed to UN process related to recommendation for Sustainable Developmet Goals – SDGs after 2015, to follow MDGs.  UNDP launched an unprecedented global conversation through which people can help shape the future development agenda after 2015 when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire.

Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE)

Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) is a network of passionate young people educating for sustainable development by producing, engaging, creative, environmental journalism.  Coordinated by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

…..we do have more information in Serbian.

Some selected information:

May 2017: Winners of the YRE 2017 national  competition announced Draft Agenda for Environment to Europe EnE17 Conference (Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development), June 5, 2017, Belgrade

September 2016: Education for Sustainability

June 2016 – YRE Serbia have one 1st place - International Jury meeting for the 2016 ; WED Messages from Serbia: 12th Regional Conference “Environment to Europe”

October 2015 SDGs as the relevant part of the context within which FEE operates

EASD was approved as the FEE FULL MEMBER ORGANISATION at FEE GA in June 2014. 

As the FEE Serbia, EASD  started YRE Program in Serbia in 2014, as the pilot year.

In 2015, first Young Reporters for the Environment Competition Launched in Serbia

Aged between 11 and 21, young reporters investigate and highlight environmental issues and problems, wherever possible proposing solutions, via articles, photographs and videos.

The young reporters must:

  1. Investigate a local environmental issue
  2. Submit an article, photographs, or video
  3. Share that work with a local audience

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National FEE Committee Meeting, September 6, 2013 

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Environment and Climate Forum – ECRAN

EASD is member organisation in the project ECRAN (ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE REGIONAL ACCESSION NETWORK) ASSISTS THE BENEFICIARIES ON THEIR WAY TOWARDS THE TRANSPOSITION AND IMPLEMENTATION THE EU ENVIRONMENTAL AND CLIMATE POLICIES AND INSTRUMENTS AS A KEY PRECONDITION FOR EU ACCESSION. Within the ECRAN project, it is the component ECF.

ECRAN (Environment and Climate Regional Accession Network), financed by EU and managed by the European Commission, assists the beneficiaries in exchange of information and experience related to preparation for accession.

The overall objective of the Environment and Climate Forum (ECF) is to strengthen the role of public participation in the approximation and accession process. In doing so, the ECF provides wide ranging opportunities for the civil society and its active involvement in the approximation process, assist in capacity development of the NGO sector and provide opportunities for improving the stakeholders dialogue. In doing so, there are four main activities to be implemented within the frame of the project.

Kick-off meeting

Activities could be followed on the ECRAN web site.

 

ENV.net snapshots from CSOs responds to questionnaire

42 CSOs responded to ENV.net questionnaire (March-April 2013). 80% were NGOs (majority having interest in environmental issues “among the others”, and minority established as “environmental” NGOs ) while 20% belonged to other categories of the CSOs.

As one of the main interests, need for education is identified.  Most of the CSOs agreed that teaching/learning about environmental issues, environmental problems and solutions throughout informal education for adults as for example are seminars, and semi-formal education as for example are implementation of international program Eco-Schools, might be the most fruitful way to improve status of their knowledge about environmental issues in our country.  Most CSOs were interested to hear more about ENV.net project.

Regarding different segments of environmental acquis, most of the CSOs which answered ENV.net questionnaire were interested to  waste management (i.e. recycling), nature protection, and public access to environmental information.

EASD Activity Circles

Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development make ACTIVITY CIRCLES as the snapshot to explain our scope of work.

 

2013 Consultative Meeting on Environment and Climate Change – EPD preparation

The Delegation of the EU to Serbia organized, together with the DG Environment colleagues, a consultative meeting with the NGO representatives on 7th March 2013,  in EU Delegation premises in BelgradeThe purpose of the meeting is preparation for the Enhanced Dialogue on Environment and Climate Change. Ms Madalina IVANICA, DG Environment, Mr Dimitrios ZEVGOLIS, DG Climate Action and Mr Rainer FREUND, Delegation of the EU to Serbia, lead the meeting.

Among the invited CSOs participants, Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development representatives at the meeting were: Andjelka Mihajlov (who was Thematic Expert in Environment Forum Project http://www.envforum.eu ) and Dragana Grujicic. Within the context of the CSOs role in supporting environmental and climate change EU accession, A. Mihajlov informed on potentials of ENV.net project (See http://www.tacso.org/doc/130110_information-sheet-ENV.NET-project_REVISED.pdf for more information).

 

Participation at UNEP Global Major Groups and Stakeholder Forum, Global Ministerial Environment Forum and High-Level Gender Forum

Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development  participated at the “Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF-14)”, and “The First Universal Session of the Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC-27/GMEF),” Nairobi, 16-22 February 2013.  Ministers meeting for the first time under universal membership of 193 member states- again as a result of the decisions taken and adopted last year at Rio+20 and the UN General Assembly later in the year- adopted a welter of other decisions relating to the way UNEP will operate and work as the global platform for environmental policy-making and action over the coming years and decades.  Governments called for  the transformation of the existing Governing Council into a UN  Environment Assembly of UNEP and to build stronger links between UNEP’s science-based Global Environment Outlook process and its ministerial meetings – further implementing the call  by member states at Rio + 20to strengthen the science-policy interface. 

Among the wealth of other decisions taken at the first Universal Membership of the UNEP Governing Council were: 1.  A UNEP-led consortium will host and coordinate the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) which will be the implementing arm of the Technology Mechanism of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), 2. The CTCN will work on leap-frogging the technical and financial hurdles to the even greater take-up of clean and renewable energies to low carbon tranportation and energy efficient buildings, 3. Full operationalization of a decade-long initiative to decouple economic growth from unsustainable use of natural resources and pollution generation-the 10 Year Framework of Programmes for Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP for SCP), 4. The UNEP-hosted initiative will assist countries in areas from sustainable public procurement, lifestyles and education to sustainable buildings and construction and sustainable tourism, including ecotourism – again bringing from outcome to implementation other key aspects of the Rio+20 Future We Want, 5. Governments also decided to convene in October this year an intergovernmental diplomatic conference to formally adopt the Minamata Convention on Mercury that was agreed  in January in Geneva under a UNEP-facilitated negotiation-again a further implementation of the Rio+20 outcome document.

Over 1300 participants from 147 countries, including 80 ministers, representatives of UN agencies, international organizations, academia, NGOs, business and industry, and women and youth organizations attended the first Universal Session of the GC following the decision of the United Nations General Assembly to strengthen and upgrade UNEP, as called for in the Rio+20 outcome document. Delegates adopted 13 decisions, on inter alia:

-       the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES);

-       coordination across the UN system, including the Environment Management Group (EMG);

-       oceans;

-       sustainable consumption and production;

-       the green economy in the context of sustainable development;

-       advancing justice, governance and law;

-       state of the environment; and

-       chemicals and wastes.

The GC adopted a decision on institutional arrangements that, inter alia, invites the UN General Assembly to rename UNEP’s governing body “UN Environment Assembly,” and provides that the body “will ensure” the active participation of all relevant stakeholders and explore new mechanisms to promote transparency and effective engagement of civil society in its work and that of its subsidiary bodiesinter alia, by: developing by 2014 a process for stakeholder accreditation and participation that builds on the existing rules of procedure and takes into account the inclusive modalities of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) and other relevant UN bodies.

The day before the Governing Council got underway, the Network of Women Ministers and Leaders for the Environment (NWMLE) and UNEP hosted the second High-Level Gender Forum. Prof Andjelka Mihajlov participates, by invitation to “Gender Forum” as a member of the “Network of Environmental Women Ministers and Leaders”, as the former Minister for Protection of Natural Resources and Environment.  The forum participants called upon ministers and environmental leaders to have dedicated officials for coordination of related gender and environment programmes and agreed to send a consolidated proposal on gender actions to be forwarded for consideration by UN Secretary General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post 2015 Development Agenda. The women ministers also requested nations to support the ratification of the Minamata convention on Mercury, which opens for signing in October.

More about meetings at  www.unep.org .  Moments from EASD participation are in Galleries of pictures. These activities are foreseen as the important international cooperation activities.

Prior to this, organisation participate at Rio+20 Conference.

The first ENV.net partnership meeting

The fist ENV.net partnership kick-off meeting is organised in EEB premises on January 22 and 23 in Brussels (ENV.net is EU funded project, EuropeAid/132438/C/ACT/Multi, 2012/306-642). Nataša Žugić-Drakulić, Hristina Stevanović-Čarapina and Andjelka Mihajlov, represented EASD on this meeting.

 

ENV.net – Serbia team include: Dr Nataša Žugić Drakulić –National Coordinator and   Filip Jovanović – assistant , chosen in transparent process by „ Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development“, partner organisation in this project. In addition, National consultant for European integration is Prof dr Andjelka Mihajlov, .dr Hristina Stevanović Čarapina is leading expert  and Sandra Radunović is an expert.

 

University in the Nature

University in the Nature is the project of the University of Belgrade. Environmental Ambassadors for sustainable development through the Council of the project is actively involved. The Council was founded in September 2012 by the decision of the Council of the University of Belgrade.

BLUE FLAG: INTERNATIONAL ECO-CERTIFICATION FOR BEACHES AND MARINAS

National Jury Session was held on February 8, 2013, in premises of Tourist Organisation of Serbia.

Ada Ciganlija- Sava lake Beach was approved to be nominated for Blue Flag in 2013.

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An interested should contact the national for Serbia fee.serbia@gmail.com.

In 2012 only Ada Ciganlija-Sava Lake Beach in Belgrade deserved this important international certification.

This program is within FEE – Foundation for Environmental Education scientific signals and projects.

ECO-SCHOOLS: CALL FOR SCHOOLS TO PARTICIPATE

In 2012/13 one elementary school and 2 pre-schools applied and Eco-Schools Program is in the process to be applied in these schools.

Schools interesting to participate should contact National Operator by Email: fee.serbia@gmail.com

This program is within FEE – Foundation for Environmental Education educational signals and courses.

Summer schools , organized by EASD are good examples of education for sustainable development.

Scientific Signals

Different researches are under one umbrella project “Research and scientific signals”. Recently  team conducted:

1. Achieving sustainable development through infrastructure

2. Scoping the future trends in natural resources availability using selected indicators as measures of progress: the links with interests and values, presented at the 7th CONGRESS OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT – X CONVENCIÓN INTERNACIONAL SOBRE MEDIO AMBIENTE Y DESARROLLO, 6 -10.07.2015, Havana, Cuba

3. RETHINKING WASTE MANAGEMENT WITHIN THE RESOURCE-EFFICIENT CONCEPT ; Scientific signals: Waste as the crosscutting issue of SDGs Waste, health, sustainability: what way forward? ,

4. Transforming education for children and youth ; FEE General Assembly 2016 and International Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, Ahmedabad, India

5. InWASTEgate

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News and signals:

EASD participate at 2017 Vienna UN Conference – Implementing the 2030 Agenda

WED Messages from Serbia: 12th Regional Conference “Environment to Europe”

EU SEVENTH ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION PROGRAM: EIA AND SEA ARE EFFECTIVE TOOLS WHEN CORRECTLY IMPLEMENTED 

Connecting regions: participation at 10th International Convention on Environment and Development in Havana, Cuba, July 2015

Research: Waste Technology Transfer

Places and Technologies 2014

Scientific signals No 4Evaluation of the long-term environmental performance of lignite-fired power stations 

  Acknowledgement of expertise

Eye on EU approximation environmental challenges  

Research results presented to scientific community

Ranking of universities for 2013

Conferences

RECYCLING TECHNOLOGIES AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

EnE13 – Environment to Europe 2013 Conference

Chemical and Product Safety

European Resources Forum 2012

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Scientific signals No 3Science of the Total Environment

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Scientific signals No 2Recognition

Hristina Stevanović Čarapina, President of EASD Council

  • Scientific Committee Member:  INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE CONFERENCE “REPORTING FOR SUSTAINABILITY”,followed with the 5th EMC PROJECT CONFERENCE
  • 7– 10  May, 2013, Hotel Mediteran, BEČIĆI, MONTENEGRO

Anđelka Mihajlov, EASD President

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Scientific signals No 1:

Fishing area management programs have to be implemented  

Environmental protection in protected areas must be coordinated and harmonized with the Program management of fisheries in the area. We point out the consequences of failure to follow the Program in protected area of exceptional quality “Gorge Gradac.” will have serious consequences, as presented in the scientific statement given to the 2010th in Yellowstone in the Wild Trout Symposium X – “Conserving Wild Trout”, Proceedings, pp.354

Western Balkan Civil Society Forum

 The 4th Western Balkan Civil Society Forum was organized from 26-27 November 2012, in Zagreb, Croatia.

The Western Balkan Civil Society Forum is a part of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) activities in the Western Balkans.

The main topics of the Forum were:

  • The relations between the European Union (EU) and the countries of the region;
  • How to improve media freedom and freedom of expression in the region?
  • How to involve civil society organizations in the process of accession to the EU?
  • What is the role for civil society organizations in rural development and employment issues?
  • Possibilities for future cooperation.

This Forum is organized every two years since 2006, with the main goal to provide an opportunity to exchange views on the current situation of civil society in the region, its needs and its future development.  This year the Forum brought together about 150 participants from Western Balkan countries, the EESC members, EU institutions representatives, NGOs, and diplomats.

On behalf of the Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development, our representative was Natasa Zugic-Drakulic.

Program activity: FEE

FEE   is mainly active through its five environmental education programmes:

- Blue Flag, active in Serbia from 2011

- Eco-Schools, active in Serbia from 2012

- Young Reporters for the Environment, activated in Serbia in 2014/15

- Learning about Forests, and

- Green Key, activated in Serbia in 2014.

FEE has one member organisation per country representing FEE on the national level and in charge of implementing FEE programmes nationally.

September 2016: FEE General Assembly 2016 and International Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, Ahmedabad, India

January 2016:  National jury and Committee for FEE programs in Serbia

September 2014 – Annual National Council for FEE Programs

EASD was approved as the FEE FULL MEMBER ORGANISATION at FEE GA in June 2014. 

April 2014 - Great news from FEE Board of Directors , Meeting with FEE International Mentor in Istanbul

Member representing FEE in Serbia contact is fee.serbia@gmail.com

 

Program activity: European Union

European integration

WED Messages from Serbia: 12th Regional Conference “Environment to Europe”

Western Balkans to join EU “in not too distant future”

ERF 2014 – European Resources Forum, Berlin November 2014

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EASD written contribution to 2014 Progress Report

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ENV.net is EC supported project intended to empower a citizen’s voice to influence the environmental process reforms for closer EU integration in Western Balkan and Turkey.

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EASD written contribution to 2013 Progress Report in Environmental Sector

In the context of preparations for the 2013 Progress Report, the Delegation of the European Union in Serbia  launch the round of consultations with the civil society. In this respect, EASD submit written contribution ( 2013 Progress Report – EASD contribution ) as the position paper (April 2013).
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Program initiatives

Program Initiative:  to measure progress in ensuring a safe and healthy work environment through reducing spending for paper, batteries, toners, cleaning products, etc.

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Program Initiative: Chemicals – harmful substances, Hazardous Waste and Environmental Health

In developing SAICM activities, EASD is promoting activities related to the sound management of chemicals, including activities on related environmental health consequences. 

Mercury Initial Assessment in the Republic of Serbia Workshop – we participate

Toxic pesticide globally banned after (un)precedented vote at UN meeting on chemicals

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Program Initiative: Women Participation Assessment

EASD is organisation lead by women, and presence of women experts within the team should be noted. Organisation is piloting assessment of women participation within activities.

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Programming initiatives are in particular focused to multisectoral and intersectoral cooperation to fullfill goals:

  • Development of mutual cooperation and cooperation with relevant international organisations of the same and similar professions;
  • Development of all forms of successful cooperation with other professional organisations and associations in the interest of its members;
  • Initiating and support of those activities and initiatives aimed at preserving the environment and spatial planning, savings and rationalisation of consumption of all types of energy, eco-system services and inclusion of environmental protection in the other sector’s policies;
  • Cooperation with relevant scientific, profesional, economic and other organisations and bodies on the implementation of tasks of common interest;
  • Affirmation and protection of fundamental values, interes and positions of sustainable development and environment in the society through the promotion of human, professional, scientific and artistic aspects on environmental protection in all areas of profession.

The Program of the Expertise and Consulting

The Program of the Expertise and Consulting in the fields of environment and sustainable development is focused to goals:

  • Preparation and participation in project designs, studies, plans, strategies and legal solutions. This objective is carried out particularly in the fields of consulting and management, expert analysis, creation of business policy for sustainable development, organizing meetings and preparing materials, teaching, preparation and publishing of publications and materials in various forms including electronic forms, translation, publication and distribution of materials for the purpose of achieving objectives, data collection and processing, their analysis and creation of geographic, geology, informational and other application packagges, publishing of research and other results, publishing studies, monographs, handbooks and manuals, etc.;
  • Review and provide expert opinions on the plans, programs, analyses and other documents of the importance in the field of sustainable development and environment;
  • Gathering and organizing of scientists and professional experts in the field of sustainable development and environment (environmental engineers, graduate biologists – ecologists, environmental analysts and analists from other complementary and related professions) in order to achieve their interests, increase their professional knowledge, achieve an appropriate status both professional and in community, on the basis of their professional contribution in their respective fields;
  • Development of mutual cooperation and cooperation with relevant international organisations of the same and similar professions; Development of all forms of successful cooperation with other professional organisations and associations in the interest of its members;
  • Promotion of sustainable (harmonic economic, social and environmental) development as a commune bonus and interest, by implementing expertise and the promotion of the sustainable development and implementation of projects – sustainable management of natural resources – environmental protection and biodiversity – eco-standardisation – participation in the work and cooperation with all kinds of institutions nationally and internationally, industrial and other associations and organisations;
  • Organisation and realisation of professional examinations in cooperation with competent authorities for issuing the relevant certificates and licenses for functioning in the fields of the environmental impact assessment and strategic impact assessment, in accordance with the law;
  • Organisation and implementation of eco-certification in cooperation with the competent authorities and organisations for issuing appropriate certificates in the field of assessment of fulfillment of international standards and programs relation to the environment and sustainable development.

In order to achieve these objectives, the Association monitors among other scientific and technical literature in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development, organize, solely or together with other organizations, professional meetings, conferences, seminars and other forms of education, announces the publication of matters relating to development and application of technical and scientific publications in the field of sustainable development and the environment, in accordance with the law, in order to improve the social and economic aspects of sustainable development, working with universities, collegues, schools, professional associations and other similar organizations at home and abroad, gives professional expertise, arbitration, provides advice, opinions and reviews, has been doing research and development in multidisciplinary, natural, technical, technological, biotech, and technical and social sciences, develops international (global, EU) and regional cooperation, developing partnerships with other organizations and institutions in the country, and others.

The Program of Education for Environment and Sustainable Development

The Program of Education for Environment and Sustainable Development, is focused towards:

  • Education and training at all levels as the public interest (in the form of informal education and training, participation in formal education and training, as well as life-long-learning education and trainings), and in particular the development of syllabuses and implementation of educational programs in the fields of management, environmental management, environmental and sustainable development governance, implementation of national, EU, sub-regional and global legislation,  waste management, chemicals management, biodiversity, integral pollution prevention and control, standards, green economy, climate change, green public procurement, public participation In decision making, including on-line and electronic methods, camps and summer-schools, schools in nature, as well as fundraising and investment of the same in staff, awards, scholarship, grants, funds, equipment and facilities, all for the purpose of realisation of objectives;
  • Preparation and participation in project designs, studies, plans, strategies and legal solutions.
  • Cooperation with relevant scientific, profesional, economic and other organisations and bodies on the implementation of tasks of common interest;
  • Organisation and realisation of professional examinations in cooperation with competent authorities for issuing the relevant certificates and licenses for functioning in the fields of the environmental impact assessment and strategic impact assessment, in accordance with the law;
  • Organisation and implementation of eco-certification in cooperation with the competent authorities and organisations for issuing appropriate certificates in the field of assessment of fulfillment of international standards and programs relation to the environment and sustainable development;
  • Awarding of appropriate rewards and recognitions for successful achievements in the field of sustainable development and environment;

In order to achieve these objectives, the Association monitors among other scientific and technical literature in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development, organize, solely or together with other organizations, professional meetings, conferences, seminars and other forms of education, announces the publication of matters relating to development and application of technical and scientific publications in the field of sustainable development and the environment, in accordance with the law, in order to improve the social and economic aspects of sustainable development, working with universities, collegues, schools, professional associations and other similar organizations at home and abroad, gives professional expertise, arbitration, provides advice, opinions and reviews, has been doing research and development in multidisciplinary, natural, technical, technological, biotech, and technical and social sciences, develops international (global, EU) and regional cooperation, developing partnerships with other organizations and institutions in the country, and others.

The Program of Scientific, Innovative, Research and Professional Work

The Program of Scientific, Innovative, Research and Professional Work in the fields of environment and sustainable development, is focused towards goals:

  • Advancement of scientific research work, promotion and popularisation of science and technology and ensuring the preservation of scientific and cultural heritage, development of innovative and development projects, as well programs of general interest;
  • Monitoring the contemporary development of engineering, technology and ecology and indication of the trends of events and changes as well as giving opinions on technical and technological solutions in the fields of sustainable development and environment;
  • Initiation and organisation of scientific and professional meetings, exhibitions, conferences and seminars, publishing activities, publishing of scientific and professional papers, monographs and other publications of interest in the field of sustainable development and environment;
  • Promotion of sustainable (harmonic economic, social and environmental) development as a commune bonnum and interest, by implementing expertise and the promotion of the sustainable development and implementation of projects – sustainable management of natural resources – environmental protection and biodiversity – eco-standardisation – participation in the work and cooperation with all kinds of institutions nationally and internationally, industrial and other associations and organisations;
  • Organisation and implementation of eco-certification in cooperation with the competent authorities and organisations for issuing appropriate certificates in the field of assessment of fulfillment of international standards and programs relation to the environment and sustainable development;
  • Awarding of appropriate rewards and recognitions for successful achievements in the field of sustainable development and environment;

In order to achieve these objectives, the Association monitors among other scientific and technical literature in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development, organize, solely or together with other organizations, professional meetings, conferences, seminars and other forms of education, announces the publication of matters relating to development and application of technical and scientific publications in the field of sustainable development and the environment, in accordance with the law, in order to improve the social and economic aspects of sustainable development, working with universities, collegues, schools, professional associations and other similar organizations at home and abroad, gives professional expertise, arbitration, provides advice, opinions and reviews, has been doing research and development in multidisciplinary, natural, technical, technological, biotech, and technical and social sciences, develops international (global, EU) and regional cooperation, developing partnerships with other organizations and institutions in the country, and others.

Organisation is the Institutional Member of ACUNS - Academic Council on the United Nations System 

http://acuns.org/category/members-partners/institutional-members/ )

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Science Festival 2012  - Present popular scientific topics in everyday language, proving that science is more accessible, more interesting and more present that it seems to be. EASD and Prof A.Mihajlov took part at Panel: Earth after Man – The Story about Biodiversity and Climate Change  (http://www.festivalnauke.org/index-en.html , http://www.festivalnauke.org/#prettyPhoto[iframe]/29/ )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Program of Professional Representation

Within the The Program of Professional Representation in the fields of environment and sustainable development , activities are focused to goals:

  •  Gathering and organizing of scientists and professional experts in the field of sustainable development and environment (environmental engineers, graduate biologists – ecologists, environmental analysts and analists from other complementary and related professions) in order to achieve their interests, increase their professional knowledge, achieve an appropriate status both professional and in community, on the basis of their professional contribution in their respective fields;
  • Development of mutual cooperation and cooperation with relevant international organisations of the same and similar professions;
  • Improvement of  the professional interests, reputation and protect members of the association, as well as assisting its members
  • Development of all forms of successful cooperation with other professional organisations and associations in the interest of its members;
  • Providing assistance to the experts from these professions in the scientific and the professional development and organisation of the appropriate forms of continual education, namely life-long-learning;
  • Respect and promotion of the professional ethics, human rights and freedoms.

In order to achieve these objectives, the Association monitors among other scientific and technical literature in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development, organize, solely or together with other organizations, professional meetings, conferences, seminars and other forms of education, announces the publication of matters relating to development and application of technical and scientific publications in the field of sustainable development and the environment, in accordance with the law, in order to improve the social and economic aspects of sustainable development, working with universities, collegues, schools, professional associations and other similar organizations at home and abroad, gives professional expertise, arbitration, provides advice, opinions and reviews, has been doing research and development in multidisciplinary, natural, technical, technological, biotech, and technical and social sciences, develops international (global, EU) and regional cooperation, developing partnerships with other organizations and institutions in the country, and others.

Consumers eco-protection

”Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development” representative, participated on TAIEX Workshop “Green voluntary mechanisms – EMAS and Eco Labels” (29-30 May, 2012)

Organization “Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development”, by the partner organization “Association of Consumer Serbia – APOS” is involved in the implementation of the project ” Responsible consumer  for the sustainable future.” “Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development” representative Danko Aleksic participated in the Round table on 29 March 2012. in Novi Sad. On this occasion, he gave a presentation on “Ecological footprint from the perspective of consumers.”  This activity is within thematic areas:  EU and Accession, Educational Signals and Courses, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Production and Consumption

 

Consumers eco-protection

Summer Eco-School

 “Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development”, in cooperation with City of Sombor administration – Department of Public Services and Utilities organised Summer Eco-School in UNESCO Biosphere Reservate Golija (MAB – UNESCO) – Studenica (27-31 August 2012). Participated students from Sombor attending different faculties. Lectures and educative workshops include concept of protection of natural and cultural heritage within biosphere reservate, biodiversity and sustainable use of plant resources,  Sustainable tourism and possibilities for development of rural areas, Ecological footprint, as well as walking tours (“Learning by Walking”). Ecological footprint is developed through support by UNESCO, and represents educational signal and courses.

Summer Eco-School

RIO+20

”Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development” , as UN accredited organization participate at 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, as well as on side events.

Organisation participated in preparation of study Study on Achievements and Perspectives towards a Green Economy and Sustainable Growth in Serbia.

The Study has been prepared to support the Government of Serbia in its preparations for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable development, which is being held in Brazil in June 2012.

 

RIO+20

Eco-responsible Consumer

”Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development” representative, participated on TAIEX Workshop “Green voluntary mechanisms – EMAS and Eco Labels” (29-30 May, 2012)

Organization “Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development”, by the partner organization “Association of Consumer Serbia – APOS” is involved in the implementation of the project ” Responsible consumer  for the sustainable future.” “Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development” representative Danko Aleksic participated in the Round table on 29 March 2012. in Novi Sad. On this occasion, he gave a presentation on “Ecological footprint from the perspective of consumers.”

Rio+20

Agenda 2030 and SDGs in the focus of EASD work 

Recognition and encouragement for further work: special consultative status in UN ECOSOC for our organisation

Consultation with UN/UNDP in Serbia

Post Rio+20 busy July 2015

We participate!

First European-wide Sustainable Development Week

SDGs – SDSN members activities

UNEA 2014

World Environment Day – Raise the voice!

”Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development” , as UN accredited organization participate at 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, as well as on side events.

Organisation participated in preparation of study Study on Achievements and Perspectives towards a Green Economy and Sustainable Growth in Serbia.

The Study has been prepared to support the Government of Serbia in its preparations for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable development, which is being held in Brazil in June 2012.

Environmental Education for students from Sombor

“Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development”, in cooperation with City of Sombor administration – Department of Public Services and Utilities organised Summer Eco-School  “2012 Golija Summer Eco-School” in UNESCO Biosphere Reservate Golija – Studenica (27-31 August 2012). Participated students from Sombor atending diferent faculties. Lectures and educative workshops include concept of protection of natural and cultural heratage within biosphere reservate, biodiversity and sustainable use of plant resources,  Sustainable tourism and possibilities for development of rural areas, Ecologycal footprint, as well as walking tours (“Learning by Walking”).

In December 2013, 3 workshops were held for preschool children in Sombor.

International cooperation : European Resources Forum 2012

In support of the EU Commission’s “Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe” from September 2011 and the “German Resource Efficiency Programme” (ProgRess) adopted by the German Federal Cabinet in February 2012, the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) hosted the first European Resources Forum (ERF) (http://www.resourcesforum.eu) in Berlin on 12-13 November 2012.

The conference objective was to discuss implementation steps, approaches and measures necessary for sustainable resource use, to promote alliances between stakeholders and inspire the set up networks.  Sustainable development, sustainable production and consumption, as well as green economy are discussed. With more than 400 participants from over 40 countries including more than 40 top-level speakers from Germany and abroad – the conference was a great success. “Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development” representative on this Conference (Scientific and other Conferences) was Prof. dr. Andjelka Mihajlov.

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SECO: Establishing a partnership to promote the use of international assistance

Within the project “Support to the Department of Planning, Programming, Monitoring and Reporting on EU Funds and development assistance to the Office for European Integration of Serbia, for establishing a partnership to promote the use of international assistance “in March 2011 the mechanism was established, enabling civil society participation in planning and monitoring of EU and other international development assistance.

SEKO leading organization for the sector of environment and energy is a consortium of organizations (selected in a public competition):

CEKOR-Centre for Ecology and sustainable development,

ENVIRONMENTAL AMBASSADORS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, and

Center for Civil Society Development PROTECTA.

SEKO Leading organizations are forming network NGO SEKO Forum “Environment and Energy” to work together to provide opinion related to official documents in the programming process, the identification of priority programs / projects, defining the strategic basis for defining priority projects for international assistance.  48 CSO are the member of this network, and it is open for the new members.

More information can be found (in Serbian) http://www.cdspredlaze.org.rs/

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January 30,2014 - Thematic meeting of the SECO mechanism on IPA II programming

December 16, 2013: Workshop for strategic planning of further work SECO mechanism

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Activities include:

EASD prepared Opinion and contribution to the Draft Strategy Paper for the Republic of Serbia 2014-2020. Through SECO mechanism opinion is sent to Governmental Office for European Integration. Opinion is based on  Serbia 2013 Progress Report and Strategy – Reading by ENV.net Serbia Team 

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More details on activities in Serbian language……..

Participation to EC meeting in Brussels, January 2013

Eighteen projects (selected out of 172 applications) will be funded for the next two years by the European Union as a part of Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) and Civil Society Facility (CSF) funds. More about these projects at  (https://sites.google.com/site/ipacsffpa132438/)

Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development is participating as a partner in one of the selected projects: Development of the ENV.net in West Balkan and Turkey: giving citizens a voice to influence the environmental process reforms for closer EU integration.

On the 21st of January, 2013, the European Commission organized a joint kick-off meeting in Brussels, for the project leaders and partners of the 18 selected projects.  The purpose of the meeting was to give project coordinators detailed information on administrative and financial aspects of managing their projects.  It was also an opportunity to meet EU and TACSO representatives and to network with other project coordinators.

Together with five other partners participating in the ENV.net project, Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development representative (Natasa Zugic-Drakulic) attended this meeting.

Regional Environmental Cohesion

REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL COHESION, from Initiative to Process

Initiative - Environmental Cohesion Initiative as the strategic concept is visionary perspective, promoting “environment as the no-borders concept” and “environmental soft diplomacy” tool for regional cooperation. Initiated in Western Balkan in 2003 by at that time Serbian Minister for the Protection of Natural Resources and Environment, through different  Project implementation, become Process.

Our projects implemented (2005-2011)

Project Partners Snapshots
2005/2006    Building a common ‘green’ future in Europe (Regional Initiative for cohesion in the field of environment), project supported by Open society Fund Environmental Ambassadors-Serbia,Biosfera – Macedonia,Most – Montenegro,Konak-Kosovo territory,Center for Energy Efficiency – Bosnia and Herzegovina,Sun of Liquenas – Albania

 

 

 

The platform SEE Regional Delaration on Environmental Cohesion as the tool to EU integration and Sustainable Development is approved in 2006 (on Regional FORUM EfE07 Preparatory Meeting in Belgrade, June 5th). Further, Declaration is presented at UNECE Committee on Environment Policy, Ad Hoc Preparatory Working Group of Senior Officials “Environment for Europe”, Second meeting, Geneva, 29-30 June 2006, with request to include it in Belgrade 2007 Conference.
2007/2008 RENCO – Regional Environmental Cohesion: Towards sustainable development strategy for urban South-East Europe, project supported by Sida and Serbian Ministry of Environment I. Čarapina, N. Azemovski, S. Stevović, M. Apostolovski, M. Šarić, L. Bratić, A. Jovanović, T. Knez-Milojković, Z. Moravčević, A. Knez-Milojković, A.Mihajlov, REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL COHESION: TOWARDS SEE URBAN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY (RENCO), Sustainable Spatial Development of Towns and Cities, Thematic Conference Proceedings, Volume 1 (M. Vujošević, ed.), Institute or Architecture and Urban&Spatial Planning of Serbia, ISBN: 978-86-80329-51-2, Belgrade, 2007, pp.279-296 ( In Serbian rad ICarapina i dr RENCO-final)
2009-2011 Regional environmental advocacy and cohesion of the Western Balkans (abbreviation: REA), Project supported by the the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. „ Urban Research Institute (URI)“ (Tirana),„Center for ecology i energy“ (Tuzla),„Advocacy Training and Resource Center“ (Pristina),„4x4x4 Balkan Bridges“ (Skopje),„Green Home“ (Podgorica),„Center for modern skills“ (Beograd)„Environmental Ambassadors“ from Belgrade, as the Regional coordinator. Snapshots

Bells movement

Needs for Tailored Knowledge and Skill-Based Education for Sustainable Development: Balkan Environment Life Leadership Standards Courses 

Process

From 2003, when initiated, though project implemented, Regional Environmental Cohesion toward EU integration and Sustainable Development become Process, having different paths of implementation in years 2012+.

With our activities in years 2013+, Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development, is further supporting this strategic mission, through project implementation (like ENV.net, Environment to Europe)

Connecting regions: participation at 10th International Convention on Environment and Development in Havana, Cuba, July 2015