Search

ENV.net

ENV.net project consists of ENV.net 1/2 (2012-2016)  and ENV.net 3 (2017-2020) projects. EC supported

ENV.net 1/2: 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; Partners for project implementation are: Puntosud , EASD , Co-PLAN , EEB – European Environmental Bureau, ATRC and TEMA . 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. As one of the outcome National ENV.net networks (to complement Regional ENV.net network) were established; established  ENV.net Network in Serbia have 54 organizations (multistakeholders).

ENV.net3: “ENV-net factoring the environmental portfolio for Western Balkans and Turkey in the EU Policy Agenda”EuropeAid/154870/ACT/Multi ; EASD (Serbia) partners for project implementation are: 4X4X4 Balkan Bridges from North Macedonia, European Environmental Bureau from Belgium, Advocacy Training and Resource Center, from Kosovo*, Green Home, from Montenegro, Lir Evolution, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, TEMA – the Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, for Reforestation and Protection of Natural Habitats, from Turkey and Foundation Punto,Sud, from Italy. The project contributes to the improvement of environmental policy-making and implementation in compliance with the EU standards. To this end, the network foresees to contribute to both improved and intensified inter-action among actors (including environmental CSOs, media and policy-makers) and an overall more enabling technical and financial environment where these actors operate. The action sets out to strengthen the profile of ENV.net as the leading network and bridging actor in environmental policy-influencing in the WB and Turkey region (vis-à-vis EU). Further, it foresees introducing and initiating a discussion on the Circular Economy concept in the region, as well as intensifying climate change actions. The action also foresees a number of value-adding, cross-cutting elements such as inter-partner learning/exchange, networking, and thematic organisational support to third parties (i.e. local grass-root organisations, media).

____________________________________

Selected activities:

____________________________________

June 5,2020 – EnE20 Conference “Citizen science: Focus on Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals”

Establishment of the South East European Platform to Beat Pollution – SEEPP

Recap the moments from  EnE19/ENV.net Conference

Round table AIR QUALITY IN SERBIA AND REGION, YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND TOMORROW – CLEAN AIR – HEALTHY FUTURE: draft agenda available

March 2019: UN Environment : 4th Assembly (and pre- and side-events) , ENV.net related event

February 2019: Advancing environmental sustainability action- Financial Support to Third Parties for Monitoring and Evidence-Based Advocacy under the ENV.Net Project –

November 2018:   To report: The first Regional Conference on Circular Economy was success   ; The first regional conference on circular economy, Belgrade, November 2018: Agenda

Call for sub-grants (6.novembar 2018:  Otvoren poziv za dodelu sub-grantova u okviru ENV.net projekta)

YRE competition: apply before February 1, 2019.; Theme: Energy Efficiency

  ENV.net Initiative: to update National Strategy on Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Goods, by applying Circular Economy concept ; ENV.net Initiative and Knowledge based advocacy: to update National Strategy of Sustainable Use of Natural Resources

Circular economy knowledge based advocacy in Eco-schools network in Serbia

Env.Net_Newsletter_June_2018

Newsletter_May_Final_2018

Newsletter_Env_NET_2018_April

May 2018. Guest lectures made at two Universities in Serbia:  “Circular economy is concept and process, and still not full circle”  ; Participation at the Green Parliamentary Group meeting

Newsletter Env NET 2018 March

Newsletter_Env_NET_2018_Feb

Follow project at : facebook.com/envnetsite/ and  www.env-net.org

February 2018 – ENV.net 3 Kick-off Meeting in Tirana

________________________________________________

In December 2017. we started with ENV.net 3 :    ENV-net factoring the environmental portfolio for Western Balkans and Turkey in the EU Policy Agenda  (reference number 2017/394-372)

ENV.net 3 – Serbia team include: Aleksandra Mladenovic –National Coordinator and Manager. In addition, Thematic experts/consultants, on demand, are Prof dr Andjelka Mihajlov and Filip Jovanovic, and Media communication expert, on demend, is Milica Momcilovic.

________________________________________________________________________________

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 1/2– Serbia team include: Dr Nataša Žugić Drakulić –National Coordinator and   Filip Jovanović – project manager , 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 .

__________________________________

ENV.net Serbia network is functioning : Some of activities could be followed only in Serbian, like calls to participate, and other actions targeted to citizens in Serbia.

**************************************

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,  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 , 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 trackAgenda 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

_______________________________________________________________

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 ).

____________________________________________________

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

October 18 – 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.

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.

____________________________

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.

________________________________________

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 organized 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)

_______________________

August 2013. – Snapshot analysis : While waiting for EC 2013 Progress Report

___________________________________________________________________

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”

Women2030 (preparation of Shadow report to the National Voluntary Review 2019)

The Women 2030 Programme is being implemented in 50 countries across different regions of the world. It is constituted by a coalition of four women and gender network organisations cooperating to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a gender-equitable and climate-just manner. The coalition has a 5-year framework partnership agreement with the European Commission  (contract CSO-LA/2016/374-340).

On March 18, 2016, a coalition of four global and regional women and gender networks signed a 5-year partnership agreement with the European Commission to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the global Agenda-2030. This coalition, known as #Women2030, supports the implementation of the Agenda 2030.

IN SERBIA, Women 2030 partner is EASD, since 2018. Under this project, EASD prepared “shadow report” to the Voluntary National Review that Serbia reported in 2019. The “shadow report” was presented during the HLPF held in New York on July, 2019.

Overview of the community-based data collected within the Women2030 Gender Assessment in Serbia

 

EU Environment Partnership Programme for Accession

EASD is a member, participating organization in the project EU Environment Partnership Programme for Accession (EPPA) in the Western Balkans and Turkey seeks to be a major driver of reform and development in environmental governance through compliance with the EU environmental acquis (WG7). The programme builds on the results of the RENA and ECRAN programmes by furthering the regional cooperation and strengthening the administrative capacities of the beneficiaries. Regional cooperation provides the framework for sharing knowledge, expertise and good practices, and for addressing common environmental problems in a more sustainable and efficient way. The overall objective of the programme is to strengthen the implementation of the EU environmental acquis in the Western Balkans and Turkey in areas relevant for addressing trans-boundary environmental issues. EPPA concerns the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans as an instrument that will bring the European Green Deal closer to the Western Balkan countries by proposing a new economic development model, one based on the circularity of the economy, where the pressures on the use of natural resources are significantly reduced, while recycling and reuse are the order of the day.

Eco-Paket (Eco-Package) in Eco-Schools

Eco-package is a project implemented in Serbia since 2013/2014 school year, exclusively run in the framework of the International Eco-schools Programme.
Until 2019 the number of Eco-Schools participating in the project increased continuously. This project supported Eco-schools network in their activities performed to be linked to the education for sustainable development through realization of UN Sustainable Development Goals, primarily Goal 4 (Quality education), Goal11 (Sustainable cities and communities) and Goal 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).
The project consisted of three activities:
• creative art work competition: based on different theme, every year the students are collecting used beverage cartons (UBC)
• collection of used beverage cartons (UBC) and
• educational workshops for school children including the demonstration how UBC can be turned into paper (these workshops are being conducted by EASD since 2015/2016 school year).
The main goal was to raise awareness among pre-school children, school children and students of Eco-schools, their families and wider community about the need for sustainable use of resources on the example of correct methods of separation, disposal and recycling of used beverage cartons
Specific goals were:
– Educate pre-school children, school children and students about correct methods of separation and disposal of used beverage cartons.
– Encourage wider community to participate in the process of collection and recycling of used beverage cartons in order to raise their environmental awareness.
– Introduce sustainable forest management principle through FSC model, including sustainable production and consumption of used cartons.
– Present and promote companies and businesses that have incorporated the principles of sustainable development and social responsibility towards the environment and natural resources into their operation.
Main target groups were children in kinder gardens (pre-school institutions), pupils in primary and secondary schools and university students, as well as teaching and non-teaching school staff
Other target groups were parents/families/neighbours, local communities (including local companies, institutions, organizations) and media.

Outreach include Eco-schools Serbia network management, workshops organization, preparation of educational material, knowledge based advocacy, raising awareness among educational institutions and local communities on circular economy issue, establishing good cooperation with local communities where Eco-schools exist

From 2019/20 project is not active at national level

________________________________________________________________________________

More about Eco-Schools Program in Serbia.  

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

In addition, there is separated dedicated web sites (in Serbian) for this  Eko-paket (Eco-Package) project, supported by Tetra Pak in Serbia.

________________________________________________

October 2018: Circular economy knowledge based advocacy in Eco-schools network in Serbia

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

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

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

_________________________________________________

3 schools applied and started process in 2012-13 .

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

_________________________________________________

Program activities include summer schools, summer camps, etc.

Related activities: Education for Sustainable Development

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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/

_________________________

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

_________________________

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 

___________________________________________

 

More details on activities in Serbian language……..

Projects 2004-2011

  • Sustainable Development and Environment towards EU: “EnE – Environment to Europe” Conferences 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, in cooperation with Serbian Chamber of Commerce
  • E-communication standards , 2011, supported by Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning
  • “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 “, participant as the member of leading SEKO Consortium for Environment and Energy, 2011 ,
  • Ecological footprint: analysis and training, project supported by UNESCO, 2011
  • Possible aspects of environmental protection and natural resource management for Rural Development, supported as advisory project in the “Project on Transitional Agriculture Reform,” World Bank , 2011, 2011/2012, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of the Republic of Serbia
  • Environment Forum , project supported by EC (DG Environment)
  • Analytical study of the impact of air pollution on the population in selected urban locations (Pancevo, Vrsac, Bor), (participation in the project with the questioning of citizens in selected locations on the subject), a project supported by the ministries responsible for the environment and for science
  • Hazardous Waste Management, TAIEX DG Enlargement INFRA 32384 project, 2009
  • Say Yes to Palilula , project supported by City of Belgrade Municipality Palilula
  • Modify habits – keep Belgrade clean!, the project supported by the Secretariat of Environment of Belgrade
  • Hit the right tone by use environmentally friendly rules , project supported by City of Belgrade Municipality Vracar
  • Regional environmental advocacy and cohesion of the Western Balkans (abbreviation: REA), Project supported by the Embassy of Nederland (2009-2011) , REA Project Snapshots , Courses
  • Children – the guardians of municipality,  project supported by City of Belgrade Municipality Vozdovac
  • Local Environmental Security (abbreviation: LES), project supported by OSCE in Serbia, LES Brochure
  • Keep it healthy, keep it green, keep it European , project supported by NDI
  •  Involvement of NGOs in Serbia in the research of renewable energy sources, a project supported by the EU
  • My Belgrade – My Environment , the project supported by the Secretariat of Environment of Belgrade
  • Local strategic planning , project supported by City of Belgrade Municipality Stari Grad
  • Technology Transfer Partnerships, project supported by CIDA
  • Sustainable development and environmental leaders for tomorrow, 2006/2007, MATRA
  • Building a common ‘green’ future in Europe (Regional Initiative for cohesion in the field of environment), project supported by Open society Fund
  • RENCO – Regional Environmental Cohesion: Towards sustainable development strategy for urban South-East Europe, project supported by Sida and Ministry of Environment
  • Women as the Voice for Sustainable Development and Environment , project supported by CIDA, WAVE_Report_2007-draft
  • Education courses for provincial and local authorities on public participation in decision-making related to the Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Impact Assessment , Project supported by Ministry of Environment