Sixteen selected students from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, and Serbia – participants of the project “Regional Green Youth Charter” – had the opportunity to meet each other virtually on Sunday, 13th of December 2020. During this online info session, participants also had a chance to engage in discussion with experts for ecology and sustainable development, as well as advocacy and communication, and receive all relevant information for their further engagement within this project.
Online info session was organized instead of scheduled training seminar on Tara, which was delayed until February 2021 due to COVID-19 related circumstances. Participants expressed joint hope that that they will soon be able to meet in person and work together on possible solutions for just transition towards renewable energy production. Additionally, participants emphasized the importance of youth activism in the field of ecology, stronger voice of youth in decision making process – especially through the engagement in civil sector, as well as the importance and advantages of being close with nature and raising awareness on the level of current air pollution.
Program Manager from the Western Balkans Fund, Dijana Spalevic, greeted all participants on behalf of the donor and thanked them for their interest to participate in this project. Additionally, Spalevic emphasized the importance of regional initiatives in the field of ecology and sustainable development. Djordjo Cvijovic, Project Assistan at the Eruopean Movement in Serbia, highlated the importance of environmental protection in the context of European Green Deal and recently adopted Green Agenda for the Western Balkans.
Besides getting to know each other, during this online info session participants also received relevant information for preparation and their further work from project experts. They were introduced with current situation regaring air pollution, with special emphasis on Tuzla, as well as normative framework currently in power in this field. Additionally, students had a chance to learn more about the concept of advocacy, in order to get insights into next steps within project implementation.
Overall objective of this project is to contribute to regional cooperation, and strengthen regional cohesion in the WB6 region. This contribution will be achieved through:
- Empowering students from less developed areas with high GHG emissions in the Western Balkans to take a more active role in their local communities towards fair transition to renewable energy production;
- Advocating for more ambitious agenda on reduction of GHG emissions and fair transition to renewable energy production among WB policy makers;
- Raising awareness among youth in the Westerns Balkans on importance and necessity of transition to renewable energy production and examples of good practice.
Project partners are: Center for Ecology and Energy (Tuzla), Democracy for Development (Pristina), ALPHA Center (Niksic).
Project is co-financed by the Western Balkans Fund.
You can find more information about this project HERE.
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSC 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence