One Adriatic

The common goal of the One Adriatic platform was to protect the Adriatic Sea from oil industry research, exploitation and pollution. The platform gathered representatives of the most important environmental organizations from all Adriatic countries: Italy (Legambiente), Slovenia (Focus), Croatia (Green Istria, Green Action, WWF ADRIA, Greenpeace, and Sunce), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Center for the Environment), Montenegro (Green Home and Med CEM) and Albania (INCA). Green Istria was the project leader, and was funded by the Croatian National Foundation for Civil Society Development. The project activities aimed at stopping oil extraction and all research and prospecting related to it in the Adriatic Sea; the initiation of a cross-border procedure for environmental impact assessment, involving all the coastal countries, to assess the cumulative impact of the activities of prospection, exploration and extraction of hydrocarbons; and the protection of Adriatic-area ecosystems and the people whose livelihoods depend on it by putting a stop to oil and gas exploration. One of the articles (in Croatian) which illustrates one of the project’s results can be found here.

New Ideas For Old Buildings

Project focused on improving public property management by helping municipalities use public participation in decision-making about real estate occupancy. The project gathers seven small and medium-sized towns from six countries from the Baltic to the Balkans (Latvia, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, and Montenegro) which are facing economic and social decline. They are motivated to find solutions for revitalising their towns and enhancing the quality of life. The project aims to increase public involvement in decision-making for public property management and sustainable urban development. It also identifies concrete solutions to better utilize property with community needs in mind, and develops a long-term platform for public property management in medium and small European towns. The project is co-funded by Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union. For more info, please visit the project website, or check the project report.

Participatory Budgeting: Citizens Subnational Budget Watch

Project financed by the EU aiming at developing and introducing innovative e-tools to improve transparency and citizens' participation in allocation of budget funds in three Croatian cities: Pula, Karlovac and Mali Lošinj. Total amount of project budget was more than 200.000 €. A vast new space for citizen participation was opened and budget transparency was enhanced by using innovative e-tools: "PROračun" (for budget visualisation) and "Your Prirorities" (for citizen participation) which was translated to Croatian language and is now freely available to NGO's and local authorities to use. Interested? Contact us!

Civil dialogue for a better environment

The objectives of the project were to improve implementation of the Aarhus Convention in Croatia by building capacities of environmental civil society organizations for the monitoring and implementation of the Aarhus Convention with the emphasis on access to justice. Only by strengthening the information and knowledge on rights and legal possibilities arising from the third pillar - access to justice, the implementation of the first two pillars will be strengthened. The access to justice is a primary catalyst for the public authority to consider sharing its power in the decision-making process. The pre-condition for a civil dialogue or sharing power in the decision-making process is knowledge of CSOs of legal rights contained in administrative and environmental law. Project was implemented during 2013 and 2014, and funded by the EU / co-funded by the Croatian Government Office for NGOs (in total 150.000 EUR)

Public EIA China

We were proud partners in a project aimed at regulating and promoting public participation in EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) in China. The overall objectives of the project were to improve the quality, transparency and effectiveness of EIA by setting up clearly defined procedures for public participation in select provinces and municipalities in China. Working with numerous intersectoral project partners, our main responsibility was to identify the main gaps of public participation procedures in Chinese EIA and to provide recommendations for improvement based on best practices from EU countries.

"Kalić" - Campaign for the Protection of Ponds in Istria

This was an educational and research project that aimed to raise awareness on the importance of ponds and freshwater aquatic habitats, as well as strictly protected plant and animal species that live in and around these habitats in the Istrian County of Croatia. The project promoted non-institutional education, research, and an interdisciplinary approach to learning. Throughout the project, we conducted a series of workshops, organized excursions, and led a three-day camp for gifted elementary school students. The project was carried out in cooperation with the public institution Natura Histrica, the Istrian Botanical Society, and Scouts of Istria. Financing was provided by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports. The results of the Kalić project are presented in a free publication, which you can download here.

Separate it all!

For five years, Green Istria and the utility company “6 May” have been actively conducting a campaign on separate waste collection in the Bujština area in Istria County. The campaign, “Izdvoji sve. Fai la differenza” [‘Separate it all’] has already held a number of educational and promotional activities (including creating and distributing posters, flyers, brochures, coloring books, cloth bags, etc.), carried out more than 70 educational workshops, and set up valuable infrastructure (separate containers, recycling yards, individual bins for households, and more.) Today, citizens of the Bujština area can separate waste in a simple and efficient way. The towns of Umag, Novigrad and Buje, and the municipalities of Oprtalj, Brtonigla and Grožnjan are partners in the campaign, which is partly financed by the Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency. For more information, visit the website.

Financing development and developing finance for EYD2015

This project aims to bring development issues closer to citizens of new EU member states, to challenge the attitudes of decision-makers and to encourage broad citizen participation in debates on European and national finance and policies for more sustainable energy and infrastructure, management of natural resources, and tax justice at the global level. Also, it promotes a new perspective among EU citizens with regard to fairer relations with developing countries, seeking to safeguard human rights and ensure social equality and sustainable livelihoods. As one of 20 civil society organizations from 16 European countries working on this EUR 3.5 million worth project, we produced a widely endorsed animated film, "The real cost of coal" and organized a number of events, such as a photo exhibition "Good Luck! Stories that Come to us with Coal"; the Croatian premiere of "The Good Life" documentary; an international protest against Plomin C power plant and coal imports; and a seminar on the the future of energy in Croatia.

Corruption SONAR - Detection of Corruption through Public Voice

Corruption SONAR intended to enhance the impact of CSOs in the fight against corruption in the governance of space and other natural resources in Croatia. More specifically, the project aimed to increase the policy capacities and networks of local NGOs for the purpose of monitoring situations and developing advocacy initiatives that both enhance public participation and fight corruption in spatial planning and concessions. Being one of the seven partners in the project, we organized a public discussion on the Draft Law on Maritime Demesne and Seaports and launched a campaign to present the results of the public opinion survey on the future of Muzil Peninsula in Pula. The survey confirmed that citizens of Pula oppose the privatisation, touristification and resortification of Muzil, as is set forth in the City of Pula General Urban Plan. After a series of workshops lead by Zagreb’s Faculty of Political Science, a policy analysis was conducted and shadow report published: "Our water - Analysis of Water Service Management in Croatia".

PINS: Public Interest - Not Saleable

Project aimed to develop new anti-corruption models and to reaffirm public interest in decision-making processes, while enhancing civil society and government capacities for fighting corruption by increasing transparency, accessibility of information, and citizen participation/oversight on the local level. Our activities were focused on local cases of military property and their conversion into civilian purposes, such as the Brijuni Rivijera project plan, a luxury tourist resort spanning over 24 km of the coast, which was planned without any public discussion. We established an intense cooperation with the local citizens’ initiative "I love Pula" on its numerous actions: collecting signatures against a proposed tourist resort with a golf course; organizing public discussions; publishing the initiative's newspaper; organizing one of the biggest protests in Pula in recent years; as well as implementing a photography exhibition. The publication about the Croatian conversion experience was published: “Who gets former military property? The experience of conversion in Croatia").