Natural environment  |  Publications  |  11.07.2012

Green Agenda on the Western Balkans

Milieukontakt International has published a report on its Green Agenda project in the Western Balkans, that was running from 2007 to 2010. Intending to stimulate local, practical, bottom-up greening initiatives in at least 12 communities in 6 different countries in the region, Milieukontakt International has concluded that in 2011, Green Agenda documents have been adapted in 16 communities, while 7 more are developing such documents.

Milieukontakt International is originally a Dutch organisation, founded in 1988, that works for a better environment around the world. "Milieu" is the Dutch word for "environment", "kontakt" is Polish word meaning communication in the real sense. Poland was the first country in which Milieukontakt International started its activities. Initially, the organisation focused on greening developments in former Eastern Europe. Nowadays, its activities go beyond just this region though, as the organisation regards these activities as valuable all around the world, including the Netherlands itself.

The greening projects of Milieukontakt International can be divided into three phases: building capacities, involving citizens and solving environmental problems. By providing training, coaching, support and advice, by stimulating the involvement and empowerment of local citizens (a participative democracy), and by building strategic alliances with civil society organisations, Milieukontakt International aims at encouraging bottom-up local initiatives around the world for greening solutions to concrete environmental problems.

Milieukontakt International's activities in the Balkans started with a Green Agenda project in Croatia in 2005. Between 2007 and 2010, this was followed by the Green Agenda project for the entire Western Balkans region. In the publication you can read all about this project's history, process and achievements. The focus of the content is on the methodology of the project. By doing so, the report can serve as an inspiration for other local initiatives around the world, based on the idea that cooperation with positive goals can produce valuable results.

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