Arnika – Centre for Citizens’ Support (Czechia), Center for Environment (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Coalition for the Protection of Rivers of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnia and Herzegovina) kindly invite you to a summer school for activists organized with the financial support of the Transition Promotion Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and the Central European Initiative. You can attend the Summer School in-person or online, except for sessions marked “in-person only”.
If you wish to attend please register here.
The Western Balkan countries are unique, with an enormous number of pristine rivers providing habitats for rare and endemic plants and animals. These jewels of nature are threatened by an uncontrolled boom of hydropower plants. The construction causes irreversible damage to the natural environment and violates the rights of local communities. The summer school intends to bring together the civic society, students, academics and independent experts to the topic of protection of the rivers of Western Balkans to share experience from local campaigns and discuss joint steps to save the balkan rivers.
Date: September 2 - September 5
Venue: Hotel Bacchus, Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina
The event will be held in Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian
All time indicated is the Central European Summer Time
Thursday | September 2
10:30 - 11:00 INTRODUCTION, REGISTRATION OF PARTICIPANTS
11:00 - 14:00 Presentation of scientist data arguments for river protection and discussion how it can be used by the civic society
Independent experts and activists from Czech republic and Bosnia and Herzegovina will present various arguments for river protection (hydrologist, environmental, biologist social etc.) in a popular way. Participants will learn how to use these different arguments and through role-playing excercise learn how to implement it in practice.
11:00 - 11:40 Presenting the arguments
Saudin Merdan: Center Dr. Stjepan Bolkay (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
11:40 - 12:20 Presenting the arguments: example of Novomlýnské reservoirs (video presentation)
Mojmír Vlašín: zoologist, ecologist and activist (Czechia)
12:20 - 12:40 Coffee break
12:40 - 14:00 Practical excercise and role-playing (in-person only)
14:00 - 15:00 LUNCH
15:00 - 16:00 Building cross-border civic society networks for river protection (English friendly)
Eugene Simonov (Russia)
16:00 - 19:00 Campaining for rivers Part 1: sharing regional experiences from the Western Balkans
Participants will present their struggles against dams and for free-flowing rivers in short, up to point presentations (each 10 minutes max). The focus will be on sharing the good and bad practice they learnt during their capmaigns - what has worked for them and what did not?
- Dragana Skenderija (Bosnia and Herzegovina): Vrbas case
- Maida Bilal (Bosnia and Herzegovina): Kruščica case
- Arnel Mahmutović (Bosnia and Herzegovina): Neretvica case
- Denis Mekić (Montenegro)
- Goran Krivić (Bosnia and Herzegovina): Sana case
- Indir Melić (Bosnia and Herzegovina): Ugar case
- Shpresa Loshaj (Kosovo)
Friday | September 3
9:00 - 10:00 A struggle for justice for the people affected by the Sardar Sarovar dam project (English friendly)
Medha Patkar (India)
10:00 - 13:00 Campaigning for Rivers Part 2: different aspects of campaigning
In a series of presentations independent experts and activists will present different aspects of building a campaign – legal, media and PR, direct actions.
10:00 - 10:50 Legal aspect
Nina Kresevljaković: lawyer, Aarhus center Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
10:50 - 11:10 Coffee break
11:10 - 12:00 How to communicate with journalist?
Markéta Dosoudilová: PR expert, Arnika (Czech republic)
12:00 - 13:00 Happenings and direct actions
Dragana Skenderija: activists, Center for Environment (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 18:00 Campaigning for Rivers Part 3: planning of local campaigns (in-person only)
With the knowledge and information obtained in previous days, the participants will plan their local campaigns under the supervision of a campaign planner.
Jelena Brkić: activist (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Saturday | September 4
9:00 - 10:00 Mphanda Nkuwa, 20 years of struggle to protect the Zambezi River, his people and biodiversity (English friendly)
Anabela Lemos (Mozambique)
10:00 - 12:00 River keepers
Presentation of local and international experience with civic monitoring and controlling the rivers state followed by a discussion on how to build “an army of River Keepers” in the region.
10:00 - 11:00 River keepers experience in Poland (English friendly)
Jacek Bożek: Club Gaja (Poland)
11:00 - 11:30 Discussion
11:30 - 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 - 13:00 Preparation for the joint happening
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 18:00 A joint happening and informal activities (in-person only)
Canoeing, movie screening – depending on weather and epidemiological situation.
Sunday | September 5
9:00 - 10:00 Hydropower : Avoid, remove & modify (Experiences) (English friendly)
Roberto Epple (France)
10:00 - 11:00 Degrowth, energy descent, and 'low-tech' solutions (English friendly)
Kris de Decker (Spain)
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 - 15:30 Protected areas and implementation of the Natura 2000 network in the Western Balkans
Presentation of different types of protected areas in the Western Balkans and comparison with the situation in the Czech republic. The focus will be on successful initiatives for territorial protection started by NGOs and on discussion of what can civic society do to improve nature protection and which steps can be done to start to implement the Natura 2000 network – presenting the Czech experience.
11:30 – 13:00 Citizens initiative for protection of nature areas
Viktor Bjelić: Center for Environment (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
13:00 - 13:20 Types of protected areas in the Czech republic (English friendly)
Vlastimil Karlík: Arnika (Czechia)
13:20 - 13:40 Czech example of civic initiatives for creation of protected areas (English friendly)
Martin Hanousek: Jaro Jaroměř (Czechia)
13:40 - 14:00 Coffee break
14:00 – 14:40 Natura 2000 and the process of official designation of Natura 2000 (English friendly)
Michal Hošek: Integra Consulting (Czechia)
14:40 - 15:20 Forms of participation of NGOs during the process of Natura 2000 designation (English friendly)
Vlastimil Karlík: Arnika (Czechia)
15:30 - 16:30 Lunch