CSOs are engaging communities across the region to improve development outcomes and safeguard our environment! | WWF

CSOs are engaging communities across the region to improve development outcomes and safeguard our environment!

Posted on 30 October 2017
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Over the last 18 months, WWF’s CO-SEED project (civil society acts for environmentally sound socio-economic development) has created an international network of more than 26 local civil society organizations (CSOs) in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey. Together CO-SEED and its CSO partners are constructively participating in public discussions about planned projects and programs that could negatively impact the environment and the wellbeing of surrounding communities.
 
In recent weeks, CO-SEED partners in Bosnia and Herzegovina supported local communities to protest small hydropower developments along the Kruščica river and held a training for journalists to raise awareness about the importance of public participation – and the important role has in this process.
 
In Montenegro, a group of CSOs including the Association of Young Ecologists, North Land, and the Center for Bird Protection and Study held a workshop for citizens interested in getting more involved in environmental decision-making, and published the results of a comprehensive review of a Strategic Environmental Assessment for the development of a small hydropower facility along the Bukovica river. The review cited a lack of adequate public consultation and overall underestimation of the impact of such a development on local trout populations.
 
In Albania the CSO Milieukontakt successfully partnered with community members and local authorities from the Shijak municipality to advocate against the development of a waste incineration plant that didn’t meet all legal requirements.
 
We invite you to check out these stories and more on our on our website and  Facebook page. And be sure to like our page if you want to stay up to date about how CSOs across the region are constructively engaging with local authorities to improve development outcomes and safeguard our environment!