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