Global Climate Strike – Mitrovica

Day by day, Mitrovica is turning into a city of concrete, the woods are being cut without a second thought, river beds are solidified with cement, quarries are eroding mountains (with or without permission), the green spaces are getting smaller and replaced with apartments that people cannot afford. Soon we will be voting for the local assembly members as well as the mayor of the municipality, so it is an ideal moment to raise environmental issues.

The 24th of September marks the world day of the fight against the system that is causing climate change.

We are joining this effort with a symbolic action, just like last year, at the Mehë Uka square, from 12:00 to 13:00.

One day before (23.09.), we are meeting up at the Social Space for Deconstruction, to brainstorm and make the signs. We welcome you from 10:00 until 16:00 to get prepared for the action but also to talk about the environmental issues of Mitrovica. Bring cardboard, white sheets, and we will provide coffee and tea.

Please respect the health-safety measures by wearing a mask, keeping the distance and disinfecting your hands.

This event will be organized by Mitrovica activists, together with Social Space for Deconstruction and the Group of Volunteers “Mitrovica Environmentalists”.

International Car Free Day

The Ministry of Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure, in co-organization with the Municipality of Prishtina, Kosovo Police, NGOs, organizes the celebration of the “International Car Free Day”.

On September 22, 2021, the central manifestation will be held in front of the Government building “Former Rilindja building” and will continue according to the defined itinerary starting at 10:00.

With the motto “Safe and healthy, with sustainable mobility”, dated 16.09.2021 The European Mobility Week has started.

MESP in cooperation with ten municipalities and non-governmental organizations has organized the celebration of this European week.

The first activity for marking this week was held in the municipality of Peja, to continue later in the municipality of Klina and other municipalities in the following days.

European Mobility Week ”is marked with activities foreseen by MESP, in the municipalities of Kosovo until September 22, 2021.

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol

In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 16 September the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, commemorating the date of the signing, in 1987, of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (resolution 49/114).
The principal aim of the Montreal Protocol is to protect the ozone layer by taking measures to control total global production and consumption of substances that deplete it, with the ultimate objective of their elimination on the basis of developments in scientific knowledge and technological information. It is structured around several groups of ozone-depleting substances. The groups of chemicals are classified according to the chemical family and are listed in annexes to the Montreal Protocol text. The Protocol requires the control of nearly 100 chemicals, in several categories. For each group or annex of chemicals, the Treaty sets out a timetable for the phase-out of production and consumption of those substances, with the aim of eventually eliminating them completely.
The timetable set by the Protocol applies to consumption of ozone depleting substances. Consumption is defined as the quantities produced plus imported, less those quantities exported in any given year. There is also a deduction for verified destruction. Percentage reductions relate to the designated base-line year for the substance. The Protocol does not forbid the use of existing or recycled controlled substances beyond the phase-out dates.
There are a few exceptions for essential uses where no acceptable substitutes have been found, for example, in metered dose inhalers (MDI) commonly used to treat asthma and other respiratory problems or halon fire-suppression systems used in submarines and aircraft.
Implementation of the Montreal Protocol
Implementation of the Montreal Protocol progressed well in developed and developing countries. All phase-out schedules were adhered to in most cases, some even ahead of schedule. Attention focused initially on chemicals with higher ozone-depletion potentials including CFCs and halons. The phase-out schedule for HCFCs was more relaxed due to their lower ozone-depletion potentials and because they have also been used as transitional substitutes for CFCs.
The HCFC phase-out schedule was introduced in 1992 for developed and developing countries, the latter with a freeze in 2015, and final phase-out by 2030 in developed countries and 2040 in developing countries. In 2007, Parties to the Montreal Protocol decided to accelerate the HCFC phase-out schedule for both developed and developing countries.
Universal ratification
On 16th September 2009, the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol became the first treaties in the history of the United Nations to achieve universal ratification.
Kigali Amendment
The Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer reached agreement at their 28th Meeting of the Parties on 15 October 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda to phase-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

Organization for the protection and regeneration of Kosovo forests

29 July, Kino ARMATA.

Do you know how many forest areas we are losing every day in Kosovo?

– Are you aware of what has happened to our forests in the last 20 years

These are some of the questions that prompted us to research and make a deeper analysis of the state of forests in Kosovo. Using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology and using satellite imagery from the European Space Agency, we have learned that the state of forests in Kosovo in the last 20 years is alarming.

It costs us our future, health and the loss of fresh air. Why is this happening in our mountains?

This invisible danger is silently robbing us of our future.

The time has come to act as if we are taking our last breath!

But it is not too late!

Unite as individuals, businesses and governments! Let us unite and protect the forests we have left, and regenerate what we have lost. We can ensure a healthy future and clean air for all. We can develop the economy in harmony with the rich nature!

We invite you to join us in #MoseMerrMalin – a public event which marks the beginning of our movement for the Protection and Regeneration of Kosovo forests. With you we will share the research done and the interactive map which visually explains the loss of our forests in the last 20 years.

The event will start with the presentation of #MoseMerrMalin and will continue with an interactive discussion with the guests:
Indira Kartallozi – Founder and Leader of SLK
Fitore Pacolli – Chairwoman of the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, Rural Development, Environment & Infrastructure
Granit Gashi – Heinrich Böll Foundation, Activist
Nermin Mahmuti – Executive Director at Community Development Fund, CDF
Faruk Foniqi – Geographer / GIS & Remote Sensing Specialist, IGGTK
moderated by Mentor Dida – Leadership and Welfare Trainer
Join in this discussion!

MoseMerrMalin

This deforestation research was led by Sustainability Leadership Kosovo (SLK) in collaboration with the Institute for GIS and Geospatial Technology of Kosovo @IGGTK in Kosovo, CorrelAid and MasterStory in the Netherlands. The movement name and material of #MoseMerrMalin was inspired by activists participating in the #CreAct project supported by the Community Development Fund – CDF as part of the HumanRightivism Project.

Drini Day 2021 is celebrated

Most beautiful moments teens have experiened during the celebration of Drini Day 2021. They had the opportunity to learn how to paint and how to catch fish. Also they experienced sailing with a boat and biking alongside Drini while making sure to keep the river clean through a celaning action.

“Let’s Do It Peja” in Kosova and “Alpin” from Albania with the support from “Drin Corda” project, organized the activities to celebrate Drini Day 2021.

THE FOURTH WORKSHOP ON THE TOPIC LOCALIZATION OF THE AGENDA 2030 IS HELD

With the organization of the Association of Kosovo Municipalities, the fourth workshop ‘Localization of Agenda 2030 & Sustainable Development Objectives’ was held with municipal officials of the municipality of Istog.

The workshop with the motto ‘Do Not Leave Anyone Back’ in local level institutions and communities of Kosovo, is co-organized by the Association of Kosovo Municipalities and the Institute for Development Policy (INDEP).

This one-day workshop, which was dedicated to local municipal officials, provided a detailed explanation and better understanding of the localization of CDS, in order to strengthen the capacity to take concrete action to implement the 2030 Agenda, as well as the role of AKM in such initiatives that aim to support municipalities in this regard.

On this occasion, municipal officials had the opportunity to be trained to address the sustainability of actions at the local level, not only to increase their institutional capacity, but also to be able to systematically integrate CSDs and the ‘Do Not Leave Anyone Behind’ principle. in their programs and budgets and to ensure long-term commitment in addressing these topics.

Furthermore, the content of the workshop included the identification of CDDs and relevant targets for their municipalities and the development of recommendations for their action plans.

Since the MDGs cover all sectors, in this workshop participants were officials from different directorates of this municipality where they had the opportunity to reinforce their knowledge on this topic as well as joint cross-sectoral discussions that affect the Sustainable Development Objectives.

This project is implemented by AKM in cooperation with INDEP, supported by GIZ and NALAS.

Let’s Clean Kosovo!

On May 22, be part of the people who love the good of nature!

Let’s Clean Kosovo, again this year, comes to mobilize citizens in cleaning actions (and not only), to remove as much waste as possible and thus convey the message of protecting the environment from pollution.

This time, we invite you, challenging each of you, to become part of the action To Clean Brezovica, to unite, and once again to prove that despite every challenge, we REFUSE to live in a polluted environment and we will not allow this pollution continue.

Brezovica is one of the most beautiful places in Kosovo and beyond, taking care of it is the duty of each of us.

Transportation, food, water and logistics equipment are provided.
Departure from Prishtina is from our offices (Rr. Pashko Vasa – Pjeton) at 9:00.

For more information contact us at:
[email protected]
Tel: 044644633

World Migratory Bird Day is marked with the installation of wooden bird nests

On May 10, the World Migratory Bird Day was marked by EC Ma Ndryshe with the installation of several wooden bird nests in the city park of Gjakova. These lodges were built and set up together with KVRL (Local Youth Action Council) volunteers.

The purpose of this activity is to contribute to the creation of suitable conditions and protection of the habitat of these species. Bird houses are of particular importance because they provide a safe place for birds to build their nests, protecting them from the weather and predators.

Birds play a dynamic role in the functioning and maintenance of ecosystems. The ecological importance of birds is emphasized in many areas. They serve as pest controllers. Since birds feed on insects, they help eliminate unwanted pests and reduce the need to use harmful pesticides.
On the other hand a great contribution that birds make is also the conservation of plants. After eating plants, they keep the seeds in their intestines and store them in new places, contributing to the spread of flora.

As we are increasingly facing the loss of habitats and the reduction of bird nesting sites, it is seen necessary to implement such an initiative, hoping that this will convey the message to citizens and institutions to increase care for this important ecosystem categories

HumanRightivism
Embassy of Sweden in Pristina
Community Development Fund – CDF
EC Ma Ndryshe

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Debate on Air Quality and Energy Transition

A live debate through CoopAIRation: Air Quality and Energy Transition in Kosovo and in Serbia debate #LIVE will be held today at 12h, where Rinora Gojani, Programmes and Operations Manager at BGF, will be one of the speakers.

Air pollution has proven to be a massive problem and a shared challenge at the regional level that has already given rise to numerous protests in the Western Balkans. Pollution has reached levels so high across the region that the health hazard is impossible to ignore. These problems are becoming worse in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, as people living in areas affected by heavy air pollution have been found to be much more vulnerable to the effects of the novel coronavirus.

In Kosovo and Serbia poor air quality can be summarized in their heavy dependence on fossil fuels, both for energy production and household heating, significant pollution in urban areas, as well as a lack of data and information on the quality of air.

The problem of air quality as well as a necessity for the transformation of the energy sector have also been emphasized within the context of the EU integration of Serbia and Kosovo. The aim of this discussion is to provide an overview of the key challenges as well as to present possible modalities for enhancing cooperation in tackling these issues.