Balkan Green Ideas 2022 Documentary

Take a look at the 11th edition of the BGI competition highlights featuring entrepreneurs, national partners and jury members and get inspired to compete in the next edition.

Balkan Green Ideas 2022 is supported by ERASMUS+ Projects and Rockefeller Brothers Fund & Pocantico Center.

Investments in alternative energy sources

Hostels in the region of Bjeshke i Nemuna are investing in alternative energy sources to cope more easily with the difficult winter months. During this season, inns and lodges face frequent power cuts and insufficient supplies for their guests.

With the support of the PPSE project, about 10 hostels will install solar panels and batteries with sufficient capacity to ensure the most pleasant stay for the guests of the winter season.

PPSE is a project of the Swiss Development Agency (SDC) and is implemented by Swisscontact in Kosovo and the Riinvest Institute.

Advocacy for environmental protection and awareness of water resource management

The third speech of the “Green Talk” platform by Egzona Shala, operational director at the NGO EcoZ, expresses the difficulties and challenges that Kosovo faces in the case of water management. Noticing that the misuse of water is causing great damage to the environment, Egzona, together with its team and supporters, started protests in places affected by water mismanagement, continuing with self-help campaigns, advocacy and various national and international meetings for brought a solution to the problem.

GreenTalk is organized by the Balkan Green Foundation and serves to stimulate discussion on sustainable development, as well as challenges and opportunities in Kosovo in this field. This third edition of the platform is supported by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.

Promising practice: beech seedlings to grow greenery in Butovc

On May 5, organizations and volunteers gathered to plant seedlings in one of the most beautiful villages of Prishtina, in Butvoc.

MP Fitore Pacolli was also part of this activity, while she shows that the planting of seedlings is being done as a sign of revolt so as not to damage the forests and to expand the green spaces even more.

She says volunteers are few who are joining such initiatives and there should be more public awareness of environmental protection.

The action for planting 10 saplings started in Mitrovica and the FAO organization helped in their donation.

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The first Green Talks debate – ‘The future of coal in Kosovo’

Discussions about energy in recent months have been numerous.

Due to the energy crisis, alternative energy solutions are already being considered.

The Green Talks debate “The future of coal in Kosovo” brought together the most relevant actors in the field, whose goal was to initiate adequate development policies in this regard.

The show “7 Days with Beetroot” has prepared a story for this debate.

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Over 100 illegal landfills are removed without a guarantee that they will not be refilled

With excavators and trucks, 45 thousand cubic meters of waste were removed.

The landfill, which has been established for years in the village of Bërnica, is leaving the Municipality of Prishtina shortly before the end of Shpend Ahmeti’s government.

According to the Directorate of Public Services, during the last two years 140 illegal landfills have been removed from the capital, 20 of them large as the case of the latter. “In 2019, according to the report of the Kosovo Environmental Management Agency, 146 illegal landfills were identified in Pristina. In 2021 that number has dropped to 6.

We have constantly removed the landfill. We had about 20 large landfills, one of them is the one we are removing in the village of Bërnica. This landfill had over 45 thousand cubic meters of waste which we are removing “, said Medina Braha, director of Public Services in Prishtina.

Although Braha says that there are only 6 landfills left, the directorate is not able to stop their re-creation. “Warehouses of such dimensions in the industrial zone, in the village of Lebana, in Hajvalia. We have dropped to 6, but now we also have some small ones that are being recreated because it is impossible to surround them in those areas in each part.

“We have surrounded some places,” she added. She pointed out that once every two months she collects bulky waste in each neighborhood so as not to create illegal landfills. Citizens say they have a big responsibility, but institutions need to do more to create more containers.

However, for punishments of citizens who throw garbage in the wrong place is the Directorate of the Inspectorate, which has not given an answer whether they have imposed punishments on citizens.

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NGO EC Ma Ndryshe with calls for increased greenery in urban public spaces

EC Ma Ndryshe has realized a performance, to address as a concern the lack of greenery in public spaces. This performance was realized in the Municipality of Prizren, in the Municipality of Prishtina, in the Municipality of Peja, in the Municipality of Gjakova, in the Municipality of Ferizaj, in the Municipality of Gjilan, as well as in the Municipality of Mitrovica in cooperation with the NGO “7 Arts”.

From the research “Air quality in Prizren” that EC conducted with the citizens of Prizren last year, it appears that about 44% of respondents think that not enough trees are being planted in their city. This essential problem has been seen to be present in many other municipalities, therefore and through this public reaction is required to find an adequate solution to this issue.

In some selected streets of the above-mentioned municipalities where it is estimated that there is a significant lack of greenery, some trees have been artistically improvised which are placed in concrete marking the space where they could be planted.

Knowing the great benefits that green areas bring within urban areas, the EC has taken the initiative to realize such a performance, in order for the attention of local leadership to focus on increasing greenery within the cities of Kosovo.
Concreted spaces with lack of greenery are turning into an extremely big problem especially during these days with high temperatures. With the lack of greenery and with countless concreted areas within our cities, “Islands of urban heat” are being created which in combination with cars raise the overall temperature by + 5 ° C ( -urban-heat).

On the other hand, the trees significantly reduce the overall temperature through the creation of shadows and through a process known as ‘cooling transpiration’ where the trees release water into the atmosphere from their leaves, reducing the peak summer temperature by 1-5 ° C. ( Using Trees and Vegetation to Reduce Heat Islands).

The use of trees and vegetation in the urban environment, with adequate maintenance brings benefits beyond heat reduction within urban areas. The trees around the buildings affect the creation of shade and the demand for air conditioning and energy consumption; improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions; reduce the risk of flooding; improve the quality of life as well as provide aesthetic values, create habitats for many species and reduce noise.

Trees also play an essential role in preventing climate change. Planting and protecting green urban areas will maximize the absorption of carbon dioxide, which is a major cause of climate change.
Planting trees is also one of the cheapest solutions to address this issue so this should be an additional reason why central and local governments should focus on increasing green space in Kosovo’s urban areas, along with maintaining their proper.

This performance was realized by EC Ma Ndryshe, supported by the program of the Kosovo Civil Society Foundation (KCSF) ‘EJA Kosovo’, co-financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The content and attitudes presented here do not represent the official position of donors.