Improving our Environment, Changing our Future

After the completion of the cycle of online workshops within the framework of “Improving our Environment, Changing our Future” project, BGF held the last online meeting and a certificate distribution event where the elementary students from various communities in Prizren, got to present their designing sustainable schools projects and receive their participation certificates.

The students have been participating in different workshops on sustainability, cliamatechange and environmentalprotecion and have been working in teams during the last three months where they developed different ideas and solutions for making their schools and classrooms more #sustainable.

22 sixth graders are now certified as mini-environmental experts and we hope they will share their knowledge and experience with their peers and raise awareness on climate change and sustainability, now and in the future.

“Emin Duraku” school won the prize for the best idea and will receive a grant to implement the project and leave a positive environmental mark for society. The grant will be handed within the framework of the “Improving our Environment, Changing our Future” project.

This confidence building project is funded by UNMIK – United Nations Mission in Kosovo.

Start of works in the implementation of the project ‘Vertical Garden’ in Prishtina

On March 30, the inauguration of the works in the project ‘Vertical Garden’ in cooperation with the Community Development Fund (CDF) and the Municipality of Prishtina was organized.

The project aims to revitalize abandoned areas, reduce urban heat and increase biodiversity in the Dardania neighborhood area at the roundabout in Pristina.

The project is funded by the Municipality of Prishtina and the Community Development Fund (CDF) through the ‘HumanRightivism’ Program supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

Community Development Fund – CDF

Embassy of Sweden in Pristina

A new project ‘CreAct’ kick-started under HumanRightivism

Today a new project CreAct in which participants will learn more about different tactics on how to become mindful activists for Human and Environmental Rights has started.

The project will bring international and local professionals with a wealth of knowledge and practical experience in environment, human rights and business, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), sustainability leadership, economic development, and social & environmental impact.

CreAct is supported by: Community Development Fund – CDF through HumanRightivism Project Embassy of Sweden in Prishtina

‘Green Talk’in the city of Gjakova

On March 18, World Recycling Day, EC Ma Ndryshe organized an environmental debate in the city of Gjakova. Participating in the debate was the mayor, Mr. Ardian Gjini, environmental official, Mr. Fatos Deda, and the students and teachers from the primary schools ‘Emin Duraku’, ‘Fehmi Agani’, ‘Yll Morina’ and ‘Mazllum Këpuska’.

At the beginning of the debate, Meral Bakic from EC presented the work of the organization, the project within which this activity was organized, and the purpose of carrying out such activities.

In his speech, Mr. Gjini stressed that Gjakova has a problem with waste management but that work is being done to reduce the number of landfills and improve their treatment. Regarding greenery, it was said that in the last three years, the municipal government has planted about 12 thousand seedlings and that it will continue with this practice in the future. For the general projects in the field of environment were mentioned the cleaning of the transfer center, the collector project and the sewage plant that will be finalized in the summer of this year and the sewerage network project.

In the following, the activities of the schools in the field of environment were presented, where the existence of green clubs in the four schools was mentioned, recycling projects, cleaning actions, enrichment of schools with baskets, seats and cubes, planting with saplings and marking of environmental days with activities from the most diverse. The students also took the opportunity to present to the municipal officials the main concerns they have about the environment where the illegal buildings were mentioned, the increase in the number of cars, the waste around school buildings, the damage to green spaces and the lack of fines for damages caused in environment.

The meeting was held respecting the measures set by the NIPHK

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

EC continues the series of debates “Green Talks – Green Talks”

EC Ma Ndryshe has continued the series of debates “Green Talks – Green Conversations”, the purpose of which is to promote the debate on the environment between school students and representatives of institutions and to inform both parties about each other’s commitments, with a focus. environmental issues.

This time the debate was held in the city of Lipjan, where the deputy mayor of Lipjan, Mr. Fauz Xhemajli, as well as students and teachers from Primary and Lower Secondary Schools participated: “The two martyrs”, “Emin Duraku”, “Ismail Luma ”and“ Frashëri Brothers ”.

At the beginning of this meeting was presented the project within which this activity is organized by Nora Simitçiu-EC Ma Ndryshe, as well as the purpose of carrying out such activities. environmental research.

Then, before the vice-president, representatives of the present schools presented the activities with which they are engaged. The students have announced their commitment through which they have contributed to the realization of cleaning actions and planting actions, interventions in schoolyards through recyclable materials, the functioning of “Smart bin” baskets and the like. However, students have assessed the interventions so far as insufficient, given the capacity of schools. They have also addressed the issue of lack of usable green spaces within the yards of their schools and have displayed requests for green enrichment of certain areas. Students were also asked to increase urban inventory to increase the comfort and usability of common spaces with special emphasis on creating toy corners within the school yard spaces.

On the other hand, the Deputy Mayor Mr. Xhemajli informed the participants about the current activities and projects of the Municipality. He emphasized that the Municipality of Lipjan has been very supportive of numerous initiatives, such as: interventions in parks and planting seedlings. The representative of the Municipality also said that he will continue to support the requests of the citizens because they are appropriate and welcome for the Municipality of Lipjan and that they are open for joint planning and any other request for cooperation that may arise in the future from these School.

Air Quality measurements during this week

As part of “Youth Care for Kosovo” project, our activists made air quality measurements this week in the municipality of Drenas, Fushë Kosovë, Obiliq, Prishtinë and Hani i Elezit.

How to read the data?
AirBeam:
0-12 = Good
13-35 = Fair
36-55 = Poor
56-150 = Very Poor

Dylos:0.5 >micron
0-75 = Excellent
75- 150 = Very Good
150-300 = Good
300-1050 = Fair
1050-3000 = Poor
3000+ = Very Poor

What are the basic characteristics of a project development?


Project development should be based on some key features that make a certain project successful. The content of the project, its organization and the methodology of its development and management are also important here. But what are the key characteristics or principles that a project developer and manager should follow? They ar

Involvement. Every citizen and every organization has the right to be involved and to contribute to improving the well-being of its citizens and its country.

Partnerships. NGOs should plan their work on the basis of cooperation with multiple stakeholders and in particular in cooperation and partnership with municipalities. The success of an NGO and a project depends very much on the degree of cooperation with various partners involved in the protection and advancement of the environment.

Applicability. Each NGO, when I start to develop a project, must carefully analyze what will be the content of the project, what will be the achieved results of the project, what will be the benefit of the citizens and the NGO itself, who should include it in its work, to assess precisely how feasible the project for the protection and improvement of the environment will be.

Promotions. NGOs should be interested in informing the various stakeholders that they are doing valuable work in the public interest. Measuring municipal performance and measuring citizen satisfaction can be used as an important tool to convince local and central institutions, as well as stakeholders and citizens, that certain NGOs are doing good work in the interest of citizens. .

Effectiveness. One of the main principles of the success of an NGO and a project is to understand that the results achieved (work product) are in full compliance with the requirements of citizens and the objectives of the relevant NGO. The answer to the question “are we doing the right thing” best clarifies the definition of effectiveness. If we are doing the right thing, in the right orientation and at the right time, then we can say that we are effective.

Efficiency. Efficiency is the process or scale that indicates that services are provided on demand and with minimal resource costs. The answer to the question, “Are we doing the right thing with the right tools” best explains the definition of efficiency. If we are doing the right thing and with the right (rational) resources, then we are efficient.

Quality. NGOs should aim, in addition to providing abundant services, to provide the highest quality services. Quality service delivery is highly correlated with the degree of financial, human and technical resources. Today in the world the quality of services is being endangered in favor of spending cuts. However, a service is quality when it meets the requirements and expectations of consumers or citizens, without violating legal provisions and without harming the living environment.

Security / durability. Changes bring instability and uncertainty. Changes need to be managed to ensure sustainability. Political, economic, etc. changes should not be allowed. create an unstable environment for NGOs and project implementation! We certainly mean the overall health of the organization and the work environment for its employees. The healthier the environment of an organization or institution the safer it is for its people and vice versa.

Success. Each NGO and each person, with their own work, aims to be successful! Success is the achievement of the planned results of your work. Success is the basic condition for the existence of an organization, so to exist you must be successful. To be successful you need to implement and develop your work projects professionally.

INDEP starts with the Club of Sustainable Development Goals (SCDs) dedicated to 38 municipalities of Kosovo

In the framework of the project “Integration of Sustainable Development Objectives (SDCs) in the Dialogue Processes at the Municipal Level of Kosovo”, INDEP has started holding the first sessions as part of the SDC Club in Kosovo.

Such clubs are held all over the world dedicated to different target groups, while INDEP has designed the Club specifically for municipal officials who for 2 days in a row will gain more knowledge about the CDS and Agenda 2030. The main goal of the CDS Club- is to support 115 municipal officials from all municipalities in Kosovo in drafting the dialogue process for the MDGs and the 2030 Agenda and to encourage dialogue between key actors in the field by bringing them together in one place and discussing the next steps that should be undertaken towards advancing the 2030 Agenda in Kosovo.

Trainings dedicated to municipal officials will be divided into 2 sessions through which the role of municipal level representatives in promoting sustainable development in their municipalities will be discussed, along with their capacity building towards integration, monitoring and CDS reporting. The initial sessions were held today, and they will welcome many other municipal officials for the next 7 days.

Via Dinarica biking trail

The renovation of the thematic trail in Reka Allages, Rugova along the main transversal of the Via Dinarica biking trail is coming to an end thanks to the CBC program with financing from Delegation of European Union to Albania and co-financing from Peja Municipality. Keep posted for more information in the coming days.

Air quality measurements


As part of “Youth Care for Kosovo” project, our activists made air quality measurements this week in the municipality of Prishtina, Fushë Kosovë, Obiliq, Hani i Elezit and Drenas.
These measurements will continue to be made weekly.

How to read the data?
AirBeam:
0-12 = Good
13-35 = Fair
36-55 = Poor
56-150 = Very Poor

Dylos:
0-75 = Excellent
75- 150 = Very Good
150-300 = Good
300-1050 = Fair
1050-3000 = Poor
3000+ = Very Poor

Community Development Fund – CDF / Embassy of Sweden in Pristina / HumanRightivism