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Green volunteering, production and consumption
Presently in the Republic of Croatia, there is no official strategy for green volunteering, which would be focused on the youth population.
This type of volunteering is organised by associations, organisations, towns, and municipalities, and some of the examples are:
- The project “Active Youth protecting nature and the environment” – organised by the Bioteka association in Zagreb, Rijeka, Osijek, and Split. The project was co-funded by the Ministry of Demographics, Family, Youth and Social Policy. The goal of the project is to empower youth to actively participate in the recognising and solving issues of environmental protection in local communities
- The “Green purge” and “Blue purge” projects – the largest volunteer one-day action of cleaning the environment, sea, and seabed in Croatia. The action is part of the global project Let’s do it! and “World Clean-up” yearly actions
- The “Recyclassics for our beautiful homeland” project – a project of manufacturing musical instruments from various sorts of waste aimed at all schools in the Republic of Croatia
- The “Most beautiful school garden” project – an eco-educational project which rewards kindergartens, schools and other educational institutions for the labour of constructing the most beautiful garden, open-air classroom, and other eco-projects.
Green production and consumption
The Republic of Croatia is participating in the “Eco-school” international programme. The programme serves to implement educational guidelines on the level of educational institutions: kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, schools for students with disabilities, student homes and faculties. The goal of the programme is the incorporation of environmental education into all segments of the educational system and the everyday life of students and employees of Eco-Schools.
The national coordinator of the Eco-Schools in Croatia is the Association Lijepa naša. In Croatia, the Eco-school status has been awarded to 334 educational institutions:
- 89 kindergartens
- 195 primary schools
- 7 centres for education and training
- 38 secondary schools
- 2 student homes
- 3 institutions of higher education
The projects implemented within the Eco-school framework:
- The educational project “The Great plant hunt” started in the school year 2016/17. The organisers are the Foundation for Environmental Education and Toyota Motor Europe, along with The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the national coordinators of the Eco-schools programme in individual countries. In the school year 2017/18, 50 Eco-schools from Croatia are participating, through the Lijepa Naša association, the Eco-schools national coordinator in Croatia
- The contest “Eco quiz “Our beautiful homeland” has been implemented since 1992 by the Lijepa Naša association. The contest is implemented in primary and secondary Eco-schools.
- The national project “Eco-packaging” is aimed at children and youth with the purpose of educating them about the importance of properly managing TETRA PAK packaging and acting responsibly towards the environment. It is conducted by Eco-schools in Croatia, and the main communications channel is the webpage Eco-paket and Facebook
- The “We Eat Responsible” project was registered by the Lijepa Naša association in cooperation with 9 member countries of the Foundation for Environmental Education. The project encompasses 1800 teachers, 65 000 primary school students, 25 000 secondary school students and college students, and 100 000 parents and local community members
- Days of bread – fruits of the Earth thanksgiving days are an annual October project taking place in kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, student homes, schools for students with disabilities, and branches of the Lijepa Naša association
- The Lijepa Naša association started a “Litter less” campaign which took place from 2011 to 2017 across 172 Eco-schools in Croatia. The campaign was implemented with the support of the Foundation for Environmental Education and the Wrigley Company Fundation
Intercontinental youth work and development cooperation
Intercontinental youth work cooperation
The National Youth Programme 2014-2017 envisioned further participation of youth, youth sector stakeholders, and youth relevant institutions in the drawing up of youth policies on the levels of the EU, Council of Europe and the UN, as well as further stimulation of youth mobility on the European and global levels. In accordance with those goals, the National Programme proposed the following measures (described in detail in chapter 9.4 Raising awareness about global issues):
- developing a system of support for youth, youth organisations, and for youth participation in the UN bodies’ decision-making processes
- developing a system of support for youth, youth organisations, and for youth participation in the UNESCO bodies’ decision-making processes
- developing a system of support for youth, youth organisations, and for youth participation in the EU and Council of Europe bodies’ decision-making processes
The carriers of these measures are the Ministry of Demographics, Family, Youth and Social Policy, The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, The National Foundation for Civil Society Development and numerous youth-led and for youth organisations.
Development cooperation activities
Since 2014, within the AMEUP functions the Eurodesk Croatia, serving as a free info service of the European Commission and providing youth and youth workers with information on European programmes and youth policies, with the purpose of promoting mobility for the sake of education and training. The Eurodesk Croatia is a part of the European network, comprised of the central Brussels office, national coordinators in 34 European countries and more than 1200 local and regional partners. Eurodesk operates as a structural support to the Erasmus+ programme in the youth field.
CROSOL (Croatian Platform for International Citizen Solidarity) is a non-governmental and non-profit organization of civil society, which is active in the area of international development cooperation and humanitarian aid. The platform goals:
- building and strengthening the capacities of civil society organizations (CSOs) for providing international development cooperation and humanitarian aid
- to be the link between the ministry that is responsible for international development cooperation and humanitarian aid, and the CSOs projects of international development cooperation and humanitarian aid
- to participate and influence the improvement, shaping, implementation, and evaluation of the policies of the Republic of Croatia, the European Union and other international bodies in the area of international development cooperation and humanitarian aid
- to deliberate and improve international development cooperation of the CSOs in and outside of Croatia on values, principles, methods, and standards of actions
- to articulate and affirm activist initiatives and civil society organizations from southeast Europe toward the EU in the field of development cooperation and humanitarian aid
- to promote education for development and international solidarity
- to promote international development cooperation and solidarity
The European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy (EKCYP) is an on-line database intended to provide the youth sector with a single access point to reliable knowledge and information about young people's situation across Europe. EKCYP aims at enhancing knowledge transfers between the fields of research, policy and practice through the collection and dissemination of information about youth policy, research and practice in Europe and beyond. The data is collected by national correspondents for each country, and for Croatia that is Marko Kovacic.