Environment & Energy

 

 

Due to environmental carelessness and interest in short term profits, people in the Balkan countries are suffering from poor, unhealthy living conditions. Additionally, they face stagnating economies, high unemployment, unsustainable pension systems and oversized public sectors. Greening public policy and the economy means empowering people to find creative and participatory solutions to develop ways out of the current crisis. 

Zooming in and Zooming out: From COVID Crisis to Climate Crisis and Back

Our Environmental Program Coordinator, Damjan Bogunović speaks on the Belgrade Open School Fusing Futures podcast on the parallels between the COVID-19 crisis and the climate crisis in our region and in the world.

 
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Chapter 27 in Serbia: Money Talks

The report Chapter 27 in Serbia: Money talks is the 6th annual report that tackles important developments in the area of environmental protection and climate change in detail. This Coalition 27 report covers the period between March 2018 and February 2019 and as such it follows the annual report publication of the European Commission.

A novel model for affordable, cooperative housing in Serbia

This brochure introduces a resident-driven approach that can help a substantial segment of the population to address these housing
needs. Based on the “smarter building” approach developed by Ko Gradi Grad (Who Builds the City), a flagship building is being
prepared to prove the concept.  

Sustainable Development in Kosovo: A Local Perspective

The purpose of this paper is to account for how local governments and citizens perceive sustainable development in Kosovo and explore bottlenecks and opportunities they face in this regard. A combination of document analysis and information gained through public debates shows that local governments are in a favorable position to respond to and address today’s local development challenges in Kosovo. Findings indicate that local governments can play a vital role in educating, mobilizing, and responding to citizens to promote overall sustainable development in the longer term, albeit a relatively new concept in Kosovo. 

Perspectives SEE - Still stuck in the past: How addressing Energy and Climate Change can advance development #5

This issue of Perspectives is dedicated to climate change mitigation in the Western Balkans, because of both the global need to limit global warming but also because mitigating climate change, as the articles show, goes hand in hand with development both in terms of economic growth and in terms of health, wellbeing and societal development.
With this context in mind, the articles before you shed light upon some of the commonly overlooked aspects of it but also point to solutions which are good starting points for any future changes in how we think of energy, development, and public good more broadly.

The Ocean Atlas

Overfishing, the loss of biodiversity, and an immense pollution – the seas are under stress. The Ocean Atlas 2017 delivers in more than 40 infographics and articles all the relevant data, facts and contexts.