227368 Aarhus convention

Contract nr.:
227368

Project leader

GONG

Postal address

Trg bana Josipa Jelacica 15/IV, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia        

Telephone

              +385-1-4825-444         +385-1-4825-444

Contact

Irena Peresa

Email address

irena@gong.hr
Partners
Zelena Istra, Gajeva 3, Pula, Croatia,

 AdriaticGreeNet, via Artico di Castello 5, Tarcento (Udine), Italy
 
European environmental bureau (EEB), 34, Bd. de Waterloo, Brussels, Belgium
 
Center for Management, Development and Planning, Trg BiH 1, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
 
Network for Affirmation of NGO Sector - MANS, Dalmatinska  188, Podgorica, Montenegro

Total budget

EUR 375,000.00

EC Grant

EUR 300,000.00 (80%)

Duration

20 months

Objectives of the action

The overall objective of the proposed Action is improvement and promotion of access to justice, as well transparency and public participation, in the area of environmental matters in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, strengthening of role of CSOs and development of sustainable partnership and network between Western Balkan and EU environmental organizations and organizations working in the field of transparency and democratization regarding the monitoring and improvement of enforcement of obligations arising from the Aarhus Convention in the Adriatic Region Countries. In line with the overall objective, project’s specific objectives include: 1. Development of the information and cooperation network of civil society environmental organizations and organizations working in the field of transparency and democratization on Aarhus Convention implementation in Adriatic region; 2. Improvement of implementation of Aarhus Convention standards at national courts of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina and improvement of conditions for its future implementation in Montenegro by building capacities of lawyers, judges and journalists, transferring knowledge and practice of the European Court of Justice and the European Court for Human Rights; 3. Raising awareness on Aarhus Convention, good practice and legal measures among stakeholders in Adriatic region and improving knowledge of the public on legal rights arising from the Aarhus Convention; 4. Capacity building of CSOs from Adriatic region by transfer of knowledge, experiences and practices in implementing the Aarhus Convention in the EU.

Target group(s)

Judges, lawyers and journalists; CSOs, independent experts and academia; policy and decision makers, in three countries: Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.

Final beneficiaries

Final beneficiaries of the project in the long run are all citizens in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.

Estimated results

Strengthened AdriaticGreeNet Network by adoption of procedures and new members and Network’s website on Aarhus Convention implementation developed; 27 lawyers, judges and journalists from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro trained about Aarhus convention implementation and practice of the ECJ and the ECtHR; promotion of Aarhus convention among stakeholders and contribution to knowledge about legal rights arising from the Aarhus Convention; CSOs from Adriatic region encouraged to take more active role in area of Aarhus convention implementation.

Main activities

1. Partners’ action planning meeting; 2. Public announcement of the Project in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro; 3. Information and communication platform (website) and AdriaticGreeNet CSOs’ network; 4. Training program for lawyers, judges and journalists about the Aarhus Convention cases and practice of ECJ and the ECtHR; 5. Publication of case studies applying the Aarhus Convention; 6. The manual on the Aarhus Convention for journalists; 7. International conference on the implementation of the Aarhus Convention in the Adriatic region, in order to raise awareness of citizens and public authorities.

 

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