In the "Gradski glasnik", official publication of the City of Belgrade from November 29th, 2013, Zvezdara forest is declared as protected area of the III order and under protection of the Republic of Serbia.
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Fir tree was chosen because of upcoming holidays in order to persuade people to buy fir tree seedlings with turf, that can be planted later.
Mr. Yuji Miyata is an environmentalist, UN peace messenger and diligent activist. Wherever he goes he walks and plants trees. So far he walked over 10 000 kilometers through 11 countries and planted more than 3 000 trees. He got his inspiration from his teacher, Paul Coleman, UN peace ambassador and earthwalker.
He decided to visit Serbia because of the suffering of people and nature during the troubled history of this region.
Mr. Miyata says that: "Many people think that peace exists between human and human, but also peace exists between human and nature, too.". He also adds that "small action can make big difference".
Unfortunately, in Serbia, unlike any other country, Mr. Miyata wasn't met by representatives of Ministry of Environment.
Mr. Yuji Miyata:
Winners of the "Distinguished Environmental Ambassador" award
The award was given during the seminar "Leaders of sustainable development in Serbia" held in Hall of Belgrade municipality Savski Venac.
Secretary General of Environmental Ambassadors Mrs. Aleksandra Knez-Milojković speaks on BELLS seminar "Leaders of sustainable development in Serbia"
After the seminar, award winners and UN peace messenger and environmentalist, Mr. Yugi Miyata, planted the tree in nearby park.
Mr. Yugi Miyata and award winners planting a tree
Amendment that provides that some of the paved roads that were meant to be built in Zvezdara forest are not built, has been taken into account and approved. However, the plan for regulation of Zvezdara forest still provides more than 200 parking spaces and large areas for construction (approx. 70 000 square meters).
In most unfortunate turn of events, City Assembly decided to approve plan for regulation first, and study for protection of Zvezdara forest that will give legal grounds for preventing any construction in Zvezdara forest later. This allows for various kind of shady dealings to be made, that will further endanger survival of Zvezdara forest.
This is a partial victory for Zvezdara Forest Protection Association. We managed something that no one achieved so far in Republic of Serbia - to change urbanistic plan in a way that suits people and environment more. But a long battle still remains in order to fully protect Zvezdara forest.
This news in Serbian media:
Усвојен План детаљне регулације подручја градске парк-шуме Звездара
Zvezdarska šuma bez asfaltnih staza
Grad ima plan za Zvezdarsku šumu
Members of Zvezdara Forest Protection Association
Before the members will be the version of the that includes the butchering of Zvezdara forest with roads and tracks cutting through for the tourist train (also the road that winds throughout the forest).
Public green spaces are reduced by as much as 3.5 ha.
Traffic areas are increased by 2.5 ha, living area by 1.7 ha.
In the area of public green spaces 246 parking spaces is planned.
It is planned to dramatically increase the number of employees and residents from 2430 to 5037.
Area under the facilities will be increased by 47,558 m2 (good opportunity for entrepreneurs to eligible party stuffed money in his pocket).
All this will lead to the safe destruction of Zvezdara forest.
In April 2011. Zvezdara forest protection study, carried out by the Institute for Nature Protection of Serbia, has been approved through the public debate.
It was logical to adopt the study of protection first and then regulatory plan related to the protected area. It did not happen, however, a study of protection in the draft of the plan isn't even mentioned.
The City Council adopted the draft plan at a secret meeting of 24th of November this year and it had not notified the interested public. This violated the Law on Free Access to information of public importance and the Law on Ratification of Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention).
Such guerrilla surprise is also disabled people to use their right to file an amendment guaranteed the Article 115 Rules of the City Assembly.
Please note that the City Council is continuously breaking the law on free access to information of public importance because public is not informed of its meetings nor decisions made on them .
Secretariat for Environmental Protection of Belgrade on 23rd of September has changed its position from 21st of June 2011. which determined the need for redefining and adjusting traffic planning solutions in Zvezdara forest. Under what political and/or financial pressure?
Great is the responsibility of the members of the Assembly. Since on their votes depends the fate of right lung of Belgrade.
01.10.2011. - 05.10.2011.
Having in mind that 2011 has been declared, by the UN General Assembly resolution, the International Year of Forests, the Board of the Manifestation decided that the theme of the 42nd Gathering of children of Europe be “If the trees could walk” based on the title of the poem by the famous children’s writer, Grigor Vitez. The theme should serve as just a stimulus for contemplation on the phenomenon of trees and forests, and the inspiration should be drawn from the history of civilization, from myths, legends, fairytales, through art literature, to ecologically aware understanding of nature from the aspect of modern man.
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