Jablanica, Posušje and Tomislavgrad people join forces to combat careless waste disposal at ‘Blidinje’ Nature Park
SARAJEVO, 11.06.2018: 300 students from five primary schools and 30 volunteers from seven citizen associations from Jablanica, Posušje and Tomislavgrad took part in a cleaning up action at Blidinje Nature Park end of the last week.
This activity marks the beginning of the wider campaign for prevention of irregular waste disposal and raising awareness on importance of nature and environmental protection in Nature park “Blidinje”, implemented under the slogan „It takes a little to make a difference”. Presentations on ecology, natural and cultural heritage, dangers of nature, and protection of plant and animal life were also organized within the campaign.
The campaign is result of an initiative of Association ‘Visit Blidinje’, assisted by the EU ProLocal Programme, supporting promotion of Blidinje as an attractive tourist site and enhancing local economy. The municipalities of Jablanica, Posušje and Tomislavgrad, as well as primary school students and teachers, hiking clubs, mountain rescue services and other associations active at the Nature Park also support its implementation. It is the cooperation of a number of local governments, educational institutions and non-governmental sector that makes this initiative unique in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In cleaning up operation at five locations in the Nature Park 2000 kilograms of waste was collected, mostly glass bottles, cans, old tin cans and tyres.
„The cleaning up is local, but it is extremely important for the whole country as it mirrors the spirit of collective awareness and common goal for all of us in BiH, but also on this green planet”, said Ante Vukadin, the Chair of Hiking Club “Orlova stina”/”Eagle’s Rock” from Tomislavgrad, whose members participated in the cleaning up.
EU ProLocal Program supports promotion of Blidinje as an attractive tourist site thus contributing to the improvement of local economy. With this view, efforts are made to introduce reusable waste bags, place green islands, set-up eco patrols. Special care within the Programme is paid to sustainable development, reflected in these activities too.
EU ProLocal is funded by the European Union with EUR 9 million, while additional EUR 4 millions are provided by the German Government. The Programme is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.