The workshop "Organization of participatory governance in the local community" held in Koprivnica

On 22th of September 2017 we held a workshop about organizing participatory governance in the local community in the City District in Koprivnica. Representatives of local self-government units and civil society organizations were introduced to successfully implemented activities in Velika Gorica as a part of the project "Participatory management of natural resources".

Petra Andric from DOOR and Meri Barišić from Velika Gorica presented the work of a multisectoral working group whose participants share information on current problems in managing natural resources in Velika Gorica, suggest solutions and point out irregularities in managing public and natural resources; an advocacy campaign encouraging the local community to make proposals to the City regarding the management of natural resources and other activities aimed at fostering cooperation between local self-government, civil society organizations and interested citizens.

Participants were also presented local examples of good practices in the field of natural resource management: "City of Koprivnica", "Activities around the Regional Park Mura-Drava - Dravska Liga", "School for Associations - City of Lepoglava" and "Bicycle to Sustainable Community - Uzor Hrvatske, Koprivnica".

"The extension of the pedestrian zones is one of the great potential of Koprivnica and a very important item in the spatial plan.", Nebojša Kalanj from City of Koprivnica started with examples of local good practices. Dora Radosavljevic from Dravska Liga continued: "We have established even better and continuous cooperation with almost all stakeholders, and we have also prepared a proposal for future space monitoring." From the City of Lepoglava, Hrvoje Kovac said: "The quality of life in a city is not measured by the kilometers of roads built, but by the quality of life of the most vulnerable in that city."

After successful presentations, Ksenija Vidović Vorberger from ODRAZ held an interactive workshop about community organization, where participants were introduced to three practical models of community organization. After the theoretical part, next was practical part of the workshop where the participants were divided into two working groups where they developed ideas of possible action according to the model of local development and social action on the following topic: ˝Impossibility of employment of persons with disabilities˝.

Next similar workshop will be organized in Zadar in autumn.

* For more information about project "Participatory management of natural resources": http://sudjeluj.net/