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

On 6th of July 2017 we held a workshop about organizing participatory governance in the local community in the City District of Gornji Grad in Osijek. 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".

The work of the multi-sectoral working group, whose participants share informations about current problems in managing natural resources in Velika Gorica, presented suggesting solutions and pointing to irregularities in the management of 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: "Participation of the public in the sphere of nature protection and management of natural areas - the association Green Osijek" and "Eko Village Papuk - Association Slap".

Four seminars were held in the county and one of the workshops focused primarily on the protected area: flood prevention, air quality, sports facilities and activities. Dinko Pešić from the Green Osijek association said that ˝local population is increasingly included in its (protected area) protection˝.

Sonja Vuković from the Slap association continued in the direction of participation: ˝the issue of cross-sectoral cooperation is also very important in the management of natural resources".

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 three working groups where they developed ideas of possible action according to the model of local development and social action on the following topics: (1) Recovering green resources on public surfaces, (2) Recognition of abandoned industrial premises for social use and (3) Organized housing for senior citizens.

Similar workshops will be organized in Koprivnica, Rijeka and Zadar in autumn.

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

*Photo gallery from the event is available HERE.