07 April 2022
Skopje – From the 28th of March to 2nd of April, Balkan Green Foundation (BGF) organized the second edition of Balkan Green Academy (BGA). The participants consisted of finalists from the Balkan Green Ideas (BGI) Regional Competition and other environmental-conscious ideas identified in the region.
The Academy involved subjects on the aspects of policy, economy, society, and present issues that Western Balkan countries are dealing with in the framework of green sustainable development. Specifically, sessions focused on “Circular Society and Circular Economy”; “Green Sustainable Cities and Eco Villages”; “Local Community Development through Green Impact Ideas”; “Communities Mobilization for Local/Regional Policy Change”. In addition to the training sessions, the Academy included five (5) guest speakers who shared their personal and professional experiences with the participants on topics that try to raise awareness of the importance of environmental protection, environmental justice, promoting green activism, by emphasizing the Western Balkans potential to transform into a greener sustainable region.
On the occasion of the closing ceremony, the participants shared their experiences of being part of the Academy. Tamara Klarić participant from Serbia quoted "It was a true privilege for me to be a part of Balkan Green Academy in Skopje. An enriching experience both professionally and personally. I found it very valuable to gain an insight of knowledge and experience from people who are great practitioners and very good "case study" examples from guest speakers. Also, having a chance to meet up with people from our entire region, who are true visionaries and "game changers" in their communities - is the most precious asset for me. I now feel more motivated and inspired to pursue my business idea and to expand its impact throughout our region." Marko Djurisić from Montenegro quoted “What we have learned in the Academy is of big importance, but its essence will really come to light when we unite this separated region of ours and start working together, by helping each other and sharing experiences.”
Balkan Green Academy ended successfully with the certification of 19 participants for their participation and contribution.
Balkan Green Academy is implemented by Balkan Green Foundation, with the financial support of Balkan Trust for Democracy, USAID - US Agency for International Development, Erasmus+ and Rockefeller Brothers Fund & Pocantico Center.