“Think Nature!” is a three-year project that has been implemented on whole territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Main objective of the project is to increase influence of civil society on environment protection, and by that, to contribute to better environment protection and enhanced resilience to environmental impact and climate change in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and to strengthen implementation of the requirements imposed by the EU and international agreements on the environment, climate and energy.
“Think Nature!” has a set of different activities, which will lead to increasing environmental responsibility of government bodies, companies and citizens through advocacy campaigns; increasing involvement of local actors in addressing environmental issues through establishing infrastructure/network of 9 Eco HUBs; encouraging young people to engage in their environment and actively protect it through development of 36 Eco Schools; raising awareness and activism of young people in area of environment protection; and improving the quantity and quality of environmental coverage in media.
The project involves variety of key stakeholders, such as environmental CSOs, media, citizens (especially young people), companies, primary and secondary schools, local and national government. Special attention will be paid to cross cutting issues, such as cross-cutting aspects of multidimensional poverty, conflict prevention, human rights, gender equality and environment. All project components include strong gender component.
This project is carefully designed, having in mind current situation of environment in Bosnia and Herzegovina, recommendations of Environmental Performance Reviews Bosnia and Herzegovina (Third Review from 2018), by United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), measures 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199 from the Strategy for Environment Protection of FBiH (2008-2018), Strategy on Nature protection of RS. Also, inputs from research “Register of organizations in the field of environmental protection” conducted in 2018 by Regional Environment Center in BiH was used in design of this project.
Also, some aspects of the project are connected with Strategy of harmonization of regulations to EU Acquis in the field of Environmental Protection of BiH, EAS-BIH (2017, where it was stressed out that particular attention should be paid to the preparation of Directive Specific Implementation Plans for directives relating to the freedom to access environmental information / environment and public participation in environmental / environmental decision-making, due to the nature of these directives (which have a significant impact other directives, the freedom to access information and public participation in environmental / environmental decision-making, as well as the right to legal protection are the basic principles of the entire environmental / environmental sector).