CSO Networks

Coalition 27

 

Coalition 27 advocates for and encourages public participation in the Republic of Serbia’s accession negotiations with the European Union and proposes solutions that will contribute to the protection and improvement of the environment and the quality of life of citizens. It was established by civil society organizations in 2014 with the aim of monitoring and contributing to the process of EU accession (Chapter 27).

The organizations joined in Coalition 27 are: Belgrade Open School, Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, Environment Improvement Centre, Environmental Engineering Group, Safer Chemicals Alternative, Young Researchers of Serbia, and the World Organization for Nature (WWF).

Natura 2000 Resource center of Serbia

 

Natura 2000 Resource Center of Serbia is a network of organizations dedicated to environmental protection. Their main activity is preserving biodiversity in Serbia through European legislation and connecting, supporting, and developing organizations that will go on to establish the NATURA 2000 network in Serbia.

This network would act as an outpost of the larger European NATURA 2000 network of nature protection areas in the territory of the European Union. Natura 2000 RCS gathers 56 organizations from all over Serbia, with its secretariat situated in the headquarters of Young Researchers of Serbia.

Green Chair

 

The Green Chair mechanism is a network of over 60 non-governmental organizations active in the field of environmental protection. The main idea behind its establishment was to ensure the permanent participation of civil society representatives at the sessions of the Environmental Protection Committee (Committee) of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia (National Assembly).

This right to participate is based on Article 63 of the National Assembly Rules of Procedure concerning the work of the Committee: “The Committee can ensure the presence or participation of representatives of citizens and associations of citizens at the session of the Committee during discussion on certain issues related to environmental protection.”

The network was established on June 5, 2013 as an initiative of seven civil society organizations. The work of the network is managed by the Green Chair Coordination Team, which consists of three civil society organizations: Young Researchers of Serbia, the Center for Modern Skills, and the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence.

Alliance of the environmental associations “Green List of Serbia”

 

The Green List of Serbia is a network of local environmental organizations that contribute to the preservation of natural resources and the quality of life of Serbian citizens through public advocacy, education, providing information, and encouraging activism among citizens. Since 2015, it has been known as the Alliance of the Environmental Associations. The alliance’s headquarters are located in Novi Sad.

Its registered members include: Center for Sustainable Future “Green Zone” from Knjaževac, Young Researchers Society “Bor” from Bor, Eco Club “Green Roadsigns” from Raška, Ecological Movement “Moravski orašak” from Trstenik, Ecological Movement “White Birch” from Kruševac, “Environmental Engineering Group” from Novi Sad, Scout Squad “Zavičaj 1093” from Vranje, “Porečje-Vučje” from Vučje, and “Green Circle” from Novi Sad.

Alliance of Volunteer Fire Brigade Departments, Kraljevo

 

“Alliance of Volunteer Fire Brigade Departments, Kraljevo” is a network of volunteer fire departments (VFD) associations that organizes participation in preventive actions aimed at protection against fire, promotes and advocates for the firefighting profession, extinguishes fires, and rescues people and property threatened by fire, natural disasters, and other disasters.

The network has eight volunteer fire brigades: City Volunteer Fire Brigade of Kraljevo, VFD Studenica, Vitkovac, Milakovac, Pečenog, VFD Vrba, VFD Kamenica, VFD Miločaj, VFD Mataruška Banja, and VFD Bukovica.

The Banat Platform

 

The “Banat Platform” network promotes the foundation and relevance of activities that foster environmental awareness and serves as a mechanism for communication between local stakeholders and government authorities on important issues concerning Serbia’s negotiations with the EU on environmental protection and agriculture. The Banat Platform contributes to including civil society in the processes of accession negotiations with the European Union, with a special focus on Chapter 11 (agriculture), Chapter 12 (veterinary policy and food safety), and Chapter 27 (environmental protection).

 

The network was established in 2015, and it includes 27 civil society organisations from nine Banat municipalities.

Network of Good Energy

 

The “Network of Good Energy” is an informal network of local self-governments utilizing civil society organisations’ capacities, supported by the private sector and development partners, to improve public goods across Serbia by designing examples of and implementing sustainable energy solutions. The Network of Good Energy assists in creating, sharing, quality-testing, and making public information on energy consumption, energy costs, and emissions arising from energy production and consumption. At the initiative of the RES Foundation, the Network of Good Energy was founded in 2017 by the City of Pirot, the Municipality of Vrbas and the City of Šabac together with the Vojvodina Environmental Movement and the Belgrade Open School (BOŠ).

The Network of Good Energy includes four civil society organizations: the RES Foundation, the Belgrade Open School, the Vojvodina Environmental Movement, and New Path (Kraljevo).

EcoNet

 

The “EcoNet” is a network of organizations that deals with environmental protection issues. The network was established in 2017 with the aim of supporting local self-governments in applying regulations on environmental protection arising from Serbia’s EU accession process.

The network focuses its activities on monitoring environmental policies, supporting local self-governments in applying regulations governing this area, and educating and campaigning with the aim of raising environmental awareness among the population.

The EcoNet network has ten civil society organisations: Forum of Civil Action FORCA (Požega), Sombor Education Centre – SEC (Sombor), Educational Centre Kruševac – ECK (Kruševac), Timok Youth Centre – TOC (Zaječar), Proaktiv (Niš), Sombor Youth Boom – SOB (Sombor), Fakirs from the South (Kruševac), Family Centre (Knjaževac), Lučani at Heart (Lučani) and Friends of Ivanjica (Ivanjica).

Blue Green Network FUTURA

 

The “Blue Green Network FUTURA” promotes and implements sustainable development principles, with a special focus on climate change, the circular economy, eco-remediation, ecosystem solutions for the protection of nature, green building, and renewable energy sources.

The network was established in 2006 and includes nine civil society organisations: UNECOOP, Foundation for Ecological Actions Green Limes (Novi Banovci), Kraljevo Development Centre (Kraljevo), Union of Ecologists UNECO, Local Development Initiative Kraljevo, Association of Citizens New Path (Kraljevo), BIOPROJECT Institute for Bio-Economy, Sustainable Agriculture, and Applied Ecology, SN Agrar (Paraćin) and Centre for Environment Education EKOS (Paraćin).

The European Movement in Serbia (EMinS)

 

The European Movement in Serbia (EMinS) network is an alliance of citizens’ associations that advocates for the introduction of European values in Serbia, decentralisation, local and rural development, equal regional development, active participation of citizens in all developmental and political processes, improving the position of the youth, women, and other sensitive categories of the population, as well as enhancing and developing environmental protection on a local and broader level through sustainable development.

The network was established in 2012, and it cooperates with related networks in the region and in Europe. The European Movement in Serbia coordinates the operation of the Network, which is made up of local councils with premises in 14 towns and municipalities across Serbia: Bor, Ćuprija, Inđija, Kikinda, Kragujevac, Kraljevo, Kruševac, Lazarevac, Leskovac, Novi Pazar, Novi Sad, Sremska Mitrovica, Subotica, and Valjevo.

The Climate Forum

 

The Climate Forum is a network of organisations that deal with climate change issues, raise awareness, and adapt to climate change.

The network was established in 2011, and it advocates for substantial reforms with the aim of mitigating and adapting to climate change and for continuous development and consistent implementation of policies and practices integrating climate change through campaigns, panel discussions, training programmes and drafting proposals for amending public policies and advocacy.

The Climate Forum has six members: the Environment Improvement Centre (Belgrade), the Association of Citizens Klima 101 (Belgrade), the Centre for the Development of Non-Formal Education (CRNOG) (Belgrade), the Association of Citizens GM OPTIMIST (Gornji Milanovac), the World Wide Fund for Nature Adria-Serbia (WWF), and the Young Researchers of Serbia.

Let’s Afforest Vojvodina

 

The network of environmental associations “Let’s Afforest Vojvodina” was established with the aim of generating a greater influence of the public on decision-makers at all levels of authority for the purpose of preserving and improving the existing forests and increasing forested areas in the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina. 

These associations advocate for raising awareness among the public about the importance of the preservation of forests and afforestation to the protection of nature, agriculture, the economy, and mitigating the effects of climate change. The network was established in 2020 with the aim of employing the knowledge, experience, media availability, internet visibility, and other capacities of the members to increase media visibility of the facts and problems, as well as ways of handling them, concerning the forestation situation in the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina. It includes 23 organisations.

Citizens for Nature

 

“Citizens for Nature” is a non-formal network of environmental organisations that advocate the participation of local communities and all stakeholders in governing protected areas. The network advocates decentralisation of environmental policies and promotes the idea of changing the governance model, where a more prominent part in planning and implementing protective measures should be given to members of local communities who live in the territories of protected natural areas.

The network was established in 2019, and it has 15 members. Full-fledged members of the network are: PROAKTIV, Stara Planina Environmental Protection Society, Association of Citizens “The Bell” (Pirot), GEA-Citizens’ Association for Ecology (Pirot) and the Civic Reading Room Europe (Bor).

Women’s Network for Nature and Environmental Protection

 

Women’s Network for Nature and Environmental Protection strives to empower women and contribute to improving their position in environmental movements, to emphasize the contribution of women in fighting for a healthy environment, and to enable greater visibility in the public domain.

The network was founded in 2020 out of the need to improve the position of women in the rising environmental movement, identify specific obstacles and pressures women are faced with, and strengthen solidarity between activists.

Green Network of the City of Niš

 

The mission of the Green Network of the City of Niš for improving and protecting the environment and sustainable development is to convene and jointly act on institutional improvement of the involvement of citizens and civil society organisations according to open government principles in the process of proposing, adopting, and implementing regulations on environmental protection and sustainable development in the City of Niš.

The key shared objective of the network is to generate influence in the local community with the aim of improving procedures, documents, practices, and projects on environmental protection and sustainable development, thus contributing to improving the state of the environment, a better life for citizens, and operation of public authorities in accordance with open government principles.

This network has 11 organisations from Nis: Media and Reform Centre Niš, Green Key, South Morava, Zooplanet, Azbuki, Human Rights Committee, PROAKTIV, ENECA, The New Network, DELI Co-Working Space and the Local Foundation Niš.

Local Action

 

Alliance of Citizens’ Associations Local Action from Paraćin works on improving environmental protection, educating the public on the importance of environmental protection and preservation, public advocacy for change of habits, monitoring the situation on information availability on local levels, combating false news spread, and supporting professional reporting on local levels. The alliance advocates responsible management on local levels and fights discrimination and violations of human rights in every respect.

The alliance was established in 2021, and it has six member organizations: Citizens’ Association “Jon in” Paracin, Citizens’ Association “Civil Movement Free Choice”, Citizens’ Association “Dignified Movement” Paracin, Citizens’ Association “Safe Forward” Paracin, Citizens’ Association “Media Center Paraćin”, and Citizens’ Association “Institute for Regional Development” from Novi Sad.

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