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studenti-austrija1On Wednesday, June 13th 2012, visiting NGO Expeditio were students from the University of Vienna BOKU (University of Natural Resources and Applied Natural Sciences) who were from June 10th to 16th, 2012 in the study visit to protected areas of Montenegro. A representative of the NGO Expeditio, Tatjana Rajic, in the hall of the Music School (in the hall of the church Holy spirit), gave a presentation on the Expeditio activities.

DAN_24-06-2012Reagovanje povodom teksta objavljenog 24. juna 2012. u dnevnim novinama „Dan“ nastalog na osnovu izjave direktora NVO „Mladi zeleni“ g. Dejana Kovačevića: „Vlada povela duple predstavnike“

Uredništvu dnevnih novina "Dan": Povodom  teksta pod nazivom „Vlada povela duple predstavnike“, objavljenog u Vašim novinama dana 24. juna 2012. godine, dostavljamo Vam sljedeće reagovanje  sa ciljem da se javnost pravilno informiše, odnosno da se ne unosi zabuna pogrešnim podacima iznijetim u navedenom tekstu.


000-grupna_fotka_resizeFrom 22 to 24 June 2012, a two-day course on permaculture was held at the House of Free Thought in Kavač. It was attended by 17 participants from Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. The course, led by the lecturers from Slovenia, presented a chance for the participants to learn about the basic principles of permaculture.

FOSI-skupMeeting of the Network of Open Society Foundations and NGOs of Montenegro, was held on Wednesday, 20th June 2012, at the Hotel Podgorica Congress Hall. The meeting represented discussion and exchange of opinions, and among the 30 NGOs representatives from Montenegro, the meeting was attended by representatives of Expeditio, as well.

be-a-heroOur colleague Biljana Gligoric is current located in Rio de Janeiro at the third World Summit on Sustainable Development Rio +20. At the Rio +20 conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from government, private sector, NGOs and other groups, along will consider possibilities of how we can reduce poverty, improve social equity and ensure environmental protection in order to create the future we want. 

txt-pobjeda-tivatDragi prijatelji/ce, nakon 3 dana vježbanja joge, prethodnog vikenda u kotorskom Parku Slobode, nastavljamo projekat "Joga u parku" u Velikom gradskom parku u Tivtu. Od 22-24.06.2012, vježbaće se svakog dana po sljedećem rasporedu:
09.00 - 10.00 h Joga
12.00 - 13.00 h Joga, disanje
15.00 - 16.00 h Joga, meditacija
18.00 - 19.00 h Joga, disanje, meditacija
19.00 - 20.00 h Predavanje: Joga za zdrav i srećan život
Učešće je besplatno.

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The representative of Expeditio Martina Đeković participated at the 10th annual meeting of the SEE Heritage Network, which was held in Skopje in the period from June 8th till 10rh, 2012. The meeting was followed by training on accession to EU funds, with particular emphasis on the IPA. 25 representatives of the SEE Heritage Network members from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia participated in the meeting and training. During the meeting, participants had the opportunity to listen to the presentation of the TASCO office in Skopje, who presented the work of TASCO in the region and the possibility of EU funding for civil society organizations. 
 

Training on accession to EU funds to representatives of SEE Heritage Network members, was held also by representatives of TASCO office in Macedonia.

The organization of the meeting and training was financially supported by the Headley Trust UK.

 


banner_2Building with wood is an initiative that promotes wood as building material. Through informing professionals (architects, builders, investors and companies), as well as general public, it aims to increase the use of wood in construction. Expeditio representative will participate in a basic two-day seminar focusing on new wood products and wood structures designing, new modern European technologies and simple solutions suited to Serbian standards. The seminar, intended for achitects and civil engineers, will take place in Belgrade on 13-14 June 2012.

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Biljana Gligoric, Vice President of the Council for Sustainable Development and representative of NGO Expeditio, chaired the 24th session of the National Council for Sustainable Development, held on June 1, 2012. The session was an opportunity to discuss a draft expert document that is to form the basis of the Platform for the presentation of Montenegro at the Third World Summit on Sustainable Development (the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development - Rio+20), and a draft of the Fourth annual report on the implementation of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development during the period  January 1 - December 31, 2011.

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At the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, will come together to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet to get to the future we want.

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) is being organized in pursuance of General Assembly Resolution 64/236 (A/RES/64/236), and will take place in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg.

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Within the Second Coordination Meeting of Project Coordinators of Ljubljana process II, held in Bar on May 16-17, 2012, the representative of Expeditio gave a presentation on "Process of Development of Preliminary Technical Assessment (PTA) through Example of Old Town Bar"

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A representative of Expeditio participated on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at the conference on homelessness organized by the Housing Center from Belgrade. Housing Center, in partnership with the organization DISC from the UK, is realizing the project “Social Inclusion of Homeless Persons in Serbia“, and one of the activities within the project was organizing of the mentioned conference.

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We would like to thank all those who contacted us by e-mail and FaceBook to congratulate us for our birthday. We would like to apologize in advance if we fail to reply to all of you individually, but we want you to know that we were very glad and touched by your contacts and your support.

YOUR Expeditio team

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On May 10, 2012, Expeditio is celebrating 15 years of its existence. Our first, student project - Expedition Perast '97 was realized in 1997. Since then, our organization has realized over 50 projects and a large number of various activities in the field of cultural heritage, sustainable architecture and physical planning.

Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism within the project: "Fostering dialogue and partnership for sustainable development between the Government and the business sector in Montenegro", which the Government of Montenegro implements in cooperation with the Agency NL in the Government of the Netherlands, formed the Network for Corporate Social Responsibility (Network CSR). Network member is representatives of Expeditio Biljana Gligoric.

The objective of the formation of the Network for CSR is to promote and raise awareness of the state administration, professional institutions and business and professional associations as well as the general public about the concept of corporate social responsibility as one of the mechanisms for sustainable development. Members of Network are representatives of state and academic institutions, business and professional associations, and professional and civil society organizations. Network members tasksTasks are related to active participation in the preparation and implementation of the Action Plan network, then making the Manual for CSR for SMEs in Montenegro, tracking workshops and other meetings on the topic of CSR, preparing Network bulletin and participation in the organization of joint concrete socially responsible initiatives.

The first meeting of the Network was held on Friday, April 27th at 10 am at the premises of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism.

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On the Earth Day, 22.04.2012, members of social networks TW, FB, G+,... from Montenegro organized #BicikloUP, bicycle ride through the streets of Podgorica. The goal of the action was to draw attention that Montenegrin towns need bicycle paths, in order to promote this type of transport and recreation but also to celebrate the Day of our dear Planet Earth.

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A few days ago, within the project CORNERS, Balkan expedition set off with thirty artists and researchers from 7 countries from Europe who look for stories and inspiration for the work by travelling. This artistic venture of crossing the rocky Balkan started in Zagreb on 15.04.2012, and it ends in Rijeka on 29.04.2012. The CORNERS expedition will be in Cetinje on 23.04.2012.

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STRAND – Sustainable Urban Society Association organize an international sympozijum "New Urbanity: Cities vs. Global Challenges" in Belgrade 26-28, April 2012 . The Symposium addresses a variety of themes, with the aim of recognizing analysis and potentials of urban policies for the predicting and directing development, innovative methodological framework, in the context of the legislative framework, under the following topics:

- Effective urban policies
- City planning in a period of transition
- Integrated plan, Corporative planning, Improvement of administration -  initiatives for improvement
- Urban planning as an instrument for sustainability
Influence of spatial planning, urban design and arhitectural form on urban sustainability
- Best practices, local and international

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Schools and universities have great potential to serve as living laboratories for education of generations that will accept environment protection as a part of their everyday life. School and university campuses are specific urban units because they remind in their form and their function of miniature settlements. Strategies for planning and designing university campus, which is an open space classroom in its broadest sense, will be considered through discussions on the principles of sustainability, on LEED protocol for settlements and through examples from the practice. A lecture on the topic of “Campus as a Miniature Town: University Complex Design” will be held in Novi Sad, at the Faculty of Technical Sciences (Department for Architecture Lecture hall Ranko Radović), on April 19, 2012 at 10.15h. The lecturer is Jelena Pejković, the representative of Expeditio in Serbia.

EH_60_LOGO“Earth Hour 2012” will be organized worldwide on Saturday, 31 March 2012, from 8.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. At this hour, citizens worldwide will turn off their lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change. In Montenegro, the event will be organized by the NGO Green Home from Podgorica, in cooperation with partners from different Montenegrin towns. Expeditio supports the action. We invite all the citizens, institutions, households and businesses to participate in the event by turning off their lights, contributing in that way to protecting our planet.

EH_60_LOGOAkcija "Sat za planetu" organizuje se i ove godine širom svijeta. U subotu 23. marta 2013. godine sa početkom u 20.30h, građani/ke naše planete koji žele da doprinesu zaštiti životne sredine, ugasiće svjetla na 60 minuta. Expeditio podržava akciju i ove godine. Pozivamo i sve građane/ke, institucije, preduzeća i sve zainteresovane, da se pridružie inicijativi i na taj način doprinesu očuvanju naše planete.

Action "Earth Hour" is organized this year around the world. On Saturday, March 29th, 2014, starting at 20.30h, citizens of our planet who want to contribute to environmental protection, will turn off the lights for 60 minutes. Expeditio also supports this action. We invite all citizens, institutions, businesses companies and all interested parties to join the initiative and thus contribute to the preservation of our planet. 

radio_free_europeRadio Free Europe’s Diary for the last week was written by the architect Biljana Gligorić, programme director at Expeditio, Centre for Sustainable Development in Kotor. The diary can be listen to and read here.

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EXPEDITIO representative, Biljana Gligorić, participated in the National Conference for secondary school students focusing on the European integration process, organized within the project Enjoying European Values for Young People. The conference was held in Budva from 23rd to 26th March 2012. In addition to being a visiting lecturer at the panel discussing the topics of environmental protection and sustainable development, Biljana moderated a working group treating the same subjects. The conference was organized by the NGO Juventas from Podgorica, in cooperation with the project partners. Additional information on Juventas can be found here.

CornersThe Balkan Xpedition begins soon within the CORNERS project. The Xpedition will include 30 artists and researchers from seven European countries who are exploring the outer regions and coasts of Europe in search of stories and inspiration for their new work.  This joint venture “across the hilly Balkans” begins in Zagreb on 15 April 2012 and ends in Rijeka on 29 April 2012.

pcnen_logoOn 20 February 2012, portal PCNEN, published an interview with Biljana Gligoric, programme director of Expeditio. The interview is a part of series of interviews with different persons evolving around the same topic. Interviews of all the interviewed persons can be found here. You can read Biljana’s interview here.

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NGO Expeditio from Kotor gives its full support to the Civil Protest that will be held on 18 March 2012 in Podgorica. We believe this is an opportunity to express not only our support to the requirements stated by the protest organizers, but also a general dissatisfaction with the situation in Montenegro.

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This photo shows a beautiful entrance to the Kotor area, just after one passes the tunnel. However, instead of this breath taking view soon we will have a petrol station and a two-floor building (currently under construction). It is important to note that five petrol stations already exist in the immediate vicinity, within 5 km distance.

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Expeditio representative, as member of NCSD (National Council for Sustainable Development), attended the 23rd session of this body, held on Januarz 27th. At this session, the Council has supported the current process of preparing and setting Montenegro for Third World Summit on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20) and discussed in detail the concept of green economy as one of the two key themes of the Summit. The Council has assessed that Montenegro has great potential for the application of the green economy, especially in the sectors of energy, tourism and agriculture, which in the context of preparations for the Rio +20 Summit should be seen as part of the coupling topics such as increasing employment, the preservation of natural capital, effective use of resources and the fight against climate changes.

In accordance with the newly adopted guidelines for future work, the Council has adopted the work plan for the 2012. In addition to the work on preparing the platform for Rio +20, the main topics the Council will deal with in this year, are  the revision of the National Strategy of Sustainable Development as main document for the development of Montenegro, encouraging dialogue on key issues of sustainable development, supporting stronger application of standards of sustainable development at the local and the level of involvement in the assessment of overall capacity for sustainable development. The Council will have to determine, at the next session, the Award for Sustainable Development, which will be awarded to the most responsable for the promotion of sustainable development as well as indicate the negative examples in the application of this concept.

 

Members discussed the role and mandate of the Council for the next period and agreed that the Council should focus its work on the consideration of strategic issues and the development of guidelines for specific areas of sustainable development, but also to serve as a reference point for government departments and other stakeholders and members of society in solving the dilemma in choosing approaches and defining priority development policies and projects. Special attention is that in the future the Council strengthen its role in the public dialogue on sustainable development and, thus, contribute to a general-public consensus on this concept.

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The second round table within the project "The Cultural Circle of Cetinje " was held on Wednesday, 21 December, in the Art Research Centre in Cetinje. "The Cultural Circle of Cetinje" is a project of cooperation between the Faculties of Arts in Cetinje – Faculty of Drama, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music Academy. The Project was conceptualised based on the modern programmes organised throughout Europe, and is aimed at the inclusion of the academic community in the consideration of cultural phenomena and issues of environment where it is implemented. Within the Project, discussions with university professors, representatives of cultural institutions, non-governmental sector and renowned artists from Montenegro and the region will be organised in Cetinje.

-2012Dear friends, nearing the end of 2012, we want to briefly remind you of the most important projects and activities Expeditio implemented over the last 12 months. We wish you all the best for the coming 2013 and thank you cordially for taking interest in our work! Yours Expeditio

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The meeting of the Board for Energy Efficiency and Environmental Protection, with the representative of EXPEDITIO as its member, was held on 15 December. The Ministry of Economy presented the activities carried out in the field of energy efficiency. The Deputy Minister of Economy, Ms. Dragica Sekulic, presented the 2012 plan and the progress of the ongoing projects. It was agreed that a larger number of educational activities in this field should be organised next year, as well as to try to encourage a larger number of enterprises to be involved in the ongoing projects which are financed from different credit lines.

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Witnin the framework of a regional initiative “Public Dialogue on the Sustainable Use of Energy in Southeast Europe” a panel discussion entitled “Examples of Good Practice in the Field of Energy Efficiency” was held at the “Podgorica” hotel in Podgorica on December 13, 2011.

A representative of Expeditio, Biljana Gligorić, spoke about “Examples of good practice of energy efficiency improvement in the building sector”.

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The meeting of organisations “Abart” from Mostar, “Blok” and “Kontraakcija” from Zagreb and “Expeditio” from Kotor was held in Dubrovnik from 25 to 27 November 2011 on the initiative of the Art Workshop Lazareti which is launching the project dealing with the issue of urban memory.

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Within the public hearing about the draft Law on the Protection of the Natural and Cultural-Historical Area of Kotor, EXPEDITIO submitted the comments and objections to the draft Law to the Ministry of Culture.

Additionally, EXPEDITIO submitted objections to the following plans which were subject to the public hearing in the first half of November to the municipality Kotor, Secretariat for Urban Planning, Construction and Residential-Public Utility Affairs:

  • Objections to the draft Amendment to the Detailed Urban Plan of Orahovac and Drazin vrt
  • Objections to the draft Local Location Study of Glavati-Prcanj
  • Objections to the draft Detailed Urban Plan of Prcanj.

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The Conference entitled “Discussions on the Future of the Environmental State – toward the third World Summit on Sustainable Development Rio+20” was held in Podgorica on 18 December. The Conference was organised by the National Council for Sustainable Development. The representative of EXPEDITIO attended the Conference acting as the Deputy President of the National Council for Sustainable Development.

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The representative of EXPEDITIO was appointed as the member of the municipal Consultancy Group in charge of the development of the Strategic Plan of the Municipality Kotor. The deadline for the development of the Strategic Plan is 6 February 2012.

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The conference about “Energy-Development-Democracy: Shaping New Energy Future in South East Europe” was held in Belgrade from 17 to 19 October 2011 in the National Assembly of Serbia. The conference was organised within the Initiative on the Establishment of Public Dialogue about Sustainable Use of Energy in South East Europe (“the Initiative”) which was launched by the members of the Network of Schools of Political Studies in south East Europe which act under the patronage of the Council of Europe, supported by the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), International Visegrad Fund and Electricity Company of Serbia.

The conference was attended by the representative of our Organisation, as a member of the delegation of Montenegro.

For more information about this project see: http://www.publicdialogue-energy.com/

EXPEDITIO is a non-governmental organization whose mission is to encourage sustainable spatial development in Montenegro and SEE region through activity in the fields of sustainable architecture, cultural heritage, urban planning and through projects that encourage overall development of the civil society. Expeditio was established in 1997.

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