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Commons: Environmental Commons

Date: 22 - 30 July 2018
Location: Selce, Croatia
Number of participants: 60

This journey started with defining the commons, particularly environmental commons which are a key factor for sustainability and our responsibility is to protect them. Water, land, forests, seeds, atmosphere and oceans are crucial resources of our planet and should be managed sustainably and fairly, with a proper care. Mismanagement of those commons has very concrete consequences on the lives of people.

Trough analysing case studies from Europe and all over the world we learned that there are so many issues with managing natural resources caused by e.g. irresponsible corporations that, driven by the greed for profit, overexploit the resource people and biodiversity depend on. Some of those cases is the case of the Norwegian government’s investments in the oil industry, the case of Galician forest in Spain or issues of building hydro power plants in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia that local communities and those affected the most have been struggling against. Participants prodused a video describing the issue with the hydro power plants in Albania.

Only a couple of kilometers from our venue in Croatia, at the Krk island, the locals were struggling with a project that affects the quality of life and biodiversity of the island - floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal. We had an opportunity to hear the story from one of their activists. On the other hand, a recently discovered island in Croatia called Otok Srece (island of happiness) is sustainably and fairly managed by the local community, which is an inspiring example.

Sustainable and inclusive management of our inherently common resources such as water, atmosphere, forests and land can prevent and transform existing conflicts. Those issues have to be addressed on the international level because those elementary resources of ours are under a constant threat of commodification and the ones that are relevant for many poeple, way beyond the national borders.

To learn more about commons, check this mobile-friendly publication where we summarised conclusions of the project or explore various perspectives of young European Greens on the commons in our Ecosprinter magazine.

Take a closer look at how has it been at the Summercamp on flickr, Instagram.

 

Supported by:

 

GEFThe Greens | EFAEuropean Youth FundationCouncil of Europe