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Relevance Of The Good
Practice Contest

The goal of the project is to establish a transnational climate network in the Southeastern Europe to help promote international climate governance in the area. To establish a network, it is crucial to learn about all relevant organisations and (semi-) governmental bodies dealing with climate change, as they will be the future members of the network. The call for best practices is an important first step in giving visibility to climate actions in the region and linking different stakeholders. All contest participants will be able to meet in person to exchange ideas and make first contacts during the award ceremony, where five winning projects will also receive their awards.

timeline


04
apr
call opens
15
jul
Deadline for project submissions
31
aug
Preselection of winners
sep
Jury meeting
10
nov
Award ceremony with trainings and workshops
11
nov
Award ceremony with trainings and workshops

Who can participate?


All civil society organizations, (semi-)governmental institutions, like national park management organisations or municipalities, individuals and companies that have implemented or are implementing a project in one of the fields of the Green Agenda for the Southeastern Europe – climate action (energy, mobility, housing), circular economy (waste reduction), biodiversity, sustainable food systems, fighting pollution – are eligible to apply. Eligible projects must have been fully implemented within the last 5 years or must currently be in the implementation process. Furthermore, the projects must have been implemented, at least partially, in one of the Southeastern Europe countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia and Albania. Projects planned or implemented by organizations of the consortium are ineligible for this contest.

Submission categories


The categories in which participants are invited to submit projects are selected according to the five pillars of the Green Agenda for the Southeastern Europe:

Decarbonisation
All climate action projects aiming at climate mitigation. Projects can be about sustainable mobility, renewable energies, sustainable buildings, nature-based solutions, green infrastructure, etc.
Circular Economy
All projects that deal with waste reduction, circular production models, recycling, second-hand consumption, etc.
Biodiversity and nature protection
All projects that support species diversity and habitat diversity, deal with nature protection and environmental education.
Sustainable agriculture
All projects that support sustainable food production, climate friendly nutrition, sustainable land use, etc.
Depollution
All projects that deal with eliminating and removing pollution from the environment, like projects focusing on cleaner air, soils, water, etc.

Why should you participate?


Five good reasons to apply:

  1. Visibility
  2. Inspiration
  3. Networking
  4. Knowledge exchange
  5. Prize money

This good practice call is embedded in the “Climate Bridges” project, which aims to promote transnational cooperation and strengthen climate policy in the Southeastern Europe. Your participation in this call could help promote your work and your organization. Your project will be featured on our website, and the five winning projects will be presented during the award ceremony, where various international organizations and funders will be present. You will also be able to share your project with others during the ceremony. In addition to promoting your own work, you can also exchange knowledge with other participants, learn from each other’s success stories and get advice on project planning, implementation and ... funding. You will also get access to European funding programs like the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) and you can become a member of Southeast Europe´s Climate Network (SEE´s Climate Network) to connect with others pursuing similar goals, explore new funding instruments and find partners for your next –perhaps transnational – project. Last but not least, five winning projects will be awarded a 1000 Euros prize!

How Can You Participate?


You can participate by filling out the application form on our website {Climate Bridges}. All headings need to be filled in completely. Only fully completed applications will be given due consideration. The application needs to be filled in in English, in case of language problems one of the project partners can be contacted for help.

Croatia: Association Green Istria, [email protected]
Albania: Urban Research Institute, [email protected]
Bosnia and Herzegovina: CENER 21, [email protected]

The deadline for submitting completed applications is on Thursday, July 15, 2022, at 23:59 UTC.

Evaluation process


Two-phase selection process:

  1. Each partner (CIPRA, CENER21, URI, Green Istria) pre-selects two projects for each of the five categories.
  2. The international jury will select a winning project for each category. These projects will receive the prize money. The second-best projects will be promoted during the ceremony.
    The international jury will consist of six members from:
    1. European Climate Initiative (EUKI),
    2. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),
    3. Alpine Climate Board (ACB),
    4. Three local experts from the Balkans.

Evaluation Criteria
Clear, realistic and achievable project

The project goals and achievements are evident and realistic (SMART was used and indicators were listed to demonstrate this). The content of the application form is plausible and provides the jury with adequate information on the project.

Significance for the country/area with regard to climate protection

The project leads to social or environmental sustainability improvements in the region/country. These changes are particularly relevant to the area.

Long-term effect on environment/climate

The project has a positive long-term effect on one of the five categories. It brings about a shift towards sustainability in the area or helps protect nature.

Social integration and long-term effect on society

The project involves different social groups and brings different stakeholders together. The project has significant benefits for a specific target group, i.e. health benefits through reduced air pollution, mobility services for a specific target group etc.

Regional/trans-national cooperation

Stakeholders from different regions or countries collaborate in the project, or regional cooperation is strengthened as a result of the project.

Innovativeness for the area/country

The project contains innovative elements, whether in terms of project methodology or in terms of introducing something new that promote climate change mitigation and/or sustainability in the area of implementation. The innovation and its benefits are clearly explained in the application form.

Exclusion criteria

Incomplete application forms or implausible information will lead to the immediate exclusion of the applicant/project from the contest. Any suspicion of unfair and dishonest practices will also lead to the applicant/project’s exclusion. Projects implemented by the consortium partners are ineligible for the contest.

Contact
information


If you have any questions regarding the application form
or the contest, please don’t hesitate to contact
us at [email protected]