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My Little Piece of Land is award finalist for the NATURA 2000 AWARD by EU Commission
By Nenad N. Bach and Darko Žubrinić | Published  03/31/2016 | Environment , Education , Business | Unrated
Raising the public’s awareness of farmers' important role in protecting Croatia’s Natura 2000 habitats and species



 
My Little Piece of Land is award finalist for the NATURA 2000 AWARD by EU Commission

The objective of this project was to increase the public’s awareness of farmers' important role in protecting Croatia’s Natura 2000 habitats and species. Most citizens in rural areas are still insufficiently informed about the existence and meaning of Natura 2000. To show the importance of maintaining and protecting Natura 2000 areas in the most vivid way possible, examples of successful coexistence of man and nature were highlighted in this initiative called ‘My little piece of land’. 14 farmers working within different Natura 2000 sites were selected to cover the most diverse and important habitats and species in Croatia. They were presented in an exhibition with related dissemination tools.

Authentic images of harmonious relationships with nature aroused people’s curiosity and resulted in a new understanding among the public. An accompanying brochure presented personal stories of the farmers — with citations in the famers’ dialect — in which they talk about knowledge that has been passed on and their view of the importance of nature in their everyday lives. The exhibition was set up in frequently used public buildings such as libraries, town galleries, hotels and cinema entrances, so that it would catch people’s attention and generate interest among all passersby. This encouraged the public to learn about the positive ways in which the farmers’ work affects nature and all of society.

It has been shown in 15 villages and towns and been seen by 6 000 visitors so far. Some 110 web posts and shows on 8 TV stations and 10 radio stations have since followed. To include the younger generation in the project, interactive educational materials were designed for schools in an effort to encourage pupils to independently envisage and express their thoughts about the importance of farming for nature.

The project was a collaboration between a private company, Suske Consulting, the Croatian State Institute for Nature Protection and the German Association for Landcare, an umbrella organisation representing agriculture, nature conservation and policy. The transnational partnership illustrates how different EU countries can learn from one another’s experiences of communicating Natura 2000 to different audiences.


Source natura2000award-application.eu



Regional news on HRT 2 22.5.2014. This report was filmed on the opening of the first exhibition on 20.05.2014 in Križovec. Speakers: Mirjana Biber (a farmer from the project), Dražen Rendulić (a farmer from the project), Marija Martinko (project team member), Matija Franković (director of State Institute for Nature Protection)
Copyright by Croatian Radiotelevision.



This is a part of the episode aired on 01.04.2015. which describes "My little piece of land" project and invites the public to the final exhibition in Zagreb. The episode was filmed on the exhibition opening on 24.03.2015 in the National and university library in Zagreb. Speakers: Tatjana Ordanić (a farmer from the project), Ante Ivčević (a farmer from the project), Marija Martinko (project team member) and Iris Beneš (representative of NGO dealing with one Natura 2000 site represented in the project). Copyright by Croatian Radiotelevision.



This is a part of the episode aired on 27.03.2015. which describes "My little piece of land" project and invites the public to the final exhibition in Zagreb. Beside Marija Martinko (project team member) who describes the project, two independent experts talk about the importance of farmers in the protection and maintenance of Natura 2000 sites: Roman Ozimec and Sonja Karoglan Todorović. Copyright by Croatian Radiotelevision.



Farmer Ante's speech on the exhibition "My little piece of land" opening in Komiža, island Vis

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Nenad Bach and Marija Martinko in the Maksimir Park in Croatia's capital Zagreb


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