On the occasion of the Planet Earth Day in BiH, on 23rd April 2018 the ceremonial awarding of the „ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMPIONS“ 2018 was held in Čapljina. The host of the ceremony was Čapljina municipality, the last-year winner of this prestigious award.
Centre for Development and Support from Tuzla (CRP) supported by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in BiH, UNDP, GIZ, Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Ministry for spatial planning, civil engineering and ecology of Republika Srpska, Environmental Fund of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Environmental and Energy Efficiency Fund of Republika Srpska for the second time organized the campaign „ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMPIONS, BH GREEN AWARDS 2018“. The winners in the following categories were awarded: cities/municipalities, businesses, organisations/NGOs/foundations, schools/kindergartens, citizens (individual citizens to 30 and over 30 years of age) and unofficial groups of citizens – civic initiatives.
The winner in the category cities/municipalities is MOSTAR CITY. The award is handed to Marina Deronjić, head of the department for urbanism and civil engineering of Mostar City. “I am glad that Mostar city is recognised as the city that is doing its best in environment protection. I would mention only few projects implemented by this city, such as waste water treatment plant, which is almost completed; collectors, which is also almost completed; we also work on protection of Neretva river, thus also contributing to the protection of Adriatic Sea“ – said Ms. Deronjić.
The winner in the category businesses is the company EKO ŽIVOT d.o.o. from Tuzla. The award is handed to Jasmin Osmanović, director of the company. “I am pleasantly surprised because I did not believe our company would win this flattering award. The competition in our category includes big companies that are committed to environment and are environmentally responsible. This award is enormous stimulation for the company Eko život to continue implementing numerous projects and contribute to improvement of our environmental situation“ said Mr. Osmanović.
The winner in the category organisations/NGOs/foundations is the association „UNSKI SMARAGDI“ Bihać. The award is handed to the association’s president of honour Mejasa Dupanović. The association “Unski Smaragdi“ includes small ecologists, because our work is based on 3 pillars: ecology, science and tourism. Through our work, we wish to provide environmental education to children starting from pre-school age, which is non-violent, responsible and accepted in their families, without imposing anything on them” said Ms. Dupanović.
The winner in the category schools is the public institution primary school „SVETI SAVA“ from Doboj. The award is handed to the school director Radmila Dakić. “I wish to congratulate the organisers of this campaign, because they implement a very important activity aiming the awareness on importance of environment protection, as well as our individual awareness of the fact that the environment depends on all of us as well” said Ms. Dakić.
The winner in the category kindergartens is the public institution „Djeca Sarajeva“, kindergarten „VIŠNJIK“. The award is handed to Elvira Baručija and Ismena Zornić. “I wish to thank to the organisers for providing us the opportunity to participate in this campaign and to show our pedagogical work which finally resulted with this valuable award. In our pedagogical work we wish to develop love towards nature among the youngest members of our society and to teach them from their earliest ages how important it is to live in a clean environment ” said Ms. Zornić.
The winner in the category citizens to 30 years of age is Amar Kavgić from Tuzla. “Thanks to the work and my engagement in the citizens’ association “Multi” from Tuzla and the initiative Let’s Do It in BiH, I have the opportunity today to win this prestigious award. I would like to thank to the organiser of this campaign, who work intensively on environment protection because it is important to raise the public awareness on such examples and actions in BiH“ said Amar.
The winner in the category citizens over 30 years of age is Samir Lemeš from Zenica. “In Zenica, we are facing a specific problem that is over 100 years old, as old as the steel is produced here, and that problem is dirty industry and technology. We did not inherit nature from our ancestors, but we borrowed it from our grandchildren. In order not to leave dirty and polluted earth to our descendants, we, who are a bit older, should try harder and do our best to protect our environment ” said Mr. Lemeš.
The winner in the category unofficial groups of citizens – civic initiatives is the citizens of Kruščica village from Vitez. The award was handed to Hata Hurem “All of you have already heard of Kruščica village and our combat against construction of a small hydro-power plant. I wish to thank to all who voted for us as well as to the organisers who recognised the citizens of Kruščica and their struggle ” said Ms. Hurem.
The awards „Zlatna Tisa“ were handed to the winners by the Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Bosnia and Herzegovina, H.E. Jakub Skalník.
64 candidates were nominated in all categories and total number of votes was 28153. The overview of all votes and nominated candidates is available HERE.