co-organiser of the first South European NGO seminar for sustainable
event was held at the Solar Academy, which is under development on
the island of Solta in Southern Croatia,
August 29 - September 2, 2005.
This was the first time the
Solar Academy was used for its intended purpose, the training of NGOs
and local groups
in sustainable energy and environmental issues.
The seminar drew together almost 20 NGO representatives from the former
Yugoslav Republics, Albania, and Bulgaria.
Trainers included the INFORSE-Europe
coordinators Emil Bedi and Gunnar Boye Olesen. The training combined
discussions on EU and national policies
for sustainable energy with interactive development of a simplified
national energy strategy and with practical work on solar heating.
The seminar was co-organised by Green Action Zagreb and ProAktiva.
The Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature supported the
The organizers are planning to repeat this success with further regional
and national seminars for sustainable energy in the coming years. In
addition, the volunteer camps for restoration of the Solar Academy
facilities will continue.