Local Initiative

Efficient community involvement in prevention and liquidation of environmental accidents in Euroregion Bug

Large-scale man-induced fire threatens unique ecosystems at Euroregion Bug. Awareness campaigns and prevention activities will significantly reduce the number of accidents and consequences of environmental disasters. Main goals of the project: 1. To prevent unique natural heritage of the region and protectpeople from fire effects. 2. To strengthen knowledge of safelife among the general public; 3. To develop partnership between fire services at Euroregion Bug and local authorities by building the environment monitoring system and organizing cross-border volunteer movement; 4. To establish the international young rescuers’ centre; 5. To establish the system for interaction and training of civil society, volunteers, and rescue services within the region to prevent and mitigate emergency situations and their consequences. As a result of project implementation, the number of fire caused by children playing with fire decreased by 8.8% in 2008 vs. 2007 to reach 7% only of the total number of fires reportedin Brest region in 2009. Fire killed 4 children in 2007 vs. 3 in 2008 and 1 child in 2009. Fire occurred in forests and peat lands tend to decrease: 85 fires in forests and 82 in peat landsin 2008 vs. 77 and 73 in 2010, respectively. During project implementation in Brest region, the number of members at Belarusian Public Organization of YoungRescuers &Firefighters increased from 71,937 in 2008 to 88,035 in 2010. Clubs of young rescuers and firefighters recruited more than 19,000 young men to reach 81,763rescuersand firefighters in 2010. Such impressive figures demonstrate that the project has achieved its main objective: promotion of environmentally safe and competent behaviouramong young people.

Website: http://www.spasatel-euroregion.info

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The single information system to promote interaction of people and authorities inBrest-Lublin cross-border region

Poor or no information is available to residents of the border area in Brest region and Lublin provinceon administrative procedures, local government and self-government bodies, legal aspects of doing business and other matters. The project aims at increasing public awareness in theborder area inBrest region (Republic of Belarus) and Lublin province (Republic of Poland) on cross-border cooperation. Objectives: i) To raise awareness amongresidents of theborder area inBrest region (Republic of Belarus) and Lublin province (Republic of Poland) on cross-border cooperation.; (ii) To increase legal protection of citizens of Belarus when they apply to Polish authorities and when Polish citizens apply to Belarusian authorities; iii) To strengthen information cooperation between the Brest region and Lublin province to contribute to the intensification of communication processes among people living in the border area and to develop partnership between the two regions in various spheres of life.

Website: http://www.brest-lublin.info

E-mail: infocentrbrest@mail.ru

Hispanic-Moroccan Study Centre

Former and common experiences made in the field of institutional cooperation among Andalusian and Moroccan municipalities focused on strategic planning and on local information systems, which show a need for improved training for political and technical agents. Therefore, CENTROEHM tries to avoid the detected weaknesses on the municipalities of Malaga, Tangier, Tétouan, Nador and Al Hoceima,in order to improve their response capacity in general and at a local level while facing common problems. Taking into account this main goal, the project has developed a wide variety of activities, which culminating with the official inauguration of the Hispanic-Moroccan Study Centre on 20 September 2011, in Malaga city. This centre will contribute to consolidate and enhance all relationships and linkages for local cooperation among municipalities in the field of capacity building and training for official local servants and local stakeholders in the fields of local management and cultural matters, promoting a mutual rapprochement between the Moroccan and Andalusian population. The Centre will have a southern head office in the Moroccan municipality of Tangier. During all its implementation period, the project has exhibited positive engagement and mobilisation capacity of local citizenship, participating actively in activities planned by the Malaga City Council and the Moroccan Association for Immigrants Integration during activities with more than 2,000 people. One of the main core-groups in these activities highlighted the Moroccan immigrants (youth, children, teenagers, unemployed persons), which have been the subject of a high variety of interventions, such as: Workshops for Self-employment, job searching, the promotion of civic-mindedness and education and a course about projects of development cooperation.

Supporting the local self-government development to improve the quality of life in rural areas (lsg development)

The project is aimed at developing local self-governance system in remote rural areas that will lead to improvement of life quality of local communities. At present rural population face the problem of exclusion from decision-making and there is lack of effective communication with government bodies both on municipal and regional level. The situation is typical both for Leningrad region and Latvian municipality with certain differences. This problem significantly affects lives of people living in remote settlements as lots of vital needs remain unsatisfied (and even unknown) by authorities. Additional support is needed for protection in emergency situation (safety), but also daily life could be changed by improvement of quality and increasing the number of social and housing and utility services. This requires the capacity building for a system of representatives of LSG on municipal and regional level (remote settlements elders in Russia). Focus in Russia: Elder institute for rural areas - it exists with informal status, but in order to make it operational institutional conditions should be created and elders should be trained to fulfil the representation function. Focus in Latvia: to improve the municipal policy and LSG practice in rural areas. The project activities will be undertaken in pilot areas (Shugozero municipality in the Leningrad region and Gulbene municipality in Latvia) in order to be more focused at rural area. Capacity building is another crucial element of LSG development. Within the project relevant studies will be carried out to provide the actual evidence base for development of the recommendations for regional and municipal levels on the issues of LSG in rural areas. Important characteristic of life quality is safety that is the weak point of some rural areas. Additional support is needed for protection in emergency situation (safety). The important mechanism to reach the project objectives is to enhance partnership between the partners as the Associations of LSG that could be an umbrella for further cooperation of concrete municipalities. Part of the project activities will be aimed to enhance the productive exchange of Russian and Latvian experience and approbation of best practices, enhancing the joint efforts on fundraising for further common project on municipal level, establishing the sustainable P2P contacts and professional networks among Partners and pilot regions (Cooperation agreement, Twinning, etc.).

Project homepage: lps.lv/projekti/lsg_development/