"Garden(ACT)ivism" is an advocacy project that seeks to empower and involve citizens and local civil society in advocacy and campaign for creating a model and in implementation of the project of urban gardens and the first community garden in Pula at a time when the City of Pula already announced the launch of tender for urban gardens. The project "Garden(ACT)ivism" is implemented with the financial support of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under the EEA and Norwegian grants under Active citizens fund in Croatia for Ad-hoc action projects in the amount of € 4.746.
The significance of urban gardens in cities has gained in importance in the midst of the pandemic and the growing threat of climate change, when it is crucial to conserve all the green resources we have. Soil is a necessary resource for growing food, and nowadays we are increasingly aware of how important locally grown and available food is to us. The expansion of new construction in Pula destroyed part of the urban gardens that citizens have been cultivating for years, and we are increasingly witnessing excessive concreting with a lack of new green areas. The City of Pula has announced the launch of a tender for urban gardens, which provides an opportunity for dialogue and citizen involvement.
Citizens have already expressed initial interest and are organized in the Group for Urban Gardens within Green Istria, which brings together citizens who want to be more engaged and actively involved in the realization of the first community garden in Pula. Civil society and institutions are also showing signals for cooperation, and Green Istria has been approached by associations and schools that want to be actively involved in the campaign: the Autism Association of Istria and the Association of Persons with Physical Disabilities, the Pula Student Association, Gymnasium Pula and School of Education Pula. Other interested stakeholders will be included as well.
Within the project, activities are planned to motivate citizens and civil society to participate, and the City to accept their participation in the creation of the model and implementation of the project of urban gardens and the first community garden in Pula.
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The project “Garden(ACT)ivism” is implemented with the financial support in the amount of € 4,746 of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under the EEA and Norwegian grants. The content on this website is the sole responsibility of the association "Green Istria" and does not necessarily reflect the views of donor countries and the Fund Manager.