Actions for Rivers

From project ideas to actions!

Actions for Rivers: an incubator for river conservation projects!

Through workshops, group discussions and tasks, a diverse series of river conservation projects has been developed. Over the last half year groups of young river enthusiasts have formed. Because of this productive and inspiring winter season of learning, planning and organizing the project groups have grown together. Now it is time to put these ideas into action! Scroll to the end of this page to learn more about the projects.

 

Incubator Timeline

Actions for Lim

!! Please note that the Lim regatta is postponed to 5th – 6th of June!!

The piloting of the project “Science Done by Citizens” takes place in the Lim valley (Bijelo Polje and Berane) from May 28th – 31st 2021 next to a series of workshops and other activities.

Check out the schedule below and join the actions.

Bolded text represents activities that are open for everyone who wants to join. Please note that transportation is not included. If you need more information, please send us an email to semra@rivercollective.com or contact +38267376946

Covid 19: All our activities take place outdoors. However participants are obliged to follow the local covid 19 meassures, please respect the rules and stay responsible for those who don’t have immunity yet. Don’t forget to bring your masks!

 

 

Thursday, May 27th

Late afternoon/evening: Arrival and setting up the camp

Friday, May 28th

16:00 Arrival of project participants from Berane and Bijelo Polje in the camp
17:00 – 18:30 Introduction, Presentation of the Actions for rivers projects
19:00 Dinner
20:00 Bat monitoring

Saturday, May 29th

7:00 Wake up and packing for the hike
7:30 Breakfast
8:00 – 16:00 Hiking Karaula
17:00 Travel back to the camp
19:00 Placement of mammal traps
20:00 Dinner
21:00 Movie night

Sunday, May 30th

7:30 Breakfast
8:30 Checking of mammal traps and small discussion
9:00 – 13:00 BIJELO POLJE:
– Meeting with mayor and local municipality representatives tbc
– Hydrology and biodiversity assessment,
– Clean up action! 

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch and transfer to Berane
14:00 – 18:00 BERANE:
– Fly fishing presentation
– Fish biodiversity presentation

19:00 Dinner
20:00 Travel back to the camp
21:00 Party

Monday, May 31st

7:30 Breakfast
9:00 Workshop: Flora of the Lim river
11:00 Field trip + lunch on the way
15:00 Travel back to the camp
17:00 Workshop: Lim river threats mapping
19:00 Dinner
20:00 Sharing impressions around campfire

Tuesday, June 1st

Morning: Packing up and leaving the camp

Podebljani tekst predstavlja aktivnosti koje su otvorene za sve koji žele da se uključe. Molimo obratite pažnju na to da transport nije uključen. Ako vam je potrebno više informacija, pošaljite nam email na semra@rivercollective.org ili kontaktirajte +38267376946

Covid 19: Sve naše aktivnosti se održavaju na otvorenom. Međutim, učesnici su obavezni da se pridržavaju lokalnih covid 19 mjera, molimo da poštujete pravila i ostanete odgovorni zbog onih koji još uvijek nemaju imunitet. Ne zaboravite da ponesete svoje maske!

Četvrtak, 27. maj

Kasno popodne/predvečerje: Dolazak u Berane i postavljanje kampa

Petak, 28. maj

16:00 Okupljanje učesnika projekata iz Berana i Bijelog Polja u kampu
17:00 – 18:30 Uvod, Predstavljanje projekata “Akcije za rijeke”
19:00 Večera
20:00 Monitoring slijepih miševa

Subota, 29. maj

7:00 Buđenje i pakovanje za planinarenje
7:30 Doručak
8:00 – 16:00 Planinarenje na Karaulu
17:00 Povratak u kamp
19:00 Postavljanje zamki za sisare
20:00 Večera
21:00 Filmsko veče

Nedjelja, 30. maj

7:30 Doručak
8:30 Provjeravanje zamki za sisare i kratka diskusija
9:00 – 13:00 BIJELO POLJE:
– Sastanak sa predstavnicima opštine Bijelo Polje pp
– Hidrološka i procjena bioraznolikosti,
– Akcija čišćenja!

13:00 – 14:00 Ručak i transfer u Berane
14:00 – 18:00 BERANE:
– Prezentacija o mušičarenju
– Prezentacija o bioraznolikosti ribljih vrsta

19:00 Večera
20:00 Povratak u kamp
21:00 Žurka

Ponedjeljak, 31. maj

7:30 Doručak
9:00 Radionica: Flora rijeke Lim
11:00 Izlet + usputni ručak
15:00 Povratak u kamp
17:00 Radionica: Mapiranje prijetnji rijeci Lim
19:00 Večera
20:00 Logorska vatra i sabiranje utisaka

Utorak, 1. jun

Jutro: Pakovanje i napuštanje kampa

CURRENT INCUBATOR PROJECTS

Have a look at the projects that already joined the incubator! If any of these projects spark your interest, feel free to contact the project leaders directly.

V Globine – Youth for Climate Justice

Sava Pilot Project

With this project, we want to show that a strong bond of humans to rivers existed in the past and can still be nourished today. The project focuses on the Sava River in Slovenia and includes a podcast that evokes empathy, citizen science workshops with existing tools, ethnology workshops and an exhibition. Follow this link to find an interactive presentation on this project and learn more about the idea!

The memory of water

A cross-border journalism project for the Balkan rivers

Our project wants to develop the stories connected with river protection expanding in two directions: towards the international community of researchers, activists, and informed people, and towards a local level, addressing the local or regional communities that often are not fully aware of the river dynamics and the movements to save them. Our project will first build a network of contributors – journalists, scholars, researchers, or activists –  that will collect the river stories and publish them for the local media and social networks. We will also build a website with a constantly updated geolocalized press-review, in English, that will contain the links to the stories and show them all together. The stories can be in any form: article, interview, report, video, or podcast.

Youth River Guardians

Lim Pilot Project

This project aims to increase the connection of local kids with rivers and to raise their awareness of the diverse and essential values of natural rivers. The Lim Regatta would be an excellent opportunity to connect with Montenegrin kids and conduct the first trial of our project. We plan to give them a complete experience of the river, its ecosystem, the biodiversity it holds, its morphology, and its culture. Practically, we would like to organize a series of workshops with the help of specialists where the kids could re-discover the Lim river and its challenges (e.g. illegal dumping of waste). The workshops could include: an art competition using natural materials and collected waste, the study of species existing along the river (e.g. BioBlitz), interviews with elderly people, game sessions on the lifecycle of water and waste, etc. We hope to make this experience as fun and inspiring as possible so that the children become the Guardians of the Lim Valley. We are only at the beginning of the project and we are looking for young and motivated people to bring new ideas and help develop the project. If you’re interested, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Science Done by Citizens

Lim Pilot Project

The main goal of this project is to test and develop citizen science tools for a rapid assessment of the natural and recreational values of rivers. This project also aims to raise awareness to local people about the natural values of the Lim valley and the essential services that it provides. We want to develop the ownership of the river and empower them to be active actors in preservation and celebration of the river. This project also aims to challenge decision-makers since the collected data will be used to bring to light the negative impacts of HPPs. The project concept involves the participation of the local citizens of the Lim Valley including school children, university students, scientists/ researchers focusing on their research in the region and finally activists who feel strongly against the further development of HPPs in the valley. The data collected will cover hydro-geomorphological and biological data of the river, and metadata such as pictures of waste dump sites to better monitor the environmental state of the surrounding environment. We aim to test the concept in the Lim Valley during the Lim Regatta next spring 2021.

Through the eye of a river

Lim Pilot Project

The vision of this project is to create a graphical book showing the reader our love for rivers. Rather than using written language, this book uses illustrations. That way the book is for young and old; we can make rivers accessible for almost everyone. The graphics will emphasize specific topics that are important to us. For example, our favourite rivers will be revealed in the book along with their unique wildlife. This will be contrasted with the heart-breaking consequences of human overuse and exploitation of the river system. Above all, the book will present the river habitats, their versatile wildlife, and tremendous diversity of species.

We know that human life, among so many, depends on fresh water of free flowing rivers. Even more, human civilisation moves along river systems using the fertile soil of the wetlands and choosing home on fluvial plains and terraces. While reading the book you will be taken on a live river adventure around the World. You can look forward to an overwhelming selection of unique ecosystems and human cultures.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at info@rivercollective.org