Actions for Rivers

From project ideas to actions!

This autumn and winter season at the River Collective, we’ll be putting our knowledge into action with our Actions for Rivers: an incubator for river conservation projects!

Over the coming months, we’ll develop your ideas into “actions” through a series of workshops, group discussions, and tasks. Over the last weekend of May 2021, we’ll meet at the Lim Regatta, a yearly rafting event, and join a descent of the river to pilot our “actions.” Through this effort, we hope to help the river community of the Lim Valley in Montenegro protect their river.

 

Incubator Timeline

Kick-off meeting | November 11th, 6-7 pm CET

The “Actions for Rivers” will be kickstarted on November 11th, 6-7 pm CET. During this first meeting, you will learn more about the overall program and goals. But most importantly, you will get to know your team and the other project ideas.

At the end of the meeting, you will be assigned your first tasks, which will prepare you for the first workshop.

Workshops | November 2020 – February 2021

Three workshops are planned to guide you in your journey from idea to action!

During the workshops and the assigned group tasks we will look together at some main tools and steps needed to successfully deliver a project. These include: brainstorming and refining an idea; defining a budget; looking into fund-raising opportunities; and writing a project pitch.

All the workshops will be set up in a collaborative way, so that each group can learn from the other. Remember: this will not be a competition, since we all have a common goal: protecting and caring for rivers!

Micro-grants

We aim for actions that can be piloted with a small budget but realize that achieving your goals will come with expenses. Even though we are a young organization with limited funds, we want to help you by offering some micro-grants to each group. The actual amount will depend on the project type and on the availability of funds.

Science Chats and Movie Nights

Throughout winter, we will be hosting regular online science chats and movie nights, followed by discussions. This will serve as inspiration, as we will hear from river experts and river defenders about their field of study, or their struggles and experiences in protecting rivers.

The science chats will also be an opportunity for you to learn more about a specific subject that might help you out in the development of your project. We will invite experts suited for the range of topics that we will cover in the projects, depending on your needs and interests.

Lim Regata and project pilots | May 30th – June 1st 2021

Next year we will all meet in Montenegro and join the Lim Regatta. The Regatta will take place on the weekend of May 30 to Juni 1 This is the setting in which we will pilot the projects. It will also be an opportunity to meet each other and celebrate a successful collaboration for rivers!

We are however aware that Covid-19 restrictions might still be in place, and some of us might be unable to attend. Or simply other commitments might arise by then. This should not stop you from participating. The workshops are open for anyone interested in river protection.

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