The Centre for Environment has celebrated 20 years of work at the Museum of Republic of Srpska in Banja Luka. On the occasion of its two decades of existence, awards were given away for the best visual solution on this jubilee, also there were thank you notes given away to other organizations, institutions, media and companies that have supported the Centre in the previous work.
The movie about the work of the organisation and a publication focused on that, were presented to various friends and affiliates of the Centre for Environment that were present at the venue.
In the competition for the best visual solutions for the 20th anniversary of its existence, the first prize was awarded to Vuk Stupar for his work representing the human heart and the 20 tree rings.
“There are exactly 20 rings inside the heart and it is representing the exact number of years that are celebrated. I chose green because it represents nature as well as growth, progress, hope and health. The rings also associate with a large number of trees cut, which should indicate to us that we need to take a little more care for the nature. ” Vuk has explained the concept of his design in this manner. This work will be applied to promotional materials of the Centre for Environment and has been awarded with 200 BAM.
The second prize was rewarded to Dragana Babic for an illustration that, as she explained, tried to present a pure nature where everyone should have equal space and freedom, without abusing it. The work was awarded with 100 BAM.
Nikola Moraca won the third prize. His work presents us the number 20 decorated by the symbolic elements of nature. The work was awarded with 50 BAM.
Acknowledgments for their support to the activities of the Centre for Environment were delivered to: Aarhus Centre Sarajevo, Eco Team Sarajevo, Centre for Ecology and Energy Tuzla, Eko Gotuši, Eco Element Bugojno, Eco Forum Zenica, Eco Road Bijeljina, Greenways, Green Action from Croatia. Friends of the Earth Europe, Friends of the Earth International, Helsinki Citizens’ Parliament, BUKA and Impulse Media, Republic Institute for the Protection of the Cultural, Historical and Natural Heritage of RS, Sutjeska National Park, Kozara National Park, Elektro tim, CSK print, Supermarket doo – NextBike, Heinrich Böll Stiftung and CCFD-Terre Solidaire.
Posthumously, two thank-you notes were given to deserving individuals: Mirjana Tesanovic and Dragan Mihajlovic-Miha.
Citizens’ Association the Centre for the Environment has, over the last two decades, positioned itself as the leading association dealing with environmental issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Today, the Centre for Environment is recognized as an organization that influences relevant public policies in an argumentative and active manner, raises public awareness of environmental issues and constructively cooperates with other associations, networks, institutions, international organizations and individuals.
It all started in 1998 when a group of biology, geography and tourism students from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of Banja Luka got together and decided to register a citizen association called “Young Researchers” in Banja Luka.
The aim of the founding of Young Researchers in Banja Luka was the wish of the founders to improve both their studies and knowledge gained at the faculty, to contribute to scientific research, and to raise people’s awareness of the need for environmental protection in Banja Luka, Republic of Srpska and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
A founding assembly of 30 participants was held on 9 June 1999, while the Young Researchers of Banja Luka officially started existing on 8 July 1999.
The organization, which began as an association primarily, engaged in scientific research and thus contributing to the environmental field, has grown over time, and its impact has grown, not only at the local but also at the state level. The premises of the faculty are becoming too small for active work, so in 2004 the organization moved to a new office.
Over time, young researchers are beginning to realize that environmental advocacy and policies can lead to much more change in environmental improvement, and through the activities and goals, the vision of the association changes. In 2005, these changes led to the renaming of the association and the Banja Luka’s Young Researchers became the Centre for Environment. Since then, as members of the organization describe it, a new era begins.
More details about the Centre’s struggles, initiatives and successes can be found in the publication published on the occasion of this anniversary, as well as in the short film “The First 20 Years of Fighting for Nature and Humans”.