On the weekend 30 November – 1 December, two environmental groups met in KOWO creative coworking space in the regional capital Kropyvnytskiy, Ukraine, to plan their civic campaigns. Facilitators from NESEHNUTÍ Barbora Jelínková and Martin Hyťha together with experienced campaigner Mark Fodor helped the two initiatives to develop strategy to defend environmental rights of local citizens.
Environmental organization FLORA works on the issue of increased level of radioactivity in the region caused by uranium mining and wants to advocate for a new programme which would include preventive measures to protect health of local citizens and provide them information about the situation.
Initiative group Ozelenenie Kropyvnytskiy protects trees and greenery in the city. These are often threatened by new construction intentions, but also lack of expertise of the companies taking care of the trees and outdated approach to cutting trees down.
These initiatives received small grants from NESEHNUTÍ and will obtain further expert and methodical support during their campaigns.