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Pictured is a forest path and the sun passing through the leaves.
Picture in front of the Faculty of Forestry in Zagreb.

Our beginnings and development

We started as a civic initiative in 2019 so that participants could plant as many trees as possible in their places throughout Croatia and green their living and working environments. The initiative was launched with the idea that anyone can plant a tree and thus contribute to the fight against climate change. The initiative was launched through a Facebook group by Mateja-Anđelina Kramar.

In a short period of time, organizational units were established in each of the 20 counties in the Republic of Croatia and in the City of Zagreb, whose task was to coordinate with associates and volunteers at lower (local) levels of coordination activities. In this way, the coverage of the whole of Croatia was joined by many interested participants and soon about 20.000+ members, whose number is constantly growing.

In order to have a more transparent and publicly accessible insight into the results of the civic initiative, in cooperation with the Center for Sustainable Development of GIS Technologies (CROGIS), a webGIS application was established to enter valid information about each planted site (geographical location, location, main participants, type and number of seedlings planted).

The civic initiative soon stepped out of the virtual into the real space. Many institutions, institutions, primarily educational ones, joined, and many cities, municipalities and counties, private and public companies, citizens’ associations and non-affiliated citizens expressed their desire to participate. Trainings were organized throughout Croatia on the topic of what kind of trees are recommended and where best to plant, seedlings were sought in nurseries, the media were very interested in transmitting the voice of the civic initiative.

Cartographic application

In addition to the ability to view and search locations according to selected parameters (location name, activity holder, county), the cartographic application provides all stakeholders in the implementation of the initiative and other citizens the opportunity to share cartographic content via social networks and download map clips in PDF format. Cartographic visualization is available at the following link:
panj.crogis.hr
Due to predominantly time and technical limitations, individual planting actions in 2019 were not entered throughout the Republic of Croatia. Accordingly, aggregate data and the overall scope of the initiative have not been fully recorded.
Cartographic application logo.
The number 650 represents the number of diverse stakeholders in the initiative.
Transparent flag in the shape of Croatia.

A total of about 600 educational institutions, 200 cities and municipalities, and about 650 diverse stakeholders participated in the initiative.

Ministries, nurseries, state institutions, ambassadors of states, educational institutions, companies, associations, mountaineering associations, retirement homes, family farms, various clubs such as boxing and football, national parks, aquariums, hotels, camps, cultural centers, voluntary fire brigades, children’s playrooms, babysitting crafts, parish offices, local committees, cultural and artistic societies, health centers, centers for missing children, shelters for women, shelters for the homeless, volunteer centers, hunting societies, hospitals, companies, city libraries, telecommunications operators and others.

The locations where most planting took place were land owned (or in the immediate vicinity) by educational institutions and private plots. A large number of seedlings are planted in public areas: land managed by Hrvatske šume dd, national parks, nature parks, land of city and local governments, on traffic bypasses, playgrounds for children, dog playgrounds, hiking and biking trails, promenades, squares, land in the area of ​​church buildings, around sports facilities, in the surroundings of cemeteries, residential buildings, ponds, lakes, in the circle of factories, companies, hospitals as well as in areas in the immediate vicinity of memorial plaques, hotels, camps, etc.

The success of this civic initiative (old logo on the right), apart from the fact that it was carried out at the national level, is unique in that all spatial activities (planting) are publicly and transparently expressed through a webGIS cartographic application. Geovisualization of planted sites primarily aims to inform the general public about the scope and results of the citizens’ initiative and to indicate the credibility and accuracy of the presented data.

The picture shows the old logo of the civic initiative.

Association today

On September 5, 2020, at the founding assembly in Zagreb, we made a unanimous decision to establish an environmental association “Plant a tree, don’t be a stump!”
The founders of the association are Mateja Anđelina Kramar in the capacity of the president of the Association, Damir Drvodelić in the capacity of the vice president and Jelena Sambolec in the capacity of the vice president of the Association.
At the founding assembly, the Status of the Association and the request for entry in the register of Associations of the Republic of Croatia were adopted.
We are convinced that this decision will contribute to the greening of our living and working environments, and that we will encourage citizens to greater social inclusion in the implementation of environmental projects. We want to contribute to the protection of the environment, creating the right attitude towards the consequences of harmful human activities on the environment and forest.

The picture shows 3 people in front of the Faculty of Forestry in Zagreb.
The picture shows a T-shirt of the Plant a Tree Association, don't be a stump!

The headquarters of the association is in the city of Varaždin

The Association operates in the territory of the Republic of Croatia and outside the borders of the Republic of Croatia, it is also non-partisan and independent in its activities.

Areas of activity of the Association in accordance with the goals:

  • environmental and nature protection
  • održivi razvoj
  • međunarodna suradnja

The goals of the association

  • organizing collective planting of trees, at the local county and national level in agreement with the competent institutions
  • creating a symbiosis of citizens, institutions and the profession with the aim of realizing the project together
  • encouraging the planting of indigenous varieties of all plant species, preservation of the gene pool, their exchange
  • meeting the need for education to reduce the risk of incomplete understanding of environmental issues
  • encouraging the planting of vegetable gardens and orchards according to the principles of sustainable development, on the sites of educational institutions that are under their jurisdiction
  • creating change in a wide circle of people (creation of critical mass-individual contributions, synergistic effect)
  • creating the right attitude regarding the consequences of harmful human behavior in the environment

The goals of the group of the Association with regard to the membership and / or users towards which the association is directed

  • children – general population
  • citizens – general population
  • small and medium entrepreneurs and craftsmen
  • younger – general population
  • family
  • educational institutions
  • regional or local government
  • rural population
  • state administration bodies
  • students
  • associations and civic initiatives
  • volunteers

Activities that achieve the goals of the Association

  • organizing collective planting of trees, at the local county and national level in agreement with the competent institutions
  • encouraging the planting of trees and developing awareness that each individual can personally contribute to the improvement of their own environment and the local community, while also contributing to the fight against climate change
  • encouraging citizens to realize that they can be the creators of their environment and the future they want
  • mutual support and encouragement to achieve goals for the common good
  • disseminating knowledge about the benefits of planting trees and how it directly affects their own living and working environment
  • bringing together citizens, institutions and the profession with the aim of realizing the project together
  • spreading and maintaining the exponential continuity of growing awareness of climate challenges
  • designing and implementing social projects that encourage raising the level of environmental awareness of climate change
  • encouraging citizens to greater social inclusion in the implementation of environmental projects and campaigns
  • organizing environmental protection and cleaning actions, and improving the quality of the environment independently and in cooperation with other organizations
  • raising the quality of life in cooperation with organizations with identical goals that contribute to the quality of working, living and moving conditions
  • encouraging the planting of indigenous varieties of trees and all other plant species, their preservation and exchange with the aim of spreading and retaining these species
  • preservation of existing bio-mass
  • creating changes in a wide circle of people (creating critical mass-individual contributions, synergistic effect)
  • connecting and developing positive emotions by staying in nature
  • creating the right attitude regarding the consequences of harmful human behavior in the environment
  • creating collective satisfaction due to activities aimed at preserving the environment
  • meeting the need for education to reduce the risk of incomplete understanding of environmental issues
  • preparation of permaculture designs applicable especially at the sites of educational institutions and others
  • encouraging the planting of vegetable gardens and orchards according to the principles of sustainable development, on the sites of educational institutions under their jurisdiction and other
  • encouraging educational institutions to include or implement a household subject in their regular program as often as possible
  • encouraging educational institutions to produce eco-products from crops that they have produced themselves
  • designing and implementing ideas about the work of various institutions, especially educational institutions in the natural environment
  • promoting environmental awareness, especially among children and young people, about the need and manner of preserving the environment and disseminating knowledge about the well-being of living in harmony with nature and the principles of sustainable development
  • developing strategies that meet the needs of existing generations without compromising the needs of future generations
  • setting new standards in response to environmental challenges
  • promotion of eco production and trade and certification of eco production and eco products
  • designing and implementing programs and projects with an emphasis on eco-tourism, sustainable development and healthy eating
  • developing the environmental awareness of adults, especially towards the target group of employees in the economy
  • encouraging the development of the economy according to the principles of permaculture
  • development of independent ability to plant plant materials
  • raising knowledge about methods of organic food production
  • promoting the development of economically backward areas in the Republic of Croatia
  • propaganda of natural beauties and other natural values ​​of the Republic of Croatia
  • encouraging the improvement of the management of natural resources, protected areas and endangered habitats and species
  • developing and promoting the implementation of a responsible public policy for nature protection and the use of natural resources
  • encouraging better knowledge of the distribution of plant species and animal habitats
  • providing and sharing environmental knowledge, experience and information on applicable environmental methods to all stakeholders
  • encouraging public participation in matters of nature protection and sustainable use of natural resources
  • informing the local and general public about all planned activities
  • warning of future emerging problematic issues related to climate change and encouraging action to prevent them
  • active search for solutions to existing and emerging environmental problems
  • writing press releases
  • writing voluntary environmental impact reports
  • attracting publicity to environmental issues
  • creating an effective public and educational platform for dialogues, exchange of knowledge, experiences, problems and agreements on actions
  • observing the conversion of the individual and the community from a lower segment of awareness to a higher segment

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