Welcome tree friends!
The municipality of Orehovica from Međimurje County is the first municipality in Croatia to join the “Tree Friend!” Program. The following strategic goals that define the long-term green transition will ensure a better, greener, cleaner and more pleasant environment for the citizens of the municipality. We welcome this “green” decision and inclusion, and we believe that the example of the municipality of Orehovica will soon be followed by many other municipalities in Croatia.
The program is intended exclusively for local and regional self-government units, ie for counties, cities and municipalities.
Access to the Program begins by filling out the application form via QR code. After completion and overall registration, the Program is entered. Participating in a tree-planting campaign is the first step towards meeting the goals.
the self-government can choose some of the offered criteria (goals). The minimum selection is 7 targets, and at least one of them must be measurable in the number of trees planted.
The Republic of Croatia has drafted the National Development Strategy until 2030 as the umbrella national act of strategic planning, and the goals and criteria of the Program have been announced in accordance with the development strategy, which defines priorities for long-term sustainable development.
There are two purposes of the National Development Strategy:
– determination of long-term development directions and strategic goals for the next 10 years,
– setting guidelines and prioritizing the overall strategy.
After each completed tree planting campaign, a certificate of participation is issued by the Association, as well as the Recognition, together with the Association’s partners. The evaluation of the award is performed by professional foresters / urban foresters / agronomists and other professionals from the Association (partner of the Association, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology and Urban Foresters).
The initial start of the Program is during the autumn tree planting campaign in Croatia in 2021.
The duration of the Program is 12 years (4 + 4 + 4). Recognition is awarded depending on the year of joining the Participation Program.
Participation in the Program may be terminated at any time, but in that case no Recognition shall be issued, due to the unfinished phase in which the participation was terminated.
It is possible to meet the criteria for the first or second cycle without entering the third cycle (last 4 years) However, in this case only Recognition is obtained depending on the completed cycle.
The success map is a recorded document, ie a designed collection of works that will be proof of a wide range of achieved goals. The folder will contain all the information, including photos, articles, invitations, notes, examples, events / activities and all other materials that indicate the fulfilment of the goals.
In addition to serving as an overall presentation of activities in the Program, the aim of the map is to serve as an insight into the achieved goals, motivate to think about the quality and quantity of achieved goals and devise ways to improve performance. The map is reviewed by experts from the Association during the duration of participation in the Program.
At the end of each campaign, the self-government receives a certificate of participation in the Program, if it has met the minimum strategic goals of the Program. Having collected four such certificates in a row, he receives the Recognition, as follows:
-for the first cycle of the 4th consecutive year of participation receives the Young Friend to the Tree award,
-for the second cycle of the 4th consecutive year of participation receives the award Middle Friend Tree,
-for the third cycle of the 4th consecutive year of participation receives the Senior Friend to the Tree award.
As the public becomes increasingly sensitive to climate change, timely recognition of the value of local and regional government participation in the Program, which is in line with the National Development Strategy, will contribute to building mutual trust, creating collective community satisfaction and drawing attention to environmental issues. public importance. Public confirmation of the community to the participants of the Program, who will participate in it successively, is of great importance and encouragement for further endeavors in the common goal. Such action needs to be rewarded!
In a rapidly changing globalized world, marked by challenges such as the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Green Transition, but also by numerous threats such as climate change, pandemics, geopolitical disturbances or migration, planning for the future is perhaps more important today than ever before.
In this regard, timely identification of needs, trends, own strengths and weaknesses is key to turning challenges and new opportunities into development opportunities, but also to strengthen society’s resilience and greater readiness to cope with the unpredictable circumstances of existing and upcoming climate change.
The European Commission adapts measures to each country through national strategies, which are an umbrella act and transitional instruments to the Member States. The documentation is supported by scientific research of faculties and other competent institutions. In accordance with the activities and the Statute of the Association, we follow certain priority areas and axes. Considering the activities, goals and the Statute of the Association, we single out the priority areas in which we will be engaged, together with the self-governments through the implementation of this Program.
– Climate change and sustainable use of resources
– Growing urbanization and preserving the quality of life
– Ecological transition for climate neutrality
– Development of smart and sustainable cities
– Digital transition
All the challenges related to the environment and global warming are focusing on how to use natural resources to ensure sufficient healthy food, water and “clean” energy because climate change already has real and measurable effects on human health.
For Croatia, this will primarily mean:
– reduction of biodiversity, extinction of endangered species of flora and fauna,
– more extreme weather conditions (floods, droughts and fires, continued sea level rise),
-poor economy, health and psychosocial condition of the community
which are challenges that require an ambitious joint response and strengthening resilience.