Meeting of the national council of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)
The Foundation for Environmental Education – FEE was established by the European Council in 1981 and is headquartered in Copenhagen (Denmark). More than 30 European countries are currently part of the program.
The Foundation for Environmental Education is a trademark owned the Blue Flag is awarded to beaches and marinas (active in Serbia since 2011), Eco-Schools (active in Serbia since 2012), Green Key Programme (active in Serbia since 2012), Young Reporters for the Environment (active in Serbia since 2014) and Learning about Forests Programme. These programmes are organized and coordinated by the association Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development.
The meeting of the national council of FEE in Serbia, which also represents the national jury for the Blue Flag, was held on January 29, 2019, in IN Hotel in Belgrade.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the ministries in charge of the environment, education, tourism, health, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia, the Red Cross, the Serbian Sailing Association, the national operator of the FEE programme and representatives of the non-governmental sector.
Prior to the presentation of the national candidates for the Blue Flag, Aleksandra Mladenović, the main coordinator of the FEE programme, presented the criteria and standards for nominating candidates in all categories: Blue Flag, Green Key, Eco-Schools, as well as previous results of the programmes Young Reporters for the Environment and Learning about Forests.
The only nomination for the Blue Flag programme for 2019 was the Sava Lake – Ada Ciganlija, the only beach in Serbia that has been part of in the program since 2012. FEE's Blue Flag criteria include standards for environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management, safety and services, of which the most difficult to meet is the standard for water quality, in accordance with national regulations and the EU Bathing Water Directive. It was concluded at the meeting that the “Ada Ciganlija” beach successfully meets all the necessary internationally prescribed criteria.
On this occasion, it was pointed out that three hotels in Serbia are holder of the Green Key: Radisson Collection Old Mill Belgrade, IN Hotel and Hilton Belgrade, while there are 113 educational institutions throughout Serbia, from preschools, elementary, high schools and colleges, to faculties, and dormitories for elementary schools and high schools in the Eco-Schools programme.
A national competition for Young Reporters for the Environment was announced at the meeting with the deadline set for March 1. The best works submitted to the competition in the form of articles, photographs and videos of young people aged 11 to 25, will be forwarded to the international competition.
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