ciav_logoEXPEDITIO established contact with CIAV - International Committee of Vernacular Architecture with the aim of exhchanging experiences and initiating cooperation related to the project of vernacular heritage valorization in Montenegro.

CIAV is a Scientific Committe of ICOMOS  - International Council on Monuments and Sites, one of the most important international organizations dedicated to cultural heritage protection.

cooperationOn 11 December 2012, a meeting of the Local Committee of NGO Coalition “Through Cooperation to the Aim” was held in Kotor. The aims of the Coalition are to:

Improve the framework for the development and operation of NGO sector in Montenegro.
Improve relations with the Government of Montenegro, local governments, the Parliament of Montenegro and business sector.
Increase the visibility of work and financial visibility of NGO sector.

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A representative of Expeditio took part in the seminar “City to City Dialogues: Urban Planning and Land Management”, which was held in Budva on 5-7 November 2012. Among others, the seminar discussed the following topics: the pressures of urbanization in conditions of financial constraints (story of five towns), how urban development creates land value and practical tools for balancing public and private interests and benefits. The seminar was attended by representatives from Montenegro and the neighbouring countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo. The seminar lectures were expert collaborators and representatives of the organizer, as well as the speakers from the USA.

gradovi-za-ravnopravnostAt the invitation of the non-governmental organization ANIMA from Kotor, a representative of EXPEDITIO took part at the final conference of the project “Promotion of the European charter for equality of women and men in local life”. The conference was held in Mostar, on November 2, 2012. A chapter of this charter is dedicated to the topic of Planning and Sustainable Development treated from gender perspective.

00-skupstinska-salaExpeditio has sent an appeal to non-governmental organizations in Montenegro to support an initiative launched by the civil society stakeholders from the territory of Kotor. In this initiative, addressed to the Local government of Kotor, the civil society stakeholders request that the Local government make the Municipal Hall (in Bizanti Palace) available to them again for organizing round tables, workshops, lectures, presentations and other activities in public interest, or, if this option is not possible, to provide another adequate space that they can use free of charge for the said activities.

The full text of the initiative is given below.

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Dear colleagues, we have some news regarding the Initiative of civil society stakeholders from the territory of Kotor that was submitted to the local decision-makers in the middle of November 2012. In this initiative, the civil society stakeholders request that the Local government make the Municipal Hall (in Bizanti Palace) available to them again for organizing round tables, workshops, lectures, presentations and other activities in public interest, or, if this option is not possible, to provide another adequate space that they can use free of charge for the said activities. The initiative, signed by 34 representatives of the non-governmental organizations, associations and individuals was submitted to responsible authorities in the Municipality of Kotor: the mayor, the head of the Department for Culture, Sport and Social Services, the adviser for youth policy and cooperation with NGOs, the head of the Department for Natural and Cultural Heritage Protection, the manager of the Municipality of Kotor and the president of the Kotor Municipality Assembly.

On 5 December 2012, EXPEDITIO was contacted by the Kotor Municipality Assembly with information that a meeting would be convened at the beginning of 2013, for the stated representatives of the local government and civil society, in order to discuss the initiative.

stoliv-okrugli-stoOn 4 November 2012, the round table “Activities for the protection and valorization of chestnut forests and Vrmac Hill” was held in Kostanjica. It was organized by the Association “Kamelija” and the Local Community of Stoliv as part of the traditional event “Kostanjada Stoliv 2012”.

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Representatives of Expeditio Tatjana Rajić and Jelena Pejković completed the course "Living Laboratories: Resilience and Sustainability of Municipalities" which took place on Isola di San Servolo, Venice, from November 26, 2012 to December 5, 2012. A total of 27 representatives of Turkey, Hungary, Poland, Albania, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia were invited to participate in this course.

EXPEDITIO is a non-governmental organization whose mission is to encourage sustainable spatial development in Montenegro and SEE region through activity in the fields of sustainable architecture, cultural heritage, urban planning and through projects that encourage overall development of the civil society. Expeditio was established in 1997.

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