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Remove military ground in Sinjajevina and open consultation with local communities to create a community protected area

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As concerned citizens across the world, we urgently call on you to stand with the local communities of Sinjajevina mountain and the ecosystems they preserve in Montenegro. We are asking you to support Save Sinjajevina association (https://sinjajevina.org/) in its struggle to obtain as a pre-condition for Montenegro’s EU membership, the removal of the recently created military ground in Sinjajevina – the Balkan’s biggest mountain grassland and vital ecosystem for Europe -, and urge the Montenegro government to respect the wishes of its citizens, preserve nature, and open a consultation with local communities to create a community protected area in Sinjajevina.

We need to reach 22.000€ to consolidate our national and international campaing, promoting awareness and advocacy actions concerning social and environmental rights, including:

Paying campaigners and lawyers expert on environmental justice and land rights that will help local communities (with very little money) in their claims (10.000€).

Travelling to Brussels, the European Union’s capital, to encounter Mr. Olivér VÁRHELYI, EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Mr. Vladimir BILCIK, the Chair of the European Parliament Delegation for Montenegro, Mr. Thomas HAGLAITNER, Head of the Unit for at the European Commission, and Mr. Thomas Weitz, co-President of the European Green Party (4.000€).

Covering travels within the country, for the local communities, the Save Sinjajevina Association members and other collaborators for self-organizing their meetings (2.000€).

Organizing an international youth volunteering camp in Sinjajevina next summer 2021 to increase international awareness about this crisis and put pressure on the Montenegrin government (5.000€).

Organizing demonstrations against the military camp in Sinjajevina and Podgorica in favor of nature and local communities, including banners, loudspeakers and other materials’ purchase, food, transport, etc. (2.000€).

More information 

Montenegro is a country in Southeastern Europe, with a beautiful coastline, mountains and grasslands. At the heart of this country, the Sinjajevina-Durmitor mountain range is home to 22,000 people. It forms part of the Tara River Basin UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and is bordered by not one but two World Heritage sites. Its pastures are used and managed communally by eight different Montenegrin tribes who for centuries have used sustainably, favored high levels of biodiversity and protected this ecosystem that has today become key in the fight against climate change. 

But now the environment which those traditional communities co-built and contribute to protect through pastoralism is in imminent danger: the Montenegrin government, supported by important NATO allies, established a military training ground in the very heart of these inhabited pastures and halted a EU planned regional park for the protection of nature and culture.

This military training ground will have a tragic, collapsing effect on Montenegro’s ecosystem, local comunities and their millenary cultures and traditions.

The people of Sinjajevina know there is no place for the pollution and toxic chemicals of military weapons in a biodiversity hotspot that at the same time is their home and feeds their animals and people. They know there is no place for CO2 emitting fighter jets in an unspoilt nature.

 

And we have a mission! To transform Sinjajevina into a protected area co-designed and co-governed by local communities!

Montenegro wants to be part of the European Union. And to be part of the European Union the government must respect and protect European values, including the EU’s New Green Deal and biodiversity strategy adopted in mid-2020, a comprehensive, ambitious, long-term plan for protecting nature

The European Union has the capacity to help change this and the government of Montenegro must ensure that its territorial policy reflects the wishes of its citizens. Stand with Montenegrin local communities, stand with Save Sinjajevina Association and help us to play a key role in protecting local people’s rights and the environment in Montenegro. Time to make peace with our Mother Earth.

Saving Sinjajevina is a #missionPOSSIBLE


VERSIÓN EN ESPAÑOL

Como ciudadanos de todo el mundo, solicitamos urgentemente que apoye a las comunidades locales de Sinjajevina y los ecosistemas que éstas conservan en Montenegro. Os pedimos que apoyéis a la Asociación Save Sinjajevina (https://sinjajevina.org/) en su lucha para obtener como condición previa a la entrada de Montenegro en la UE, la retirada del campo de entrenamiento militar recientemente creado en Sinjajevina – los mayores pastos de montaña de los Balcanes, y un ecosistema vital para Europa -, así como a urgir al gobierno de Montenegro a respetar los deseos de sus ciudadanos, conservar la naturaleza y abrir un proceso de consulta con las comunidades locales para crear una área protegida comunitaria en Sinjajevina.

Necesitamos llegar hasta los 22.000€ para consolidar nuestra campaña nacional e internacional, promoviendo acciones de sensibilización y abogacía de los derechos sociales y ambientales, que incluyen:

Pagar a expertos en comunicación y abogados especializados en justicia ambiental y derechos a la tierra, que serán clave para ayudar a las comunidades locales (con muy poco dinero) en sus reclamaciones (10.000 €).

Cubrir viajes a Bruselas, la capital de la Unión Europea, para encontrarse con el Sr. Olivér VÁRHELYI, Comisario de Vecindad y Ampliación de la UE, el Sr. Vladimir BILCIK, Presidente de la Delegación del Parlamento Europeo para Montenegro, el Sr. Thomas HAGLAITNER, Jefe de la Unidad de en la Comisión Europea, y el Sr. Thomas Weitz, copresidente del Partido Verde Europeo (4.000 €).

Cobertura de viajes dentro del país, para las comunidades locales, miembros de la Asociación Save Sinjajevina y otros colaboradores para la autoorganización de sus reuniones (2.000 €).

Organizar un campamento de voluntariado internacional y juvenil en Sinjajevina el próximo verano 2021 para aumentar la concienciación internacional sobre esta crisis y poner presión sobre el gobierno montenegrino (5.000 €).

Organización de manifestaciones contra el campamento militar en Sinjajevina y Podgorica en favor de la naturaleza y sus comunidades locales, incluyendo pancartas, altavoces y otros materiales, comida, transporte, etc. (1.000 €).

 

 Más información

Montenegro es un país en el sureste europeo, con unas espectaculares costas, montañas y pastos. En el corazón de dicho país, las montañas de Sinjajevina-Durmitor son el hogar de 22.000 personas. Forman parte de la Reserva UNESCO de la Biosfera de la Cuenca del Río Tara, están bordeadas por dos sitios Patrimonio Mundial de la Humanidad, y sus pastos están aprovechados y gestionados de forma comunal por ocho tribus montenegrinas distintas que, durante siglos, han utilizado de forma sostenible, favorecido altas tasas de biodiversidad y protegido este ecosistema que es hoy clave para la lucha contra el cambio climático.

Pero ahora el ecosistema que estas comunidades tradicionales han contribuido a crear y proteger a través de sus prácticas pastoriles está en peligro inminente: el gobierno de Montenegro, apoyado por aliados importantes de la OTAN, han establecido un campo militar de entrenamiento en el mismísimo corazón de estos pastos, y han detenido la creación de parque regional que estaba proyectado por la UE para conservar su naturaleza y cultura.

Este campo de entrenamiento militar tendrá un efecto trágico y devastador para los ecosistemas de Montenegro, las comunidades locales y sus tradiciones y culturas milenarias.

La gente de Sinjajevina sabe que no hay lugar para la contaminación y los compuestos tóxicos de las armas militares en un sitio de tan gran biodiversidad que, al mismo tiempo, es su hogar y alimenta a sus gentes y animales. Ellos saben que no hay lugar para las emisiones de CO2 de los aviones a reacción en una tal naturaleza.

¡Y tenemos una misión! Transformar Sinjajevina en un área protegida, co-diseñada y co-gobernada por las comunidades locales!

Montenegro quiere ser parte de la Unión Europea. Y, para ser parte de la Unión Europea, el gobierno debe respetar y proteger los valores europeos, incluyendo el nuevo Pacto Verde Europeo y la Estrategia de la UE sobre biodiversidad adoptados a mediados de 2020, un plan amplio y ambicioso, para proteger a largo plazo la naturaleza y los seres humanos dentro de ella.

La Unión Europea tiene la capacidad de ayudar a cambiar esto, y el gobierno de Montenegro debe asegurarse de que su política territorial es un fiel reflejo de los deseos de sus ciudadanos. Apoya a las comunidades locales montenegrinas, y únete al llamamiento a los líderes de la UE para que jueguen un papel clave en proteger los derechos de las comunidades locales y el medio ambiente en Montenegro. Es la hora de hacer las paces con la Madre Tierra.

Salvar Sinjajevina es #missionPOSSIBLE

Mantente informado sobre las evoluciones de Sinjajevina en: https://sinjajevina.org  


 

ENGLISH

We need to reach 22.000€ to consolidate our national and international campaing, promoting awareness and advocacy actions concerning social and environmental rights, including:

Paying campaigners and lawyers expert on environmental justice and land rights that will help local communities (with very little money) in their claims (10.000€).

Travelling to Brussels, the European Union’s capital, to encounter Mr. Olivér VÁRHELYI, EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Mr. Vladimir BILCIK, the Chair of the European Parliament Delegation for Montenegro, Mr. Thomas HAGLAITNER, Head of the Unit for at the European Commission, and Mr. Thomas Weitz, co-President of the European Green Party (4.000€).

Covering travels within the country, for the local communities, the Save Sinjajevina Association members and other collaborators for self-organizing their meetings (2.000€).

Organizing an international youth volunteering camp in Sinjajevina next summer 2021 to increase international awareness about this crisis and put pressure on the Montenegrin government (5.000€).

Organizing demonstrations against the military camp in Sinjajevina and Podgorica in favor of nature and local communities, including banners, loudspeakers and other materials’ purchase, food, transport, etc. (2.000€).

SPANISH

Necesitamos llegar hasta los 22.000€ para consolidar nuestra campaña nacional e internacional, promoviendo acciones de sensibilización y abogacía de los derechos sociales y ambientales, que incluyen:

– Pagar a expertos en comunicación y abogados especializados en justicia ambiental y derechos a la tierra, que serán clave para ayudar a las comunidades locales (con muy poco dinero) en sus reclamaciones (10.000 €).

– Cubrir viajes a Bruselas, la capital de la Unión Europea, para encontrarse con el Sr. Olivér VÁRHELYI, Comisario de Vecindad y Ampliación de la UE, el Sr. Vladimir BILCIK, Presidente de la Delegación del Parlamento Europeo para Montenegro, el Sr. Thomas HAGLAITNER, Jefe de la Unidad de en la Comisión Europea, y el Sr. Thomas Weitz, copresidente del Partido Verde Europeo (4.000 €).

– Cobertura de viajes dentro del país, para las comunidades locales, miembros de la Asociación Save Sinjajevina y otros colaboradores para la autoorganización de sus reuniones (2.000 €).

– Organizar un campamento de voluntariado internacional y juvenil en Sinjajevina el próximo verano 2021 para aumentar la concienciación internacional sobre esta crisis y poner presión sobre el gobierno montenegrino (5.000 €).

– Organización de manifestaciones contra el campamento militar en Sinjajevina y Podgorica en favor de la naturaleza y sus comunidades locales, incluyendo pancartas, altavoces y otros materiales, comida, transporte, etc. (1.000 €).

 

 

ENGLISH

The Save Sinjajevina association has been created in 2018 out of the present crisis by members and sympathizers of the affected populations. It defends a highly transversal socio-political cause, that of social justice and the rights to Nature. The movement wants to promote humans in Nature. As it advances an alternative form of local resistance to an authoritarian State and a false notion of “development”, the “Save Sinjajevina” movement hopes to contribute to forging a meaningful path towards a progressive environmental future for Montenegro and Europe, and the reformulation of the democratic processes in the EU and EU candidate countries.

Past experiences

Presentation of the case in front of the European Union Parliament and European Commission in November 2019 in Brussels, and meeting with an EU Delegation in Podgorica in February 2020 (capital of Montenegro):

EU Delegation visits Montenegro and asks nation’s parliament to guarantee protection to Sinjajevina’s lands and culture

 

Publication of an article on RED explaining the situation: 

https://www.radicalecologicaldemocracy.org/saving-a-critical-pastureland-in-montenegro/

 

Publication of news and critical texts on our Sinjajevina blog for raising public awareness and knowledge about this situation: 

https://sinjajevina.org/blog-feed/

Also many actions on the ground have been developed in the last two years

The project involved organizing several public gatherings against the establishment of a military training ground in Sinjajevina. Four peaceful protests of citizens were organized. Protests were organized on May 19 2019, July 12 2019, on August 2 2019 (this one with assembly of citizens), and on 20 September. Hundreds of citizens gathered at the protests and expressed opposition to the establishment of a military training ground. All first three gatherings were organized on the mountain itself, in areas that are less populated, but we managed to gather a large number of people (over 300 each time) even if the terrain is poorly accessible, and the last one was organized in Montenegro’s capital. At the same time good media cover was always provided and public attention is increasing.

 

 

Project title:

Petition Save Sinjajevina – Declare Sinjajevina a protected area and a nature park

Sector (ref. list of sectors in Sectorial experience in PADOR):

Cost of the action

         (EUR)

Role:  coordinator,

co-beneficiary, affiliated entity

Donors to the action (name)

Amount contributed (by donor)

Dates (from..to)

dd/mm/yyyy

 

1,000

coordinator (Milan Sekulović)

 

 

Citizens signing the petition and helping to get it signed.

…1,000

From the 6 June 2019 to August 5 2019.

 

Objectives and results of the action

Launching an e-petition on the official platform of the Government of Montenegro, requesting the proclamation of Sinjajevina as a protected area and giving up the intention to establish a military training ground.

 

We especially appealed to the leaders of the Ministries of Agriculture, Sustainable Development and Tourism, as well as municipal leaders (Bijelo Polje, Danilovgrad, Kolasin, Mojkovac, Savnik and Zabljak), whose citizens claim the right to use Sinjajevina, not to support the initiative of the Ministry of Defense to militarize Sinjavina. but to consult the citizens before the final decision, and if necessary by referendum. The petition was launched on the official website of the Government of Montenegro (https://epeticije.gov.me/) and out of the required 3,000 signatures, we managed to collect more than 3,300 electronically. The implementers and initiators of the petition also collected signatures manually, and in that way nearly 6,000 signatures were collected.

 

 

SPANISH

La asociación Save Sinjajevina ha sido creada en 2018 a partir de la actual crisis, por miembros y simpatizantes de las poblaciones locales afectadas. Defiende una causa sociopolítica altamente transversal, la de la justicia social y los derechos ambientales. El movimiento quiere promover a los humanos en la naturaleza. A medida que avanza una forma alternativa de resistencia local a un Estado autoritario y una falsa noción de “desarrollo”, el movimiento “Salvemos Sinjajevina” espera contribuir a forjar un camino significativo hacia un futuro ambiental para Montenegro y Europa, y la reformulación de los procesos democraticos en la UE y los países candidatos a la UE.

Experiencias pasadas

Presentación del caso en frente del Parlamento Europeo, la Comisión Europea en Noviembre 2019 en Bruselas y reunión con una delegación de la UE en Podgorica (capital de Montenegro) en Febrero de 2020:

EU Delegation visits Montenegro and asks nation’s parliament to guarantee protection to Sinjajevina’s lands and culture

 

Publicación de un artículo en RED explicando la situación: 

Saving a critical pastureland in Montenegro

 

Publicación de noticias y textos críticos en nuestro blog Sinjajevina para aumentar la sensibilización social y el conocimiento de la situación:

https://sinjajevina.org/blog-feed/

 

Al mismo tiempo se han organizado muchas acciones sobre el terreno in los últimos dos años:

 

Project title:

Field fight – Save SInjajevina for our future

Sector (ref. list of sectors in Sectorial experience in PADOR):

Location of the action

Cost of the action

         (EUR)

Role:  coordinator,

co-beneficiary, affiliated entity

Donors to the action (name)

Amount contributed (by donor)

Dates (from..to)

dd/mm/yyyy

Sinjajevina

3,000

coordinator (Milan Sekulović and Aleksandar Milatović in collaboration with Petar Keker, Danilo Vuković and Ognjen Jovović)

Sinjajevina Farmers

 

 

3.000 EUR

 

 

May 1, 2019 to October 1, 2019

Objectives and results of the action

The project involved organizing several public gatherings against the establishment of a military training ground in Sinjajevina. Four peaceful protests of citizens were organized. Protests were organized on May 19 2019, July 12 2019, on August 2 2019 (this one with assembly of citizens), and on 20 September. Hundreds of citizens gathered at the protests and expressed opposition to the establishment of a military training ground. All first three gatherings were organized on the mountain itself, in areas that are less populated, but we managed to gather a large number of people (over 300 each time) even if the terrain is poorly accessible, and the last one was organized in Montenegro’s capital. At the same time good media cover was always provided and public attention is increasing.

 

 

Project title:

Petition Save Sinjajevina – Declare Sinjajevina a protected area and a nature park

Sector (ref. list of sectors in Sectorial experience in PADOR):

Cost of the action

         (EUR)

Role:  coordinator,

co-beneficiary, affiliated entity

Donors to the action (name)

Amount contributed (by donor)

Dates (from..to)

dd/mm/yyyy

 

1,000

coordinator (Milan Sekulović)

 

 

Citizens signing the petition and helping to get it signed.

…1,000

From the 6 June 2019 to August 5 2019.

 

Objectives and results of the action

Launching an e-petition on the official platform of the Government of Montenegro, requesting the proclamation of Sinjajevina as a protected area and giving up the intention to establish a military training ground.

 

We especially appealed to the leaders of the Ministries of Agriculture, Sustainable Development and Tourism, as well as municipal leaders (Bijelo Polje, Danilovgrad, Kolasin, Mojkovac, Savnik and Zabljak), whose citizens claim the right to use Sinjajevina, not to support the initiative of the Ministry of Defense to militarize Sinjavina. but to consult the citizens before the final decision, and if necessary by referendum. The petition was launched on the official website of the Government of Montenegro (https://epeticije.gov.me/) and out of the required 3,000 signatures, we managed to collect more than 3,300 electronically. The implementers and initiators of the petition also collected signatures manually, and in that way nearly 6,000 signatures were collected.

 

 

 


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