A week in Bosnia & Herzegovina: Irini’s Testimonial

Last month, our team participated in the EmWo-OCCC project Transnational Partners Meeting and Skills Share in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

During the meeting, our team participated in daily outdoor nature-based activities in the area and also attended talks by academics and researchers from the University of Bajnia Luca and the Centre of the Environment. The meeting’s participants concluded their visit to Bosnia’s Centre of the Environment by agreeing on the benefits of outdoor activities for physical and mental health and by deciding the necessary methodologies for reconnecting youth to the natural environment through the project’s activities.

Read below, Irini's testimonial, the Secretary of our Board from the EmWo-OCCC project meeting in Bosnia & Herzegovina

It has been an interesting and informative training course with FOE Cyprus that took place from June 10th to 15th, 2024, in Bosnia. The primary focus of the training was on the environmental issues affecting Bosnia’s forests, specifically addressing concerns related to participation, water management, climate change, and the use of reusable resources.

Throughout the course, the trainers provided in-depth insights into the unique environmental challenges that Bosnia faces. We learned about the delicate balance required to maintain the health of the forest ecosystems, the impact of climate change on these areas, and the importance of community participation in environmental conservation efforts. The sessions on water management were particularly enlightening, highlighting the crucial role of water resources in sustaining both the forests and the communities that depend on them.

As part of the training, we had the opportunity to go on an excursion into Bosnia’s forests. This hands-on experience allowed us to observe first hand the issues discussed in the classroom. We saw the effects of deforestation and learned about the local flora and fauna. The excursion was not only educational but also deeply moving, as it underscored the importance of preserving these natural areas for future generations.

In addition to the field trip, we engaged in various simulation activities designed to enhance our understanding of environmental education. These activities included role-playing scenarios, group discussions, and problem-solving exercises that mirrored real-world environmental challenges. Through these simulations, we gained practical skills in developing and implementing environmental education programs.

One of the most rewarding aspects of the course was the opportunity to interact with participants from diverse backgrounds. This diversity enriched our discussions and provided a wide range of perspectives on the environmental issues at hand. We shared experiences and ideas, learning from each other and building a network of like-minded individuals committed to environmental conservation.

The training course was not only educational but also inspiring. It reinforced the importance of collaborative efforts in addressing global environmental challenges. By the end of the course, I had gained a wealth of knowledge and a renewed sense of purpose in my commitment to environmental education and conservation.

Overall, this training in Bosnia with FOE Cyprus was a fruitful and enlightening experience. It equipped me with valuable knowledge and skills, broadened my perspective on environmental issues, and connected me with a network of passionate individuals dedicated to making a positive impact on the planet. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to applying what I have learned in my future endeavours.