BalkaNatureNet (BNN) – a Vibrant Expert Network for Thriving Nature in the Balkan Region and Adjacent Countries
BNN is a transnational professional expert network in the fields of nature conservation and education for sustainable development (ESD) for experts in the Balkan region and adjacent countries. It will start as a contact platform and platform for exchanging knowledge and experiences and develop further activities.
BNN is based on the alumni of three training programmes, but welcomes other experts working in the target region, following the slogan "Borders do not matter. Nature does.".
To find out more, please visit BNN’s website www.balkanature.net where you can also register directly as a member. The website and particularly its internal member section are the “headquarters” for the transnational expert network: A platform for internal and external communication of BNN, attracting new members, advertising the network and ensuring many communication channels for members to discuss, exchange and network.BNN Kick-off at the "BalkaNatureNet - Forum" in Tirana
Over 60 enthusiastic experts of 13 countries participated in the first network meeting in April 2017 in Tirana, Albania. Among the participants were the Deputy Minister of the Environment of Albania, funders of the project BalkaNatureNet, GIZ, alumni of the NatuRegio-programmes and further representatives of local and regional nature conservational organisations.
The main goal was to establish a management team and to register the first members. BNN is completely based on voluntary commitment of the members, so it is important to share the work load among many members.
50 participants filled out a member registration and over 30 decided to take over a voluntary job for BNN, either working in one thematic field or being responsible for the coordination of different work areas.
Another key aspect of the Forum was to exchange experiences between the international participants: Presentation of projects, dialogue with other experts and a field trip to a national park in Albania.
The journey of BNN continues
During the first year of BNN the work flow, content, and communication structures will be assessed and adapted. The management team of BNN started this process during the Forum and will prioritize all activities to lead BNN into the future.
In June 2017 the web presence of BNN will be launched. The website and its internal member section will be the "headquarters" for the transnational expert network. It will be a platform for internal and external communication of BNN, attract new members, advertise the network and ensure many communication channels for members to discuss, exchange and network.
The Alfred Toepfer Academy for Nature Conservation (NNA) started the project "BalkaNatureNet" in 2016. The NNA coordinates the initiation of BNN until October 2017 in cooperation with a team of regional experts.
The project "BalkaNatureNet" is funded by the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU), the Alfred Toepfer Foundation F.V.S. and the Heidehof Foundation.
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