Working together for a green competitive and inclusive Europe
ABOUT THE PROJECT:
Voda pre klímu – environmentálne technológie o.z. successfully applied for a grant from the EEHS program Norwegian grants in 2021 and received funding for the Save wetland together project.
Why together? Because we are convinced that only through the cooperation of various institutions and the general public is it possible to positively influence a global phenomenon, such as climate change, on the basis of local activities. Therefore, we have created a team from different areas of the company: Voda pre klímu – environmentálne technológie o.z. - third sector and the public, Štátna ochrana prírody SR (State Nature Protection of the Slovak Republic) - professional conservation organization, Základná škola s materskou školou Maximiliána Hella v Štiavnických Baniach (Elementary school with kindergarten) - organization for education and training of youth, Univerzita sv. Cyrila a Metoda v Trnave (University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava) - representatives of science and research, Norwegian University of Life Science from Norway - connection to the international level of the project.
Why Wetlands? Because our priority is water in nature and its healing effect on the natural and environmental environment. We are interested in water as a medium that is able to ensure cooling of the microclimate. It is a condition for increasing biodiversity. Wetlands are one of the main factors in these processes and are currently highly endangered by drying out, but also by human activity. Therefore, our goal is to stop the degradation of four specific localities with wetlands in the beautiful environment of the Kremnica and Štiavnica mountains, namely: Bartošova Lehôtka, Kopernica, Gajdošovo and Michálka. The total area of these wetlands is almost 197,000 m2.
The second main goal is enlightenment. We want to ensure that both professionals and the general public perceive the importance of wetlands in the fight against climate change and its effects, and that the young generation adopts a positive attitude towards these important ecosystems. We want to achieve this through educational processes, practical demonstrations of the school wetland in the school complex in Štiavnické Bane, the use of 3D landscape models with the Michálka wetland with implemented water retention measures and also a demonstration of the practical application of rainwater retention in Trnava.
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INFORMATION ABOUT NORWEGIAN GRANTS:
The Norway Grants represent Norway’s contribution towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.
Through the Norway Grants, Norway contributes to reducing social and economic disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with beneficiary countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics.
Norway cooperates closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). Together with the other donors, Norway has provided €3.3 billion through consecutive grant schemes between 1994 and 2014.
Norway Grants are financed solely by Norway and are available in the countries that joined the EU after 2003. For the period 2014-2021, the Norway Grants amount to €1.25 billion.
The priorities for this period are: