Interview with Nikša Božić, President of the Croatian section of ECOVAST

Nikša Božić, Architect and President of the Croatian section of ECOVAST ECOVAST, the European Council for the Village and Small Town, was set up in 1984 to further the well-being of rural communities, and the safeguarding of the rural heritage, throughout Europe. Its formal aims are: to foster the economic, social and cultural vitality and … Continue reading Interview with Nikša Božić, President of the Croatian section of ECOVAST

Petition in support of initiative “Seeds are our Human Right” in Croatia

On the 14.01.2021 the initiative "The seed is our human right!" sent an opinion to the Parliamentary Committee on the draft Law on Seeds, Planting Material and Recognition of Agricultural Plant Varieties. The opinion was written by a team of representatives from the Croatian Association of Organic Producers, Biovrt and the Association of Family Farms … Continue reading Petition in support of initiative “Seeds are our Human Right” in Croatia

The Climate Herald – communicating the science behind the climate crisis in Central and Southeastern Europe

The Climate Herald aims to communicate the science behind the climate crisis and demystify the necessary information around it. It is focused specifically on Central and Southeastern Europe (with an initial emphasis on N. Macedonia). Available in both Macedonian and in English, it is a repository of valuable information and analysis which outline the reality of … Continue reading The Climate Herald – communicating the science behind the climate crisis in Central and Southeastern Europe

A new Seed Act threatens to harm biodiversity and farmers in Croatia

In Croatia a new Seed Act has raised concerns amongst farmers and environmentalists. Many have warned that it will affect not only biodiversity but also the survival of small family farms. According to the Croatian Ministry of Agriculture, the main goal of the new Seed Act is to "regulate the production, placing on the market … Continue reading A new Seed Act threatens to harm biodiversity and farmers in Croatia

A System Change Compass – a framework for implementing the European Green Deal

“A System Change Compass – implementing the European Green Deal in a time of recovery” - a report co-authored by SYSTEMIQ and The Club of Rome outlines the framework for implementation of the European Green Deal. Implementing the European Green Deal and its related implementation documents – while addressing the most urgent economyrecovery needs – … Continue reading A System Change Compass – a framework for implementing the European Green Deal

Regenerative agriculture

ARETE supports the implementation of sustainable farm-to-fork strategies across the Balkans. We develop projects aimed at making food systems fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly. We team up with local farms, businesses and local governments in developing farm-to-fork eco-systems. We stimulate the creation of sustainable food chains which connect local farms and producers (wineries, breweries, fisheries and … Continue reading Regenerative agriculture

Innovation for sustainability

Sustainability and innovation and mutually reinforcing. We are interested in mobilizing the regional potential in developing creating solutions which answer to concrete local and regional challenges. At the moment we are developing an application which bridges the potential of regional diaspora with local sustainability and development needs.