Dubrovnik was the city chosen to host a unique event addressing the global challenge of water and specifically the creation of citizen awareness in different European and Middle Eastern regions regarding the major environmental issue of the twenty-first century.
For two days, the Croatian capital of the Adriatic, which has over the centuries been witness to the consequences of so many conflicts, hosted a gathering of international experts on water and city representatives from the Balkans, Eastern Europe, the United Kingdom, Turkey and the Middle East intent on mutual collaboration and the construction of an alliance to be known as the Dubrovnik Group, in order to promote and improve how our most valuable natural resource is managed.
Organised by the Joint Research Centre (the European Commission’s science service), NETWERC H2O, (The Network for Water in European Regions and Cities) and the partners of the European funded project, BlueSCities, the two day workshop entitled, ‘Winning-by-Twinning’ investigated the importance of the role of local administrations in resolving international environmental issues. Working and conversing with experts from the UN, the European Commission, and academic representatives from Europe and the USA the participants created a joint document entitled the Dubrovnik Declaration of Intent in which they state their willingness to work together in future actions so that citizen awareness and citizen engagement at a municipal level becomes a major factor in the war on drought and other water-based crisis.
Municipalities and organisations from all over Europe, the Middle East and the USA are now being invited to adhere to the Declaration and participate in the initial steps of an alliance which seeks to become an effective instrument on the international stage of environmental policy.
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