Jun 20, 2013EU Rural ReviewsMore than EUR 230 billion will be invested in EU projects and initiatives from 2007 to 2013 through 94 different rural development programs that are implemented in rural areas in Europe. EU Rural Development review is series of reviews that have a great role in informing stakeholders about EU development activities, opportunities and good practicies. UNDP Croatia translated 8 of its issues into Croatian, to bring the issue closer to Croatian public.
Healing, hope and justice for victims of wartime sexual violenceTwenty years ago, ‘Kate’ was the victim of a crime aptly described as ‘one of history’s greatest silences’—a crime whose impact is devastating but whose perpetrators almost invariably go unpunished, a crime whose victims almost never receive legal redress but instead are often socially stigmatized and afraid to seek compensation: the crime of sexual violence during armed conflict.
Helping low-income Croatian households save money on energyIn a single afternoon, Miroslav Horvat and his family received the advice and equipment they needed to save them hundreds of euros each year. Energy advisors from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) installed energy-saving light bulbs, applied adhesive tape to their windows to prevent heat loss, and shared other low-cost measures to reduce energy use, all free of charge. These changes should reduce the family’s energy consumption by 30-40%, yielding savings that will bring a real improvement in their daily lives.
Shifting towards low-carbon citiesPlanting urban gardens, using straw and mud as building materials, riding bicycles – these were among the proposals featured during a panel discussion in Zagreb aimed at identifying ways in which individuals can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create low-carbon cities.
Solar energy brings electricity and life to rural areas of CroatiaTo solve access to electricity, UNDP Croatia, in cooperation with the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund, College for Information Technologies and with the support of counties and municipalities carried out a project of Rural electrification. The main aim is to equip inhabited households that are far away from grid networks with solar systems for production of electricity from renewable sources.