EKOlist, Serbia’s first eco-magazine, recently celebrated its 10th anniversary of successful work at a special ceremony held on December 28, 2017, in Novi Sad, Serbia. At the event, nine awards were presented to individuals and organisations active in 2017 in the field of environment.
REC Serbia was awarded for its work in the past year in educating journalists and supporting civil society organisations (CSOs). These activities were implemented primarily through the CSOnnect programme, which has provided support via institutional grants to 66 organisations (through 11 consortia). This important involvement facilitates organisational empowerment and cooperation with media, journalists and media editors in Serbia.
In implementing this programme, the REC is working to strengthen the capacities of CSOs, while helping them to contribute engage in dialogue with Serbian institutions and the European Union on issues related to EU accession. Moreover, through the CSOnnect programme, the REC organises workshops and trainings for journalists and editors of traditional and new media. It also awards media achievements and supports them in further aims to prioritise environmental issues and keep them in the public spotlight.
Dejan Maksimovic, representing one of the partner organisations within the CSOnnect programme, Ecological Center “Staniste”, received the award for ‘Civic Courage in Environmental Protection’. Maksimovic expressed his gratitude to all of those who recognise the importance of their work, especially acknowledging the REC and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), both of which assisted “Staniste” and other partner organisations in conducting further environmental research in Serbia in 2017.
Awards from the “Eco News” Association of Journalists, in cooperation with EKOlist, were given to journalists and organisation representatives for contributions to improving the environment and raising environmental awareness. Presenting these awards was the Serbian Minister of Environmental Protection, Goran Trivan.
EKOlist Editor-in-Chief Jadranka Marcok added that the magazine will continue to promote and advocate for better environment in the years to come.