Initiative for urban gardens

Citizens’ Initiative for “Bastaliste” City Garden Communities

Bastaliste is a garden community in Slanci, located 10 kilometers from the center of Belgrade. According to the model of Western European community gardens, and in the spirit of solidarity and sharing, organic vegetables for one’s own needs are grown in Bastaliste. The basic goal of “Bastaliste” as a citizens’ initiative is the promotion of city garden communities concept, establishing and managing community city gardens in Serbia and advocating systematic inclusion of city gardens in local urban planning. 

Since the city of Belgrade still does not officially recognize the citizens’ needs, as its interests to turn abandoned city areas in flower and vegetable gardens, guided by our experience, we decided to see if a group of “city children” are capable ofwaking of the “green gene” in themselves and to enjoy in the fruits of their labor. Bastaliste was founded in April 2013, and its founders are civic associations “Belgrade Flower Festival” and “Ama – Center for Nurturing Humans and Nature”.

City garden communities are recognized as means for creating sustainable cities in many world capitals such as Berlin, Paris, New York and Havana. The experiences of these cities indicate to four types of advantages that local communities gain by establishing city garden communities:

ECOLOGICAL:

• preservation and creation of new green spaces

• decrease of pollution • improving of air quality

• decrease of climate change effects

ECONOMIC:

• encouraging local economy

• contribution to making citizens food independent

SOCIAL:

• encouraging social interaction and local initiatives

• decrease of crime

HEALTH:

• education of population, especially youngsters about healthy and sustainable life styles

• improving the quality of living in the city Specific goals of “Bastaliste” citizens’ initiative:

1. RECOGNIZING THE CITY COMMUNITY GARDENS CONCEPT IN CITY PLANNING BY ALL RELEVANT INSTITUTIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS

2. IDENTIFICATION OF LOCATIONS FOR THE REALIZATION OF CITY GARDEN COMMUNITIES ON THE TERRITORIES OF CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES IN SERBIA

3. PROVIDING REQUIRED INFRASTRUCTURE ON SELECTED LOCATIONS

4. ESTABLISHING THE CENTER AND THE FUND FOR IMPLEMENTATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF CITY GARDEN COMMUNITIES

Civic associations “Ama – Center for Nurturing Humans and Nature” and “Belgrade Flower Festival”, as initiators of “Bastaliste” citizens’ initiative, invite you to support the realization of these goals by signing the petition so that suitable lots on the territory of the city of Belgrade could be determined for establishing garden communities.

The initiative and current events in Bastaliste could be followed on our Facebook page.

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About Us

The aim of Belgrade Flower Festival organization is to encourage the development of standards of urban ecology on the principles of sustainability and the active public through various activities. The basic postulate is to improve the quality of life through different disciplines and network cooperation, which produces interaction by offering reconstruction, protection and evaluation of Belgrade green infrastructure as an important part of our everyday urban life.Programs of Belgrade Flower Festival include organization of events, training, work actions and taking initiatives with a concrete solution of urban environmental problems.Belgrade Flower Festival gathers a number of associates and partners from the field of ecology and environmental protection, landscape architecture and horticulture, urban planning and urbanism, culture and art, design, architecture industry and eco-industry, education and sports, media and socially responsible companies.Belgrade Flower Festival projects involve, engage and promote the work of creative people and young professionals focusing on the improvement of environment and urban ecology.Belgrade Flower Festival promotes the culture of life through green, healthy and creative lens.

 

 

 

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