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South European Sustainable Energy Seminar in Solta, Croatia, August 2005

INFORSE-Europe was co-organiser of the first South European NGO seminar for sustainable energy. The event was held at the Solar Academy, which is under development on the island of Solta in Southern Croatia, August 29 - September 2, 2005.

This was the first time the Solar Academy was used for its intended purpose, the training of NGOs and local groups in sustainable energy and environmental issues.
The seminar drew together almost 20 NGO representatives from the former Yugoslav Republics, Albania, and Bulgaria.

Trainers included the INFORSE-Europe coordinators Emil Bedi and Gunnar Boye Olesen. The training combined discussions on EU and national policies for sustainable energy with interactive development of a simplified national energy strategy and with practical work on solar heating.

The seminar was co-organised by Green Action Zagreb and ProAktiva. The Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature supported the seminar.

The organizers are planning to repeat this success with further regional and national seminars for sustainable energy in the coming years. In addition, the volunteer camps for restoration of the Solar Academy facilities will continue.

Photos from the Seminar:
The international group at the Seminar on Solta, in Croatia on September 2, 2005.
A larger building of this prior military complex is now restored to be used for training.
A training session is held outside in the shadow of trees in the sunny weather.
The paricipants constructed a solar collector to heat water:

More information at Seminar in September 2006 here.