The training on Lobbying and Advocacy for the members of Serbian network was held on March 5th and 6th in Hotel Park in Belgrade. Ms Irene Lucius from WWF DCP had the main role in transferring the knowledge on main issues of effective lobbying and advocacy campaigning. Additional training was given by network members on domestic legislative, possible points of intervention and experiences.
After successfully dealing with the theoretical part, the training also covered group work with the goal to develop an advocacy strategy to be implemented in Serbia. Role play simulation was done on a case study of building hydropower stations on Ibar river with the aim of forming an advocacy strategy to prevent that. This revealed the weak capacities of CSOs, but also gave an insight on points that need to be strengthened. Second group work was conducted in order to define advocacy points in different fields, such as public health, nature protection, energy etc. These exercises drafted definitions of potential intervention points within the state documents and strategies, and also stakeholders that could be potential targets.
Climate Vulnerability Assessment draft was introduced to the network members. Goran Sekulić, report writer, informed the group on the roadmap for finishing the Assessment and invited the members to actively participate in the further activities.
All participants considered this training very useful, and stressed the need for advanced trainings in this area.
The Serbian version of the article can be found on the webpage of WWF DCP: http://wwf.panda.org/sr/vesti/?203865/Odrzan-trening-vezan-za-klimatske-promene.