Scout nad Guide Association of Croatia has presented the largest voluntary action of reforestation of burned areas in Croatia, symbolically named Boranka (in Croatian, „bor“ means pine tree).
Nature, which has been devastated by recent catastrophic wildfires, cannot defend itself alone, nor can it regenerate quickly enough - therefore, it needs our help to bring back life colored in green onto black burned wastelands.
Thousands of volunteers are going to be involved in tree-planting activities. Together with Scouts from all of Croatia, many other NGOs, institutions, war veterans, students, mountaineers, firefighters, sports clubs and other volunteers will participate in planting activities.
Educational campaign, aimed at raising awareness among youth about fire protection and importance of forests and nature, will be held in schools, starting with the beginning of the new school year in September, while the tree-planting activities are planned for fall of 2018.
A strong media campaign, also starting in September, will enable all other citizens and companies to participate in the campaign – through donations or personally by planting trees.
The main partners of the Scouts for this project are the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), the Canadian Embassy, the National Rescue and Protection Directorate and the Association of Croatian War Veterans, who will contribute with volunteers and logistics or help in educational activities.
The Boranka campaign has been given the High patronage by the European Parliament and the President of the European Parliament, Mr. Antonio Tajani.