Monday, 18 March 2019

Energetic Transition Process Begins on Croatian Islands

The Clean Energy Secretariat on EU islands held an energy transition workshop attended by representatives from the Croatian islands of Brač, Cres, Hvar, Korčula and Lošinj last week.

As Morski writes on the 18th of March, 2019, Croatian islands officially launched an energetic transition up and down the coast. Back at the beginning of February this year, the Secretariat's initiative for clean energy for the EU's islands, which was initiated by the Croatian MEP Tonino Picula, announced a list of 26 European island communities that will receive expert and advisory support for the energy transition strategy in the coming period, writes Pokret otoka (Island movement).

Among the 26 selected islands are four Croatian island communities: The Cres-Lošinj archipelago and Brač, Hvar and Korčula. The two-day workshop, organised with the cooperation of the cities of Cres and Mali Lošinj, the OTRA Island Development Agency, LAG Kvarner Islands and Pokret otoka (Island movement) as local partners, gathered forty representatives of selected islands that, with expert assistance, will set the first foundations of energy transition plans. The gathering took place last weekend and this is the first of a total of ten workshops which will be carried out by the Secretariat for the EU islands in the forthcoming period.

Representatives of transition teams from all five islands participated in the workshop in Mali Lošinj, which will work on strategy development in cooperation with partners and experts in the coming period. The goal of the two-day workshop, besides transferring knowledge and experiences from different areas, has also been gathering, networking and strengthening the island's stakeholders for further cooperation in the energy transition process.

The Cres-Lošinj archipelago, set as one of the six European pilot projects, should have its energy transition plan should be ready by the end of summer 2019. The remaining twenty islands, including Brač, Hvar and Korčula, will have their plans in place by 2020. Despite the abundance of renewable energy sources, many islands currently depend on fossil fuels and energy imports from the mainland. The transition to clean energy can help the islands not only become more self-reliant and prosperous, but also open up new opportunities for employment in their communities and encourage further direct development of the islands.

The other islands that will be pilot projects in the initiative are the Irish Islands, Sifnos in Greece, Salina in Italy, La Palma in Spain and Culatra in Portugal. Twenty other islands will follow their development and enjoy the suppor of experts in the same direction. An expert team of the Secretariat for the islands will produce guides to initiate energy transition, encourage community involvement and discuss project financing in the forthcoming period.

Croatian islanders will have the opportunity to cooperate with each other, create a network of good practices, educate themselves and and participate in various events. It is important to emphasise the fact that the whole initiative is based on the "bottom up" approach, and the primary principle of transition success is based on the involvement of all local community stakeholders, which include the representatives of local self-government units, entrepreneurs, educational institutions, and of course civic initiatives.

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Click here for the original article by Ana Marija Jakas for Pokret otoka (Island movement)

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Croatian Island-Hopping Ferry Gets Its Due

December 6, 2018 — Little can match the illogical, often-obtuse yet romantic relationship a Croatian island has with the ferry connecting it to the mainland.

The bond between a community and its ferry runs as deep as the channels it traverses.

When the “brod” runs on time with a fully-stocked bar, it transforms into a nautical tavern, a hovel for secret lovers, a sea-faring hostel for nappers and community space for the rest.

Babies have been born — and likely made — on ferries; and empty caskets head to islands, waiting to be filled.

It’s why Šibenik’s residents and islanders rejoiced when local passenger ferry “Tijat” began a journey which will anchor it in the Croatian Register of Cultural Assets, according to Morski.hr.

Tijat was also awarded the Croatian Union of Seafarer’s Blue Ribbon and proclaimed a national maritime treasure.

It is the only ferry from that era still in use, earning the boat a cult status worthy of its 1,500-member Facebook fan page.

Just check out its 60th birthday party.

Shoreline gazers and passersby in both Šibenik and Zadar habitually ignore catamarans zigging and zagging along the area’s archipelago, yet stop to photograph Tijat as it chugs by.

The 37 meter-long ship cuts an elegant figure, white as a seagull and comparatively slow — no rush — as hops along Šibenik’s islands. The ferry’s a floating anachronism of battered steel and visible rivets which were characteristic of post-World War II ferry ships built.

Tijat was launched in 1955 under its original name “Orhid,” along with two other identical ships. All three are still in use today, though the other two are now privately-owned.

At various points in its history, the ship served as a passenger ferry as far south as Dubrovnik and as north as the Kvarner area. Today, it connects Šibenik, Zlarin, Prvić Luka, Prvić Šepurine and Vodice.

The director of the City of Šibenik Museum Željko Krnčević said the ship reaches beyond a means of transportation.

“A ship is a man’s product, the work of his hands and not a lifeless object,” he told Morski.

Krnčević suggests the ferry be transformed into a “boat museum” which would chronicle the lives of its passengers, the Šibenik archipelago, and its own.

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Thursday, 11 October 2018

Island Of Silba Wants To Become A Home, Not A Getaway

Oct 11, 2018 — The small island of Silba hopes to become a year-round home for many, instead of a seasonal destination for a few.

Is the plan cunning? Or crazy?

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Croatian Island Spotlight: Rab

We present you the magical island of Rab.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Discover the Stunning Island of Dugi Otok (Photos)

Dugi Otok has recently garnered much deserved praise and popularity.

Monday, 26 June 2017

The Independent Names Croatian Island Most Incredible, Undiscovered, and Affordable in Europe

Summer is here, where is your favorite Croatian destination to beat the crowds for cheap?

Sunday, 21 May 2017

The Telegraph Names 15 Best Croatian Islands

The 15 best Croatian islands according to The Daily Telegraph.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Explore the Heritage of Lošinj Island at the Festival of Apoxyomenos and Antiquity

The Festival of Apoxyomenos and Antiquity is taking place on Lošinj Island between April 27th and May 22nd 2017.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

The First List of Croatia's National Treasures, Worth Billions of Dollars

Croatia, for the first time in a single place, has a list of all the natural resources of the country, hitherto underutilized in developing countries. This list is a comprehensive "inventory" of national treasures with proposals for the protection of Croatian natural resources and their rational use, as outlined in the book "Croatian Natural Resources - Protection and Responsible Development", which will be presented today at the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Croatian Islands: 25 Things to Know about the Gems of the Adriatic

Thought Croatian islands are all the same? Continuing the popular TCN series, 25 Things to Know about Croatia, on June 26, 2016, a look at the great choice and diversity on offer on Croatia's more than 1000 islands in the Adriatic. 

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