COMUNE DI CAMPI BISENZIO
Campi Bisenzio is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Florence in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 10 kilometres northwest of Florence and has 47.640 inhabitants.
The word Campi in the municipality’s name stems from the fields which are widespread in the lands around the town. The current name of Campi Bisenzio was assumed only in 1862, with the addition of the name of the Bisenzio river that runs through the town.
A territory, crossed by the Bisenzio, Arno, Ombrone and Marina rivers, once agricultural and subsequently highly industrialized and urbanized, which in recent decades has undergone profound changes on the socio-economic level. Thanks to its geographical location, good connections with the provinces of Prato and Florence, the substantial participation of citizens in community and civil life, at the level of public services, Campi Bisenzio is perfectly integrated into the socio-economic system of the Florentine plain.
Since the 1990s, institutions and citizens have paid particular attention to the recovery and enhancement of environmental, cultural and historical resources. In Campi Bisenzio dozens of associations operate, which in addition to promoting initiatives and activities throughout the year, are dedicated to the conservation and dissemination of heritage and historical traditions.
THE CITY OF TUZLA
The City of Tuzla is an administrative, economic, cultural and educational center of the Tuzla Canton and North-East B&H, where the population reached 1.000.000. Total estimated number of citizens in Tuzla is 110.400. It is also university center with 13 faculties and offers a wide range of scientific disciplines and academic titles (graduate, master and doctoral degrees) to around 18.000 students currently studying in Tuzla.
The economy of the city of Tuzla is made up of 3,000 companies and over 3,500 independent entrepreneurs, traders, artisans and caterers. City Administration places special emphasis on the development of new areas that represent a paradigm for future development, such as tourism, ICT, pharmaceutical industry, creative industries, environmentally friendly energy sources, energy efficiency and the development of entrepreneurial infrastructure (business incubation centers and technology parks). Due to rich salt and coal deposits, Tuzla represents the very center of the chemical industry and energetics. Over the past several decades, major developments occurred in the mechanical engineering, metal, metal processing, electric, construction, footwear, textiles and food processing industry.
The implementation of the most important projects brought about significant development potential, aided by the valorisation of natural heritage in the context of tourism development, the construction of salt lakes and salty waterfalls in the city center, The complex of Pannonian lakes, as the unique salt lakes in Europe, for which the City of Tuzla has received world prize in 2012, from UNWTO (World Tourist organization) – Ulysses Award. In the area of contemporary ICT industry, Tuzla has reached significant successes, such as projects related to the building of technology parks and entrepreneurial – business zones, BIT Center Tuzla, where young professionals develop modern information and communication technologies, and the Development – Entrepreneurship Centre Tuzla – Incubator “Lipnica”, where new businesses are being established. With regard to energy efficiency sector, significant initiatives related to implementation of energy saving projects have been launched. The City of Tuzla has a leading role in implementing energy efficiency programs among other cities in the country and the region. At the same time, the City Administration has been implementing projects in the field of communal and social infrastructure (water supply projects, transport network expansion, construction of sewerage networks, street lightning, squares, parks and playground management, etc.), which are necessary in order to accelerate local development and create better living environment for the citizens. With reference to the aforementioned projects, the City of Tuzla has become very recognizable in the region, an example of good practice in the field of local economic development, and the place of pleasant living.
The City of Tuzla has signed so far twinning agreements with the following cities in the region: Bologna (Italy), L’Hospitalet (Spain), Osijek (Croatia), Pecs (Hungary), Tuzla – Istanbul (Turkey), Linz (Austria), as well as agreements on cooperation with Saint Denis (France), Provincia di Ravenna (Italy) and Provincia di Pisa (Italy), and is ready to get twinning relations with City of Campi Bisenzio from Italy.
Adriatic GreeNet-onlus is an international network of ecological and cultural associations founded in 2005, based in Monfalcone, Viale San Marco 15, FVG/Italy.
Association “Adriatic GreeNet”-onlus, is the result of an international network of associations, having exclusively social solidarity aims andnas its main objectives the promotion and protection of:
– nature and environment,
– cultural diversity and cultural heritage,
– peace and human rights.
Adriatic GreeNet promotes, locally and internationally, sustainable development policies based on the protection of biodiversity, as well as the combination of natural, human, social and cultural elements, equality of men and women, and public participation.
In recent years, among other transnational activities (International Volunteer Camps, Cultural Meetings, Study Travels,…) AGNet has organized travels in order to put in contact the communities of Campi Bisenzio, Tuzla and small towns in the Drina Valley. Accordingly, the City of Tuzla and all other Partners involved in this project, began to get to know each other and develop the idea of achieving real twinning among their communities, deepening relations between their local authorities, schools, civil society organizations,…
It is important to mention another international activity of Adriatic GreeNet-onlus. Since 2011, in cooperation with the UNESCO Club from Udine (member of the Italian National Federation of UNESCO Clubs), Adriatic GreeNet has been organizing a self-financed project of international volunteer camps „I Care for…“.
This project includes the implementation of international volunteer camps in several small places with specific historical, cultural and natural values in four countries (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy and Serbia) because these places are very important for a better understanding of our common European Cultural Heritage and deserve to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage sites or are already under the protection of UNESCO. This project was the basis for „I Care for Europe“ Small European Towns Cultural Network which was established in December 2013.
Web site: http://www.adriaticgreenet.org/
Social Cooperative “Macramè” (Macramè Società Cooperativa ONLUS) was founded in 1999 and is active in several fields: Prevention, School Support, Education, Culture and Territory.
Particularly interesting for this project is the organization of laboratories and study-travels aimed at preserving the memory of the past, enabling young participants to learn about recent history, but also to be active citizens in the present, and this project has as topics: human rights implementation, inclusion not discrimination, legality and social antimafia.
Among these activities, Macramè, in collaboration with Adriatic GreeNet, also organized several study travels with stays in Tuzla and Srebrenica to help students as well as representatives of other civil society organizations and local authorities become aware of the horrific crimes that occured during the 1991-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992-1995) and in Croatia (1991-1995).
Web site: http://www.coopmacrame.it/
amica – tuzla
Tuzlanska Amica is a non-profit NGO founded in 1992 which is active in Tuzla Canton & Brcko District. The association was started by few volunteers who wanted to help & support the incredible suffering of citizens caused by the war. First target of the activities was youth women victims of several kind of abuses, coming from concentration camps.
Its activities have changed over the years, but have always been oriented towards the most vulnerable population groups particularly in rural & marginal areas.
Tuzlanska Amica implemented many different projects, with priority towards human rights respect & suffering reduction:
1) Psychosocial support through a multidisciplinary approach
2) Childcare mainly to children without parents or belonging to socially marginalised groups
3) Promotion of dialogue, non-violent conflicts resolution & reconciliation process.
It collaborates also with several local&foreign organizations in the realization of study-travels, seminars, educational projects.