The River Kupa in North and Central Lithuania is a tributary of the River Levuo, which in its lower reaches flows through the town of Kupiškis, dividing it into two parts. The valley area is densely populated but, as it is polluted, has valueless vegetation, is aesthetically unattractive and is unsuitable for recreation, it fails to draw either local people or visitors.
The project has been created in order to clean the River Kupa as well as to establish a clean environment and recreation zone for local inhabitants, to promote business development in the centre of the town and to unify community, companies, enterprises and organisations in a common aim: to manage, protect and improve the surrounding nature.
The project idea itself was masterminded by citizens of different social backgrounds and professions (teachers, lawyers, students, priests and pensioners) who managed to involve it in the activities of the nongovernmental association for the beautification of Lithuania. After the first stage of the project the citizens encouraged local governmental institutions to continue it and seek financial support in order to be able to turn the idea into reality. Bearing in mind the amount of work to be done, the creators of this project presented their idea at the local community cultural centre, hoping to attract companies, businesses and non-governmental organisations to join the project. In this way, young children, students, senior members of clubs, some members of disabled people’s organisations and employees of companies and businesses became involved. Thirty tripartite gentlemen’s agreements were signed by the Municipal Administration, the association for the beautification of Lithuania and companies, businesses and non-governmental organisations. The project is oriented to improving public administrative processes (it was announced on the Municipality’s website, on local television programmes and in the press). Every citizen was able to express his opinion, suggest ideas and give support.
The project helped to solve a large number of nature management problems, it provided background for implementing recreational routes and infrastructure to facilitate the most interesting recreation areas and to establish conditions for recreation and improving the health of the local population, i.e. it provided the background for further stages in the project.
|Award category:||citizen involvement|
|Sector:||Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform|
|Type of activity:||strategic management and planning tools|
|Keywords:||Environment, regional development|
|Short English description:||The project helped to solve a large number of nature management problems, it provided background for implementing recreational routes and infrastructure to facilitate the most interesting recreation areas and to establish conditions for recreation and improving the health of the local population, i.e. it provided the background for further stages in the project|
|Organisation:||Kupiskis District Municipality Administration|
|Level of government:||local level|
|Size of organisation:||>100|
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|EU membership:||EU member|