“Clean Vrbas” Programme Begins
UNDP’s “Clean Vrbas” programme officially started with the Kotor Varos town spring cleaning on Sunday, 14th of April 2013. UNDP provided cleaning equipment and materials: gloves, thrash bags, shovels and rakes for participants at several locations in the Kotor Varos town, halping them make it one of the cleanest and most decorated cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. UNDP implements “Clean Vrbas” programme with the financial support of Government of Japan and “Coca Cola” company.
“The main goal of this project is raising awareness on need to keep rivers and local communities healthy and clean. I am truly delighted that we established cooperation with Kotor Varos in an action like this, because only trough activities related to environment protection we can make sure Vrbas River is clean from its spring to the mouth, since this is the water that we drink.” said Goran Vukmir, Banja Luka Regional Office Manager.
Employees of the Municipality initiated this action. They recognized the importance of this project and took a joint effort to make city known for its beauty and clean environment.
“We are glad to join UNDP in cleaning of Vrbas and its river basin. All sport clubs, cultural and artistic associations, NGO's and many other institutions are working together to clean the town Kotor Varos and I think that we can serve as a positive example to all other municipalities, which is the best evidence of our enthusiasm”, said Ms Enisa Bozickovic, President of Kotor Varos municipal Assembly.
The main Kotor Varos’ street, the region of Bjelina, town square, area around the Municipal Administration building, Centre for Social Work and monument, as well as sport fields and school gardens were cleaned.
UNDP’s program „Clean Vrbas“ promotes new approach to sustainable environment protection in Vrbas river basin, which is valuable natural resource with unused touristic and economic potential. In cooperation with municipalities and cities in Vrbas river basin, three-year program will prevent the water and river banks pollution and foster creation of new jobs (“green jobs”).