THE THIRD PART OF THE RE:CONNECT FESTIVAL HELD IN PANČEVO
The third part of the Re:connect festival “Green cities”, organized by CWP, was held in Pančevo on Saturday, October 22, 2022. In the presence of a large number of interested visitors and with the participation of eminent experts in the field of urban planning, architecture and engineering, the current environmental situation in the territory of the city of Pančevo was presented, as well as suggestions that would help the city of Pančevo to become a green city.
Max Schwitalla, an architect from Berlin, emphasized the role of architecture in bringing people together, especially younger generations, in order to reduce isolation and distance from each other. Danijela Milovanović Rodić, assistant professor at the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade at the Department of Urban Planning, and a long-time consultant to UN Habitat, especially pointed out that the Re:connect festival offers a unique opportunity to connect all important stakeholders from private, public and civil sector, in order to solve the long-term environmental problems of the city of Pančevo. An expert in the field of mechanical engineering, Ranko Božović, presented his ideas and proposals for helping Pančevo become a green city, followed by numerous examples from his successful long-term career.
Srđan Stanković, moderator of the “Green Cities” panel, stated that important information was presented at the conference, and that some of the data, such as the fact that only 2% of the territory of Pančevo is forested, contributed to the creation of new ideas and projects for the future, which would aim, for example, to increase the afforestation of Pančevo to 20%.
As part of the “Green Cities” conference program, an NGO panel/workshop „Sinhro“ – “Green cities through the eyes of civil society”, a “Business Impact” panel, and short meetings of social enterprises and representatives of the business sector were held, as well as opening of the exhibition “Instruments of integral urban development management on the example of the city of Pančevo” – exhibition of final master’s theses of the 2014/2015 generation of students: Master’s academic studies Integral Urbanism of the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture.
The Re:connect festival is divided into three parts, with the main goal of strengthening the connections between people and nature and supporting the green transition of the city of Pančevo. The first part of the festival “Magic Forest” took place in June and was dedicated to the children. The second part of the festival “Art and culture in the service of sustainability” took place in September, and brought an exciting program and art projects on the topic of environmental protection.