Poland ranks 5th in Europe in terms of length of rivers. According to data from the World Wildlife Fund, 56% of the length of the Vistula does not fall into any class of water purity. Changing this state of affairs depends not only on the actions of the authorities, institutions or companies, but also on citizens.
The aim of the ‘Subject:River’ is to increase the people’s knowledge and involve them in protecting their rivers and waterfronts. This in turn will contribute to protecting natural and cultural heritage of the river areas.
Project ‘Subject:River’ has a nationwide scope. Throughout the duration of the project (Aug 2010 – Nov 2011) Foundation team will be initiating further local, pro river projects and promotional campaigns, which will be organised by the local residents. Educational programme ‘Subject:River’ aims to create a dozen of local initiatives throughout the country.
Project is aimed at 5 different groups:
Local community and non-governmental organisations (workshop participants, local initiatives)
Children and young people age 7-19 years (participants of the competition, workshops, local initiatives)
Students and a higher education lecturers, in particular with the ecological, artistic, and media profile (the contestants of competitions and debates)
Teachers, Animators and Environmental Education Centres ((the contestants of competitions and debates)
National and local Media (under the patronage of the Project – editorial binding events)
The aim and the objectives of the programme:
- The theme of this programme is the river - both with a developed waterfront, as well as the wild one.
- The aim of the actions undertaken by the Foundation Impact is to promote the river as part of the society and the city.
To promote sustainable development and climate protection issues in the context of river plan we propose:
- To motivate people to action with the aim to protect the rivers (through the workshops)
- To present good practices and protection of rivers during the conferences
- To create a base of knowledge and communication relating to the protection of rivers by the creation of an informative website
- To make a nationwide and local Media interested in the subject of protection of rivers, by means of informational and promotional campaigns (competitions, actions, exhibitions, conferences
The Impact Foundation organises artistic events from various forms of art in Warsaw, Poland. The Foundation inspires and stimulates cooperation of artists and cultural animators; encourages active participation in culture, strengthens intercultural dialogue and influences social integration.
We want to reintroduce the river to the city. Our aim is to bring tourists and the local community to the river banks and awaken their interest for cultural events held in abandoned public spaces. Animating those spaces will make them attractive to institutions which are responsible for planning and social policies. Our mission is to organise a series of cultural events on both banks of the river; to develop in Warsaw the understanding and strengthening of the inter-relations between art and society; to explore new values, link international with local, and encourage changes in city policies and planning.
Ecology is also important to us – prevention of degradation of Vistula River and its banks and natural environment is one of our main concerns, which we would like to draw attention to.
We have been organising river projects from the beginning of the existence of the Foundation. In 2009 we were an official organiser of a 1st edition of a 4 month project called ‘Art Festival by the Vistula River – TRANSFORMATIONS’
From the beginning of June 2010 we are in a process of organising another river festival called ‘Subject: River’. The main objective of this festival is to initiate local ecological initiatives and promotional pro river campaign, organised by the local communities itself. Another aim of the project is to establish a national network of members interested in developing rivers and river banks.
Schedule of the Project, as well as more details can be fund on our website:
Elżbieta Jurkowska, Project Coordinator, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Edyta Sudoł, PR Manager, email: email@example.com
This Project is funded by: Program Operacyjny Funduszu Inicjatyw Obywatelskich and Narodowy Funduszu Ochrony Środowiska i Gospodarki Wodnej.