“Blue” Municipalities’ Network Δήμων
In 2021 Aegean Rebreath, based on the memoranda of cooperation with the Municipalities that have installed Marine Litter Collection Stations, created the “Blue” Municipalities Network with the donation of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). Today the Network consists of 15 member-municipalities throughout Greece and is coordinated by our organization.
The purpose of the “Blue” Municipalities Network is the development of practices and policies for the marine environment but also the dissemination of local practices at a national level. From the very beginning of the operation of the Network, the members participated in a common effort to record the problems identified in their territory but also the good practices they apply for the protection of the marine environment. This has been the very first time that local authorities in Greece work together for the sake of our seas. The network includes mayors, municipal officials, representatives of the Civil Society, representatives of the Hellenic Center for Marine Research who all participate in the development of good practices, the production of primary data, the development of substantiated recommendations to the central government and the implementation of joint actions. The network operates in coordination with the Ministry of Environment, to which findings and suggestions developed by members are channeled.
The “Blue” Network of Municipalities is the most typical example of environmental democracy as it gives the opportunity to local communities to actively participate in providing directions for policy making at both a local and national level.