SEE Change Net is an organization founded in Sarajevo in 2012. They lead campaigns for better management, higher quality of life and a more effective use of resources in South-East Europe. Their goal is to look after sustainable development in select Balkan countries. SEE stands for Social, Economic, and Environmental. The organization is currently made up of 6 employees and 18 partner organizations.
The countries where SEE Change Net works are: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.
The main duties of the organization are:
- establishing collaboration between institutions and organizations concerned with the social development of citizens; aiming to increase collaboration between countries in the region where they are working; exchange of knowledge, experience, and information with similarly-focused organizations in the country and abroad;
- working in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development;
- support the promotion of reports, surveys, professional evaluations, analyses and other documents, and also organizing conferences, seminars, meetings, courses, etc.; diffusing multimedia materials.
SEE Change Net, in collaboration with other organizations from the Balkan countries, publishes and promotes various reports, including “An Energy Community for the future”, “Recommendations Regarding the Reform of the Energy Community Treaty”, “Time to Phase Out Dirty Coal in South Eastern Europe: The Hidden Cost We Can Avoid”, “2050 Energy Model for South East Europe”, “Warm, Safe, Clean Energy – Which Path are the SEE countries taking?”.
Their opinion of the EU membership negotiations is that BiH is far from the set goals and that there is no political interest. To show where interest lies, they point out the lignite energy investments of the Chinese and the Russian oligarchs.
According to their reports, articles about energy alternatives sometimes appear in the media, but the subject is still not very well-known.
Position on the International Coalition project “Development Yes – Opencast Mines No”:
- they are interested in the coalition but would like more details;
- in many ways, our projects overlap; initially, however, they are interested in collaborating; they wish to remain in contact and to be informed of the project’s progress;
- they would like us to support their project by signing online petitions;
- they are working with 2 MEPs in the European Parliament.