The Initiative “Growth in Transition” was presented once more to international experts at the “Growth in Transition in Local Communities- A Key to Success” on October 3rd in Dubrovnik (HR). The conference encouraged the dialogue between the representatives of local and foreign institutions and the citizens of Dubrovnik concerning actual societal problems of the unsustainable development of European regions and communities and contributed to the sensitization of the local government and to the exchange of experiences with the participants from other countries.
In the active discussions the necessity of stronger involvement of civil society and of local governments in important decisions on national and international level was emphasized. One of the conclusions of the conference was the importance of informing the public about the consequences of unsustainable development, empathy for the environment and the development of global and long-term measures. It was said, that not only a new form of economy would be necessary, but also the development of new ways of life.
Organizers were the Development Agency DURA and the City of Dubrovnik with assistance from the Austrian Ministry for the Environment and SERI. The list of participants comprised 30 persons from seven countries. One of them, Rob Hopkins from the Transition Network, was connected via Skype.