Environment and sustainability

Rainwater belongs to the garden not to the canal

Rain is not a waste, but a gift, so rainwater does not belong in the canal, but in the garden, to give birth to new life. People need to know that rain is only born where water evaporates from the gro


Who is behind this?

MIchal Kravčík

MVO Ľudia a voda



Who is joining forces?

Spojme Sa Pre Vodu



Rain for Climate




Idea pitch

Because we considered the rain to be unnecessary, we took it to the rivers through canals and thus disrupted small water cycles. An average of 1% of water is lost every year. People do not realize that at the end of this story there will be drought and desert, followed by floods and extreme weather events. We need to engage all people to help create rainwater harvesting areas in our forest, in the agricultural landscape, on their properties. Remediation can be achieved through joint efforts.

Where will your project idea take place?

In rural areas of Slovakia with high unemployment rate and with damaged country.

What is the specific societal challenge faced by this region?

Slovak rural regions are marked by frequent droughts, floods and weather extremes. There is a high degree of passivity of the people that this will be solved by the central government. These regions are gradually dying out, as people who do not get the opportunity to live their dreams in their communities go to work in big cities or abroad. The huge potential and scenery of Slovak nature with responsible and active people in the countryside, this is the perspective of how to make the environment a tourist destination of European importance. This can be achieved if someone takes care of the countryside. A citizen actively and responsibly protecting his water and nature is the opportunity for perspective.

Who are you doing it for?

Our organization has been developing civic participation and multisectoral communication between stakeholders for a long time. Therefore, the project is not only about addressing people, but also about strengthening horizontal communication between partners. The project will support multisectoral communication in communities and micro-regions.
The project will organize "water" discussion forums to promote partnerships between foresters, farmers, fishermen, hunters, local leaders, government officials and entrepreneurs.

How do you plan to get there?

At least 6 water councils will be created, which will develop their comprehensive plans for their communities, micro-regions on the principles of a common methodology. We will transfer the results of the work from these water councils to other regions of Slovakia.

What are the expected results?

Action plans for the restoration of water resources in the damaged country will be created at the local and micro-regional levels, which the stakeholders will then put into practice in their area of competence.

How does your idea strengthen active citizenship at a local and community level?

Historical concepts based on the principle of democratic centralism "cursed" people for passive executors of government orders. Even the 30-year period after the fall of communism in Slovakia was not enough to rid society of these bad habits. We need to give people back responsibility for the environment in which they live. The state of the environment is most sensitive to water. Water purity brings cleanliness to relationships and the responsibility for one's environment to communities and society. Therefore, all forms of active participation of civic engagement on the water need to be developed.

Why is this idea important to you?

In the 1990s, we did research that alerted us to the disintegration of small water cycles. At the beginning of the millennium, we published a prognosis that if we do not stop the drying up of continents, civilization will face not only a water crisis, but also a social and security crisis. In the forecast, we said that the growth of aggression in society, xenophobia, extremism and terrorism is related to the drying up of ecosystems. We published the forecast to alert the company to changes in water management. Unfortunately, this prognosis is being fulfilled because we are drying out continents headlong. The time to repair the damage is getting shorter and if we don't start today, it will be too late tomorrow.

€ 111000,-

Total budget

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Civic Europe

Major expenses

Running and management of the organization 7000€
Coordination workshops 7000€
Work in water councils 40000€
Work on water retention measures in the field 18000€
Workshopy and training "Let's connect for water" 21000€
The fate of water - an event with a competition 18000€


MVO Ľudia a voda


Idea created on May 26, 2020
Last edit on May 27, 2020

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