Arts and cultural activities, Environment and sustainability


Help Save the Last European Natural Forest!


Who is behind this?

Rafał Kosno



Who is joining forces?

Poland www.Koncerty.Bialystok.


Idea pitch

We invite you to cooperate and co-organize www.ForestFestival.Eu in the last European Natural Forest in Bialowieza, Poland, Europe.
The real natural forest is resistant to pests and fires. Everyone should see what a real forest should look like, with trees of different ages, animals like bison.
We want to promote tourism in real time and in the Internet version through concerts, meetings with interesting people broadcast on the internet.

Where will your project idea take place?


What is the specific societal challenge faced by this region?

80% of the State Forests area in Poland will face a disaster. Coniferous trees (spruces, pines) with a shallow root system wither due to climate change and a lowering of groundwater levels. They were planted instead of deciduous trees, natural in Poland. Foresters grew bark beetles on spruce post-communist plantations of boards. In the Bialowieza National Park Strict Reserve, drought, bark beetles or fires do not pose a threat. This is the model 50 km2 of the last natural forest in Europe, a real forest, a place that every European should see.

Who are you doing it for?

The Białowieża Forest should be promoted as the biggest tourist attraction of Poland and Europe. The surroundings of the Białowieża Forest and Podlasie are closer to Warsaw than e.g. Zakopane, it can be visited by 10 times more tourists, leaving 10 times more money, giving employment 10 times more people who would not have to emigrate for work. The festival was already implemented as a one-day event in Białystok on September 27, 2019. Discussion / Debate "Round Table for the Białowieża Forest" and August 27, 2016 in the vicinity of the Forest Białowieska, by the Siemianówka Lagoon (3.5 hours movie record on the website

How do you plan to get there?

We test our idea implemented on August 27, 2016 thanks to IKEA sponsorship (PLN 3,000) as a one-day Festival at the Amphitheater in Stary Dwór, Narewka commune, at the Siemianówka Lagoon), 3.5 hours of film coverage is available at www.

All events, as well as additional films, reports, debates etc. events would be transmitted or documented on websites, on youtube channels and Facebook profiles / pages, so that even people who could not physically participate in them could participate interactively through watching, discussing , comments.

We want to organize the Festival with more attractions, also in other cities in Poland, which is why we need support. In addition, we want to organize the "Round Table for the Bialowieza Forest" as a multidimensional process of consultation, debates, discussions, involvement of the local community and institutions in the region's development program based on tourism and "green jobs" related to, for example, the Bialowieza Forest, sustainable use of nature resources and environment.

What are the expected results?

The proposed project for a positive impact on the implementation of the horizontal policies of the European Union: sustainable development policy and equal opportunities policy, including equalization of opportunities for people with disabilities.

The activities of the proposed project will contribute to changing production and consumption patterns to those conducive to the implementation of sustainable development principles,

Guarantee the efficiency of using resources to perform the task (including human resources, work, materials),

They will improve the environment.

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

"Festival": organization of an event promoting regional development and training for project participants, during which initiatives for regional development will be undertaken: e.g. reactivation of closed rail connections, new jobs in tourism, agriculture, activation of local communities and people for work in their own surroundings - neighborhood - civic democracy

Preparation of the "Festival" in the Białowieża Forest - ultimately a 2-month nationwide summer outdoor event promoting regional creativity and young people as an alternative to young people at risk of pathologies, lack of chance for independence, creativity and developing their passions and interests in their free time towards music, art, theater, ecology, healthy lifestyle -

Why is this idea important to you?

The Białowieża Institute Foundation, the Green Federation Association in Białystok, the Association Against Bad Advertising, and the Innovative Białystok Association, were founded by members of, inter alia, Green Federation to organizations, e.g.
Earlier achievements include network of bicycle paths in and around Białystok, transformation of a part of a street in the center of Białystok into a promenade, green areas and artificial islands for birds at the Galeria Biała shopping center

€ 35000,-

Total budget

€ 35000,-

Funding requested from Civic Europe

Major expenses

Organisations cost of ForestFestival.Eu

What do you need from the Civic Europe community?

All possibbly contribute and cooperate



Idea created on April 26, 2021
Last edit on April 26, 2021

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