The Green Squad

Projektträger: ViDrA – Veterani i društvena akcija

Verantwortliche*r: Vesna Grgić


2.000 Euro Preis


Zivilgesellschaft / Sozialwirtschaft

Worum geht es?

The Green Squad was established with the purpose of fighting for preservation of Croatia's natural environment and forest resources, and in its breadth of impact is a unique example among other veterans' associations. Green Squad collects, analyzes and publishes documents indicating, and proving, irregularities, illegalities and non-transparency of the institutions responsible for the management of Croatian forest resources, organizes a large number of public actions involving ever more concerned citizens and collaborates with numerous local, regional and European environmental organizations.


Zeleni odred (“The Green Squad”) fights to preserve Croatia's forests and natural resources by revealing to the public the misconduct, legal violations, and non-transparency of the Croatian national forestry. Zeleni odred calls out against the irresponsibility and failure of the governing authorities to comply with legal frameworks and regulations.


Zeleni odred is distinguished by its continuous and frequent public actions. We collect and document the situation on the ground; we report suspicious actions in the forests and irregularities within the official documentation of the responsible institutions.


Zeleni odred was created and launched by five members of the Croatian Association of Veterans and Social Action (ViDrA). They were later joined by other ViDrA members, insider experts, and whistleblowers such as foresters, lawyers, journalists, and activists; artists and a growing number of the public, who actively participate in viral protests and public actions.


Through regularly monitoring and reporting the numerous violations of the Croatian forestry’s management, we have propelled and mobilised a wide circle of the public. A series of persistent viral protests and public actions resulted in the termination of numerous damaging contracts and reduced the illicit resale of timber.


The harmful management of Croatian forests is part of a broader problem of corruption that is causing the crisis of democracy everywhere. Although Zeleni odred activists are exposed to daily harassment and media censorship blockades, we continue to organise public actions, media reports, file lawsuits in court, and continue to raise international pressure on the authorities.

Würdigung der Jury

Ein Veteran*innenverein der anderen Art: weder nationalistische Verhetzung noch Abwehrkampfromantik, sondern Engagement für Gesellschaft und Umwelt. Die "grüne Truppe" kämpft unermüdlich als paradoxe soziale Innovation. Zahlreiche öffentliche Kampagnen und eine genaue Dokumentation der suspekten Geschäfte rund um das staatseigene Forstunternehmen klagen Korruption, Zerstörung von Waldressourcen und damit der Lebensgrundlage kleinbäuerlicher Familien an. Auf politischer Ebene und vor Gericht. Hervorzuheben ist auch die Kooperation mit ähnlichen Initiativen in den Nachbarländern in einer von andauernden nationalen Konflikten geprägten Region.