In a particularly distinctive area of Gorski Kotar, more precisely the picturesque Fužine,
the traditional summer program of Croatian Heritage Foundation started and it goes under the name ECO HERITAGE TASK FORCE, held this year from July 22nd till August 8th in Fužine and on Cres Island.
The organizer of the project is the Croatian Heritage Foundation and this year’s partner Primorsko-Goranska
county.
The Croatian Heritage Foundation is traditionally organizing the TASK FORCE Volunteer Program in
which young people from emigration work to protect the environment, restoring neglected parts of the Croatian
natural-monumental and cultural-historical space.
The inclusion of young people from Croatian emigration greatly contributes to the preservation of
Croatian traditions in the countries they come from, but it also strengthens the relationship with the homeland.
This year introduced around 40 young Croatians from 15 countries around the world. The project was
initiated at the height of Croatian Homeland War in 1992, and the emigrant youth continued
to maintain the TASK FORCE and at the time of peace. So far successful projects have been realized in
Voćin, Gornji Brgat near Dubrovnik, Skradin, Daruvar, Istria, Plitvice Lakes,
island Galovac near Zadar, Arboretum in Trsteno, Motovun, Zaostrog, Ston, Pula,
Crikvenica, Novi Vinodolski, Hreljin, Bjelolasica, Koprivnica, Dugi Resi, Rovinj, Ston, Murter, Međimurje County, Šibenik, NP Krka and Nin.
Recognizing the value of this program, this year the host of the project is Primorje-Goranska County where they are doing their homework by helping households in Fužine together with Red Cross volunteers.
Young people from 15 countries of the world are currently participating in volunteer work and environmental planning in Fužine, where it will be held for 10 days.

The second part of the project will be realized on Cres Island. Apart from volunteering,
young people from Croatian emigration, have an organized language, media and film workshop
and excursions to get acquainted with the natural beauties and the cultural heritage of the region they were visiting this year!

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