Calla - Association for Preservation of the Environment is a citizens' environmental association founded in 1991. Calla is named after a protected plant, the water-arum (Calla palustris).
The mission of Calla is to assist people in their efforts of protection of the environment, to contribute to the conservation of valuable ecosystems in southern Bohemia and to support the development of renewable energy resources.
Programs for the supporting of sustainable energy systems
near Windhaag, Austria
In the field of energy we arrange for expert know-how for communities and civic organizations, aiming at the support of sustainable energy systems based on the use of renewable energy-sources. We provide for information services, distribute leaflets and other information material, organize professional workshops, conferences and excursions. Also the use of energy-providing-plants and organic-fuels are part of our agenda. We have established an internet database of installations of renewable energy-sources (see www.zdrojeenergie.cz) and a homepage dealing with the much discussed topic of climate change (www.zmenaklimatu.cz).
We prepare lectures on the wide topic of energy for all age groups at school as well as for the general public. If you are interested you are invited to make use of our library with both domestic and foreign publications and magazines on the topic of energy. We also participate in commenting on law-drafts and new energy-concepts.
Practical ekological education
for the protection of the environment and landscape
Calla has a long standing record of working for an effective protection of the Southern Bohemian nature and landscape. We participate in the administrative processes of legally assessing building-projects, which could have a negative impact on the environment (EIA).
In offering advice (for example on legal matters) we try to help the concerned citizens, local initiatives, NGOs and engaged individuals in the field of environment-protection. This is particularly important, when investors plan to commence or take up again mining. Public participation in the administrative decision-making-process needs good background-knowledge, which we try to provide.
of mining sites
New! Near-natural restoration vs. technical reclamation of mining sites in the Czech republic - new book about ecological restoration of mining sites in the Czech republic (created by Calla and Working Group for Restoration Ecology, part of the Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice).
We engage ourselves in the protection of environmentally valuable habitates, when threatened by harmful projects, lately for example the case of the military-training-area Boletice west of Český Krumlov. We´ve also dedicated ourselves to protect natural sand-banks and also to run an own homepage for this purpose. We regularly inform the public on matters concerning the protection of Southern Bohemias natural treasures and organize lectures and exhibitions.
Environmental protection in action
Practical ekological education
All the time since the foundation, Calla has been active in a very down to earth way of protecting nature. The very beginning of our NGO is connected with a natural beauty-spot east of Southern Bohemias capital České Budějovice, the so called National Natural Reserve Brouskův mlýn, where the plant Calla palustris has one of its rare habitats. This plant became consequently the logo of our group. We´ve now for many years been helping with mowing this wetland-natural biotop and so contributing to it being preserved as such.
Lately we've concentrated on maintaining these wetland-areas with a rich sortiment of rare species. We also initiated the declaration of the so called transitional protected area Piskovna Třebeč, the home of one of Southern Bohemia´s largest populations of a protected bird species, the sand-martin. We regularly maintain the nesting-walls for those interesting birds here as well as in other localities in Southern Bohemia.
Ecological advice from Calla - a service for YOU
Besides the usual range of ecological advice you will find in us an assisting hand in the field of renewable energies, nature- and landscape-protection, public participation in legal and administrative processes, alternatives in agriculture and so on, where we try to provide qualified information. Calla is a member of the ecological information network STEP and the regional network of Southern Bohemian environmental centers KRASEC.
Magazine Ďáblík and other information activities
We regularly publish the (electronic) magazine Ďáblík (little devil - taken from the czech-name of Calla palustris - Ďáblík bahenní), with which we try to inform about our activities and projects. It contains different texts ranging from personal comments, expert studies, invitations and other important information. In cooperation with the NGO Rosa we organize regular late-afternoon- meetings, the so called green-Thursdays (Zelené čtvrtky) - with interesting guests talking about different topics concerning the environment in a broader sense.
Calla is also a member of the association Zelený kruh, a Czech-wide association of NGOs active in environmental issues.
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Calla - Association for Preservation of the Environment
Postal address: Fráni Šrámka 35, CR-370 01 České Budějovice
Tel.: +420 384 971 930, +420 387 310 166, +420 387 311 381
Fax: +420 384 971 939
Our account number: 3202800544 / 0600 GE Money Bank,
IBAN: CZ80 0600 0000 0032 0280 0544
Romana Panská is Calla chairwoman; Edvard Sequens is the economist.
Moreover, Calla committee includes Josef Polívka, Ludmila Rakovská, and
Jiří Řehounek. Štěpánka Homolková is the association's auditor.
Summary from Annual report 2009
Summary from Annual report 2008
Summary from Annual report 2007
Summary from Annual report 2006
Summary from Annual report 2005