Center for Creative Solutions Lika (CCS Lika) is focused on specific area of Lika region in south Croatia where ethnic discrepancy caused by recent war left devastating influence on rural area. Migration of younger people combined with unemployment and no infrastructure is causing apathy and depression, followed by PTSD and alcoholism. This area was mainly agricultural and left without any production or people to take care for the land. These facts influence the falling prices of the land that can cause industrial exploitation and environmental pollution as seen in many similar occasions. This land is also apt to other forms of wildlife crimes such as poaching and illegal sport hunting or exploitation connected to illegal wood harvesting. At the same time, this area offers a landscape untouched by industry or extensive chemical farming, and is as such an inviting place for people that want to escape urban hustle and bustle.
CCS Lika addresses these issues through activities that are focused on long-term and sustainable ideas that intertwine arts, science, ecology and sustainable living. It offers heterogeneous and transdisiciplinary solutions through development of three main areas: research, production and community development.
1. Research is envisioned as artist and scientists collaborative residencies that produce creative and innovative ideas for community development. This years Multimedia Camp in Lika will address this issues through two months residency.
2. Production is divided to infrastructure, agriculture and tourism with focus on sustainability and environmental friendly practices. Infrastructure takes care for sustainable living habitus such as geodesic domes or earth houses and other. Agriculture with autochthonous plants and livestock is combined with super plants such as amaranth or hemp. Ecotourism poses the opportunity for sustainable economy as it is in the proximity of national parks of Plitvice and Paklenica and offers a great destination for people who want to enjoy untouched landscapes and healthy lifestyle.
3. Community development is divided in education through workshops and courses; spirituality where emphasis is on personal development, interpersonal relations and relations to nature; and local social work with elderly and needy. This part offers creative surroundings for younger generations to exchange ideas, knowledge and experiences or find opportunities for employment resulting in overall benefits for nature and inhabitants.
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