The strength of community members connection to the land emerges as one of the most important conditions of their mental health, which is severely affected by the current COVID19 pandemic. Self-recovery process of the local communities which are the most affected could be supported through land re-cultivation process. The Restoring landscape for community recovery – RELAND project wishes to promote self-recovery practice and collect ideas from the people of the city of Kakanj.

Kakanj is the city with typical industrial landscape which character is among other determined by the huge area of degraded land. This land if it were to be recultivated could serve for food and wood biomass production. As communal gardens, the land would be used by people as an income supplement and source of security in difficult COVID19 pandemic circumstances.

The RELAND strives to establish a coalition between local communities of Kakanj, municipality authorities, and all stakeholders responsible for all types of land degradation forms which influence environmental health. The primary goal is to investigate interests among stakeholders and communicate potential solutions for land rehabilitation and usage by local community.

Apart from main stakeholders mentioned above, RELAND will use an already existing network with Association of landscape architects in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Equal opportunity will be given to each volunteer who wishes to participate at field work. 

RELAND is awarded by a grant (2020-4958) from Global Greengrants Fund.