The WEP effect 2021 trophy has been awarded.

The 2nd WEP effect 2021 videoconference took place on

the 8th of October on the topic of

“Education on water protection, water resources and         sustainable communication with the public”.


“The WEP effect 2021 was held under the honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor.”

For the second consecutive year, the festival was held online due to the recommendations and actions brought about by the SARS virus pandemic COVID-19.

Among the many entries, the water manual “Little Water Guardians”, with experiments for lower and upper primary school classes, developed by Hrvatske vode or Croatian Waters, as part of the pilot project of the same name, won the WEP effect 2021 festival trophy as the winning material.

Entries were judged in four categories:
1. Printed material (brochures, picture books, workbooks, leaflets)
2. Video material (animation, video, video game).
3. Telephone or computer application, website with educational and/or awareness-raising content.
4. Theatrical play, mascot, etc.

The members of the international jury were:
– Janez Lipec, PDG Rotary District 1912 Slovenia and North Macedonia, Zagorje ob Savi, Slovenia, President
– prof. PhD. Samuel Appelbaum, Ben-Hurion University, Israel
-prof. PhD Sc. Jožef Lipnik, Rogaška Slatina, Slovenia
– PhD. Tatjana Kikec, Maribor, Slovenia
– Aleksandar Krstić, IAWD Coordinator for Comparative Usability Analysis, Vienna, Austria
– Borut Tavčar, journalist, DELO newspaper, Ljubljana, Slovenia
The festival was opened by the host, the President of the Water Agency Association Jože Cvetko, who announced the objectives and the programme of the festival. In his opening address, Prof. Dr. Jože Lipnik, Chairman of the WEP effect 2021 Organising Committee, emphasised the importance of water conservation and education as a prerequisite for creating generations that will know how to manage this important resource, and wished all the participants successful work.
As a guest of the festival, the opening speech was given by the Member of the European Parliament, Mrs. Ljudmila Novak, who gave an overview and perspective on the theme of the festival, highlighting the trends in water saving in Europe and worldwide, the need for more active public involvement in decision-making, the importance of information and education, and thus supported the aim of the festival.
The first part of the festival was dedicated to lectures by experts on the theme of this year’s festival. The following experts spoke about their work and experiences in their field:

– Prof. PhD. Samuel Appelbaum, biologist from Israel,
– PhD. Tatjana Kikec, geographer from Slovenia,
– Aleksandar Krstić, IAWD Programme Coordinator, Austria
– Mary T Duggan, Climate Change Activist, England.

The second part of the festival was dedicated to the presentation of the final works, as judged by a jury with clearly defined competition criteria (message of the materials, quality, design, originality, target groups, involvement of educational institutions).
Thus, in addition to the water manual “Little Water Guardians” by Hrvatske voda, the following were selected: the video material “Eco Fairytale for the XXI century” by JKP from Subotica, the performance “Water is Life” by the Daska Theatre from Sisak (co-produced with Hrvatske voda), the picture book “Sea Adventures of one Jure” by the Municipality of Medulin and the work with photographs and water analysis “The Importance of Preserving Drinking Water” by Brodska Stupnik.
In view of the epidemic situation, the Organising Committee proposes that the award ceremony will take place on the 19th of November 2021 at the premises of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SAZU) in Ljubljana, where the festival trophy will be handed over to a representative of Hrvatske voda.

St Florian, 11 October 2021
Prof, PhD. sc Jože Lipnik Jože Cvetko,
Chairman of the Organising Committee President of the Water Agency Association
of the WEP effect 2021