Our Network

The Youth Network for River Action (YNRA) has been enabled sind 2015 thanks to the support of the following organisationens: Centar za zivotnu sredinu Bosnia/Herzegonia, Daugavpils University, DUH, FEE Latvia, Getidos, Good Planet Belgium, Green Osijek, Grüne Liga, Guardians of Ecology, Hnuti Brontosaurus, EcoPeace Middle East, Klub Gaia, Legaambiente, Leeway Collective, Living Taff, Novo Badeste, People and Water, SOS Loire Vivante/European Rivers Network, Surfrider Foundation Europe, Strom života,Udruga Oppidum, Valcea Scouts, Vilniaus licejus, WWF Österreich/Generation Earth, Youth and Environment Europe, Young Biologists Association Armenia.

About the Big Jump Challenge

In 2012, GETIDOS in cooperation with the European Rivers Network and many further German partners initiated the “Big Jump Challenge – youth campaign for water protection” in Germany. After two successful rounds, including two youth river parliaments, we dared to move to the international level with the “Big Jump Challenge 2015 – European youth campaign for water protection”. Yet it quickly turned out that teams beyond the borders of the European Union wanted to join in too. The time had come for a “Youth Network for River Action”.  Since 2012, over 200 youth teams from 25 countries have made a big splash for water protection. For the initial 2015 network partners see below.

The Initiators of the Big Jump Challenge


GETIDOS is a social-ecological platform researching sustainable solutions, with a focus on social entrepreneurship and social innovation, and offering education on these topics. GETIDOS stands for "Getting Things Done Sustainably". The maxim is a call for innovative action - do something! - and situates itself within sustainable development as an open process. GETIDOS was funded initially from April 2009 to December 2013 by the Social-Ecological Research Programme (SÖF) of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). It also received grants from the EU and the Mercator foundation.


BJC contact: info@bigjumpchallenge.net

European Rivers Network (ERN)

The Big Jump Challenge is a project in co-operation with Roberto Epple and the European Rivers Network (ERN). The ERN is the initiator and coordinator of the European River Swimming Day and the Big Jump. It seeks to promote the sustainable wise management of living rivers and water in opposition to the exploitation, pollution and degradation that has occurred in the past. It is also a European information and collaboration network of organisations and individuals working in the field of river protection. The aim of the ERN is to link groups, organisations and persons working for the protection of rivers and to improve communication between them, in order to enhance the environment, culture, education and human rights.



Good Planet Belgium

Since 1997, GoodPlanet Belgium, formerly known as GREEN vzw, has taught youth and adults to live sustainably. GoodPlanet Belgium develops workshops, tools and supports educational projects on environment-related issues (water, energy, mobility, consumption, green jobs, etc.). GoodPlanet is there for youth on the frontline. GoodPlanet Belgium is now also a partner to companies upholding real social responsibility and public services, and to organizations wishing to develop environmental projects. Good Planet has been a co-organizer of the Big Jump in Belgium since 2005. In 2013, GREEN vzw changed its name to GoodPlanet Belgium and become the Belgian partner in the international network GoodPlanet founded by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, a famous photographer committed to the environment. With this collaboration a new synergy is emerging: convey a strong message, illustrated by images of Yann Arthus-Bertrand, to teach the maximum people possible to live sustainably.


European Environmental Bureau (EEB)

In Pieter de Pous and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) the Big Jump Challenge has found a partner who will help young Europeans to enter into a dialogue with policy makers in the EU. Created in 1974, the EEB is now Europe's largest federation of environmental organisations with over 140 member organisations, who gain their membership from the general public. Advisory board member Pieter de Pous has been working in the policy unit of the EEB since 2005.


National Partners of the Big Jump Challenge

Die Big Jump Challenge wird von einem Netzwerk von Partnerorganisationen getragen. Sie informieren vor Ort über die Kampagne und motivieren und unterstützen Teams bei der Organisation ihrer Partner Jumps. Wer mehr über die Teilnahme an der Big Jump Challenge wissen möchte, kann sich deshalb nicht nur an das Bíg Jump Challenge Team (info@bigjumpchallenge.net), sondern gern auch an die nationalen Partnerorganisation wenden. Bisher haben wir Partner in folgenen Ländern:

WWF-Austria Generation Earth

Generation Earth is a colorful network of young people who inspire, motivate, educate and take action for the future of our planet.  We create a space where engaged young people meet to learn about new things, connect with inspiring people and places, and design and implement projects to make the world a better place.  Our Action Leader Training, the core of our program, is a 9-month leadership program where youth gain the skills, knowledge and experience needed to implement their own projects in the field of environmental and nature protection.  Generation Earth members organize environmental and nature protection projects which range from small actions, multi-day events, to larger campaign-like projects. Every year, Generation Earth members organize a “Riverwalk” to support the protection of natural rivers in Europe. www.river-walk.eu

BJC-Contact: Nathan Spees, nathan.spees@wwf.at

SCI Austria

SCI Austria, founded in 1947, is the Austrian branch of the global peace and voluntary organization Service Civil International (SCI) and has its headquarters in Vienna. The SCI organizes international voluntary projects in the environmental, social and peace area in Austria and Austrian sends volunteers on long and short term projects throughout the world. In addition, the organization is involved in educational projects and actions that strive to create a greener and more just world. SCI Austria co-organized the River Jump! Festival in 2013 and 2014.

Contact person: Thomas, office@sci.or.at

Good Planet Belgium

Since 1997, GoodPlanet Belgium, formerly known as GREEN vzw, has taught youth and adults to live sustainably. GoodPlanet Belgium develops workshops, tools and supports educational projects on environment-related issues (water, energy, mobility, consumption, green jobs, etc.). GoodPlanet is there for youth on the frontline. GoodPlanet Belgium is now also a partner to companies upholding real social responsibility and public services, and to organizations wishing to develop environmental projects. Good Planet has been a co-organizer of the Big Jump in Belgium since 2005. In 2013, GREEN vzw changed its name to GoodPlanet Belgium and become the Belgian partner in the international network GoodPlanet founded by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, a famous photographer committed to the environment. With this collaboration a new synergy is emerging: convey a strong message, illustrated by images of Yann Arthus-Bertrand, to teach the maximum people possible to live sustainably.

Contact BJC: Isabelle Magils, i.magils@goodplanet.be


Natuurpunt is an organisation that protects the remaining nature in Flanders through buying and managing land, protecting species, running awareness programs for a general and specific public and lobbying local and regional governments. Together with its 95.000 members and more than 6000 volunteers, it tries to make a difference for flemish nature.

BJC contact: Natalie Meeuwis, natalie.meeuwis@natuurpunt.be


Novo Badeste

NGO Novo badeste (New Future) is a nonprofit organization formally in existence existed since August 30, 2007. “New Future” organizes activities whose goals are to provide, protect and develop the interests and needs of young people. Its mission is to contribute to sustainable development and sustainable use of natural resources. The organization has experience with the implementation of projects such as EU Commission’s Sustainable Urban Mobility campaign and will be responsible for Big Jump Challenge campaign in Bulgaria.

BJC contact: Svetorzar Gradev, svetozar.gradev@goerdeler-kolleg.de

Green Osijek

Association for nature and environment protection Green Osijek is independent, non-government, and non-profit organization established in 1995 in Osijek, Croatia. Its goal is to educate and activate citizens in the field of nature and environment preservation, improvement of quality of living through advocacy, promotion and implementation of the ecologically acceptable technologies and sustainable development.

Areas of operation:

  • Nature and environment conservation
  • Advocacy and encouraging public participation in decision making process
  • Promotion of sustainable development through lectures, public presentations, exhibitions, round tables, conferences, printed and video materials
  • Raising of the awareness and education about nature and environment protection
  • Promotion of renewable energy resources and energy efficiency
  • Encouraging eco tourism and rural tourism as model of sustainable natural resources management
  • Networking with organisations and institutions with similar area of work in Croatia and worldwide

BJC contact: Dinko Pešić, dinko@zeleni-osijek.hr

Czech Republic
Hnuti Brontosaurus

“We want a world where people are not indifferent towards the environment, where they respect and revere both natural and cultural heritage, and where they take care of it together.”

The non-profit organization the Brontosaurus Movement is a group of predominantly young people under 26 who are not indifferent to the world in which they live. Therefore, they combine meaningful work for nature, historic objects and people with unconventional experiences and fun. They are independent and open to new ideas. Thousands of volunteers set out each year to mow orchid meadows, plant trees, repair castles, or build a school in the Himalayas, to name just a few of the activities. The Brontosaurus Movement has been here for forty years now; its successes are visible, its goals are clear, and it has more than 1,000 proud members who support it. These members elect their leaders – it is simply a team effort where friendship and trust are equally important. Everyone who wants to join a respected non-profit organization can take part in the activities of one of 40 core units that operate in the whole Czech Republic, or become a member, a volunteer, or a supporter of the Brontosaurus Movement. Young people can join activities of the Brontosaurus Movement abroad (India, Europe) as well.

Hnuti Brontosaurus initiated and co-organizes the River Jump since 2013 and is the Big Jump Challenge national contact point in the Czech Republic.

BJC contact: Vladimira Regerova, vladimira@brontosaurus.cz

SOS Loire Vivante – ERN France

SOS Loire Vivante – ERN France is a river protection association particularly concerned with the Loire and its tributaries. Founded in 1989, following a citizen mobilization effort against dam projects (including the Serre de la Fare, which would have drowned the Haute Loire Valley), it is the progenitor of the Plan Loire Grandeur Nature. SOS Loire Vivante is now working with the institutions managing the river and its tributaries, and acts for and informs about living rivers throughout the watershed through outreach projects and continues to ensure against any threat to the biodiversity of the last wild river of Europe. Since 1997, SOS Loire Vivante-ERN France has coordinated the pedagogical project of discovery - Rivers of Images and Rivers of Words, which is this year's partner of the Big Jump Challenge. Since 2005 SOS Loire Vivante-ERN France has also been coordinating the Big Jump campaign in France.

BJC Contact: Lucie Galland, lucie.galland@rivernet.org

Creative Development Center

Creative Development Center is a non governmental, non profit organization that was established on 27th of February, 2014. Founders of the organization are representing initiative groups that are working on different civic initiatives since 2009 in Georgia and internationally. The NGO has 4 main working directions targeting problems existing in the community:

- Peace Building and management: Vision of CDC is based on idea of peaceful coexistence. The region is facing reality of conflicts; this brings the need of implementing various peaceful initiatives. CDC does not see conflict transformation as a mean of solving the conflicts, but thinks that most important is peace building and managing peaceful processes. 

- Non Formal Education: Education system nowadays is in developing phase. CDC, as a part of this process, uses innovative methods and ideas in education.

- Social ART: Self-expression is an important element of civic engagement. One of the best ways of self-expression is ART. The CDC team is experienced in implementing civic initiatives using ART. CDC organizes meetings, workshops, exhibitions on the topic of art.

- Supporting Civic initiatives

BJC contact: Irakli Piranishvili, irakli.piranishvili.1@gmail.com


Deusche Umwelthilfe e.V. (German Environmental Aid) is a nonprofit, private, independent association for the protection of nature, environment and consumer rights. Together with Roberto Epple, DUH organized the international Elbe Swimming Day in 2002, which was the origin of the European Big Jump Campaign. Since then DUH has been involved in the organization of many events for the European River Swimming Day (the Big Jump) in Germany. With the Lebendige Flüsse (living rivers network) DUH initiated diverse projects on water conservation and the implementation of the Water Framework Directive with a special focus on rivers in Germany.

BJC contact: Sabrina Schulz, schulz@duh.de

Grüne Liga - Green League

The GREEN LEAGUE Water Policy Office works on the regional, national, European and international level. Its main concern is the European Water Framework Directive and its implementation in Germany. This includes providing information for interested people, organisations and media, as well as organising and/or supporting public awareness raising actions and coordinating common water policy papers for the German NGO water community. The Water Policy Office also supports NGO-cooperation on an international and European-wide level, e. g. as a member of the EEB Water Working Group.


Klub Gaja

Klub Gaja is one of the oldest, leading civil society organisation dealing with environmental protection and animal rights in Poland. It was founded by Jacek Bożek in 1988. The misssion of Klub Gaja is to protect our planet Earth and to preserve the natural environment for us and for future generations.

Klub Gaja has been active in various fields of environmental protection for more than 25 years. We work for nature conservation. We carry out national campaigns and programs aimed at protection of rivers and river valleys. We publicize environmental risks and proble­ms related to human activity and emphasize  our shared responsibility for the condition of our environment. In our educational activities, events and workshops, we use non-conventional methods and various forms of art.Ta organizacja non profit nie dodała jeszcze opisu swojej organizacji.

Since 1994, Klub Gaja has been working for the protection of rivers and river valleys in Poland to improve water quality in the Baltic Sea region. It organized the national "Vistula Now" campaign and formulated "How to Save a River" and "Adopt a River" educational programs, brought about the adoption 650 rivers and streams in 1200 places all over Poland, and established Partnerships for the rivers and the Baltic Sea. The program “Adopt a River” is directed at all types of educational institutions as well as institutions and organizations interested in water management and the conservation of rivers and river valleys. In the years 2005 -2013 in the program took part more than 100 thousand people. From 2005 Klub Gaja coordinates Big JUMP project in Poland. In 2014 during the Big JUMP events in Poland 1100 people came to their rivers.

BJC contact: Jola Migdal, j.migdal@klubgaja.pl

Scout Vâlcea

The National Organization of "Romanian Scouts" (www.scout.ro), reestablished in 1990, is the largest non-governmental youth movement in Romania, with about 3000 members in 75 local centres (subsidiaries) spread across the country. The national organization is also a full member of the World Scout Movement. The National Organization of "Romanian Scouts" has an educational offer for a period of 17 years (7-24 years). Currently NORS  runs nationally through National Teams, and  locally by the 75 local centers, dozens of activities in various fields of training, increasing of skills activities, life integration activities for young people with disabilities, charitable activities, environmental activities, civic education, environmental education, vocational training, seminars, workshops, publications (magazines, leaflets, brochures), national and international camps, youth exchanges, fundraising activities and many others are found in the scouting program, being put into practice through the Scout method.

The scouts centre from Ramnicu Valcea has over 150 members of all branches of age. Ecological education and environmental protection represent an important part of the centre’s activity (management of protected areas, promotion of ecological tourisms, cleaning of lakes, recycling and art, etc.).

BJC contact: Prof. Jany  LALU, lalujany@yahoo.com

People and Water

Non-governmental organisation (NGO) People & Water was established in 1993. Its mission is to provide development services to municipalities and rural communities mostly within the Carpathian Euroregion. The goals of NGO People & Water are to solve the economic, social, cultural and environmental problems on the grassroots level by encouraging urban and rural citizens to be proactive through development, renewal and promotion of the traditional culture and diversity of this region.


The primary reason for starting this organisation was to prepare an alternative water management program “Water for the Third Millennium”. This program was based on a reform of water management institutions with emphasis on application of subsidiary principle and decentralisation of economic power in solving water management problems, with respect to the ecologically sustainable development practices in the watersheds of Slovakia, as defined by AGENDA 21. The program was launched in 1993 and on June 2, 1994, the Slovak Parliament ruled that the Slovak Government is obligatory to include it into the official water management policy of Slovakia.


Activities of NGO People & Water have been then focussed on research, creation, promotion and realisation of sustainable development programs for utilisation of natural resources. Since 1995 we have concentrated on the following main development programs:

  • The Blue Alternative - an alternative program for creation, protection and utilisation of water resources in the Upper Torysa region
  • The Village of the 3rd Millennium in the Carpathian Euroregion - a complex regional development conception based on the activation of human resources in rural communities. It was a pilot model for promotion of civic democracy in solving of the economic, social, cultural and environmental problems of the disadvantaged regions.
  •  Preparation of the regional strategy for sustainable development in the less developed regions of Slovakia. 
  • „Water Forest” project in 2005-2009 - rainwater harvesting measures were applied with the assistance of thousands volunteers on vast area ravaged by the natural disaster in national park to benefit of biodiversity and water sources there.
  •  „Water for the Recovery of the Climate – A New Water Paradigm“- publication released in September 2007 articulates experience collected during 13 years with respect to relation between water cycle and energy flows.


BJC contact: Danka Kravčíková, danka.kravcikova@gmail.com

FEE Latvia

The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation promoting sustainable development through environmental education. The main activities of FEE Latvia are related to FEE International program implementation in Latvia.

BJC contact: Ieva Gedzuna, ieva.gedzuna@zemesdraugi.lv


Legambiente is the most widespread environmental association in Italy and is recognised as “association of environmental interest” by the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea. It includes more than 1.000 local groups and 20 regional committees, over 115.000 members and supporters, about 30.000 classes involved in environmental education programmes and more than 3.000 youngsters joining our voluntary work camps.

Legambiente mission is to make the environmental culture the centre of a new kind of development and diffused well-being. Important values for the association are the improvement of environmental quality, the fight against all forms of pollution, a wise use of natural resources, the construction of a more balanced relationship between human beings and the nature. The Association is also committed in projects and initiatives to fostering and protecting  natural protected areas, safeguarding biodiversity and implementing sustainable territory development.

BJC contact: Francesca Galante, francesca.galante@legambientepiemonte.it  

Gelderse Natuur en Milieufederatie (GNMF)

The Gelderse Natuur en Milieufederatie (GNMF) is the federation of hundred environmental and nature organisations in the province Gelderland (NL). GNMF supports local groups and protects nature and environment by acting upon the regional policy. The federation carries out projects and campaigns to promote a sustainable lifestyle and co-operates with a network of other NGOs, companies and social organisations.

Since 2009 GNMF organises Big Jumps. In 2011 GNMF took the initiative to a national Big Jump and since then the GNMF federation and its collegue-federations in other provinces 'run' the BJ in the Netherlands.

GNMF is an association with not only 100 local groups, but also 150 individual members. The office in Arnhem is a ten minutes’ walk away from the river Rhine.

BJC Contact: Thijs Belgers, t.belgers@gnmf.nl

Multi-country initiatives
Youth Environment Europe (YEE)

Youth and Environment Europe (YEE) is a platform of 46 European youth organisations that study nature or are active in environmental protection. These member organisations come together from 27 countries. The aim of YEE is to encourage youth to be involved in environmental protection and to provide a platform where these organisations can work together.

YEE’s activities are organised and carried out by young people under 30. YEE organises and encourages all activities that can increase the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of nature and the awareness of environmental problems among young people in Europe. Its aim is to promote the commitment of youth to the principles of environmental conservation. Therefore, young people's voluntary actions have to be stimulated for the protection and the rational use of the Earth's resources. Since environmental problems have no borders, the members act together within YEE in order to implement ideas in the local groups and in joint activities. Within international actions, YEE intends to raise public awareness and to put pressure on enterprises and politicians.


BJC contact: Natalia Luchko, natalia@yeenet.eu

River Jump

River Jump! 3 Nations, 1 Nature ist eine Jugendinitiative, die junge Menschen aus den drei Nachbarländern Österreich, Tschechien und der Slowakei auf die Schönheit und den Naturwert der bedrohten March-Thaya-Auen aufmerksam machen will, aber auch ein allgemeines Bewusstsein für nachhaltige Lebensstile schaffen will. Seit 2012 wurden zahlreiche Flashmobs, Freiwilligenaktionen und zwei große mehrtägige Veranstaltungen rund um Flusssprünge in die March organisiert (2013 in Hohenau, Österreich, und 2014 in Lanžhot, Tschechien).

Weitere Helfer und Mitstreiter

The Big Jump Challenge is supported by a network of different initiatives. They provide us with information, materials and valuable contacts, help us with the public relation and promotion of the campaign, or they activate people to join the Big Jump Challenge (this list is not intended to be exhaustive):

  • Water Messengers (an intiative of International Secretariat for Water)
  • Save the Blue Heart of Europe (a campaign for the balkan rivers of Euronatur, riverwatch and local partners)
  • SOS Ostsee (ein Projekt des Goethe-Instituts Moskau und weiterer Goethe-Institute)

Supporters of the River Action Toolbox:

Gruppenfoto Seminar


For the development of the River Action Toolbox the CRESSI team was supported by students at the University of Greifswald. They created many of the tools as part of a seminar on social entrepreneurship in the summer term of 2014 (responsible for seminar: Dr. Rafael Ziegler).


Further ideas and materials have been provided by:

NABU Greifswald (Clean up manual)

Ziel-Fisch Gbr (River Soup recipe)


Funders of the Big Jump Challenge

CRESSI- Creating Economic Space for Social innovation

The CRESSI project began in February 2014 and will conclude in February 2018. It will explore the economic underpinnings of social innovation with a particular focus on how policy and practice can enhance the lives of the most marginalized and disempowered citizens in society. The Big Jump Challenge is part of the dissemination of the CRESSI project, and aims at getting yong Europeans engaged in social innovation and water conservation with the help of innovative communication measures.


European Union

CRESSI (Creating Economic Space for Social innovation) has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 613261.


SERI Germany e.V.

The Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI) Germany e.V. supported the organisation of the European River Parliament that took place in July 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.