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LEDThe "Young Biologists Association" NGO initiated public-environmental campaign directed to promoting energy saving and introducing of clean technologies in Armenia.The goal of the initiative is to collect donations for setting up LED lamps in the houses of vulnerable people living in bordering communities.

The campaign will also be aimed to raise public awareness about advantages of LED lamps. The first LED community is planned to create at the Gomk village of Vayots Dzor province. Installing these lamps will contribute to costs reduction, energy saving and applying of ecological clean technologies.

argonauta 2Association Argonauta was founded in 2005. It is based in town Murter, the Island of Murter (Croatia).

Our strategic direction goals in period 2014-2016 are:

-Conservation of natural, environmental and cultural heritage;

-Encouragement of civil activism and multi-stakeholder cooperation with the aim of improving the quality of life;

-Social entrepreneurship.

Trough activities that encourage civic engagement Argonauta plans in next three year period to continue the work on activism in the community by organising and taking part in international youth exchanges and hosting/sending volunteers through European Voluntary Service etc.

Gutta Club Moldova 4The European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) was held for the first time in the Republic of Moldova from 23 to 29 June. The motto of the week was: "A small step on your part, a big step to Europe", which reflected the main purpose of the event – to promote successful projects on renewable energy and energy efficiency for the benefit of conservation and sustainable climate and energy in Europe.

Biodversa Spain interacting with localsThis is the story of an inspiring journey that took place last May in Valeri, a tiny rural village located in Asturias in the north of Spain. Biodiversa, a non-profit grassroots environmental NGO based in Spain, organised a week-long training course whose aim was to bring together youngsters who are currently living in a rural area with those who are willing to move to the countryside but are lacking the knowledge, information, motivation or drive.

Yeghvard Armenia 3From April 27 to May 4 the international youth program "Open your eyes" was held and was attended by 28 young people aged between 16 and 30, from Armenia, Latvia, Georgia, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania and Germany. The project has been implemented by the youth ecological NGO Yeghvard in cooperation with the NGO Federation of Youth Clubs of Armenia (FYCA) and the public environmental information Yeghvard Aarhus center. The activity was included in the framework of the Youth in Action programme of the European Union.

Balta Daba Latvia 1May has been a rather busy month for association BALTA DABA! We've started two amazing projects with co-financing from our Latvian Environmental Protection Fund and we've also coordinated our work with local university and local governments. The two projects that have started in May are "Green Valmiera" (Our "base" town) and "Gauja's room" (the river we're most concerned for).

YBA Armenia 1

On March 25, in a warm atmosphere, Young Biologists Association and Armenia's National Scout Movement ANSM signed a memorandum of cooperation to establish Youth Environmental Club among Scouts' young people. Within the memorandum the members of Young Biologists Association will organise seminars, practical classes, individual works and field activities in order to familiarise Scout youth and pupils with Armenia's biodiversity, teach them to take care of nature and acquaint them with the Red Book of Armenia, as well as with the threatened species. The youth and schoolchildren will recognise their surrounding nature and will share their knowledge with their peers by conducting seminars in various schools.

ybanews1Armenia is recognized as one of the important biodiversity "hotspot" in the world. Towards 2014 International Day for Biodiversity, "Uniting Youth for Biodiversity" 8 days long youth exchange will be organized and hosted by Young Biologists Association NGO (Armenia) in cooperation with partners from Spain, Italy, Poland, Croatia, Georgia, Turkey and Ukraine.

riverjump1Young People aged between 16 and 26, coming from Czech Republic (Hnuti Brontosaurus), Slovakia (UV o.z.) and Austria (Au atmen), share experiences and ideas on environmental topics and create more of them just in this process. How do we call it? River Jump! is the answer. The young platform brings both ideas and action – three Clean Ups in April 2014. There are more voluntary and educative events coming.

georgia1After finishing my degree in Social Anthropology in the UK, I went to Georgia for one year. I went there as an EVS (European Volunteer Service) volunteer to work with a regional environmental organisation called CENN, the Caucasus Environmental NGO Network. I still remember arriving in Tbilisi, the capital, for the first time. It was 2 in the morning and my colleague-to-be was very nicely waiting for me, with the driver, Zaza. I remember thinking, "Zaza? What a funny name!" and asking my colleague how to say 'thank you' in Georgian. "Madloba". It took me about a week to be able to remember and pronounce that word.

EDEN2We cannot think of Season's fests without having the image of Christmas tree in our minds, do we?
Let's focus on the main message while enjoying the Christmas tree song "O Tannenbaum" ("O Christmas Tree") which is a German song. Based on a traditional folk song, it became associated with the Christmas tree by the early 20th century and sung as a Christmas carol. A Tannenbaum is a fir tree and the lyrics do not actually refer to Christmas, or describe a decorated Christmas tree. Instead, they refer to the fir's evergreen qualities as a symbol of constancy and faithfulness. It is not an environmental message but it is the message of a long life living planet.


If you came by chance to the office of AYA Volunteer centre on 7 December, you would be amazed by the amount of friendly and smiley people there. The reason they came there is to celebrate together with AYA team the International Volunteer Day and the end of the voluntary season 2013.