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ECO-UNESCO has had a successful year running our Youth Employment programmes! The Greenpathways II - Environmental Studies and Skills training programme came to a successful end earlier this year, with a graduation ceremony held in Europe House in Dublin. All the young people who took part in the programme over the last 3 years received their FETAC certificates and we got to hear some of the participant’s inspirational journeys of the course of the programme, from where they started out, to their first job and how they moved their careers forward.

Summertime is a perfect moment to learn new skills and have some fun. ARGONAUTA Organisation wanted to take advantage of this period to create awareness between the youngest about the environmental and historical heritage in their island in the middle of the Croatian coastline of the Adriatic sea, Murter. So we created Children Educational Summer Program 2016: During a one-hour workshop in the evening from Monday to Friday children aged 5 to 8 years came to learn new things. Every day had a different topic, every day there was a different thing to discover! We did these activities with the help of our 2016 EVS volunteers Eva Lozano (Spain) and Malgorzata Serwatka (Poland).

DSC03946NJuly 30 closed the doors of the summer school 'Climate Ambassadors', which this year brought together around 100 young people from different regions of Moldova. During the summer school, in addition to unforgettable experience in a friendly atmosphere, youth was trained by experts from the environmental field. During the training sessions, the participants were introduced to environmental protection, as whole climate and methods of adaptation to climate change, energy efficiency, sustainable tourism, basics of fundraising, writing a project proposal, mobilization of human resources, organizing campaigns and activities involving young people, organizing and conducting environmental campaigns at local and regional level, analyzing different water samples, cooperation with local authorities and mass-media etc.

Untitled design"Be the change you want to see in the world" Mahatma Gandhi

 

All this started as a joined collaboration between the World Academy of Tirana and Eden Center.  WAT is the only international school in Albania, recognized for its wonderful balance of learning through discovery, with academic rigor introduced gradually at the right age and stage. As a school they are hoping to build a culture of community services that involves students in activities/projects through understanding and contributing through their direct actions.

Luontoliitto Susikampanja Some1 NLuonto-Liitto's #GREYPRIDE, the international campaign for saving the wolves of Finland, has been joined by new collaborators.

The advertising agency ADAMS has jumped on board with the #GREYPRIDE International Campaign and they have designed a series of posters and promotional videos to raise awareness of the critical situation with the Finnish grey wolf. The aim is to get people to write to the European Minister of the Environment Mr. Karmenu Vella and ask him to stop the cull and implement a non-lethal conservation approach for the Finnish wolves that is based on science and not on politics.

1petite"Biodiversity of the year 2016" public campaign

On May 22nd, the Young Biologists Association NGO summed up "Biodiversity of the year 2016" public campaign dedicated to the International Day for Biological Diversity. In the frame of campaign, via public voting, the Animal of the year was chosen Clouded apollo - Parnassius mnemosyne, the Fungi of the yearPleorotus eringii, the Plant of the yearAlmond - Prunus dulcis and the Lichen of the year Rhizocarpon geographicum.
Results of the voting have been presented on May 22, 2016, International day of Biological Diversity. On the same day the exhibition was organised in the English Park in Yerevan.

EFFAarticle4 NOn May 23, 2016, at National History Museum, Tirana, Albania the official opening ceremony of Environmental Film Festival Albania was held, a joint cooperation between European Delegation in Albania, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Education, EDEN centre and other local partners and environmental NGOs.

For about two weeks the festival showed 56 environmental films from 29 countries around the world on various topics such as the importance of oceans, fauna, natural resources, the collection of waste etc. Films had been showed in Tirana, Shkodra, Gjirokastra, Vlora, Përmet, Ersekë, Corovode and Valbona. During the festival EDEN center together with its group of volunteers had been part in the organisation and implementation of activities in the framework of EFFA16. Part of the festival was also the NGO fair in which EDEN center and many other organisations presented their work.

Celebration of International Earth Day, 22nd of April 2016

finaledenOn 22nd of April 2016 EDEN Center celebrated the International Earth Day. EDEN developed various educational environmental activities with pupils of elementary schools in Tirana "Sabahudin Gabrani" and "Dora d'Distria" and at the Environmental Education Centre "EDEN" next to the Tirana Zoo.
Students of both schools have planted seeds of various plants. Besides learning the techniques of planting the plants and the pupils' responsibility towards them, the students also got information about which positive aspects these plants offer to the environment and community. Some variety of plants that were planted were: Laurus nobilis L, Rosmarinus Officinalis, Nerium Oleander, Jasminum multiflorum and other decorative flowers.

Argonauta2nI am READY was a youth exchange that was implemented in Murter, Croatia in the period from 14th to 23rd May 2016.
It gathered 42 participants, young unemployed people from 6 countries who were interested in development of creative skills as a door to their future employment. Youngsters from Croatia, Macedonia, Portugal, Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria joined their creative minds and took part in creative workshops about dancing - latin dances, art workshops, jewellery making workshops, photography workshops, broadened their knowledge in the area of how to create a good CV, how to write a good motivation letter, how to act on a job interview.

ayci 1City-wide community work day
On 9th of April with the initiative of Yerevan Municipality city-wide community work day and tree planting were organised. Аs a member of Yerevan youth council adjunct to Mayor, "Active young citizens initiative" NGO participated in the event.

"Eco Generation" 2nd phase, opening
On April 22, on the International Earth Day, the official opening of the second phase of "Eco Generation" project took place.
Guest speakers of the opening event were Khachik Hakobyan, the RA Deputy Minister of Nature Protection, Samvel Mertarjyan, the Deputy Secretary of the Yerevan Municipality Staff and Nvard Gevorgyan, the Armenian Tree Project benevolent foundation representative.

Grey pride eng websiteAccording to the Habitats Directive of the EU the Finnish Grey Wolf is an endangered species.

At present, the number of wolves in Finland is estimated to be less than 250, an extremely low number. Meanwhile, since August 2015 Finnish government and police authorities have approved the killing of 30% of the wolf population in an attempt to manage stocks and curb poaching.

Finland´s rural residents have a deep-rooted fear of wolves and frequently express concern for the safety of their dogs and livestock. While some people claim their children are in danger, there has not been a single reported attack by wolves on humans in Europe in the past two decades and the last reported attack in Finland was in 1891.

Greetings from Germany and FÖJ-Aktiv and all volunteers of the ecological volunteer service,

Their national action day Bundesaktionstag has a new date now. Because of another demonstration against TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) on the 23rd of April in Hanover, the organisation team looked for a new date and all engaged and interested volunteers will come together at Berlin Wittenbergplatz on the 21st of May.

 
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