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EDENnewsEDEN Centre (Albania) was established in 2004 in Tirana, Albania aiming to contribute in a sustainable development and healthy environment through informing, educating and offering services in partnership with the interested actors.

Our main working sectors are: environmental education, environmental management practices, capacity building and public information and participation.

In mid-2015, we started the process of updating our Strategic Plan. In addition to the written contribution requested by our partners, strategic donors and individuals we work with, ideas and inputs were collected in a two days working sessions.

foj aktiv logoDear members and readers,
we're the FÖJ-AKTIV e.V., and we are an organization that supports the German ecological volunteer service by connecting and supporting volunteers. Every year about 3000 youths decide to do such a service and volunteer in projects, organizations, schools, offices and other places more with ecological and nature-protecting background – mostly in Germany, but also some other countries that are our neighbors.

 

The FÖJ is also an educational service, and all volunteers participate in 5 seminars throughout the year about different topics connected to nature, environment, people, resources... and because of all their excitement they are planning actions and (peaceful) demonstrations. We want to let you know about our upcoming events – you are invited to join:

belgrad1If you ask 9-year- olds what is missing in Belgrade for more frequent bike use, one of the answers would be "the hill". If you ask them what they like the most about bike riding, they would say: "the wind passing though my hair", "the fact that I'm riding", "being faster than my daddy"..... These honest answers show that bikes are very welcomed as a means of transport in Belgrade but unfortunately not used enough!

During November and December in 2015, Young Researchers of Serbia conducted a project "Belgrade would be white if you ride a bike". This project involved 520 pupils, ages 9 and 10, from 10 primary schools located in two city municipalities.

EDEN first article2EDEN center, together with center "Ekolevizja", in Tirana, Albania, in the framework of the project "South East Europe Sustainable Energy Policies (SEE SEP)", has organised on 10th December 2015 an open lecture with the students of the Faculty of Civic Engineering under the topic "Beyond COP21". The meeting was organised one day before the ending of the COP21 meeting in Paris.

The aim of the meeting was to stimulate public debate on climate change, energy efficiency policies and behaviors, as a response to the national commitments for COP21.

EDEN second articleThe environmental education center 'EDEN' was established near the Zoo of Tirana on 22 April 2008. Since that day, this center continues to educate next generations to love and respect the environment that surrounds us. This center is open for students from different elementary schools or youth groups, but not only. All the visitors of this center have the opportunity to access information about different environmental activities or related events, contacts and information on how to give their contribution. In this center, besides the theoretical information available at its library, young people have the opportunity to explore the environment around the zoo. Different educative games, activities and informative guides about the animals and nature are offered by this center.

IMG 20151127 111431miniWe are very pround to share that in November, under YRS, we launched the 5th Aarhus Center in Serbia and 60th in the world. This project was supported by Serbian Government and OSCE. The memorandum with the Serbian Government was officially signed and we held three trainings for future activists of new AarhusCenter New Belgrade.

Our idea is to engage young people (students of law, environmental protection, etc) in implementation of Aarhus Convention in Belgrade. Tijana Ljubenovic is a coordinator of the center.

WSH1 3Starting from year 2014 "BALTA DABA" (Latvia) and "OPE" (Portugal) are cooperating for rivers protection activities in Latvia and Portugal under project "RIVER reMEMBERS".

This project aims to involve young people on river protection activities, testing different methodologies in Latvian and Portuguese regions. "River reMembers" started to run in October 2014 and is expected to end in November 2015 and was stuctured locally in a sequence of steps, starting with research about dam problems on rivers, conduction of workshops about river protection, creation of youth involvement methodologies and organization of a final seminar about the topic and project results.

Eden ProjectThe launch of Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS) took place on Friday 9th September at the Eden Project in Cornwall, England. SOS is a network of over fifty student organisations in thirteen countries across five continents and is growing fast. The aim is to create a global platform enabling collaboration and communication between young people, with the goal to build a more sustainable future.

The event was inspiring and incredibly motivating. Leading environmentalists opened the event, including Sir Tim Smit (founder of the Eden Project), Jonathan Porrit (co-founder of Forum for the Future) and Juliette Bohland (board member of Cop in my City). There was an opportunity to view and discuss the WHOLE EARTH? exhibition, which is based on the premise that the future is with today's young people. Founders of the exhibition, Mark Edwards and Lloyd Timberlake, both spoke about how students and universities do have the power to make change, to make society more sustainable.

Ecotrail2On 20 of August 2015, "Development of ecotourism and youth employment in Zaritap, Gomk and Martiros communities of Vayots Dzor province" project was started. The project is implemented by the "Young Biologists Association" NGO in cooperation with "Jermuk Development Center" NGO. The aim of the project is development of ecotourism in the region and generation of additional income for young people of Gomk, Martiros and Zaritap villages of Vayots Dzor region. In the framework of the projects, the capacity and practical skills of young people interested in ecotourism and related services were enhanced. Also, the tourism infrastructures haa been developed. 

BDEVS1Hello! My name is Sandra and I am EVS volunteer in Latvia at "BALTA DABA" organisation. The country is wild and so wonderful and the team members treat me really good! During my EVS we are doing a very interesting activities. The first activity that I did on my EVS was to go birdwatching with one Latvian ornithologist boy. After that we made some lovely nest boxes! I really liked it this activity because I love birds. Other interesting activity was at "Dabas koncerzāle", is a very special concert in the nature, combining nature, music, poetry, art and lights.

BD1Starting from year 2014 "BALTA DABA" (Latvia) and "OPE" (Portugal) are cooperating for rivers protection activities in Latvia and Portugal.
In August 7-9th, 2015, we held international meeting in Latvia to exchange best practices on river protection methods in youth work.
During the meeting, we had a chance to visit the Slampe River restoration project and bog trail in Ķemeri National Park; "GAUJA RIVER FUND" workshop on wooden boat carving; small hydro power station on the Gauja River and discuss its influence on rivers biodiversity. We also found out what kind of local initiatives have been organised in Latvia to protect local rivers from illegal fishing and damming consequences.

IPAS1IPAS (Association for Environmental Integration and Social Progress) was founded in 2009 by a group of young people, with the great desire to bring a positive change in the Albanian reality, in terms of environmental protection.

Its vision is: "Justice, equal opportunities and progress for a society, which can unfold aspirations for a better life".

IPAS Association is a non-governmental, non-political and non-profit organization whose mission is to contribute in improving the situation in which we live, ensuring social equality and justice, environmental protection and economic development in Albania.

 
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