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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.

Biodiversa GreentoolboxsmallBiodiversa has launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise funds to translate the book "Green Toolbox" into Spanish, and thus make it available free of charge to more than 400 million people (Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world after Mandarin).

The Green Toolbox is a very practical and user-friendly guide full of simple tips on how to reduce the negative environmental impact of our daily actions. In the following page you can find more details about the project and the way to contribute to the campaign here.

AYA dinnerIn the middle of summer, AYA Volunteer Center organised a "Candlelight Dinner". The event was conducted in the framework of the International Campaign For Supporting Sustainable Development and Confronting Climate Change and the volunteer network IVS Against Climate Change "COOK 4 CLIMATE". The creative center "Integration" was chosen as the venue of the dinner.

The event was designed to demonstrate that the changes begin with ourselves. The candlelight dinner was a great opportunity to have in-depth conversations. Volunteers could learn more about the issue of the climate change and its effect on the world, they shared their experiences how to develop eco-life. They could also taste organic chocolate with honey, sourdough bread by e-Mazaya and farm-style yogurt and talke with local producers. Some of them even had the chance to take some sourdough away.

JNM3JNM is a Belgian youth movement for nature and environment, counting 3000 members aged 7 to 26. On a regular summer's day we are busy studying bugs or watching birds in the great outdoors, but when we feel we need to, we definitely gather for environmental issues too! Climate change could possibly be the biggest environmental challenge of all time, and the climate summit in Paris is going to be the most important climate protest we ever had. Of course we will be there, and obviously we will make the journey by anything but car or plane – think bikes, boats, and our very own carriage in an (already legendary) climate train: the Climate Express.

YBA1We are happy to share the latest news coming from Young Biologists Association NGO (YBA) from Yerevan, Armenia.

Biodiversity of the Year

 From 15 April to 22 May 2015, "The Young Biologists Association" NGO, in cooperation with the Chair of Zoology and Chair of Botany and Mycology of Yerevan State University, organised the public campaign "Biodiversity of the year 2015". The main aim of the campaign was to raise public awareness of the biodiversity and importance of nature conservation.

ECo expo in Tumo 5On 5th of June "Active Young Citizens Initiative" NGO took part in the Environmental Achievements Exhibition devoted to the World Environment Day, exhibiting the "Eco generation" youth project, works and drawings of participants. During the exhibition, the project participants also presented the process of paper recycling.

 
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