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This year's Earth Day theme was Billion Acts of Green®. The purpose of it was to mobilize one billion acts of environmental service around the world. In collaboration with American Embassy and Tirana Municipality, EDEN center (YEE member organisation) organized (like every year) two events on the occasion of this celebration which is the world's largest-ever environmental service movement. This was the 7th consecutive year that Earth Day was celebrated in Tirana and this year also for the first time in Divjaka-Karavasta National Park.

European project called ‘Schools for Intelligent Energy Use' (SIEU) is just finishing in Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, UK, and Hungary. More than 100 schools from all these countries were involved in the project. The ‘storyline approach' methodology, upon the successful Dutch "Schools for Sustainability" (SfS) programme and also relevant programmes in partner countries, was applied in all schools offering to the students the opportunity to work on real assignments, for real clients, in the field of sustainable energy.

YEE is hosting EVS volunteers since 2001 so many European volunteers had a chance to spend one year in YEE office and learn many new useful skills. The Czech National Agency of the Youth in Action Programme appreciated our EVS project and nominated it for the European Youth Award 2011. That is why we (Adriana and Gosia) were invited for the European Youth Week.

ECO-UNESCO's Young Environmentalist Awards is an awards programme that empowers young people to become better citizens, build awareness of environmental issues and promote simple lifestyle changes to improve the environment. Each year ECO-UNESCO celebrates, recognises and rewards the green achievements of young people taking ECO- Action at the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist awards Showcase & Ceremony.

For the past 4 years, Malta has participated in the YRE (Young Reporters for the Environment) programme Normal 0 21 an international programme run by FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) and represented locally by Nature Trust (Malta).

Between August 2010 and April 2011 YEE implemented the project 'Environmental Audit‘. One of the phases of the project was to prepare local actions. As a part of Environmental Audit action plan of YEE office team, we went to a big festival area to realize an eco-mapping of the place on the 11th of May 2011.

In July 2010 I became part of a big international family called YEE. Now, after one year working for the organisation, it is time to say goodbye.

In the Autumn of 2010 Look East Wild Earth ran a ten day Youth in Action training course in Novosibirsk and Irkutsk, Russia. We involved organisations from four countries with a shared focus on forestry, conservation and sustainability in order to help them become European Voluntary Service experts, and allow the sharing of best practice and excellence in the volunteering sector between local and international groups.

I see trees, little bushes and there in between the trees a great swamp with a little pond in the middle. I hear birds singing, wind wishpering and ... silence. I'm standing here in the middle of forest. In the middle of everything.

Have you ever heard about hemp? Cannabis, hanf, konopí, cañamo, chanvre, cânepă, konoplja... There are many names for this versatile plant that have been used for a wide variety of purposes for thousands of years.

The National Botanical Garden of Albania, situated in the capital Tirana, was founded in 1971. It has an area of 14.5 hectares and there are around 900-950 species of plants, mainly examples of Albanian flora. It  forms part of the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the University of Tirana and is the only garden of its kind in Albania.

In 2011 one of YEE's founding member organisations - IVN - decided to entirely transfer its partnership with YEE to its youth arm. That's why in this edition of the Newsletter we welcome WoesteLand as a (semi) new member and friend of YEE. We asked the team from Woesteland to tell us a bit more about what they do. So let us introduce you to ... WoesteLand!