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Information Bulletin No 26

October 2010 (July– August – September 2010)

Dear MEdIES friends and Task Group Members,

Please find attached the 26th Information e-bulletin of MEdIES.

CONTENTS

1. MEdIES VISIBILITY & EVENTS
a. Launching of the “YouthXchange in the Mediterranean”, 30-31 July 2010, Kelibia Tunisia
b. Next YXC launching event planned to take place in Cairo Egypt, 9-10 October 2010
c. Meeting of the Greek Pedagogical Group of MEdIES, Athens, 13 July
d. Planned activities for the new ESD school year dedicated to “Education for Human Rights”
e. The AQUA 2010 Conference, 22-23 October 2010

2. MEdIES PUBLICATIONS & ICTS

3. OTHER NEWS
a. MEdIES Activities for Rainwater Harvesting for Best Green Educational Project Award
b. ISO 9001 Certification for MIO-ECSDE

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1. MEDIES VISIBILITY & EVENTS

a. LAUNCHING OF “YouthXchange in the Mediterranean" 29- 30 JULY 2010, KELIBIA TUNISIA
More than 330 young people gathered in the Tunisian city Kelibia with the aim to promote sustainable consumption. The 2 days events targeted a mixed audience of youth, scouts, trainers, teachers, as well as journalists and local authorities. The events were co-organised by MIO-ECSDE and ASM Kelibia, while the whole project is co-funded by the ALF Euro-Mediterranean Foundation.

The events that took place in Tunisia are:
July 29, morning: The Media Event took place in the Fishing School of kelibia. The official presentation of the “Youthxchange in the Mediterranean” was attended by ~200 participants. The mayor of Kelibia, Mr Abderraouf Chaar, the chairman of ASM Kelibia, Mr Hassen Jenhani, and Ms Claudia Marinaro, representing the ALF Euro-Mediterranean Foundation, greeted the event, among others.

July 29, afternoon: The “Scouts event” took place at the National Center for Youth stages of Oued Ksab, where 100 scouts participated in experiential activities, split in two different age groups. The younger ones undertook hands on activities on the subject of water, while the older ones focused on the concept of sustainability.

July 30 all day: The training event for teachers and youth leaders took place the next day, involved some 60 participants. The participants followed 3 experiential workshops, on rotation, that gave them ideas on how to use the guidebook with their target audiences:
(A) Breaking Sustainable Consumption Barriers
(B) YouthXchange Suitcase
(C) From my habits to my values … and back. The training seminar was evaluated by participants very positive who expressed the need for repetition of the seminar in other parts of the country.
Read full report on the events in Tunisia at www.medies.net.

b. NEXT YXC LAUNCHING EVENT TO TAKE PLACE IN CAIRO Egypt, 9-10 October 2010
More than 150 young people, trainers, teachers, as well as media and local authorities are expected to take part during the 2 day launching events in Cairo, aiming to promote sustainable consumption.
The planned events are:
Saturday 9/10: 08.30 – 18.30: Training seminar for teachers, trainers and youth leaders, Golden Tulip Hotel
Sunday 10/10: 10.00-12.00: Launching event for media, educational authorities, etc. Sakiet el Sawy Centre
Read more for the planned events at at www.medies.net

c. MEETING OF THE GREEK PEDAGOGICAL GROUP OF MEDIES ATHENS 13 JULY
The 4th meeting of the Greek Pedagogical Group (PG) of MEdIES took place on July 13 at the premises of MIO-ECSDE. During the meeting the participants were informed by the Secretariat about the MEdIES national and Mediterranean activities for the period 2009 – 2010 as well as about UNECE and other international developments, by Prof Scoullos. The Greek PG mainly focused on the network’s activities for the current ESD school year, dedicated to “Education for Human Rights” (see para.1d).

d. PLANNED ACTIVITIES FOR ESD SCHOOL YEAR DEDICATED TO “EDUCATION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS"
MIO-ECSDE and MEdIES Secretariat are organising two particular events in the occasion of the UNDESD thematic year (2011) on Education on Human Rights:
(i) “Education for Human Rights” Meeting, 19 October (09-15.00) organised by the Greek Pedagogical Group of MEdIES, addressing the Officers of Environmental, Health and Culture Education, of the directorates of Attica region,
(ii) An ESD Session about “Water & Human Rights” within the AQUA 2010 Conference (see below para 1e) open to interested educators and the wider public.
(iii) A series of film projections of movies dealing with human rights, followed by open discussion / reflection on the subject of the movie. The film projections are coorganised by MEdIES Greek Pedagogical Group and the da zein café, in Athens, and are addressed mainly to educators. However they are open to the public. Three movies will be projected, in October, November and December 2010 respectively.


e. AQUA 2010 CONFERENCE 22-23 OCTOBER 2010
The AQUA 2010 Conference takes place in the MEC Paianias (Mediterranean Exhibition Centre Attika), on 22-23 October 2010, in combination with an exhibition on Water and Energy. This year the AQUA entails two special sessions, one is devoted to “Non Conventional Water Resources in the Mediterranean” (Friday 22) and the second one focuses on the theme “Water & Human Rights” (Saturday 23). AQUA is coorganised by GWP-Med, the University of Athens, MIO-ECSDE through MEdIES and Leader expo.
For more information on AQUA and the Exhibition visit: http://www.leaderexpo.gr/
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2. MEDIES PUBLICATIONS & ICTS

a. Updating of medies webpage
The MEdIES webpage is under reconstruction for the past few months and will soon be uploaded in beta-version.

b. “ESD in MAB BRs”
The provisional version of the training material “ESD in MAB BRs & other designated areas in the Mediterranean and SEE” is currently under online-e-elaboration and pilot testing by a group of invited field-experts. The final evaluation meeting of the material is planned to take place in Athens on 8-9 November 2010.
Please visit the project’s website http://www.mio-ecsde.org/protarea/index.html for more information.

c. Youthxchange in the Mediterranean” hipments
The “Youthxchange in the Mediterranean” Guidebook is being shipped to the countries participating in the Project (Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria and Tunisia) in large amounts of copies with the kind cooperation of the Greek Embassies in the respective countries.

3. OTHER NEWS

a. MEdIES ACTIVITIES FOR RAINWATER HARVESTING FOR BEST GREEN EDUCATIONAL PROJECT AWARD
MEdIES Secretariat submitted a proposal for the educational programme “Rainwater Harvesting” to be awarded for Best Green Educational Project. The Best Green Educational Project is a component of the wider international competition Green Awards for Creativity and Sustainability concerning the Educational Programmes (materials, projects, campaigns, etc.) (www.greenawards.co.uk)

The Rainwater Harvesting educational programme has been implemented since 2009 in ten islands of the Cyclades so far (Naxos, Syros, Tinos, Milos, Ios, Santorini, Anafi, Naxos, Iraklia and Koufonisi), promoting the educational material (in Greek) "The Gift of Rain". The programme included educational activities in schools targeted to students aged 11-14 years old and seminars for teachers in all islands. The programme will be continued in 2011.

b. ISO 9001 CERTIFICATION FOR MIO-ECSDE
MIO-ECSDE has been awarded the ISO 9001 (2008) "Quality Management System” certification. ISO 9001 is the globally implemented standard for providing assurance about the ability of the certified organisation to satisfy quality requirements and to enhance service satisfaction. It provides a tried and tested framework for taking a systematic approach to managing the organization's processes. Among others, MIO-ECSDE was certified for the design, development and production of educational material and the implementation of educational programmes on environment and sustainable development.

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ΜΕdIES Secretariat / MIO-ECSDE
Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development
Kyrristou 12, 105 56 – Athens, Tel. +30 210 3247490, 3247267 Fax. +30 210 3317127
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