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Information Bulletin No 28

1st April 2011 (January, February, March 2011)

Dear MEdIES friends and Task Group Members,

The MEdIES network has been silent during the last period, mainly due to the “lifting” of the page that took quite longer than foreseen. We invite you to take a look at www.medies.net.

In the meantime find attached the 28th quarterly Information e-bulletin of MEdIES.

Hopefully, with the launch of the new webpage, our bulletin is about to get a “lift” also.

 

The MEdIES Secretariat



Contents

1. MEdIES Visibility & Events

a. 5th Launching of “YouthXchange in the Mediterranean”, 4-5 February 2011 Rabat, Morocco

b. Follow up seminar on ESD and Human Rights, 4-5 February 2011, Iraclion, Greece

c. Update on the TEMPUS project on reorienting Universities Curricula to include ESD

d. The HYDRIA II project experts meeting, 22-23 March 2011

e. The upcoming educational activities of Rainwater Harvesting in the Cyclades

 

2. MEdIES Publications & ICTs

a. The new MEdIES webpage is launched

 

3. Other News

a. Nordic Conference on Sustainable Development, 31 Jan-2 Feb 2011

b. Submission of a Life Long Learning Proposal, led by MIO-ECSDE / MEdIES

c. Participation to a CSA-SA Proposal, led by Provincia di Teramo

 

1. MEdIES Visibility & Events

a. 5th Launching of “YouthXchange in the Mediterranean”, 4-5 February 2011 Rabat, Morocco

Following a series of launching events already in four countries (Jordan, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon) the YOUTH X CHANGE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN initiative was successfully launched this time in Rabat, Morocco during a two day long event jointly organised by the CMED and MIO-ECSDE. The launching combined an academic event including a press conference (day 1) and an experiential train-the-trainer seminar for youth associations and teachers (day 2) both having a great participation and appreciation from the Moroccan community.

Academic meeting and Press Conference: 4 February, University Med V Souissi:

The event was addressed to the relevant ministries of Education and Environment, t o local authorities, academic staff and university students, CSOs & NGOs, and, naturally, the media. It was opened by the Minister of Education, followed by welcome messages by eminent personalities from the University, the National UNESCO office, and the Municipality.

Following a presentation of Ms Iro Alampei, (MIO‐ECSDE / MEdIES) of the international and the Mediterranean YouthXChange initiative, a series of presentations followed, linking Consumption with concepts like Biodiversity; Health; Solid Waste; and Social Economy.

The ~ 150 participants were very interested in the YXC initiative, as well as on the presentations and actively participa ted in the discussion that followed by giving examples from their experience, in the field of youth work, state of the environment in Morocco, etc.

One day Training event, Saturday 5 February, Ministry of Education.

This event was addressed to all those involved with education and youth issues in the formal or non-formal way, such as teacher of primary and secondary level, youth leaders, university students, and NGOs carrying out educational projects etc.

About 120 participants representing these categories attended the event. This variety of their backgrounds enriched the quality of discussions during the workshops, and was considered, overall as an asset to the training seminar. The participants were split in 3 rotating groups and followed 3 experiential workshops that gave them ideas on how to use the material with their target audiences.

Find the summary report of the event here:
www.medies.net/staticpages/index.php?page=youthxchangeconsumpt

Contact person for YXC project: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The YOUTH X CHANGE in the Mediterranean project is led by MIO-ECSDE/MEdIES Secretariat, and co-funded by the Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF), EC/DG Env (MIO-ECSDE core funding), and CP/RAC (through UNEP/DTIE).

 

b. Follow up seminar on ESD and Human Rights, 4-5 February 2011, Iraclion, Greece

Last October 2010, the Greek Pedagogical team of MEdIES undertook an ESD seminar according to the DESD thematic year on Human Rights. The seminar targeted the responsibles of Environmental Education, Health Education and Cultural Affairs, of Primary and Secondary level and the personnel of the Centres of Environmental Education (CEE) of Attica region. The aims were to provide valid and reliable information on the human rights approach under the ESD and also to provide an opportunity for discussion and exchange of views. Following this, it was decided to repeat the endeavour in other parts of Greece.

In this respect the 1st follow up training seminar, was hosted by CEE of Gouves, Iraklion – Crete on 4-5 February 2011 co-organised by MIO/MEdIES, the local EE responsibles and CEEs. This training had two parts (oral lectures and workshops): the first part included presentations from organizations with activities in the field of human rights and environment, while the second part, respectively, presented training programs and materials that could be exploited by teachers. Responsible officer for Iraklion seminar was Mr Vassilis Psallidas.

MEDIES is planning to repeat the training in other parts of Greece (Kavala, Veria, etc).

MEdIES officer responsible for the activity: Mr This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

c. Update on the TEMPUS project on reorienting Universities Curricula to include ESD

MEdIES together with University of Athens are the Greek Partners in the recently launched TEMPUS PROJECT, led by the Dept. of Primary Education of the University of Crete. The project entitled Reorient University Curricula to Address Sustainability (RUCAS) was launched in October 2010 and has a 3-yr duration. Main goal of RUCAS is to support the development of ESD in the Higher Education sector in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon. Other partner institutions to the project come from Ireland, Sweden, Italy, and France.

During the last there months a survey was implemented to underground students of the University of Athens by means of a questionnaire (Departments of Chemistry and Early Childhood Education). The survey deals with ESD issues in higher education and the statements of the questionnaire will help to design and integrate issues of ESD into curriculum.

Read more on the RUCAS project.

MEdIES officer responsible for the activity: Mr This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

d. The HYDRIA II project experts meeting, 22-23 March 2011

HYDRIA has the scope to promote the wisdom of water management of antiquity or of the recent past, in terms of culture or environmental protection, or better both.

From 22 to 23 March 2011 a Working meeting of experts of the HYDRIA project took place in MIO premises Athens, Greece. Participants from Algeria, Cyprus, Italy, Tunisia and Greece presented their case studies, nominated for HYDRIA II phase.

After a brief presentation from each national expert a reflection from experts followed, giving ideas, possibilities for enrichments, web developer remarks as well as possible links to current technology and expertise, in order for the case studies to be “homogenized” to the extent possible.

During the second day the participants visited the Aegina Island, where particularly a pottery workshop for water jars and interviewed the last ceramist of the island that still works with the traditional method of to make water jars.

Visit the current HYDRIA website.

In February 2011 HYDRIA was chosen as an outstanding example of work bridging ESD and Cultural practices by UNESCO.

HYDRIA II is supported by UNESCO Participation Programme – GWP-Med and EU DG Env.

 

e. The upcoming educational activities of Rainwater Harvesting in the Cyclades

For the third Year the project Rainwater Harvesting in the Cyclades takes place in 6 islands of the Cyclades. The project is led by GWP-Med, and entails restoring old cisterns in public buildings of the Cyclades (or setting up new ones) as well as sensitising the educational community of the island.

MIO-ECSDE / MEdIES undertakes the sensitisation activities for students and teachers of Primary and Secondary Level, mainly on the basis of the educational material “The Gift of Rain”, prepared in Greek language, and certified by the Greek Ministry of Education.

The educational activities are scheduled for May – June 2011.

The Rainwater Harvesting project is under the wider Water Mission Campaign.

 

2. MEDIES Publications & ICTs

a. Updating of medies webpage

The new MEdIES webpage has been launched. Take a look at www.medies.net.

The network has been silent during the last period, mainly due to the “lifting” of the page that took quite longer than foreseen. Hopefully, with the launch of the new webpage, our bulletin is about to get a “lift” also.

 

3. Other News

a. Nordic Conference on Sustainable Development in the Baltic Sea Region, 'Solutions local, together' 31 Jan -2 Feb 2011 Turku Finland.

More than 550 people from 20 countries participated in the Nordic Conference on Sustainable Development in the Baltic Sea Region, entitled 'Solutions local, together'. The Conference - introduced sustainable practical solutions and inspired participants to use local solutions together with other stakeholders.

The conference presentations and videos can be seen from the conference website http://www.solutions2011.fi/. In line with the principles of sustainability most of the material was merely available in e-form on the conference website. The only printing material was the agenda. Throughout the conference several social networking tools were used, like Facebook, Solutions 2011, and twitter, giving the possibility to anyone to follow it on real time.

MIO-ECSDE and MEdIES representative Mr Vasilis Psallidas participated under the light of previous cooperation, also in the framework of the long-standing collaboration between the Baltic University Programme (BUP) and the Mediterranean Universities Network on Sustainable Development for SD focusing on ESD (MedUnNET).

 

b. Submission of a Life Long Learning Proposal, led by MIO-ECSDE / MEdIES

MIO-ECSDE/ MEdIES submitted a proposal to DG Education under the title ESD in Designated Areas (ESD@DAs). The project aims to develop a series of five innovative state of the art modules on how ESD can be meaningfully integrated in the management of Protected Areas, Natura 2000 sites, Biosphere Reserves etc, throughout the Mediterranean. The methodology of the project involves distance learning and on-the-field activities. Partners to this project come from Greece, Italy, France, Bulgaria and the Occupied Palestinian Authority. Results are expected in August 2011

 

c. Participation to a CSA-SA Proposal, led by Provincia di Teramo

MIO-ECSDE/ MEdIES participated as a Partner to a proposal for the project entitled MARine Litter in Europe Seas: Social AwarenesS and CO-Responsibility (MARLISCO). The main objective of the MARLISCO project is to increase the awareness of the consequences of societal behaviour in relation to waste production and management on marine socio-ecological systems, to promote co-responsibility among the different actors, to define a more sustainable collective vision. The proposal engages 19 Partners from 15 countries.

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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

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Web www.medies.net.

 

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