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MEdIES news and announcements, January 2013

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Information Bulletin No 35
January 2013 (October – November – December 2012)

Dear MEdIES friends and Task Group Members,

Please find herewith the 35th quarterly Information e-bulletin of MEdIES.
With our best wishes for the New Year!!

Follow us also on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MEdIES.net

The MEdIES Secretariat

Contents
1. VISIBILITY & EVENTS
A. Last phase of the Rainwater Harvesting in the Cyclades Project
B. Two meetings for Greek educators (i) “ESD Year on Manmade Environment & Sustainable Management" 13 November (ii) “Recent developments & perspectives for ESD” Athens, 3 December
C. MEdIES at the 7th Scientific Meeting of Students for the Environment & Sustainable Development, Attica, 30 November
D. 4th Meeting of the Network of Mediterranean Universities for SD focusing on ESD,

Athens, 3-4 December

Ε. 1st MARLISCO Steering Group Meeting 6 December

2. MATERIAL & ICTS
A. ALF grant to expand the hydria project
B. Pilot e-learning course on management of designated areas

3. OTHER NEWS
A. UNESCO Chairs in ESD Workshop, Paris, 4-5 October

B. MEdIES at the Mediterranean Parliamentarians’ Meeting, Athens, 22 October

1. VISIBILITY & EVENTS
A. Last phase of the Rainwater Harvesting in the Cyclades project
This was the 4th year that the MEdIES Secretariat has successfully cooperated with the Mission Water Campaign and GWP-Med to implement a series of educational activities in schools in Cyclades islands, namely in Kythnos and Kea in fall 2012. The educational activities were carried out in cooperation with the Dpts. of Environmental Education (EE) of Primary and Secondary Education of the Cyclades Prefecture. Once again the school activities were combined with teacher trainings.
This year, in total, 1302 students and 164 teachers participated in project’s activities!
More about the 2012 project’s activities in Greek language here: http://www.medies.net/_uploaded_files/rain_water_harvest/2012_rwh_report_ekpaideytika.pdf

B. Two meetings for Greek educators (I) “ESD Year on Manmade Environment & Sustainable Management", Athens, 13 November (II) “Recent developments & perspectives for ESD” Athens, 3 December

(I) MEdIES Secretariat organised a half-day long meeting entitled "ESD Year on Manmade Environment & Sustainable Management"", on 13/11/2012 at the premises of MIO-ECSDE. The meeting was organized in the context of the UN Decade for ESD, 2005-14, where the current school year, according to the Greek Ministry of Education, is devoted to the Manmade Environment and Sustainable Management. The meeting targeted all those responsible of "innovative education programs”, existing in Greece that can be unified under the umbrella of ESD. The meeting was attended by 45 participants. Such meetings are organised every year by the Greek Pedagogical Group of MEdIES, following the Decade of ESD.
Read more in Greek language here http://www.medies.net/staticpages.asp?aID=508&overRideCategory=1
(II) The event entitled “Recent developments & perspectives for ESD”, hosted in the Museum of the University of Athens on 3/12/2012, had indeed a great success with more than 100 participants, mainly, educators. The event aimed to inform the educational community -formal and non formal, at all levels about the international developments related to ESD.
The event was organized by the UNESCO Chair and Network on Sustainable Development, Management and Education in the Mediterranean of the University of Athens, MIO-ECSDE and MEdIES.
Read more in Greek language here http://www.medies.net/articles.asp?cID=28&aID=731&ereg=

C. MEdIES at the 7th Scientific Meeting of Students for the Environment & Sustainable Development, Attica, 30 November
MEdIES participated in the 7th Scientific Meeting of Students for the Environment & Sustainable Development at the premises of the Ziridios Schools, on 29-30/11/2012, which this year targeted on Water. During the second day (30/11) MEdIES coordinated 3 Workshops each lasting ~60min and attending to ~ 25 students: (i) “The Gift of Rain” coordinated by Iro Alampei, on the topic of rainwater harvesting, in the old times and nowadays (ii) “What is water for me” coordinated by Vicky Malotidi, on the importance of water - environmental, socio-economic, cultural, etc. (iii) The “Global Experiment on Water” coordinated by Vassilis Psallidas, including the four UNESCO water experiments on pH, salinity, treatment and water distillation.

D. 4th Meeting of the Network of the Mediterranean Universities for SD focusing on ESD, Athens, 3-4 December

The 4th Working Meeting of the Network of the Mediterranean Universities for Sustainable Development (SD) focusing on ESD took place in Athens on 3-4/12/2012. The 15 participants reviewed the past activities and planned the networks’ future tasks and activities (submissions etc) in light of the recent international ESD developments. They also reviewed the second draft text of the Mediterranean Strategy on ESD.
The meeting was organised by the University of Athens/UNESCO Chair & Network for Sustainable Development, Management and Education in the Mediterranean and MIO-ECSDE/MEdIES Secretariat.
Read more on this activity here http://www.medies.net/articles.asp?cID=8&aID=728

Ε. 1st Steering Group Meeting, 6 December
The 1st Steering Group Meeting of MARLISCO took place on 6 December using ICTs (e-conference) with 12 participants representing the project partners. During the meeting the work progress, milestones and deliverables were discussed. Iro Alampei and Vicky Malotidi participated on behalf of MIO-ECSDE/MEdIES.

2. MATERIAL & ICTS

A. ALF grant to expand the hydria project

A 12 month long project was launched on 01/10/2012 aiming to expand the examples of waterworks from the Mediterranean countries presented in the HYDRIA website (www.hydriaproject.net). HYDRIA promotes Water Related Cultural Heritage sites through online multimedia tools, including photos, texts and animations. The project, funded mainly by the Anna Lindh Euro Mediterranean Foundation, is lead by MIO-ECSDE in partnership with 18+1 partners from Mediterranean countries.
In parallel, MIO-ECSDE has prepared some promotion material for the HYDRIA project, that is a 2013 Calendar and a series of Cardes Postales.

B. Pilot e-learning course on management of designated areas
MIO-ECSDE/ MEdIES secretariat is currently developing an e-learning course on ESD in protected areas. The e-learning is built on one of the chapters the soon to be published kit of UNESCO entitled “ESD in MAB BRs and other Designated Areas: A Resources Book for Educators in SE Europe and the Mediterranean”
The announcement will be circulated soon.

3. OTHER NEWS
A. UNESCO Chairs in ESD Workshop, Paris, 4-5 October


The coordinator of MEdIES, Prof Scoullos, being the UNESCO Chairholder for Sustainable Development, Management and Education in the Mediterranean participated in this UNESCO Chairs Workshop in ESD. Among others, the participants discussed on proposals on how to stimulate implementation of the Higher ESD Declaration (see Rio+20); the ways to strengthen the evidence base of ESD, and proposed activities and initiatives on ESD beyond the UN Decade.

B. MEdIES at the Mediterranean Parliamentarians Meeting, Athens, 22 October
MEdIES participated in this H2020 Regional Training targeted to the Mediterranean Members of the Parliament aimed to inform them about the Horizon 2020 Initiative to de-pollute the Mediterranean by the year 2020 and the existing related initiatives. In this line, the participants were informed about the MEdIES Network and its activities related to the H2020 thematic areas: Water, Non Conventional Water Resources, Urban Sold Waste. MEdIES Secretariat was represented by Ms Vicky Malotidi who delivered the respective presentation on "MEdIES Activities related to H2020”.


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