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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”.


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: info@medies.net

W www.medies.net
F: www.facebook.com/medies.net

 

 

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christian.andersson@csduppsala.uu.se (Christian Andersson) MEdIES Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:13:30 +0000
MEdIES news and announcements, October 2012 http://www.balticuniv.uu.se/index.php/medies-news/772-medies-news-and-announcements-october-2012 http://www.balticuniv.uu.se/index.php/medies-news/772-medies-news-and-announcements-october-2012 Mediterranean Ecological Footprint Trends: Report from Global Footpring Network released 01/10/2012

Growing demands on the Mediterranean region's ecosystems threaten the foundation of its social and economic well-being, the international think tank Global Footprint Network reports in a two-year study whose findings will be released at an international conference in Venice on October 1st 2012.

Global Footprint Network' s report, Mediterranean Ecological Footprint Trends, show an ever widening ecological deficit. Between 1961 and 2008, the most recent year data were available, growing population and consumption trends tripled the region' s demand for renewable resources and ecological services. By 2008, the region' s Ecological Footprint—the demand on Earth' s bioproductive land and sea areas—exceeded local available ecological assets by more than 150 percent.

Read the press release: http://www.footprintnetwork.org/images/article_uploads/Mediterranean_report_FINAL.pdf

Download the full report in PDF: http://www.footprintnetwork.org/images/article_uploads/Mediterranean_report_FINAL.pdf

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Follow up to Rio+20: Launch of Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform

Rio+20, the recent large UN conference ushers in a new era for implementing sustainable development (SD). The Conference gave the opportunity for the world to focus on sustainability issues - to examine ideas, forge partnerships and solutions.

In the follow-up to Rio+20, many websites and initiatives have been launched; amongst them the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform (SDKP), available at http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org

Find this and other interesting webpages here

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"Education First" Initiative, launched by UNESCO , 26/09/2012

UNESCO D.G. Irina Bokova welcomed the launch of a major new campaign to put every child in school by 2015 as an “historic call to action" and pledged the Organisaion's full support to make it succeed.

“Education First” seeks to mobilize all partners –traditional and new- to put education on top of the development agenda. The initiative will target three priorities: promoting better equity in access; improving the quality of learning; and promoting global citizenship.

Read MEdIES post here

Read full article:
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/irina_bokova_joins_un_secretary_general_to_launch_his_new_global_education_first_initiative/

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Shaping the Education of Tomorrow: UNESCO 2nd Global Monitoring Report of the Decade on ESD

The full-length UNESCO report on the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UN DESD, 2005-2014) entitled Shaping the Education of Tomorrow has been released in July 2012. The report, focusing on processes and learning in ESD, is a key component of Phase II of the Global Monitoring of the Decade.

Read the full text of the 2nd Global Monitoring Report report : http://ow.ly/cbYWe

 

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lzbh_christian.andersson@csduppsala.uu.se (Christian Andersson) MEdIES Wed, 03 Oct 2012 10:41:58 +0000
MEdIES news and announcements 29 March 2012 http://www.balticuniv.uu.se/index.php/medies-news/696-medies-news-and-announcements-29-march-2012 http://www.balticuniv.uu.se/index.php/medies-news/696-medies-news-and-announcements-29-march-2012

 

Dear MEdIES friends,

We forward you two new calls for funding that you might be interested to submit to.
For more information please contact directly the organisers (links).

kind regards
Iro Alampei
MEdIES Secretariat

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(1) THE ALF CALL FOR PROPOSALS, 2012

IN A NUTSHELL:
The ALF call for proposals concerns multilateral projects based on the 1+1 formula (north - south), with Duration 8-18 months

FOCUS THEMES OF THE CALL:
Mobilisation and empowerment of civil society / citizenship / Intercultural Dialogue / valuing Diversity / public participation / sustainable human Development.

DEADLINE for Submission: 16 April 2012

ELIGIBLE TO APPLY: The applicant needs to be member of the ALF national network.

Maximum grant 20.000 - 35.000 Euro (80% of eligible costs)

READ MORE in ENGLISH, FRENCH and ARABIC
http://www.euromedalex.org/news/launch-call-project-proposals-2012

(2) ENVI - Med Call for Proposals

IN A NUTSHELL: The call concerns multilateral projects that support support of Euro-Mediterranean scientific communities be means of e.g. International Research / researchers mobility, etc.

PARTNERSHIP: Multilateral (minimum 3 partners) with at least 1 French + at least 1 non EU

FOCUS THEMES the Mediterranean Sea / Environment and sustainable development / Resource management / Towards sustainable governance in the Mediterranean / Archaeology and sustainable development in the Mediterranean

ELIGIBLE TO APPLY: Universities / Research Institutions / Civil Society / Private Sector

Deadline for Submission: 12 June 2012

Maximum grant 40.000 over 2 yrs long projects (co-funding is an asset)

READ MORE
IN ENGLISH & FRENCH
http://www.mistrals-home.org/spip/spip.php?rubrique82

 

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lzbh_christian.andersson@csduppsala.uu.se (Christian Andersson) MEdIES Thu, 29 Mar 2012 13:17:09 +0000
MEdIES news and announcements, February 2012 http://www.balticuniv.uu.se/index.php/medies-news/673-medies-news-and-announcements http://www.balticuniv.uu.se/index.php/medies-news/673-medies-news-and-announcements

Dear MEdIES friends,

Following a period of silence (in terms of emailing... otherwise we' ve been quite active), the secretariat is in position to re-establish the email communication with MEdIES members.

So, here forwarded are some announcements that may be of interest to you.
For these events please contact directly the organisers.

For other announcements and ESD news visit www.medies.net

Thank you for keeping us updated with ESD news and events in your countries, especially the ones from the Mediterranean coast.

Kind regards
the MEdIES Secretariat


Building Bridges - ESD for MAB BRs and other Designated Areas

GRUNDTVIG Workshop of LLP, supported also by UNESCO BRESCE Office

The planned workshop offers capacity building to personnel of UNESCO/MAB Biosphere Reserves (BRs) and other kinds of Designated Areas (DAs) and/or Protected Areas on the added value of integrating Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the activities designed for visitors to their Reserves or Parks (i.e. Schools, adult groups, individual visitors, etc.).

WHEN: 30 March (arrivals) – 05 April 2011 (departures)
WHERE: Attica & Amfissa region, GREECE
LANGUAGE: English
EXPECTED PARTICIPANTS: ~ 35 (20 for Grundtvig + 10 extra from MAB BRs + 5 Greeks)
ACCREDITED COUNTRIES: BULGARIA, CYPRUS, FRANCE, ITALY, MALTA, ROMANIA, SPAIN, TURKEY (for GRUNDTVIG) + Other Selected Euro Mediterranean & SE European countries.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 25 February 2012

Read more on the application procedure: http://www.medies.net/articles.asp?cID=27&aID=607

Global Education: The Intercultural Dimension

Call for applications for on-line training course

The North-South Centre is introducing its Global Education online training course on intercultural dialogue. This global education online learning course is designed for education practitioners, social workers, civil society, youth activists, as well as policy and decision makers, local authorities and intercultural cities. It provides an overview on why intercultural education is relevant and needed, what it means in theory and practice and how it can be improved in relation to the context of a globalised world, the local needs, its contents and methodology.

The course takes place from 12 March to 15 April, 2012 and the deadline for applications is 2 March

Find out more on the e-learning, and the application procedure: http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/nscentre/GE/GE-Guidelines/GlobalEducation_on-lineTC_intro_en.asp

The Future We Want: Drop by Drop

Competition for the creation of a Print Advertisement on Water

Water is life’s most precious resource. Those of us who have it, take it for granted.
Change begins at home -- Drop by drop.
Join us. Make an ad for the UN to inspire others to use water wisely.

The purpose is to create a print advertisement that inspires others to preserve water, now and for future generations. The competition calls on professionals and non-professionals in 48 European countries to design a newspaper advertisement, using the competition logo, which inspires the European public in a positive way.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION is at 29/02/2012 !!!

READ MORE http://www.medies.net/articles.asp?cID=26&aID=614

EDUCATE

International e-postgraduate programme in Water Resources and Environmental Management

EDUCATE is an international e-learning postgraduate programme in Water Resources and Environmental Management organised by four leading Universities in the South-Eastern European region.

The course is a flexible distance learning programme based on e-learning. All educational material, lectures and tutorials are developed in English. The Academic Programme is organised as a pedagogic continuum and includes four Thematic Areas and a research thesis. Students can follow the entire postgraduate course or alternatively they can follow selected course elements, such as Thematic Areas and/or Modules according to their needs.

Successful completion of the entire postgraduate course (2 years) leads to the award of the Certificate of Academic Specialization in the field of Civil Engineering, study programme: Water Resources and Environmental Management from the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade. In case that only specific modules are selected students receive a certificate that includes the corresponding ECTS credits obtained upon successful completion of the selected modules.

Read more on the application procedure & deadlines here: http://www.medies.net/articles.asp?cID=27&aID=605

THE POWER OF ESD: Exploring evidence & promise

International Conference to explore ESD, Visby, October 2O12

SWEDESD, the Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development at Gotland University announces the conference “The Power of ESD”, to be held in Visby, Sweden from 24 to 26 October 2012.

Read more at http://www.medies.net/articles.asp?cID=27&aID=612

5th Worldwide Online Climate Conference CLIMATE 2012 / KLIMA 2012, november 2012

1st CALL FOR PAPERS

ICCIP is proud to issue the first call for papers for the 5th Worldwide Online Climate Conference CLIMATE 2012/KLIMA 2012, to be held on 5-9 November 2012. Take part on this global climate-friendly event and use this unique opportunity to present and discuss your work with fellow researchers, practitioners, NGOs and the interested stakeholders from all around the world!
CLIMATE 2012 is being organized in cooperation with UNEP, SIDSnet, AOSIS, WMO, the Sahara and Sahel Observatory and further world bodies. Building on the success of the five previous online conferences (2008-2011) with millions of visitors and hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific papers, this year's interactive, free of charge online event will specifically focus on “Climate Change, Small Island Developing States and Sustainable Technologies”.

Read more at: http://www.medies.net/articles.asp?cID=27&aID=613

 

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lzbh_christian.andersson@csduppsala.uu.se (Christian Andersson) MEdIES Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:24:53 +0000
Information Bulletin No 28 http://www.balticuniv.uu.se/index.php/medies-news/487-information-bulletin-no-28 http://www.balticuniv.uu.se/index.php/medies-news/487-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: Iro Alampei.

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 Vassilis Psallidas

 

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 Vassilis Psallidas.

 

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: info@medies.net, info@mio-ecsde.org  Web www.medies.net.

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lzbh_christian.andersson@csduppsala.uu.se (Christian Andersson) MEdIES Wed, 13 Apr 2011 14:15:48 +0000
Information Bulletin No 27 http://www.balticuniv.uu.se/index.php/medies-news/444-information-bulletin-no-27 http://www.balticuniv.uu.se/index.php/medies-news/444-information-bulletin-no-27 Information Bulletin No 27
January 2011 (October – November – December 2010)

 

Dear MEdIES friends and Task Group Members,


Contents

 

1. MEdIES Visibility & Events
a. Launching of the “YouthXchange in the Mediterranean”, 9-10 October 2010, Cairo, Egypt
b. Environment and Culture 2010: Myriads of Water Voices (GREEK EVENT)
c. One day long meeting for GREEK ESD Educators “Education for Human Rights“, 19 October 2010, Athens, Greece
d. The AQUA 2010 Conference, 22-23 October 2010
e. Series of Movie Shows& reflection discussions on Human Rights, Autumn 2010 Athens
f. Final experts meeting for training material on 'ESD in MAB BRs ', 8-9 November 2010, Athens
g. Launching of the “YouthXchange in the Mediterranean”, 26-27 November, Beirut Lebanon

2. MEdIES Publications & ICTs
a. Updating of medies webpage

3. Other News
a. Training Seminar on Values Education for teachers of Athens, 10 November, Athens
b. CP/RAC Green Events Training, 23-24 Nov 2010
c. MEdIES is a Partner to a TEMPUS project on reorienting Universities Curricula to include ESD

 

1. MEdIES Visibility & Events

a. Launching of “YouthXchange in the Mediterranean” 9-10 October 2010, Cairo, Egypt
The Launching events of the YXC kit in Egypt were organised on 9-10 October 2010 in Cairo, with a great participation and interest from the Egyptian educational community on the issue consumption.

One day Training event: Saturday 9 October 2010
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, staff of museums and NGOs carrying out educational projects etc. About 80 participants representing these categories attended the event, coming from all parts of the country. This variety of their backgrounds enriched the quality of discussions during the workshop, and was considered, overall as an aster to the training seminar. The evaluation outcomes done through a questionnaire showed a 84.4 % degree of satisfaction of the overall training seminar while the participants made specific recommendations for its improvement. These are taken into consideration from the organizers for the future events in the subsequent countries.

Launching event in Egypt: Sunday 10 October 2010
This event was addressed, primarily, to the relevant ministries of Education and Environment, to local authorities, CSOs & NGOs, and the media. The aprox. 30-40 participants were very interested in the initiative, and actively participated in the discussion that followed by giving examples from their personal experience, in the field of youth work. The event was filmed by the International Nile TV and reportage on it was made on the news.

To read more on the YXC initiative and download the FULL REPORT of the events in EGYPT visit www.medies.net/staticpages/index.php?page=youthxchangeconsumpt

Contact person for YXC project: Iro Alampei

 

b. Environment and Culture 2010: Myriads of Water Voices, 14 October 2010, MIO-ECSDE premises
MEdIES was involved in the campaign ENVIRONMENT & CULTURE 2010 undertaken by the Greek Ministry of Culture with an educational activity entitled 'A water pot from the Mediterranean”

MEdIES designed and implemented an educational especially “fitted” for the MIO-ECSDE premises in Plaka, where an exhibition of water pots and other ceramic vessels is on display.

The 90-mimnute duration programme was given to a 4th Grade class of Primary students.
The ultimate goal of the programme was to use pottery as a vehicle that would bring students in contact with the culture of the ancient Greek world and to discover that Greek art was influenced other neighboring, p re-existing cultures. Pottery is an excellent means to approach this ambitious goal since it can be used in an experiential way: Students can touch it, carry it, put water in it, they can even break it, as only replicas of little economic value were used.

MEdIES officer responsible for the activity: Ms Iro Alampei at info (at) medies.net

Read full report of the MEdIES event
Read more on the Campaign of the Ministry

c. Meeting for GREEK ESD Educators “Education for Human Rights“ in the framework of the Thematic Year 2010-11 of the UN DESD, 19 October 2010, Athens, Greece
MEdIES Secretariat and its Greek Pedagogical Team organised a one day long meeting entitled 'Education for Human Rights', on 19 October 2010 at the premises of MIO-ECSDE. This meeting has been organised since 2006 within the context of the UN Decade for ESD, 2005-2014, with a different focus theme each year (themes set by the Greek Ministry for Education). This year the ESD thematic year is devoted to Education for Human Rights, (.
The target audience of the meeting included all those responsible of 'special' or 'targeted' forms of education, existing in Greece that can be unified under the umbrella of ESD. That means heads of Environmental Education, Health Education and Cultural Affairs, both for Primary and Secondary level, in Attica region, as well as staff of Centers for Environmental Education (CEE) of Attica. The meeting aimed to provide an opportunity for participants to learn and discuss the approach to human rights under ESD.

Overall, aprox. 80 educators and trainers participated, a number much higher than anticipated. This fact shows that there is a great interest in the Greek Educational Community on the subject of Human Rights. On closing a CD-Rom was handed to all participants with rich selected bibliography, high quality educational materials, contact-lists of relevant bodies, and some selected activities from the Greek Pedagogic Team.

Read the full report of the meeting. All presentations and material in Greek language are uploaded here.

In this respect the Greek pedagogical team of MEdIES also organises a series of Movie Shows on the subject of Human Rights for Reflection and Discussion by the educational Community. During automn 2010, three shows are planned, to take place in a multi-function-cafe in the centre of Athens.

d. 4th AQUA Conference: 22-23 October 2010, Paiania, Attica, Greece
AQUA 2010 was co-organized by MIO-ECSDE/MEdIES Secretariat, GWP-Med and the University of Athens on 22-23 October 2010, in Paiania region of Attica, parallel to the LEADEREXPO international exhibitions: Envirotech ΄10 (on Water and Environment Technologies) and Photovoltaic ‘10 (on Energy Technologies).

AQUA 2010 entailed two special sessions: The first session (Friday, 22 October) organised by GWP-med, focused on the 'Alternative water resources in the Mediterranean'. The second special session (Saturday, 23 October) organised by MEdIES Secretariat, had a strong educational component focusing on the issue of Water through the prism of human rights.
In total, more than 100 participants attended the two special sessions of AQUA.

Read the full report here. Find the programme and the presentations (in Greek language) here
For more information on the Exhibition.

e. Series of Movie shows followed by discussion to be used in class, on Human Rights
One more activity was organised by the Greek pedagogical team of MEdIES with respect to the DESD thematic year on Human Rights. The idea was for ESD interested educators to gather, watch a relevant film and have a reflection discussion on how this film could be used in the class. The discussion was coordinated with the help of a person coming either form the film industry (director or actor) or coming from the area of protection of human rights (Civil Society, International organisations etc). During autumn 2010, three Movie shows took place on a monthly basis, which were hosted in a multi-function-cafe in Athens downtown.

The discussions that followed were valued by the participants as interesting and inspiring, as they gave room to teachers for sharing experiences and learning new things form the area of film production. The initiative was valued as rather i nnovative and meaningful; nevertheless the number of participant teachers was smaller than anticipated. In this respect the MEdIES pedagogic team is considering whether it should repeat the activity in the future giving it a stronger publicity and communication component, in a form of campaign.

f. Final experts meeting for training material on 'ESD in MAB BRs and other designated areas', 8-9 November 2010, Athens
10 experts were invited in the MIO-ESCDE premises in Athens to have this 1.5 day long working meeting with the task to finilise the texts of a soon-to-be published training material (handbook) for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

The meeting was orghanised in the framework a joint project of MIO-ECSDE/MEdIES and UNESCO/BRESCE undertaken since 2008 with the ambitious aim of compiling a handbook for the educational staff of MAB BRs etc in the MEDITERRANEAN and the SEE REGION, on how to perform high quality ESD projects and interventions with their target audiences. The working document is expected to be finilised by 31/12/2010, and published within 2011.

Read the full report of the working meeting here.

Read more on the overall project on its webpage.

For more info contact Ms Iro Alampei.

g. Launching of the “YouthXchange in the Mediterranean”, 26-27 November, Beirut Lebanon
Following a series of launching events in Jordan, Tunisia and Egypt, the YOUTH X CHANGE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN initiative was launched this time in Lebanon in November 2010 in a one and a half day long event jointly organised by the Makhzoumi Foundation and MIO-ECSDE. The event, as always, combined a press conference and an experiential train-the-trainer seminar for youth asso ciations and teachers both having a great participation and appreciation from the Lebanese community on the issue consumption. Apart from that, the organisers promoted the YXC initiative in Lebanese TV and radio.

26 November 2010, Press Conference
This event was addressed, primarily, to the relevant ministries of Education and Environment, to local authorities, CSOs & NGOs, and, naturally, the media. During the event newly printed YXC guide was disseminated to the participants.

The ~ 80 participants were very interested in the initiative, and actively participated in the discussion that followed by giving examples from their experience, in the field of youth work, state of the environment in Lebanon, etc. The event was filmed by the Lebanese national TV that made a reportage on it, for the evening news.

One day Training event: Saturday 27 November 2010
This event was addressed to all those involved with education and youth issues in the formal or non-formal way.

About 80 people from all parts of the country, representing these categories participated. The variety of their backgrounds enriched the quality of discussions during the workshops, and was considered, overall as an asset to the training seminar.

Both events were widely covered by the media, including newspapers, radio and two TV channels

Read the full report here.
 

2. MEDIES Publications & ICTs

a. Updating of medies webpage
The “refreshed” MEdIES webpage will be uploaded in beta-version in January 2010

b. ESD in MAB BRs and other designated areas'
It is planned to be published within 2011. Some e-learning activities have been prepared for the promotion of part of the material and they are going to be launched soon.


3. Other News

a. Training Seminar on Values Education for teachers of Athens, 10 November, Athens Greece.
MEdIES participated, as co-organiser to a teacher training on the theme of APPLYING APPROPRIATE TEACHING TOOLS OF VALUES EDUCATION for teachers in Athens, on 10th October 2010. The event was co-organised with the EE (Environmental Education) heads of secondary and primary education of Athens (D’ department).

More than 80 EE educators of secondary and primary education from the region participated in the training that was hosted by the 1st High school of N. Psichiko. Ms Iro Alampei coordinated one of the experiential workshops of the seminar.

Read the report of the seminar here.

For more info contact Ms Iro Alampei.

b. Greening Events Training, 23-24 November 2010
An interactive training workshop was organised by CP/RAC on how to plan, implement and evaluate sustainable events, on 23-24 November 2010 hosted by the Regional Activity Centre for Cleaner Production (CP/RAC), organised in collaboration with the NGO Barcelonya.

Three MIO-ECSDE officers participated to the training, that had ~15 participants in total.
A webpage was created to serve as learning space, and a platform for sharing experiences among the participants in the future.

Read more.

c. MEdIES is a Partner to a TEMPUS project on reorienting Universities Curricula to include ESD
MEdIES as well as the University of Athens are the Greek Partners in the newly launched TEMPUS PROJECT with the acronym RUCAS , which is led by the Dept. of Primary Education of the University of Crete. The project is entitled Reorient University Curricula to Address Sustainability (RUCAS), was launched in 15 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. Kick off meeting of the project was organised in Crete in 14-15 December 2010, with the participation of two MEdIES officers. A project website is under 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
E-mail: info@medies.net Web www.medies.net
 

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lzbh_christian.andersson@csduppsala.uu.se (Christian Andersson) MEdIES Thu, 13 Jan 2011 14:27:51 +0000
Announcements: Two Master's Programmes http://www.balticuniv.uu.se/index.php/medies-news/430-announcements-two-masters-programmes http://www.balticuniv.uu.se/index.php/medies-news/430-announcements-two-masters-programmes We forward to you two announcements for two Maters Programmes that may be of interest to you.

  1. the Institute of International Education (IIE), Department of Education, Stockholm University is now admitting students for the Autumn 2011 two year Master’s Degree Programme in International and Comparative Education (120 ECTS credits) as well as single courses and exchanges between our universities. Application deadline 15th January 2011.
  2. A new Master program on Integrated Water Resource Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala in collaboration with the Centre for Sustainable Development, Uppsala University in the autumn 2011. Application deadline is 17 January 2011.

For more information PLEASE VISIT THEIR WEBSITES OR CONTACT DIRECTLY THE ORGANISERS
All the best
Iro Alampei
MEdIES Secretariat

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(1) Master’s programme in International and Comparative Education
The overall aim of the programme is for students to acquire or update knowledge and analytical skills in educational policy, management, reform and evaluation. The programme gives international, global and comparative perspectives on these areas, examining cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural and developmental dimensions. The programme comprises 120 credits and its duration is four terms. More specially, participants in the programme will acquire knowledge about the interaction between individual and societal factors, as well as informal, non-formal and formal learning at different levels, from the pre-school level to higher education, internationally and comparatively. This programme is available both as a distance education programme and as an on-campus programme.

Single Courses:
IIE also offers several single courses. Visit  http://www.interped.su.se/pub/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=10552 for more information.

Exchange Programmes:
Contact your home university for information about becoming an exchange student at IIE, or see the Stockholm University’s website:

Admission Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in the Social Sciences or a Teacher’s certificate, or its equivalent, corresponding to 180 higher education credits or 120 credit points defined in accordance with the rules regulating Swedish higher education – equivalent to about three years of full time study.
A good mastery of the English language. Foreign students with English as second language must be able to verify their language proficiency (i.e. in the case of TOEFL, a minimum score of 550 points is required).

Tuition Fees:
There are no tuition fees for students coming from the EU, EEA and Switzerland. The cost for full-time studies in the social sciences is SEK 90,000 per year. For more details about fees visit http://www.interped.su.se/pub/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=15174.

Application and Information:
Attached to this email is the Stockholm University Master’s Brochure with lots of information on how to apply and about Stockholm University. You can also visit http://sisu.it.su.se/search/info/SCIEO/en

Deadlines:
Applications should be submitted online (http://www.studera.nu - English language) and the relevant documentation sent to the application centre (follow the procedure on the aforementioned website) by 15th January, 2011.

Application deadline for Swedish students' applications to the single courses in autumn term 2011 is April 15, 2011. Applications should be submitted online (www.studera.nu - Swedish language)

Specific questions:
Email: vladimir.vesovic@ped.su.se with specific questions about the programme, courses or exchange.

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(2) Masters programme: Integrated Water Resource Management Masters Program

There is a large demand in the water sector for professionals skilled in process oriented management and facilitation:

  • How can local perspectives and voices be represented in the governance of shared water resources?
  • How can we expect good freshwater management without integrating insights from interdependent sectors and stakeholders?
  • Can we improve human health by mainstreaming gender issues within water resource management?
  • Does reliable hydrological data lead to good communication?
  • And many other questions….

During the two year program, integrated water resource management will be explored from a wide range of perspectives. The course participants will undertake a journey of iterations between concepts, case studies, methods and thesis work.

Facts about our program:
‐ Degree of Master of Science with a major in Environmental Science (120 HEC Credits)
‐ Study Period: 2 years, full time
‐ Language English
‐ Start: Autumn 2011
‐ Application deadline: 17 January 2011
‐ Campus: Uppsala

Apply online: www.studera.nu
To contact us Email: iwrm@slu.se
For specific requirements visit: www.slu.se/education
Also visit our homepage on: http://www.slu.se/IWMR
 

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lzbh_christian.andersson@csduppsala.uu.se (Iro Alampei) MEdIES Mon, 20 Dec 2010 12:54:51 +0000
Information Bulletin No 26 http://www.balticuniv.uu.se/index.php/medies-news/399-information-bulletin-no-26 http://www.balticuniv.uu.se/index.php/medies-news/399-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/
For more information on the session on Non Conventional Waters konstantina@gwpmed.org
For more information on the ESD session on Water and Human rights alampei@mio-escde.org

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
E-mail: info@medies.net, info@mio-ecsde.org
Web: www.medies.net
 

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lzbh_christian.andersson@csduppsala.uu.se (Christian Andersson) MEdIES Mon, 11 Oct 2010 14:45:43 +0000
Announcements http://www.balticuniv.uu.se/index.php/medies-news/395-announcements- http://www.balticuniv.uu.se/index.php/medies-news/395-announcements- Dear MEdIES members,

Please find three announcements about:
(a) The public consultation on next-generation EU programmes – education, training and youth policy
(b) The International Greening Education Event 2010

and two newly launched high quality web-products of MIO-ECSDE, with a lot of animations, that may come of use to ESD educators of the Mediterranean region, and beyond, that is
(c) The Nanovirtualium: a multilingual webpage on nano-technologies
(d) The hydria project: a bilingual webpage on water technologies of the past, existing around the Mediterranean


Best regards,
The MEdIES Secretariat

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A. THE PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON NEXT-GENERATION EU PROGRAMMES EDUCATION, TRAINING AND YOUTH POLICY

The European Commission is launching public consultations on three planned programmes, due to replace three existing programmes from the beginning of 2014:

  • Education and Training Programme - consultation to replace current "Lifelong Learning Programme"
  • Youth Programme- consultation to replace current "Youth in Action Programme"
  • International Higher Education Programme - consultation to replace current "Erasmus Mundus Programme".

Anyone can take part in the consultations: individuals, associations, organisations and stakeholders - simply by visiting the: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/education_culture/consult/index_en.html  and clicking on the relative links. The consultations will be open until 30 November 2010.

Results of the consultations will be published on the Directorate General for Education and Culture (DG EAC) website. The results reports will give a consolidated and anonymous analysis of inputs received and indicate how the Commission will take them into account in preparing its proposals for the new programmes. The new programmes should support the Europe 2020 Strategy, which promotes an economy based on knowledge, research and innovation, high levels of education and skills, adaptability and creativity, inclusive labour markets and the active involvement of young people in society. In the consultation questionnaires, your views are kindly asked about the development and design of the programmes and how they can contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth - and especially two of the strategy’s flagship initiatives: "Youth on the move" and "An Agenda for new skills and jobs".
Among others, the public consultation "SCHOOLS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY" is open, having as deadline the 15th of December. This public consultation addresses all those interested in the development of school education in Europe. The Commission's consultation document raises a series of issues that are deemed to be crucial for schools in Europe, such as schools and key competences, schools and social inclusion and the role of teachers, among others, on which contributions are sought.

The consultation document and the instructions on how to participate are available at: http://ec.europa.eu/education/school21/index_en.html

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B) THE INTERNATIONAL GREENING EDUCATION EVENT 2010, KARLSRUHE, GERMANY

A three-day International Event on Greening Education will be held from 27th to 29th of October 2010 in the "green" city of Karlsruhe, Germany. This event will take Academia, Education and Environmental Policy Makers, Senior Members of Academic Institutions, representatives of Government and Non-Governmental Organisations and International Development Agencies, Teachers and School Administrators, Sustainable Development and Environmental Management Professionals and other stakeholders through the need for greening education and then discuss effective initiatives that can be taken to translate "education for sustainability" in to actions.

The event is organized by ADAPT/University of Modena & Reggio Emilia, Italy and Etech Germany in cooperation with Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and Research and Transfer Centre "Applications of Life Sciences", Hamburg.

Further to the knowledge sharing on greening education including topics such as:
'Ecologizing' curriculum (incorporating sustainability)
Greening of courses
Creating low carbon education institutions,
the upcoming event also provides an excellent networking opportunity with academia, sustainable development practitioners and other stakeholders in Europe and beyond.

More information and for registration to the event, please contact the Organisers:
E: mail@etechgermany.com
F: 0049 721 476 89 53

For further information, please see the event details at:
http://www.etechgermany.com/IGEE2010.pdf

C. THE NANO-VIRTUALIUM AN INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATION WEB-BASED APPLICATION ON NANO-TECHNOLOGIES - AVAILABLE IN 8 LANGUAGES

NanoVirtualium is a web based application designed as a futuristic virtual reality dome, which invites you to enter into the developing world of Nano-technologies. It provides both basic and advanced information on this new emerging technology and it sets out related implications on health and safety (workers), society at large and the environment.

The objective of the website is to help users understand what nanotechnologies are and grasp their scientific underpinnings and potential applications. Furthermore, it aims to present related environmental, health, regulatory and ethical issues: While nanotechnologies indisputably offer an endless extent of possibilities, it is crucial to eventually move towards the resolution of many of the world's current problems and not just increase consumption by putting more products on the market.

The application exists, so far in 6 languages: English, Dutch, French, Greek, Italian and Lithuanian (Danish and German are pending)

Nanovirtualium is an initiative of the Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE) and has been developed within the framework of the NanoCap project (2006-2009) funded by the European Commission’s FP6 Science and Society Programme.


Visit the nanovirtualium at:
http://www.mio-ecsde.org/_uploaded_files/nanovirtualium/


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D) The HYDRIA PROJECT

www.hydriaproject.net is a bilingual website (ENG and Arabic) aiming to unveil the water technologies and wisdom of the civilisations around the Mediterranean.

So far, 6 countries participate, with 1-5 case studies, each. You and your students are invited to browse the website and discover the wealth of information, presented in the form of Animations, Photos, Stories and Texts.

HYDRIA was undertaken by MIO-ECSDE/MEdIES in 2008-09 and was funded by the UNESCO Participation Programme, MIO-ECSDE and the GWP-Med.

Find out more at www.hydriaproject.net

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lzbh_christian.andersson@csduppsala.uu.se (Christian Andersson) MEdIES Thu, 23 Sep 2010 09:27:58 +0000
Information Bulletin No 25 http://www.balticuniv.uu.se/index.php/medies-news/377-information-bulletin-no-25 http://www.balticuniv.uu.se/index.php/medies-news/377-information-bulletin-no-25 Dear MEdIES friends and Task Group Members,

Please find attached the 25th Information e-bulletin of MEdIES.

Contents

1. MEdIES VISIBILITY & EVENTS
a. MEdIES Activities for Rainwater Harvesting in Cyclades, April - May - June 2010
b. "YouthXchange in the Mediterranean", 8-9 May 2010, Amman Jordan
c. "Residential Training Workshop on Universities and ESD", 23-28 May 2010, Amfissa Greece
d. "ESD in MAB BRs" continuation

2. MEdIES PUBLICATIONS & ICTS

3. OTHER NEWS
UNECE EG on ESD Competences Meeting 28-30 June


1. MEDIES VISIBILITY & EVENTS

a. MEdIES Activities for Rainwater Harvesting in Cyclades, April - May - June 2010
MIO-ECSDE through the MEdIES Secretariat in cooperation with the Heads of Environmental Education of Primary and Secondary level of the Prefecture of Cyclades and the local authorities organised a series of educational activities in seven (7) islands of the Cyclades, namely Milos, Ios, Santorini, Anafi, Naxos, Iraklia and Koufonisi during April-June 2010. The scope of the project was the promotion of the updated version of the MEdIES educational material in Greek entitled "The Gift of Rain'. The project included educational activities in schools targeted to primary and secondary level students as well as seminars for teachers in all islands.
The educational material "The gift of rain" aims to raise awareness of students (11-14 yrs old) to deal with the traditional and modern techniques and practices of rainwater collection, and to develop the skills for the sustainable use of water. The material was published in 2009 disseminated in the schools of Naxos, Syros and Tinos (Phase I). Following, the material was reviewed and approved by the Greek Pedagogical Institute, and its 2nd version was published in 2010, to cover the needs of the increasing number of involved schools and teachers (Phase II -2010).
MEdIES awareness activities in schools were coordinated by the ΜΕdIES Secretariat (Ms Vicky Malotidi and Ms Iro Alampei). They lasted approx. one hour and touched upon topics such as various cisterns found in Greece in the past, as well as the modern systems of rainwater harvesting, and also water consumption & water saving, uses of rainwater, and the water cycle. In total, more than 500 students participated in the educational activities. In all islands seminars for teachers were also organized, in collaboration with the EE departments of Primary and Secondary level, of the Cyclades Prefecture. During the seminars, the educators were introduced to and provided with the educational material. In total more than 100 teachers participated in such meetings and trainings.
The MEdIES rainwater harvesting activities are part of a wider programme implemented by the Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean (GWP-Med), which is member of MEdIES Task Group. All activities were implemented in collaboration with the local authorities and with the support of the corporate social responsibility programme "Mission Water".
More at www.medies.net

b. Launching of "YouthXchange in the Mediterranean", 8-9 May 2010, Amman Jordan
The first set of launching events in the framework of the Youthxchange Project took place in Amman, Jordan, on 8 & 9 of May with the co-organisation of the MEdIES Secretariat and LHAP (Land and Human to Advocate Progress) - the national partner of the Project in Jordan and Member of MEdIES Task Group.
The training event on May 8 was addressed to all those involved with education and youth issues in the formal or non-formal way, such as teachers of primary and secondary level, youth leaders, staff of museums and NGOs carrying out educational projects etc. About 90 participants representing these categories participated in the event, coming from all parts of the country. Following a general presentation on the YXC worldwide initiative and its rationale, the participants were split in 3 groups and followed 3 experiential workshops, that gave them ideas on how to use the material with their target audiences: (A) Breaking Sustainable Consumption Barriers (by Mr Miguel Fondevila, Fundación Ecología y Desarrollo) (B) YouthXchange Suitcase (by Ms Nieves Álvarez Martín, MAG Consumer Studies)) (C) From my habits to my values … and back (by Ms Iro Alampei, MEdIES). The evaluation outcomes of the training seminar were very positive with an overall degree of satisfaction of the attendants at 84%. Specific recommendations for improvement include i.e. repetition of the workshop in other parts of the country and fund-raising for such action.
The media event on May 9, addressed to the relevant ministries of Education and Environment, to local authorities, CSOs & NGOs, diplomatic missions in Jordan and the media. With the patronage of HE the Minister of Environment, HE Engineer Al-Junidi representative of the Ministry, inaugurated the event and addressed the audience, 60 in total. Mr Ziyad Alawneh, director of LHAP made a presentation on the need and the importance of carrying such a project for the young people of Jordan on the critical issue of consumption. Following, Ms Alampei presented the background and the rationale of the Youth X change in the Mediterranean initiative, as part of a worldwide initiative of UNEP and also outlined the contents of the printed guide. The event was interactive with requests from different parties to extend the training and the utilization of the printed guide to reach the country peripherals.
The next set of YouthxChange events will take place in Kelibia, Tunisia, on 29-30 July 2010.
More on the YouthXChange in the Mediterranean at www.medies.net

c. "Residential Training Workshop on Universities and ESD", 23-28 May 2010, Amfissa Greece
The Residential Training Workshop "Universities & ESD" was a five-day training course organised by the University of Athens, MIO-ECSDE/MEdIES Secretariat, the Baltic University Programme (BUP) and the Centre of Environmental Education (CEE) of Amfissa, which took place in the period between 23 to 28 May, 2010, in CEE Amfissa, Greece. In total, 48 experts -lecturers, researchers and university staff- all involved in ESD, participated in the training, coming from nineteen countries of the Baltic and the Mediterranean.
The training workshop aimed to develop knowledge and competences on integrating ESD in University processes, curricula and activities, exploring the concepts of the "whole institute approach" and sharing experiences on ESD. Key speakers were Dr Christine Jakobsson, BUP Director, Prof M. Scoullos, MIO-ECSDE Chairman, Prof Daniella Tilbury, University of Gloucestershire, Dr Regina Steiner, University of Salzburg, and Mr Konstantinos Pavlou, University of Athens.
The sessions divided on the following thematic pillars:
i. Curriculum & Programmes of Sustainable University.
ii. Governance, Processes & ‘culture’ of Sustainable University.
iii. Infrastructures of Sustainable University.
For each of these thematic pillars one key presentation was made, followed by an experiential workshop and stimulating interest. In order to ensure a substantial and meaningful sharing of experiences the participants had been asked to prepare a selected case study from their institutes related to ESD in Universities on these same thematic pillars. All these case studies were presented within the appropriate thematic pillar. A session on the ESD Competences of Educators, based on the draft working text of the UNECE Expert Group took place as well.
The overall training was evaluated very positively by the participants who requested as a follow up a strengthening of cooperation amongst them, mainly through the BUP and the Mediterranean networks. The training was financially supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the Abo Akademi University, the Novia University of Applied Sciences, the European Commission - DG Environment, the Municipality of Amfissa, and it was hosted and in-kind supported by the Centre of Environmental Education of Amfissa.
The proceedings of the seminar are currently under preparation and are expected to be published early this autumn in a special issue of the "Sustainable Mediterranean" (MIO-ECSDE quarterly Newsletter).
More at www.medies.net

d. "ESD in MAB BRs" continuation
UNESCO-BRESCE officially approved the continuation of the project "ESD in MAB BRs of the Mediterranean" for the 2010, a period where the following tasks are scheduled:
- The finalised provisional version of the material
- The pilot testing of the material by a group of experts working on ESD projects in MAB BRs and other special designated areas
- The final Evaluation Meeting to be organised in Greece in autumn 2010
- The finalisation of the texts by 30/12/2010.
The English material is foreseen to be artistically designed, published and widely distributed within 2011.


2. MEDIES PUBLICATIONS & ICTS
- The newly published GREEK training material on "EE/ESD in Protected Areas" developed by MIO-ECSDE in the framework of the EPEAEK II Programme was widely distributed to all Centres of EE, Divisions of EE and Management Bodies of PAs in Greece,
- together with the updated edition of the "Gift of the Rain" (also Greek language).


3. OTHER NEWS
UNECE EG on ESD Competences Meeting 28-30 June
Prof M. Scoullos, Chairman of the UNECE Expert Group (EG) on ESD Competences currently participates in the 3nd meeting of the EG (28-30 June) where the Document on the ESD Competences is under further elaboration. In parallel, the General Recommendations for policymakers, the Preamble and the Illustrations texts (all related to ESD Competences) are under elaboration.
More information at: http://www.unece.org/env/esd/SC.EGC.htm

 

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lzbh_christian.andersson@csduppsala.uu.se (Christian Andersson) MEdIES Mon, 09 Aug 2010 13:23:42 +0000