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Capacity building event – „Sustainability and „green“ capacity of youth organizations“

On 25.11, the three-day seminar „Sustainability and „green“ capacity of youth organizations“ was launched at PGT „Pencho Semov“, Gabrovo, Bulgaria. The first day of the workshop was focused on presenting eco-policies at the European, regional and local level and sharing experiences. At the regional level, eco-policies and „green“ initiatives were presented by Mrs. K. Sidorova, regional governor of Gabrovo Region and by Mr. N. Kusov, deputy. reg. Governor of Razgrad District. At the local level, „green“ projects and eco-policies were presented by Mrs. Zh. Bastreva and Mrs. M. Radojcheva from the „Infrastructure and Ecology“ Directorate of the Municipality of Gabrovo and by Mr. Marinov, Deputy. mayor of Tryavna municipality. The municipality of Gabrovo has set itself the ambitious goal of making Gabrovo a climate-neutral city by 2030. The municipality’s pilot projects related to autonomous containers for separate garbage collection and the country’s first deposit system for returning plastic bottles and aluminum cans also attracted interest.

The European Green Pact, its related goals and priority areas were presented by Mrs. S. Savova, expert in Europe Directno Stara Zagora. In addition to European policies in the field of ecology, a representative from Europe Direct Gabrovo shared the eco-initiatives they support, as well as opportunities to participate in future projects.
The second part of the seminar was devoted to sharing eco-practices, ideas and experience in working with students and youth. Good practices were presented by PGT „Pencho Semov“, OU „Neofit Rilski“, National Aprilivska High School, Chitalishte „Hristo Botev“, Garvan village, Society 528, Street Hearts, Glushka village, AVS Language Center, NSORB Gergini village.

Among the participants were representatives from Gabrovo Labor Bureau Directorate, Dryanovo Historical Museum, Dryanovo Municipality, REMO Etara.
At the end of the first day of the workshop, main recommendations were formulated addressed to NGOs in the youth sector, stakeholders and local authorities in rural and suburban areas on how to support youth work to implement eco-practices.

Paper recycling demonstrations were presented during the second day of the workshop. All participants had the opportunity to recycle waste paper and make new paper to be used again – for making cards, invitations, letters, packaging, letter envelopes, etc. Another demonstration drew the attention of the attendees to ornaments made from recycled textiles and the casting of scented eco-candles.

The last day of the seminar took the participants to Tryavna and REMO „Etara“ in Gabrovo, where cultural and eco sights were visited.

3rd Transnational meeting

In the period 15-17.10.2022, the third partner meeting on the project was held in Lisbon, Portugal. Representatives of all partners participated in the meeting. Important issues regarding the progress of the project and the results achieved so far were discussed. Upcoming activities were also discussed – organizing a Capacity Building Event and Awareness national events.

Workshop 2 – Mapping of essential green skills for greener youth work in rural area and suburbs

On 16 and 17 April 2022 in Setubal, Portugal was organized the second project workshop “Mapping of essential green skills for greener youth work in rural area and suburbs“. This workshop aimed to map the basic green skills that youth workers need after previously, at the first workshop in February in Delchevo, were identified the most used eco-practicesby youth organizations. During this stay in Portugal, representatives of Regional Advocacy Center, Aequalitas and Cultural Heritage Institute shared the eco skills we learned from each country through previously conducted online research with young people. During the workshop was shared the experience of young people and organizations working intensively to develop eco-practices in the Portuguese capital suburbs. They shared with us their experiences, but also the challenges they face in environmental work.

2nd Transnational meeting

From 25 to 27 March 2022 in Delcevo, North Macedonia, the project partners had their second productive transnational meeting. The aim of this meeting was to organize our next eco-actions in each country (Portugal, North Macedonia and Bulgaria). We are working to make citizens aware of environmental problems and be sensitive to them, to promote interest in participation and improvement of environment and, develop the ability to find out about things they don’t know about the environment around them. This weekend meeting, we also used to have a short tour of the most important cultural and natural places in Eastern Macedonia.

Road map of ecological practices in youth work in rural area and suburbs – workshop 1

The implementation of workshop 1 under the EcoMap project has been successfully completed on 11-13.02.2022. The topic of the workshop was mapping of eco practices in youth organisation. The event was attended by 19 participants from local youth organizations, the environmental association Zdravets 2000 and other stakeholders. Participants shared views, discussed and exchanged environmental practices from their daily work. Working in groups, the participants developed new environmental practices and initiatives that they will implement in their organizations. Visits were organized to the Training Center for Nature Conservation, the village of Negrevo and the Center for Rural and sustainable Practices in the village of Star Istvenik. Finally, all participants received a Youtpass certificate.

Start of the EcoMap project

The first working meeting of the project team was held on December 27. It was organized online with the participation of representatives of the three partner organizations – Cultural Heritage Institute, Bulgaria, Regional Advocacy Center, North Macedonia and Association Aequalitas, Portugal.

The project coordinator, Cultural Heritage Institute, presented the project, its goals and expected results. Each partner shared their experience and preliminary expectations from the implementation of the project. The tasks and responsibilities of each partner, the schedule and the requirements for publicity and information about the project were discussed.

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