EcoMap results

The results that are expected to be achieved are:

  • positive impact on the participating organizations and facilitated transition to „green“ youth work;
  • shared good practices for sustainable environmental development as a tool for inclusion and reaching hard-to-reach young people;
  • established cooperation between stakeholders for environmental protection and combating climate change at the local level.

To achieve the expected results, workshops, training seminars and awareness-raising events will be organized.

Workshop 1 reportNorth Macedonia
Workshop 2 reportPortugal
Workshop 3 reportBulgaria
Workshop 4 reportNorth Macedonia
Capacity building eventBulgaria

Awareness raising event
North Macedonia
Bulgaria – Final conference

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Workshop 1Road map of ecological practices in youth work in rural area and suburbs.

This workshop aimed to collect and analyze existing environmental practices in youth work in organizations from rural and suburban areas in Bulgaria, Northern Macedonia and Portugal. The workshop was focused on two important issues:

  • How can eco-practices become a tool for inclusion and access to isolated groups of young people, difficult to access and marginalized?
  • How can eco-practices become a tool for a smooth transition to green sustainability of youth organizations in rural and suburban areas?

The event was attended by 19 participants from local youth organizations, the environmental association Zdravets 2000 and other stakeholders. Participants shared point of views, discussed and exchanged eco practices from their daily work. Working in groups, the participants developed new eco practices and initiatives that they could 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, the village of Star Istvenik. All participants received a Youtpass certificate.

Workshop 2Mapping 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.

Workshop 3Establishment of collaborative environment of stakeholders in environmental area

In the period 24 – 26 June 2022 in PGTHT „Nikola Dimov“ Pirdop was held a seminar on „Establishment of collaborative environment of stakeholders in environmental area„. The event was attended by over 45 representatives of various stakeholders from the region of Srednogorie: – from the local administration from the municipalities of Pirdop, Zlatitsa, Koprivshtitsa, Chelopech, Mirkovo; – from the local business – Dundee Precious Metals Chelopech EAD, – eco organizations – State Forestry Pirdop; – Teachers and young people from the Vocational School of Tourism „Nikola Dimov“, Secondary School „Sava Savov“, Pirdop, Primary School „St. St. Cyril and Methodius ”, Chelopech village; – Representatives of local organizations – „Rotary Club“ Pirdop, Educational Center „Miletia“, Vitas Agency, Foundation „Situational Center Open Doors“; Гората.бг, – Representatives of the local media – „Kambana“ newspaper, „Regional Press“ newspaper, Srednogorie media. – local citizens. During the seminar, good practices and experience were shared for cooperation and creation of sustainable partnerships to support youth activities and organizations for the implementation of eco-practices in their daily work and in organizing youth activities, initiatives and projects. The important role of all stakeholders in the development of the local youth community and support for various youth initiatives, sports and the promotion of eco-behavior was noted. The seminar had an open format, which allowed various forms of participation and presentation – presentation, demonstrations and sharing of experiences, informal conversation, video and more. Thanks to the kind assistance of the Municipality of Zlatitsa, a visit was organized to a separation plant for household waste and an installation for composting of organic waste. With the support of the State Forestry Pirdop was visited a nursery for shrubs and trees in the town of Pirdop, which is used for afforestation in Srednogorie. The seminar gave a new direction to the development of local cooperation between stakeholders in organizing youth initiatives.

Workshop 4 – Working Programme for implementation of eco practices and skills in youth work in rural areas and suburbs

„Creation of a work program for the implementation of environmental practices in youth work in
rural environment and urban suburbs’ was the theme of the fourth workshop. It was held in Struga, North Macedonia in the period August 26-28.
The aim of the workshop was to jointly develop a work program/plan for the implementation of environmental practices in youth work and in youth organizations, thereby facilitating access to hard-to-reach youth and marginalized groups. The process went through presentations, discussion, work in small groups, feedback on the workshop and giving recommendations. During the workshop there were also practical demonstrations on environmental protection,
eco-practices for youth work, which visually presented good eco-practices to the participants. These
the demonstrations encouraged the creativity of the participants and they created new eco practices that are relevant to their youth work.

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.

EcoMap project Final conference

On January 6, an event (final conference) was held in Pirdop to distribute the project results under the EcoMap project with number 2021-1-BG01-KA210-YOU-000033872.

The event was attended by representatives from youth organizations, schools, local authorities, young people, eco-activists and citizens. The achieved results of the project were presented. The results focus on the implementation of eco-practices in youth work, as well as the possibilities of moving towards greener youth work and turning youth organizations into „green“ youth organizations.

During the event, the challenges facing youth organizations in rural areas were outlined, as well as the opportunities to expand the scope of their work and create new partnerships through Erasmus+.

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