Italy – Io,Noi ODV

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Albania – Kongresi Rinor Kombetar

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Earth Hour Skenderbeg's Square, Tirana, AlbaniaAt the planet earth care initiative, young people and earth ambassadors signed up to raise awareness of the problems facing the environment and nature.Young people to become together in solidarity with the Planet. To raise awareness of actions against climate change and related risks.On the last Saturday of March, every year, billions of people come together in solidarity with the Planet, to raise awareness of action against climate change and the dangers associated with it. Together with over 3 billion people and thousands of other cities in the world, TiranaEuropeanYouthCapital2022 - The National Youth Congress joins the movement for Planet Earth, for our future. Tirana will turn off the excessive lights of public lighting, raising awareness of the problems faced by the environment and nature.
Workshop "Promotion of Socio-Ecological Initiatives"NYC/TEYC2022 OfficesThe National Youth Congress in full cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, are engaged in mapping and promoting successful incentives which implement the principles of green and those of sustainable development.To identify local actors who have turned socio-ecological living into an everyday style. To inspire new models that apply the principles of sustainable development. Maping and promotion of green initiatives. The next coordination workshop was held in the framework of the initiative "Promotion of Socio-Ecological Initiatives" which takes place in full cooperation with Friedrich Ebert. This organization is continuously developed for the drafting of "Climate Manuals" in 12 municipalities of the country. The team of 12 local coordinators has started working since February this year with the construction of the methodology that will be followed for the mapping of actors in each municipality. In order to have a rigorous scientific methodology in identifying local actors, the coordinators have become part of a training cycle in order to expand knowledge, capacity building and finalize scientific methods that will be used to gather information on the 4 main typologies such as institutions, businesses, NGOs and individual and family cases. This phase will be followed by the construction of positive role models for the most interesting entities that implement socio-ecological principles which will reveal their success stories through promotional videos.
Tirana Cross FestLapraka Sports FieldOn May 27-29, the first edition of the tiranacrossfest Games was held. An outdoor sports event that promotes active and healthy living through sports.To promote active and healthy living through sportLapraka Sports Field turned into a real arena of gladiators, which donated emotions, challenge, race, fun, adrenaline, spectacle and of course celebration for all 25 teams participating in tirana cross fest Games.
Bike Fest TiranaItaly SquareYoung people from 10 high schools in Tirana were trained on health, active life and the environment, as well as received cycling lessons.To make young people aware of health, active living and the environment
Promote a healthy lifestyle through cycling
Bike Fest Tirana was successfully held on June 3, International Bicycle Day. Young people from 10 high schools in Tirana were trained on health, active life and the environment, as well as received cycling lessons.
The organizations, the main cycling communities and the best bicycle shops made it possible not only to buy bicycles and their parts at a low price, but also to offer various workshops and programs prepared for every age group.
CHOOSE THE PLANET, NOT THE PLASTICNYC/TEYC2022 OfficesAs part of the "Eco-health" program, training on the dangers of plastic was developed for all young people.To improve the quality of life and the environment To inform on the dangers of plastics To contribute to the improvement of the planetLand is all we have in common and we need to take care of our big house. As part of the "Eco-health" program, training on the dangers of plastic will be developed for all young people. The training provided young people with scientific information from Prof. Assoc. Dr. Mihallaq Qirjo.

Latvia – Ecological Future Education

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SIA Getlini EKOKaudzīšu iela 57, Rumbula, Ropažu nov, LV-2121, Latviaņi EKO is the largest municipal solid waste landfill in the Baltic states. Since 26 October 2015, biodegradable waste has been used for production of biogas, meanwhile materials and metal products useful for processing have been delivered to companies engaged in the recovery and recycling of these materials.1. To use the biogas obtained as a by-product for growing vegetables
2. To use the landfill gas to produce electricity which is then sold to the local electricity company
SIA Getliņi EKO produces heat as a by-product, the use of which is limited. Their attitude to environmental safety does not allow them to simply release the heat “into the air”, so they constructed greenhouses and grow vegetables in them, since the heat they produce is relatively cheap. Modern greenhouses that are 5.5 m high and span a total area of 11,412 m2 are built in the territory of SIA Getliņi EKO landfill. Greenhouse plants occupy an area of 10,512 m2 and amount to 25,000 seedlings planted. Annually, SIA Getliņi EKO produces about 500 tonnes of tomatoes. The greenhouses are equipped with climate control facilities which provide the conditions necessary for growing plants. Cultivated plants are grown in mineral wool and hung in planting beds positioned 70 cm above the ground level. The nutrition for the plants is provided with the assistance of computerised fertiliser mixing and dosage programme which provides plants with the necessary nutrients.
Ū VitamīnsAn initiative which has no specific locationThe initiative was established by the Riga Technical University, Innocent Cafe, and the Association of Latvian Water Supply and Sewerage Companies with the aim to inform society about the accessibility of drinking water and to educate them about the fact that the tap water is safe to drink.1. To inform society about the accessibility of drinking water
2. To educate society about the fact that the tap water is safe to drink
3. To promote the availability of Ū vitamīns (Vitamin Water) free of charge in various places across Latvia
The initiative aims to educate society about the safety of tap water and promote the availability of water free of charge at various cafes, restaurants, etc.
Last year they implemented a campaign on responsible use of drinking water resources in Latvia. They organised 24 online seminars in 15 different schools in various regions of Latvia, and 3 online seminars were organised in colleges. In addition, they have created several videos on their YouTube channel ( on circulation of water in the city, on how to use water in a smart way, and also an educational video on responsible use of drinking water.
They also have Instagram and Facebook profiles where they organise contests and educate society about water.
Their website has a map displaying all the places in Latvia where it is possible to refill one's water bottle free of charge (
In 2022, 6 new drinking fountains were opened in the parks of Riga.
Association Be the LightCēsis, LatviaThe association is located in the city of Cēsis and their aim is to make sure that each member of the society has food to put on their table and clothes to wear.1. To ensure that everyone has something to eat
2. To ensure that people who are in need of clothes and footwear can go to them and get these things
This association does many things.
One of their projects is a community fridge in Cēsis where people can leave food products for others who are less fortunate. It is also a great way to reduce food waste if you need to clear out your fridge before a vacation or in other situations. There are some companies in Latvia who donate food to this community fridge so that the people who need food can go there and take some. This is a great initiative which teaches people to take care of their community and to make sure everyone has food to put on the table for their family.
They also participate in various charity activities, for example, they accept donations of clothes and footwear, and everyone in need of these things can go to them and take them free of charge.
Latvian Movement for Independent LivingRiga, LatviaThe vision of Latvian Movement for Independent Living is inclusive society and equal opportunities for people with disabilities and that means local community for everyone, society where every person is of high value, where every person with disability have the same opportunities as all other people.1. To ensure the independent living opportunities for people with disabilities
2. To promote deinstitutionalisation and implementation of social model of disability in Latvia
3. To earn funds for building a group home
In order to get funds necessary for building a group home, they involve people with mental and physical disabilities in the making of candles. In this way people with disabilities have a purpose in their life, they do something they like and in the end by doing this they help to fund the establishment of a group home. Their goal is to sell one million candles. There are several designs of candles, for example, in the colours of the Latvian and Ukrainian flag, in the shape of an egg for the Easter, they are available in various colours and shapes.
Uzņēmīgi Gulbenes novadā (Entrepreneurs in Gulbene municipality)Gulbene, LatviaThe municipality council of Gulbene has created this grant programme (with a website and Facebook page) to help new and existing entrepreneurs to implement or develop their ideas.1. To inform people about funding available for entrepreneurs
2. To give people information about various bureaucratic issues (for example, through online seminars)
3. To serve as a platform for sharing news and all kinds of information among the stakeholders
This grant programme developed by the local government of Gulbene offers possibilities to receive funding up to EUR 10 000. There are already many small entrepreneurs who have had the opportunity to launch their business with the help of this grant programme. In addition, they offer not only grants but also help with information, marketing, accounting issues, etc. This is a great initiative that contributes greatly to the development of Gulbene municipality.

Portugal – Associação Sójovem das Saibreiras

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FRUTA FEIARua Alexandre Herculano nº 64, 1250-096 Lisboa
This project aims to combat market inefficiency, creating an alternative market for “ugly” fruit and vegetables that can change consumption patterns. A market that generates value for farmers and consumers and fights both food waste and the unnecessary expenditure.Reduce the tons of quality food that are returned to the land every year by farmers
Avoid the unnecessary expenditure of the resources used in its production, such as water, arable land, energy and the working time.
Changing consumption patterns, this project intends that in the future all quality fruit and vegetable products will be marketed equally, regardless of size, color and shape.
The Fruta Feia cooperative arises from the need to reverse these trends in the normalization of fruits and vegetables that have nothing to do with food safety and quality issues. As parallel impacts are the population's awareness of the problem of food waste
and the fact that ugly foods are not garbage, and also the possibility of consuming seasonal and regional products at a lower price.
LIPORR. Morena 805, 4435-996 Baguim do MonteLIPOR is specialized in the areas of waste treatment and recovery.To transform waste into new resources through the implementation of innovative and circular practices, generating and sharing value.
LIPOR - Intermunicipal Waste Management Service of Greater Porto - was founded in 1982 as Municipality Association and manages, recovers, and treats the municipal waste produced in eight municipalities of the Greater Porto Area: Espinho, Gondomar, Maia, Matosinhos, Porto, Póvoa de Varzim, Valongo, and Vila do Conde. At the same time, we continue to share good practices with the population, which are supported by awareness campaigns.
Every year, we treat around 500,000 tons of municipal waste which is produced by about 1 million inhabitants.
LET'S SWAPPorto - without a fixed addressA pioneering movement in the city of Porto that promotes the circular economy and encourages people to give new life to their clothes.A movement that was born with the aim of creating an alternative to fast fashion.
It promotes the circular economy and aims to make the fashion industry more socially and environmentally aware.
This group organizes markets where people can swap clothes, and sometimes also books and children toys, using a points system.
This points system is be used as a guide so that fair trades can be made. Imagine you bring a jacket, a tshirt, a pair of pants and a dress - you are entitled to 5 + 2 + 3 + 4 = 14 points. With these 14 points you can choose the pieces you want to be inside that ceiling. The points serve as a bargaining chip. And if you don't find a piece that you fall in love with, the points you don't use can be used in a next event. (Instagram)
CECOlabOliveira do HospitalAssociação CECOLAB – Collaborative Laboratory Towards Circular Economy. the project aims to support the transition from an economy model to contribute to the creation of qualified scientific employment oriented towards research and innovation with environmental, economic and social value creation through the creation of an economy responsible for resources and people in a more efficient way in its life cycle, developing and transferring knowledge and technology to the marketCecoLab provides consultancy by analysing by-product requests, makes technical and legal studies in the scope of Circular Economy and has a multidisciplinary team with skills to provide training to people and entities in areas transversal to Circular Economy.
APARua Nossa Senhora da Conceição, 2The Portuguese Environment Agency is the entity responsible for implementing environmental policies in Portugal. It is a public institute integrated in the indirect administration of the State, under the tutelage of the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Action.
APA aims to contribute to a high level of protection and enhancement of the environment through the provision of quality services to citizens.The APA results from the merge, in 2012, of the Portuguese Environment Agency, the Water Institute, of the 5 Administrations of the Hydrographic Region, of the Commission for Climate Change, of the Commission for Monitoring the Waste Management and the Environmental Emergency Planning Commission.
EPISCampus do Lumiar - Edifício E, 1º andar1649-038 LisboaThe project aims to develope, incubate and internalise new methodologies to promote success at school, the quality of education and training systems and the employability and professional insertion of young people.EPIS focuses on innovative methodologies based on good practices, with national scalability, wants to create a strategic and close alliance with Central Government institutions, namely those responsible for Education, Training and Employment and seeks to network partnerships with municipalities, schools and national and local companies through the incubation of change on the ground with quantitative results, promoting Promotion of the internalisation of change by the State and the municipalities, based on the principle of "universality of service".

Romania – Harghita City Council

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Szekler productMiercure-Ciuc,,25.5998161,11z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x474b2a092c490c6b:0x6aa5d0a276cb4941!8m2!3d46.3695574!4d25.7953655Harghita Coutny Council’s initiative regarding the Szekler Product trademark is a good example of how people in a community can overcome unfavourable global processes by creating a common and unique trademark for the products produced at local level.Doing a favour for smaller farms, which are more dynamic, employ more people and are definitely more environment friendly.One of Harghita County Council`s (HCC) priorities falls on helping and supporting people living in rural territories and local producers, contributing by this means to the creation of jobs and the preservation of the rural tourism. For reaching the set goals HCC initiated and developed the Szekler Product community trademark, efficiently representing and protecting the interests of local producers for their future well-being and promoting among citizens the benefit of consuming local and healthy food. HCC’s initiative regarding the Szekler Product trademark is a good example of how people in a community can overcome unfavourable global processes by creating a common and unique trademark for the products produced at local level.
The long-term objective of the initiative is to ensure that protected local products also comply with EU quality labels.
Nowadays the activities are implemented by Development Agency of Harghita County. More than 150 producers with more than 1000 products have the right to use the trademark.,, Visit Harghita - Traditional Szekler product
Little gardenerHarghita County,,24.4446701,8z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x474a6257db632a9b:0x1344d91260dcea94!8m2!3d46.4928507!4d25.6456696To create environmental education for young students in order to learn about how to produce healthy food in order to support susatinability and healthy lifestyle To make young people aware of the importance of environmental education as a way of contributing to develop a more sustainable society. The aim of the programme is to raise awareness of healthy eating among school children and their parents, so that they can experience the process of gardening first hand, and gain a deeper insight into the practice of food production. However, one of the primary aims of the programme is also to get children to spend more time outdoors.
Little foresterHarghita County,,24.4446701,8z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x474a6257db632a9b:0x1344d91260dcea94!8m2!3d46.4928507!4d25.6456696To create environmental education for young students in order to learn about how to take care of their environment in order to support susatinability and healthy lifestyleTo make young people aware of the importance of environmental education as a way of contributing to develop a more sustainable society. The aim of the programme is to raise awareness of taking care of the forest and the environment. Children will learn patientence and also about the processes how the environment functions and how you can take care of it. One of the primary aims of the programme is to learn more about the importance of the forests and try to plant as many forest as we can can in order to raise the amount of green area. When the programme started, 32 schools joined with 1950 students to raise and plant trees. Each of the students participating in the programme will have to take care of a sapling for a year, and it will be planted next year.The students apply for the programme because they want to contribute to a healthier environment and make not only forests but also public spaces more beautiful with saplings to be planted.,

Spain – Inercia Digital

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ReduceEncourage people to use new technologies for the creation and spreading of the necessary material for the activities.1. To reduce paper waste
2. To make the material accesible for everybody
With this practice, the main aim is to reduce paper waste within the organisation. Some measures that can be taken are: using collaborative platforms such as Google Drive, sending e-mail instead of letters, or advertising trough social networks, instead of printing posters. Another advantage is that everybody will have access to it, as it is on the internet.
RecycleMake recycling easier in the local by installing the necessary trash cans to recycle. 1. To make recycling easier to the organisation membersBy installing the trash cans for the different waste types, it will be easier for the members to recycle. The best option is to put the trash cans for plastics and organic waste in a place like the kitchen or the coffee area and cans for paper in other places around the local.
Reuse"Adelita Market" Calle del Espíritu Santo, 23, 28004 Madrid, EspañaOne interesting activity could be a flea market in which people could sell clothes that they won't wear anymore, so that other people can give them a new life. 1. To raise awareness about how much pollution produces the textile industry.
2. To inform people about fast-fashion
The textile industry is one of the industries that most pollution produce. Furthermore, this pollution has grown with fast-fashion, which consists in buying new clothes as new collections come out so that people are always trendy. That is why, a flea market could be a great activity in which people sell the clothes that they don't use anymore and other people can make the most of them. (Spanish language)
Environmental educationParque Natural Sierras de Almijara, Tejeda and Alhama, Albuñuelas, Spain and Ermita Vieja, protected area in Sierra Nevada, Dílar, SpainTo create environmental education centers in natural parks where young students from environmental educacion and science can obtain pedagogical skill towards sustainability and the environment1. To introduce young people to the organisational and operational dynamics in the work market.
2. To boost their creative and entrepreneurial capacity as well as offer them the opportunity to put their ideas to practice.
3. To make young people aware of the importance of environmental education as a way of contributing to develop a more sustainable society.
4. To develop teamwork and cooperation capacity between professionals.
5. To contribute to professional training of people interested in environmental education, ecotourism and ecologic production.
The Huerto Alegre educational innovation center manage two environmental education centers in rural areas: the Huerto Alegre farm school (in Parque Natural Sierras de Almijara, Tejeda y Alhama, in Albuñuelas) and the Ermita Vieja nature classroom (in Dílar, a protected area in Sierra Nevada). Both of them develop environmental awareness programmes during the year for the general public. Groups of eight people (four in the farm school and four in the nature classroom) participate in this programme during ten days. Young people observe and analyze how the pedagogic activity is developed and they make their own project directed and asesorated by the coordinator of each center later. In this way, they put in practice the acquired knowledge on the environment and the teaching methodology to program and design the activity tha they will develop with a group during a short period of time. This program is aimed at pedagogy, psychology environmental sciences, biology, art, social education, education science, etc. students. (Español)
Gender education through artValle del Guadalhorce, SpainProject based on gender equality promotion through artistic expressions among young people. It is based on encouraging young people's interest in this topic by stimulating their senses through art. Igualarte's main objective is to educate and raise awareness among young people in order to achieve a more equal region. Some of the specific objectives of the program are young people's participation in artistic creation, the improvement in the training on gender equality and the promotion of cooperation among the different towns in Valle del Guadalhorce region to achieve equality.The Valle del Guadalhorce rural development group establish their action plan in Plan Equilibra (2005). There we can find the objective to work with young people to promote gender equality to prevent inequalities and discriminations between men and women. Igualarte is a project to promote gender equality through artistic expressions among young people. It is based on encouraging young people's interest in this topic by stimulating their senses through art. Many different artistic modalities have been dealt with in every call. For example, graffiti, hip-hop, graphic design, perfomancer, websites, tattoos, pinhole photography, music with non-conventional instruments and audiovisual photomontages. This project is focused on artistic expression as a tool to raise awareness among young people on gender equality. On this purpose, specific training is provided on the artistic subject for each edition and in gender issues. In this way, knowledge about gender equality can be applied transversally in every phase of the project. The work carried out in every town is a cointinuous group work. Participants are organised in work goups (one on each town) and they meet weekly in 3 to 5 hours sessions during approximately two months. (Español)
Truancy and school failureSerranía de Ronda, SpainThis project aims to colaborate with programs from seven high schools to fight against truancy and school failure, through the development of a program that specifically follows those vulnerable students. It also involves the student's family to take part in their educative development and educative community in general. The aim is to boost young people's participation in the educational community, in representative bodies in educational centers and in Red de Mediadores of these centers, as well as to promote the figure of youth correspondents in educational centers. To sum up, they want to encourage youth associations. Likewise, the active participation of families in the educational community and in the school council is required. Besides, family intervention teams from community social services aim to improve their services, since they look after a large number of families, and need to prioritize high-risk families, leavind "lower risk" families outside the necessary attention that allows the modification of truant behaviors. Finally, families tend to want their kinds to spend as much time at school as possible, which shows how much responsibility they give to educational institutions. Juglares is a project which aims at collaborating with different programmes from the seven secondary schools in the region. There are some common characteristics among young people from these secondary schools that lead local agents to act carefully to avoid the risck of truancy and school failure. There is a noted young group from the secondary schools that are already at a disadvantage (personal, familiar, social or cultural) compared to the rest of young people. That is why they need special measures to meet their needs. Two types of action are taken: dynamisation of young people's participation in the educational community and dynamisation of families' participation in the educational community. Within the educational centres and while the project Juglares is being developed, the people responsible for the porgramme are present in the different meetings to talk about issues related to participation and implications of young people and their families in the educational community. In every meeting and interview a report is filled in order to keep track of the process and each specific case. A protocol has been established for those who have llost the right to attend the centre and actions and activities are carried out to support the educational tasks entrusted to them. Moreover, they carry out other tasks to help young people to improve their attitude and behaviour to avoid the possibility of dropping out of the educational centre. (Español)
Environmental educationGranadaCreation of a Nature Classroom where young volunteers acquire knowledge on conservation and ringing oriented towards environmental education through seminars and other activities. The main objective is to promote the altruistic action of young people in contributing to the environment conservation and environmental sustainability.
1. To contribute to young people's training from a practical point of view so that their collaboration with entities, that carry out environmental activities, is as profitable as possible.
2. To disseminate the Humedal de Padul as a referent protected area for environmental and ornithological volunteering by means of different awareness-raising and training activities.
3. To develop actions and campaigns that aim to promote and increase the environmental value of Granada.
EOP is a project that arises from the collaboration between El Aguadero nature classroom and the volunteering group Estación Ornitológica de Padul (EOP). It was created in 2007 to contribute to the conservation and dissemination of environmental values in Granada, specially in Humedal de Padul and Reserva Ecológica de la Alondra Ricotí. The main mission is to involve people to achieve the goals and be able to create a space for education, communication and direct environmental cosial action. It is a classroom where they are developing an environmental education programme called "programa de formación de divulgación del voluntariado ambiental de jóvenes". They carry out a recruitment process and they divide volunteers into three groups, taking in consideration their preferences. This results in three groups of vounteers for public use, conservation and ringing. Seminars are held during a year and they have different contents relatec to the main topic of each group. The training they get is very diverse but also specific, and it is a great opportunity for the volunteers to acquire knowledge on environmental education and nature conservation. After that year, the people who have participated can continue to receive training from other projects of the Estación Ornitológica, as long as they are registeres as volunteer staff. (español)