The main activity of the “Save Our Seas” project, of which Biodiversa is one of the partner organisations, will take place on Murter Island, Croatia, from 1st till 9th of September 2017. It will bring together 30 youth trainers coming from 7 different countries – Spain, Greece, Turkey, Portugal, Latvia, Italy and Croatia.
Participants will be youth trainers with a passion for the environment, aiming to build their competencies in marine environmental education and the use of non-formal learning methods.
The protection of the marine environment is an interesting and important topic to European youth and partner organizations involved in the project. We will connect the knowledge that we got through formal education (real facts, scientific methods, research) and target it through non-formal learning activities, which aim at enhancing the soft skills and competencies of our participants in order for them to act as youth trainers.
The main topics included in this project: unsustainable fishing, pollution, climate change, ocean acidification… are closely related to the aim of the EU’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive adopted by all Member States.
The main objective of the project is to build capacity of partner organisations for working with youth on marine environmental topics, which we plan to achieve through 3 phases: preparation (introduction to mentorship inside participant organisations), training course (connecting marine topics with non-formal methods and developing new workshops) and follow-up (participants will act as trainers in their communities).
Specific objectives of the project (derived from the needs of the partner organisations):
*30 youth trainers will better understand the relationships between pressures from human activities and climate influences and their effects on marine ecosystems worldwide;
*to encourage 30 youth trainers and 9 participant organisations to use the latest scientific facts in developing new non-formal environmental education methods and tools;
*to foster usage of non-formal learning methods in youth work by developing 8 new educational workshops which will later be disseminated worldwide in an e-booklet;
*to connect 9 partner organisations working with youth and environmental issues so they can exchange their know-how and create new quality international partnerships inside Erasmus+;
*to develop training skills of 30 youth trainers to act, after the project, as trainers for Erasmus+ projects and in their own communities;
*to ensure development of mentorship in 9 partner organisations between experienced trainers and junior trainers;
*to strengthen youth impact in climate change global issues having 30 youth trainers act as multipliers.
Some results of the project will be an e-book containing 8 new workshops developed by participants during the training course, a promotional video and a Facebook page that will be tools for future cooperation between participants. We will create a pool of environmental trainers and a net of partner organisations that will establish strong connections in the civil sector, linking marine environment issues with youth work.