Countdown to “Save Our Seas”

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.

Project topics:

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.

Project objectives:

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.

Expected results:

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.

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Call for participants: training course “Uniting Youth for Eco-tourism”

Biodiversa, in partnership with Youth and Environment Europe (YEE), is happy to invite all interested young people to apply for our new training course “Uniting Youth for Eco-tourism”.

The training course will take place on 6-13 November 2017 in Kapraluv Mlyn, Ochoz u Brna, Czech Republic. With this training course we would like to explore how young people can exercise active citizenship while developing eco-tourism projects in their local communities. Please follow this link to read more about the project.

Apply for this project if you want to:

  • Widen your knowledge about the importance of youth participation;
  • Gain new knowledge on the development of ecotourism for local communities;
  • Gain knowledge on how to encourage young people to be active and promote active citizenship through eco-tourism;
  • Get ideas on how to increase an interest in eco-tourism among local community;
  • Share experience and best practices in creating eco-tourism related projects.

Profile of the participants:

  • For participants who are residents of following countries: Armenia, Kosovo, Albania, Georgia, Russia, Serbia, Hungary, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Spain, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Czech Republic, Azerbaijan.
  • 18-30 years old (with few participants who can be over 30).
  • Good knowledge of English.
  • Actively involved in environmental youth organisations (as employees or volunteers), the preference will be given to representatives of YEE Member organisations and partners of the project.
  • Concerned about biodiversity, environmentalism and interested in a responsible way of travelling and sustainable development of local environment.
  • Actively involved in local and regional community.
  • You do not necessarily have experience in ecotourism, but should be experienced in working with youth and able to contribute as agents, by sharing knowledge gained during the training course with other young people.
  • The participants will arrange local actions as part of the follow-up of the training course, and therefore you should have experience in organising local activities and be strongly connected to your sending organisations.

Practical information:

Travel and visa costs will be reimbursed according to the travel band allocated per country. Free accommodation and vegetarian food will be provided to all participants for whole duration of the training course.

How to apply:

Fill in the online application form until 27 August 23:59 CET. Before applying, please read the call for participants carefully.

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Call for participants: Practical ecology III

Biodiversa is selecting 3 enthusiastic Spanish participants for its next training course in the French Pyrenees, in partnership with SOLAFRIKA.

When?: 3rd to 15th October 2017, travel days included.

What?: After having run a training course in 2015 named “Ecological work camp technical leading”, SOLAFRIKA would like to go deeper into three specific topics that participants and their team consider the most relevant: ecological construction, permaculture way of living and gardening, and outdoor activities.

Aim: The main objective of this seminar is to promote ecological practices in 3 fields: permaculture, ecological construction and outdoor activities, and by having a healthy life style respecting the nature.

Methods: Participatory methods. Participants will be active and engaged in all daily life chores. Non-formal education tools wil be used during the workshops. All participants should be ready to develop a critical mind, their analytical sense and to share their opinions with the others.

Venue: The training will take place in a rustic old farm belonging to our partner organisation SOLAFRIKA in the countryside, in a village called Bédeille (Ariège, France). The place is comfortable enough for everyone, but don’t expect a 5 stars hotel!

Programme:
There will be:
– Bio construction: wooden terrace, coating method, Chilien wooden oven.
– Permaculture: discovering several specific tools and methods. Understanding this way of living.
– Outdoor activities shown in a walking workshop during a hike, orientation, cooperative games, wild plants identification…

Information Pack (activity programme, how to get there…)http://cort.as/ySz2

Participants requirements:
Spanish resident;
Over 20 years of age by 3rd October 2017;
Able to communicate fluently in the English language (the whole course will be in English);
Available to participate in the whole duration of the training course (3rd – 15th October 2017)).

There will be 3 Spanish participants, and a total of 26 participants coming from Spain, Slovenia, Austria, Netherlands, Hungary, Germany, Greece and England.

Costs: Your travel costs will be reimbursed up to 275 EUR, roughly 1 month after the end of the training course. All other costs (food, accommodation, training, materials…) will be covered by the organisers through funds from the “Erasmus +: Youth” programme of the European Commission.

How to apply: Send a short (no more than 300 words) motivation email to asociacionbiodiversa@gmail.com with the subject line “NAME SURNAME Application to Practical Ecology III”, introducing yourself (who you are, what you do…), explaining why you are interested in participating in this training course, what you expect to gain from taking part in it and why you should be selected. Include also your personal data: name, age, city or village of residence and contact telephone number.

Deadline to apply: Open until completion of the selection process.

Some more info: This project is organised by the French non-profit organisation SOLAFRIKA, in partnership with Biodiversa, Metta (Slovenia), Neront (Austria), Buitendoor (The Netherlands), Pandore (Hungary), IBG (Germany), Alter ego (Greece), Moulsecomb forest (England), thanks to the support of the European “Erasmus +: Youth” programme.

This is the third edition of “Practical Ecology”. You can check some results of the previous edition in the following booklet that was published by SOLAFRIKA: http://www.solafrika.com/PDF/Technical_booklet_Practical_Ecology

and some former participant’s comments here:
http://www.asociacionbiodiversa.org/practicalecologyII

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Call for participants for “Save Our Seas” training course in Croatia

Biodiversa is selecting 4 spanish participants for this fantastic international training course in Murter, Croatia, from 1st to 9th September 2017.

The aim of the training course is to connect marine topics with non-formal methods and develop new workshops. The specific objectives of this training are for participants to:

  • Understand the relationships between pressures from human activities and climate influences and their effects on marine ecosystems worldwide;

  • Be encouraged to use the latest scientific facts in developing new non-formal environmental education methods and tools;

  • Develop 8 new educational workshops, which will be disseminated worldwide in an e-booklet. 

PARTICIPANTS PROFILE

You are welcome to apply if:

  • You are Spanish or currently having official residence in Spain,

  • You are a youth trainer with a passion for environment, aiming to build your competencies in marine environmental education and usage of non-formal learning methods; or you have the potential and need to develop training competencies and act after the course as a trainer for Erasmus+ projects;

  • You show initiative and willingness to self-direct your own learning process;

  • You are prepared to reflect on and question your own beliefs and approaches;

  • As a youth trainer you are motivated to learn about and make use of the Erasmus+ Programme for creating or strengthening international partnerships.

Fill in the application form before Wednesday May 24th. DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL 7th JUNE.

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Call for participants: Be(e) the Change and YEE Annual Meeting

Biodiversa will be sending 2 representatives from Spain to the training course “Be(e) the Change” (23-30 August 2016) and the following Annual Meeting of Youth and Environment Europe (30 August – 1 September 2016), which will both take place in the Ecological Centre Toulcuv Dvur, in Prague, Czech Republic.

Profile of participants:

– 18-30 years old;
– good command of English language;
– active in Biodiversa;
– well informed about the work and activities of Biodiversa;
– able to act as multiplier in your community by spreading the knowledge among other young people;
– able to share new knowledge and information from the training course with us upon your return;
– have previous experience of taking part in international campaigns or local events, especially YEE’s “The Right to Be(e)” campaign;
– want to share your experience in environmental education and campaigning;
– interested in organising quality educational campaigns;
– want to learn more about organising successful environmental educational campaigns.

Requirements:

– Prior to the training course each participant will need to prepare tasks given by trainers.
– After the training course participants will be asked to make a presentation for their organisation about the outcomes of the training course.
– After the training course participants and their sending organisation will prepare a local action related to the topic of bees and bee protection.
– Participants will have to stay for the whole duration of the training course and Annual Meeting (23 August – 1 September 2016).

Travel reimbursement:

Spanish participants will have their travel costs reimbursed up to a maximum of 275 EUR.

Travel reimbursement will be done after the TC. In order to be reimbursed, participants must keep and send by post to YEE all original tickets and boarding passes together with the signed reimbursement form they will receive after the TC.

We strongly encourage the participants to choose the most environmental means of transport. Participants are advised to travel by land, not by plane, if the travel does not exceed 24 hours.

Food and accommodation will be covered fully. Only vegetarian food will be provided during the project.

How to apply:

Write an email to asociacionbiodiversa@gmail.com with the subject line: “Name Surname – Application for TC Be(e) the Change” before 27th June answering the following questions:

  1. Please describe your background/experience in the field of youth work and international projects.
  2. Have you already organised any international or local campaign? * Please describe the campaign(s).
  3. Have you been involved in YEE’s The Right to Be(e) campaign so far? What about other YEE campaigns? * If so, please describe your involvement (e.g. in which year you participated, how you were involved, what were the results etc.)
  4. What is your motivation to take part in the training course “Be(e) the change”? What would you like to gain (knowledge, skills, competences)? *
  5. How will you use the skills gained at this training course in your organisation? *
  6. How will you contribute to this project? *
  7. Please write three reasons why you would like to take part in YEE’s Annual Meeting. *
  8. Do you have any international project idea you would like to implement within YEE? *
  9. How are you planning to stay involved in YEE (e.g. to become a board member, to organise a project)? *
  10. Contact telephone number.

We look forward to receiving your expressions of interest!

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Biodiversa ofrece oportunidad de voluntariado

The right to be headerBiodiversa busca voluntarios que quieran traducir las “guidelines” de la campaña “The Right to Be(e)” al Español. Se trata de una campaña que estamos haciendo voluntariamente junto con “Youth and Environment Europe”.

Si te animas a participar escríbenos a asociacionbiodiversa@gmail.com diciéndonos de qué ficha te quieres encargar. Te pasaremos entonces el texto para que lo traduzcas. Las fichas a traducir están aquí:

http://yeenet.eu/index.php/campaigns/the-right-to-bee/1277-activities-guidelines

Tu nombre aparecerá en los créditos y conseguirás una membresía en Biodiversa durante 2016 como “socio/a de tiempo” (pagas tu cuota con tu tiempo).

Esperamos vuestros correos.

¡Gracias!

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Support Biodiversa’s project: it’s just a click away!

Flower Power Header for post on webFlower Power: improving agriculture by turning St.James’Way into a bee-friendly flower infrastructure

Biodiversa has prepared a project proposal for the Advocate Europe grant worth 50,000 EUR. If we get it, we will be creating a bee-friendly network of flower-beds along St.James’ Ways, by equipping pilgrims with seed bombs of bee-friendly flowers, which they will throw along the way as they walk.

Now we only need your support!! We would be delighted to have the Community Award, which would already give us a small part of the budget needed to make the project happen.

It’s simple: click on the link below, enter your email address and password for registration, and cast your vote by hitting the blue rectangle which says “SUPPORT”!

https://frontend.advocate-europe.eu/r/advocate-europe/2016/proposal_0000298/

Where to click to support our project

Deadline for voting: Thursday 17th March 2016.

Thank you in advance!

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