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Intercambio Juvenil: «In Love With Energy Efficiency»

Logo in love with energy efficiencyBiodiversa busca a 5 jóvenes para participar en el intercambio juvenil «In Love With Energy Efficiency» (Enamorados de la eficiencia energética) que tendrá lugar en Albania del 7 al 15 de Octubre de 2014. Habrá 25 participantes de 5 países diferentes: Albania, Polonia, República Checa, Moldova y España.

Los elegidos tendrán todos los gastos pagados (alojamiento, manutención y formación), y se les reembolsará el coste del viaje hastan un máximo de 270 EUR.

¡Continuamos esta entrada en Inglés para que vayais practicando!:

We consider energy as a «raw material» in our daily life and we can obtain it from different renewable resources. However, these new technologies are still not very promoted and extended. On the other hand, there are many simple habits people can adopt to reduce energy consumption daily, protect the environment and save money. In a world full of opportunities we want to suggest to the new generations to live as sustainably as possible for a better and long lasting planet, and we consider this youth exchange among the first steps in sharing and adopting these positive practices.


The aim of the youth exchange is to provide a space for participants to share their ideas and knowledge on the topic of energy efficiency and to raise the awareness of young people and their communities on the need of cleaner sources of energy and every day sustainable practices.


– To increase the knowledge of young people on renewable energy resources and energy efficiency.
– To explore and develop simple daily practices for the reduction of energy expenditure without sacrificing our comfort.
– To empower and modify participants’ attitudes towards energy sustainability and encourage them to spread this new approach in their communities.
– To exchange experiences and best practices from different countries in terms of environmentally friendly investments and initiatives for cleaner, fairer and safer energy production.
– To foster youth’s creativity, entrepreneurship, cooperation and networking.

For more details: Info pack YE In love with energy efficiency

To apply: 

Deadline Wednesday 24th September, APPLY NOW!

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Biodiversa accepted as IYNF partner organisation

Our  partnership application was accepted by the International Young Naturefriends Presidium last week,  and Biodiversa is now enjoying the status of partner organisation of IYNF.iynfIYNF is an international organisation bringing together Young Naturefriends and their organisations accross Europe. It was established in 1975 and currently has 19 member organisations. With more than 120.000 young members organised in over a thousand local groups, it is one of the major European youth organisations.

IYNF welcomed us to their network with a very nice post in the latest issue of their newsletter:

Biodiversa bienvenida a IYNFThank you for this sweet feature in your newsletter! We are delighted to be part of the IYNF network and we also hope for future fruitful cooperation.

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de | 1 de agosto de 2014 · 16:56

Ruralise Yourself: results (II)

This is the second part of the results and outcomes of our «Ruralise Yourself!» international training course, which took place in Valeri, Asturias, from 5th to 11th May 2014. Enjoy!

Skills sharing

We made marigold handcream during the training course.

Calendula handcream making (Medium)

Here you have the recipe. Do it yourself!

«Dry the petals. Then, infuse them in oil in a water bath for 45 min. Melt wax and strain it, if necessary (the wax must be clean of impurities). Mix 5 tbsp of oil, 2 of wax and 1 of lavender or any other powerful flower’s extract, and mix it very well, in order to create a uniform cream. Then leave it to rest in a recipient.

Recipe to do the lavander extract:
– Pour 2 cups of 100 proof vodka into the jar of flowers.
– Cut 100 flower heads and put into a sterile jar.
– Twist the lid on, shake, and place out of direct sunlight.
Shake once a day during 8 days.

As you can see, I recomend to increment the proportion of oil, because the other day the cream was a bit hard, but it depends how you like it. While mixing it, you can see the consistence and correct the proportion as you like. But I think with 5 tbsp of oil instead of 4, might work!» Lidia Fanjul, from Gaiaysofia

We also made toothpaste:

And learned how to make soap:


Here’s a list of interesting books that we recommend (special thanks to Lidia and Seb, from Gaiaysofia for this!):

1. The Art of Fermentation
2. La Casa de mi Padre
3. Asturias, Región Agropolitana
4. Ecology, Community and Lifestyle
5. Sociología Rural – Agroecología
6. Nature’s Due
7. Thinking like a Mountain
8. Good Food for Everyone Forever
9. Towards a Transpersonal Ecology
10. Animate Earth
11. Space and Place
12. Widening Circles
14. Mycelium Running
15. Steps to an Ecology of Mind
16. Signs of Life
17. Small is Beautiful
18. Growing Gourmet Mushrooms
19. The Dream of the Earth
20. Active Hope
21. Creating a Forest Garden
22. Selfsufficiency
23. The Holistic Orchard
24. Hearing our Calling

And so much more!

And when we thought that we had shared all we had to share, we realised that we were soooo wrong. It had only just started! All this (and much more) has already been shared in our Facebook group way after we all got back home!:

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Post on a participant’s blog about the training course: Thank you, Chris!

Website from the neighbours who invited us for cider on the last day:

Website of our cook:

Hand made jewlery by one of the participants:

The project from the partner of a participant: sustainable handmade knotware:

To watch:

75 documentaries that will change how you see the world:
Russell Brand – Awakened Man:
Jane Goodall visits the University of Iowa:
The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz: (and the book in English – You can try download it from e.g.
The Overview Effect:
How we can eat our landscapes:
Winter nomads – hiver nomade (trailer):
The take (documentary), a new economy is emerging in Argentina…:
The Venus Project – Future By Design – Full documentary:
Alan Watts – Co jste to zapomněli:
The Power of Community. How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (sub español)

About gardening, food, ecology, eco-agriculture and «green intelligence»…:

I Thought She Was Just Gardening… Then I Looked Closer. WOW!!SPl6t
Vertical gardens:
7 Awesome DIY Hacks to Get You Gardening:
The Future of Food (EUropean Learning Partnership):
Open Source Ecology:

One last DIY! How to make non-toxic body wash:

And some life-changing stuff, ha! ;)… 12 Little Known Laws of Karma (That Will Change Your Life):

And last but not least, one of the most enjoyable results of our project: the invitation to home-made cider that we got from the fantastic neighbours!! Thank you so much!


Please leave us a comment to let us know whether you found this compilation of results useful or not! Thanks in advance!

This project has been possible thanks to the financial support of the  Youth in Action Programme of the European Commission.

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New Steering Committee of «The Global Youth Biodiversity Network»

The Global Youth Biodiversity Network, of which Biodiversa is a founding member, has elected its first Steering Committee, and they’ve made a great choice of young leaders for biodiversity from all parts of the world!

 GYBN logoThe election was conducted from 3 to 16 September 2013 after a call for self-nominations opened in August and encouraging all young people worldwide to submit their application. Eleven (11) individuals representing all world regions and different backgrounds were qualified to run for the election after a rigorous process was done to shortlist the received applications. Only young people aged 30 or younger who registered themselves in the network membership database by 4 August 2013 were allowed to vote. A total of one hundred eligible voters were given fourteen days, from 3 to 16 September, to cast their vote online and elect the best and suitable candidates. The Elections Committee met from 17 to 22 September in order to announce the results.

Based on the voting results, the following individuals have been elected for the Steering Committee:

– Shailyn Drukis (Canada)

– Melina Sakiyama (Brazil)

– Christian Schwarzer (Germany)

– Dayna Noltie (Canada)

– Mirna Ines Fernández (Bolivia)

– Arunava Datta (India)

– Lemuel Vega (Mexico)

– Mesfin Hailemariam (Ethiopia)

– Tomas Badura (Czech Republic)

– Achmad Solikhin (Indonesia)

– Shankar Adhikari (Nepal).

They will serve during two years and will decide among themselves who will be the two (2) Focal Points of the network to the CBD Secretariat and other interested parties and partners. The Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) is officially recognized by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The convention is an international legally binding treaty whose main goals are conservation of biological diversity; sustainable use of its components, and fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources. The CBD encourages the participation of civil society groups, including Children and Youth, in its processes.

The GYBN’s mission is to raise global awareness among young people of the values of biodiversity and connect individuals and youth organizations in order to build a global coalition to halt the loss of biodiversity.

See the newly elected Steering Committee members:

Join GYBN mailing list:

Check GYBN activities: and join on Facebook:

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Aprende a restaurar ríos con Biodiversa

Latest news: All places for all nationalities complete. Thank you for your interest!!

Join Biodiversa in the training course «Youth for Rivers», which will take place in Aghveran, Armenia, from 6th to 12th October 2013. Almost all expenses are covered by the Youth in Action Programme of the European Commission, you can’t miss this opportunity! Apply now!

River CasañoProject description: Europe has been facing problems with rivers in all its member countries. The consequences of human impact are of a large-scale and affect not only particular ecosystems of each river, but also our health since water is essential for life. Improvement of all water bodies is necessary. Some of the leading examples of the poor state of rivers can be found in Armenia. Being aware of the situation, 13 youth environmental organizations decided to join forces, meet for one week to learn about how to help improve river ecosystems, how to take the lead in environmental citizenship and finally, how to organize volunteers for the purpose of increasing sustainability.

The training course ‘YOUTH FOR RIVERS’ will gather 26 young Europeans from 11 countries (Czech Rep., Portugal, UK, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Spain, Russia, Armenia, Moldova, Ukraine) with the aim of equipping the participants with practical tools and knowledge to be able to contribute to the development and improvement of the state of European river systems.

The young leaders will learn through non-formal education; field visits, common actions, sharing of knowledge and  experience to become multipliers in their own organizations.  The project shall take place from 6th to 12th of October 2013 in Aghveran, Armenia and aims to empower European youth to take an active role in the conservation of water resources. Youth and Environment Europe (Czech Republic) is the applying organisation, Khazer(Armenia) is the hosting organisation and Biodiversa is one of the sending organisations. Biodiversa will be in charge of a big part of the training and facilitation for this course.

The participants will be accommodated in a rest house in Aghveran recreation area (50 km to North from Yerevan), which is situated close to the Arzakan town in Kotayq Marz of Armenia. Aghveran is famous for its mountains covered with virgin woods, streams rolling down the hills, crystal clear mountain air full of oxygen and far from the hustle of the big cities. As well Aghveran is near by Arzakan-Meghradzor State Sanctuary, one of the most famous forests of Armenia.  It’s right in the center of Armenia which will allow the participants  «Youth for Rivers» to easily travel to Akhuryan river and Lake Sevan.

Participants will be youth workers or youth leaders of age 18+, able to work in English, motivated and interested in the topic. Spanish nationality and current residence in Spain are essential. Preference will be given to existing members of Biodiversa and to people from Asturias or other areas in the north atlantic coast of Spain.

Accommodation and food
at the training course venue are fully covered by the organizer during the activity dates. 70% of travel expenses will be reimbursed on presentation of relevant receipts. Participants must choose the cheapest travel option. The organization only reimburses public transport costs (no taxis will be reimbursed). The reimbursement will be made by bank transfer only after receiving the return tickets. According to the rules of the Youth in Action Programme, participants can arrive no more than two days before the start of the activity and can leave no more than two days after the end date of the activity.

Note: Participants must be members of Biodiversa in order to attend this training course. Membership costs 15 € and gives full membership rights for the whole natural year.

In brief: participants will only have to cover 30% of their travel costs plus Biodiversa membership.

Instructions for applying:
Send an e-mail with your expression of interest to telling us:
1. Name and Surname
2. Full residential address
3. Telephone number
4. Age
5. Tell us about yourself, what do you do and why?
6. Motivation for participating in this training course
7. What do you expect to learn?
8. How do you plan to apply what you learn?

The subject of the email should be: «Youth for Rivers application, YOUR FULL NAME»

Deadline for applications: Open until we cover the last available place.

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Biodiversa ya forma parte de “Youth and Environment Europe”

¡Volvemos a estar de enhorabuena! Biodiversa ha sido aceptada por unanimidad como nueva organización miembro de “Youth and Environment Europe”. La decisión fue tomada durante la reunión anual de la plataforma, que tuvo lugar este fin de semana (19-21 de Julio de 2013) en el Centro Ecológico y Recreativo Švýcárna, en el valle de Josefov, República Checa.

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Youth and Environment Europe (YEE) es una plataforma fundada en Estocolmo en 1983, que aglutina decenas de organizaciones juveniles que estudian la naturaleza o son activas en la protección del medio ambiente. Estas organizaciones miembro proceden de 26 países diferentes de Europa. El objetivo de YEE es animar a los jóvenes a que se involucren en la protección del medio ambiente y proveerles con una plataforma en la que las organizaciones miembro puedan trabajar juntas.

Para ser aceptada como miembro de YEE una organización tiene que cumplir los siguientes requisitos:

  • Tener los mismos objetivos que YEE, que son fomentar el conocimiento y la apreciación de la naturaleza con el objeto de crear conciencia sobre los problemas ambientales entre los jóvenes de Europa;

  • Ser una organización juvenil auto-gobernada o una sección juvenil autónoma de una organización;

  • Estar organizada democráticamente a nivel nacional o regional;

  • Ser de un país Europeo.

Biodiversa cumple todos los requisitos excepto el de estar oficialmente reconocida como organización juvenil, por eso ha sido aceptada de momento como miembro asociado, estatus que pasará a miembro completo en cuanto se oficialize en sus estatutos su carácter de organización juvenil.

Formar parte de YEE nos permite:

  • Tener la oportunidad de intercambiar información sobre temas comunes con el resto de los miembros;

  • Recibir el boletín de YEE y la revista “Youth and Environment”;

  • Unirnos a las campañas globales de YEE;

  • Obtener los materiales promocionales para las campañas globales;

  • Obtener financiación a través de YEE;

  • Conocer otras organizaciones juveniles internacionales y cooperar para alcanzar los mismos objetivos.

Más información sobre YEE:

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