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The Great Plant Hunt: Eco-Schools Toyota Biodiversity Educational Project

Eco-Schools – Toyota Biodiversity Educational Project

The project will focus on biodiversity with a particular emphasis on plants and their associated species. The project will include educational aspects, based on the FEE Educational Principles, and practical activities based on resources developed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew with funding from the Wellcome Trust. Kew and the Wellcome Trust will be acknowledged on all material adapted from the Great Plant Hunt (GPH). Where possible links with Toyota retailers will be encouraged, especially in MM5 countries (countries with strong Toyota presence). The project will run for five years.  

Partners

The Foundation for Environmental Education is a non-governmental, non-profit charity aimed at promoting sustainable development through environmental education. A global presence, more than 80 countries around the world are engaged in working with various FEE programmes. The organisation is recognised by UNESCO as a world-leader within the fields of Environmental Education and Education for Sustainable Development.

Toyota Motor Europe established the Toyota Fund for Europe to collaborate with non-profit organisations on community activities that support the environment, technical education and road safety. The projects supported by the Toyota Fund for Europe aim at raising awareness and creating positive change.

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Kew’s mission is to be the global resource for plant and fungal knowledge and the world’s leading botanic garden. The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health by supporting bright minds in science, the humanities and social sciences and public engagement.   

The Great Plant Hunt was commissioned and funded by The Wellcome Trust to mark the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth.  The materials were developed and created by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Objectives of the project

  1. Develop young people as advocates for conservation & promotion of local biodiversity actions
  2. Develop science based resources in line with the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) principles to allow teachers to promote biodiversity education activity
  3. Meet Kew/FEE principles
  • Easy to apply
  • Promote critical thinking by “go and see”/study approach (learn by doing)
  • Consistent with CBD/Green Corridor
  1. Help meet EU/UN targets for biodiversity education
  2. Develop module as part of FEE school programmes.

Materials prepared for schools will follow the FEE Educational Principles and will be living examples of Education for Sustainable Development.

 

Eco-Schools implementation of the project

Step I Registration

Interested schools wishing to take part, must register with the National Operator (NO) to begin. The NO approves the list of schools taking part. NOs register the schools and enter the school’s information to the FEE database.

Step 2 Review

Following the guidelines and resources, schools will review the initial situation to get a baseline before any actions take place. This part is vital if schools are to track their progress and celebrate their success. Schools must carry out a baseline Biodiversity Awareness Survey to examine levels of awareness surrounding biodiversity and its importance. There will be a number of essential questions which schools will need to answer. However, schools are welcome to come up with a more extensive set of questions as part of the review process. The questions will take into account the age and ability of the user. The results should be publicised.

Another important element of the review is to create a habitat map of the school grounds and record the species present. Schools will need to think about the seasons, weather and time of year, as biodiversity is strongly influenced by all. Schools will use ID charts adapted from Kew’s Great Plant Hunt. Sample ID charts will be made available. Schools will also be able to fill in/create their own ID charts based on the species they find. Students will be encouraged to take pictures of plants found on their schools grounds include some brief information, record them on the charts and upload them on the project page.

The schools stories/information will be uploaded to ‘Exposure’. Guidelines will be circulated re. Exposure.  It is hoped that a basic database of plant species in schools around Europe will be created and added to in subsequent years.

As well as local resources, it is hoped that knowledgeable family and community members and local experts will offer assistance in identifying species. 

Step 3 Action

The Review will have helped pinpoint some issues of concern in the schools, perhaps even in the surrounding area or nationally. Once schools have a clear baseline they can focus their attention on ways of helping biodiversity and various plant species.

 

Top 2 Biodiversity Actions: 

ü  Increase the levels of awareness throughout the school and wider community

ü  (If possible) increase the number of native species and the species diversity in the school’s environs.

Examples of actions will be uploaded by the schools/National Operators and published on ‘Exposure’.

 

Step 4 Monitoring and Evaluation

From the beginning schools should plan how they will measure the success of you Biodiversity Action Plan. The monitoring process is extremely effective when it comes to identifying progress and comparing past and present behaviour and attitudes.  It is important that changes in behaviour and practical measures are measured over an extended period of time.

Evaluate levels of awareness by revisiting the awareness survey carried out at the beginning of the year.

Evaluate progress on practical improvements

ü  Create a new map showing off any practical improvements

ü  Check if species richness and numbers have increased

More at    http://www.ecoschools.global/the-great-plant-hunt/learn-more

More about implementation actions in Serbia at: http://ambassadors-env.com/project/veliki-lov-na-biljke/ (in Serbian) and  http://feeserbia.com/programi/veliki-lov-na-biljke/ (in Serbian)

 

 

 

EASD selected by GEF Secretariat for ECW Eastern Europe meeting in Sarajevo, September 2013, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

EASD representative  participated on GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) for the constituencies of Eastern Europe (Sarajevo September 5-6, 2013).

GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) for the constituencies of Eastern Europe comprising the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine. The GEF Eastern Europe Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) is a component of the GEF Country Support Programme. The ECW will bring together GEF focal points, focal points from the main Conventions (Biodiversity, Desertification, Climate Change and POPs), representatives from civil society and representatives from GEF agencies. The purpose of the meeting is to keep these stakeholders abreast of GEF strategies, policies and procedures and to encourage coordination. There will be an opportunity to interact with staff from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Agencies to discuss priority issues and share lessons and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration within national policy frameworks. The ECW is  an opportunity to discuss priority issues and share lessons and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration within national policy frameworks.

Documents and more details related to Meeting at organizers web site.

 

Participation at UNEP Global Major Groups and Stakeholder Forum, Global Ministerial Environment Forum and High-Level Gender Forum

Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development  participated at the “Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF-14)”, and “The First Universal Session of the Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC-27/GMEF),” Nairobi, 16-22 February 2013.  Ministers meeting for the first time under universal membership of 193 member states- again as a result of the decisions taken and adopted last year at Rio+20 and the UN General Assembly later in the year- adopted a welter of other decisions relating to the way UNEP will operate and work as the global platform for environmental policy-making and action over the coming years and decades.  Governments called for  the transformation of the existing Governing Council into a UN  Environment Assembly of UNEP and to build stronger links between UNEP’s science-based Global Environment Outlook process and its ministerial meetings – further implementing the call  by member states at Rio + 20to strengthen the science-policy interface. 

Among the wealth of other decisions taken at the first Universal Membership of the UNEP Governing Council were: 1.  A UNEP-led consortium will host and coordinate the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) which will be the implementing arm of the Technology Mechanism of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), 2. The CTCN will work on leap-frogging the technical and financial hurdles to the even greater take-up of clean and renewable energies to low carbon tranportation and energy efficient buildings, 3. Full operationalization of a decade-long initiative to decouple economic growth from unsustainable use of natural resources and pollution generation-the 10 Year Framework of Programmes for Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP for SCP), 4. The UNEP-hosted initiative will assist countries in areas from sustainable public procurement, lifestyles and education to sustainable buildings and construction and sustainable tourism, including ecotourism – again bringing from outcome to implementation other key aspects of the Rio+20 Future We Want, 5. Governments also decided to convene in October this year an intergovernmental diplomatic conference to formally adopt the Minamata Convention on Mercury that was agreed  in January in Geneva under a UNEP-facilitated negotiation-again a further implementation of the Rio+20 outcome document.

Over 1300 participants from 147 countries, including 80 ministers, representatives of UN agencies, international organizations, academia, NGOs, business and industry, and women and youth organizations attended the first Universal Session of the GC following the decision of the United Nations General Assembly to strengthen and upgrade UNEP, as called for in the Rio+20 outcome document. Delegates adopted 13 decisions, on inter alia:

-       the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES);

-       coordination across the UN system, including the Environment Management Group (EMG);

-       oceans;

-       sustainable consumption and production;

-       the green economy in the context of sustainable development;

-       advancing justice, governance and law;

-       state of the environment; and

-       chemicals and wastes.

The GC adopted a decision on institutional arrangements that, inter alia, invites the UN General Assembly to rename UNEP’s governing body “UN Environment Assembly,” and provides that the body “will ensure” the active participation of all relevant stakeholders and explore new mechanisms to promote transparency and effective engagement of civil society in its work and that of its subsidiary bodiesinter alia, by: developing by 2014 a process for stakeholder accreditation and participation that builds on the existing rules of procedure and takes into account the inclusive modalities of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) and other relevant UN bodies.

The day before the Governing Council got underway, the Network of Women Ministers and Leaders for the Environment (NWMLE) and UNEP hosted the second High-Level Gender Forum. Prof Andjelka Mihajlov participates, by invitation to “Gender Forum” as a member of the “Network of Environmental Women Ministers and Leaders”, as the former Minister for Protection of Natural Resources and Environment.  The forum participants called upon ministers and environmental leaders to have dedicated officials for coordination of related gender and environment programmes and agreed to send a consolidated proposal on gender actions to be forwarded for consideration by UN Secretary General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post 2015 Development Agenda. The women ministers also requested nations to support the ratification of the Minamata convention on Mercury, which opens for signing in October.

More about meetings at  www.unep.org .  Moments from EASD participation are in Galleries of pictures. These activities are foreseen as the important international cooperation activities.

Prior to this, organisation participate at Rio+20 Conference.

The Program of the Expertise and Consulting

The Program of the Expertise and Consulting in the fields of environment and sustainable development is focused to goals:

  • Preparation and participation in project designs, studies, plans, strategies and legal solutions. This objective is carried out particularly in the fields of consulting and management, expert analysis, creation of business policy for sustainable development, organizing meetings and preparing materials, teaching, preparation and publishing of publications and materials in various forms including electronic forms, translation, publication and distribution of materials for the purpose of achieving objectives, data collection and processing, their analysis and creation of geographic, geology, informational and other application packagges, publishing of research and other results, publishing studies, monographs, handbooks and manuals, etc.;
  • Review and provide expert opinions on the plans, programs, analyses and other documents of the importance in the field of sustainable development and environment;
  • Gathering and organizing of scientists and professional experts in the field of sustainable development and environment (environmental engineers, graduate biologists – ecologists, environmental analysts and analists from other complementary and related professions) in order to achieve their interests, increase their professional knowledge, achieve an appropriate status both professional and in community, on the basis of their professional contribution in their respective fields;
  • Development of mutual cooperation and cooperation with relevant international organisations of the same and similar professions; Development of all forms of successful cooperation with other professional organisations and associations in the interest of its members;
  • Promotion of sustainable (harmonic economic, social and environmental) development as a commune bonus and interest, by implementing expertise and the promotion of the sustainable development and implementation of projects – sustainable management of natural resources – environmental protection and biodiversity – eco-standardisation – participation in the work and cooperation with all kinds of institutions nationally and internationally, industrial and other associations and organisations;
  • Organisation and realisation of professional examinations in cooperation with competent authorities for issuing the relevant certificates and licenses for functioning in the fields of the environmental impact assessment and strategic impact assessment, in accordance with the law;
  • Organisation and implementation of eco-certification in cooperation with the competent authorities and organisations for issuing appropriate certificates in the field of assessment of fulfillment of international standards and programs relation to the environment and sustainable development.

In order to achieve these objectives, the Association monitors among other scientific and technical literature in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development, organize, solely or together with other organizations, professional meetings, conferences, seminars and other forms of education, announces the publication of matters relating to development and application of technical and scientific publications in the field of sustainable development and the environment, in accordance with the law, in order to improve the social and economic aspects of sustainable development, working with universities, collegues, schools, professional associations and other similar organizations at home and abroad, gives professional expertise, arbitration, provides advice, opinions and reviews, has been doing research and development in multidisciplinary, natural, technical, technological, biotech, and technical and social sciences, develops international (global, EU) and regional cooperation, developing partnerships with other organizations and institutions in the country, and others.

The Program of Education for Environment and Sustainable Development

The Program of Education for Environment and Sustainable Development, is focused towards:

  • Education and training at all levels as the public interest (in the form of informal education and training, participation in formal education and training, as well as life-long-learning education and trainings), and in particular the development of syllabuses and implementation of educational programs in the fields of management, environmental management, environmental and sustainable development governance, implementation of national, EU, sub-regional and global legislation,  waste management, chemicals management, biodiversity, integral pollution prevention and control, standards, green economy, climate change, green public procurement, public participation In decision making, including on-line and electronic methods, camps and summer-schools, schools in nature, as well as fundraising and investment of the same in staff, awards, scholarship, grants, funds, equipment and facilities, all for the purpose of realisation of objectives;
  • Preparation and participation in project designs, studies, plans, strategies and legal solutions.
  • Cooperation with relevant scientific, profesional, economic and other organisations and bodies on the implementation of tasks of common interest;
  • Organisation and realisation of professional examinations in cooperation with competent authorities for issuing the relevant certificates and licenses for functioning in the fields of the environmental impact assessment and strategic impact assessment, in accordance with the law;
  • Organisation and implementation of eco-certification in cooperation with the competent authorities and organisations for issuing appropriate certificates in the field of assessment of fulfillment of international standards and programs relation to the environment and sustainable development;
  • Awarding of appropriate rewards and recognitions for successful achievements in the field of sustainable development and environment;

In order to achieve these objectives, the Association monitors among other scientific and technical literature in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development, organize, solely or together with other organizations, professional meetings, conferences, seminars and other forms of education, announces the publication of matters relating to development and application of technical and scientific publications in the field of sustainable development and the environment, in accordance with the law, in order to improve the social and economic aspects of sustainable development, working with universities, collegues, schools, professional associations and other similar organizations at home and abroad, gives professional expertise, arbitration, provides advice, opinions and reviews, has been doing research and development in multidisciplinary, natural, technical, technological, biotech, and technical and social sciences, develops international (global, EU) and regional cooperation, developing partnerships with other organizations and institutions in the country, and others.

The Program of Scientific, Innovative, Research and Professional Work

The Program of Scientific, Innovative, Research and Professional Work in the fields of environment and sustainable development, is focused towards goals:

  • Advancement of scientific research work, promotion and popularisation of science and technology and ensuring the preservation of scientific and cultural heritage, development of innovative and development projects, as well programs of general interest;
  • Monitoring the contemporary development of engineering, technology and ecology and indication of the trends of events and changes as well as giving opinions on technical and technological solutions in the fields of sustainable development and environment;
  • Initiation and organisation of scientific and professional meetings, exhibitions, conferences and seminars, publishing activities, publishing of scientific and professional papers, monographs and other publications of interest in the field of sustainable development and environment;
  • Promotion of sustainable (harmonic economic, social and environmental) development as a commune bonnum and interest, by implementing expertise and the promotion of the sustainable development and implementation of projects – sustainable management of natural resources – environmental protection and biodiversity – eco-standardisation – participation in the work and cooperation with all kinds of institutions nationally and internationally, industrial and other associations and organisations;
  • Organisation and implementation of eco-certification in cooperation with the competent authorities and organisations for issuing appropriate certificates in the field of assessment of fulfillment of international standards and programs relation to the environment and sustainable development;
  • Awarding of appropriate rewards and recognitions for successful achievements in the field of sustainable development and environment;

In order to achieve these objectives, the Association monitors among other scientific and technical literature in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development, organize, solely or together with other organizations, professional meetings, conferences, seminars and other forms of education, announces the publication of matters relating to development and application of technical and scientific publications in the field of sustainable development and the environment, in accordance with the law, in order to improve the social and economic aspects of sustainable development, working with universities, collegues, schools, professional associations and other similar organizations at home and abroad, gives professional expertise, arbitration, provides advice, opinions and reviews, has been doing research and development in multidisciplinary, natural, technical, technological, biotech, and technical and social sciences, develops international (global, EU) and regional cooperation, developing partnerships with other organizations and institutions in the country, and others.

Organisation is the Institutional Member of ACUNS - Academic Council on the United Nations System 

http://acuns.org/category/members-partners/institutional-members/ )

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Science Festival 2012  - Present popular scientific topics in everyday language, proving that science is more accessible, more interesting and more present that it seems to be. EASD and Prof A.Mihajlov took part at Panel: Earth after Man – The Story about Biodiversity and Climate Change  (http://www.festivalnauke.org/index-en.html , http://www.festivalnauke.org/#prettyPhoto[iframe]/29/ )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Summer Eco-School

 “Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development”, in cooperation with City of Sombor administration – Department of Public Services and Utilities organised Summer Eco-School in UNESCO Biosphere Reservate Golija (MAB – UNESCO) – Studenica (27-31 August 2012). Participated students from Sombor attending different faculties. Lectures and educative workshops include concept of protection of natural and cultural heritage within biosphere reservate, biodiversity and sustainable use of plant resources,  Sustainable tourism and possibilities for development of rural areas, Ecological footprint, as well as walking tours (“Learning by Walking”). Ecological footprint is developed through support by UNESCO, and represents educational signal and courses.

Summer Eco-School

Environmental Education for students from Sombor

“Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development”, in cooperation with City of Sombor administration – Department of Public Services and Utilities organised Summer Eco-School  “2012 Golija Summer Eco-School” in UNESCO Biosphere Reservate Golija – Studenica (27-31 August 2012). Participated students from Sombor atending diferent faculties. Lectures and educative workshops include concept of protection of natural and cultural heratage within biosphere reservate, biodiversity and sustainable use of plant resources,  Sustainable tourism and possibilities for development of rural areas, Ecologycal footprint, as well as walking tours (“Learning by Walking”).

In December 2013, 3 workshops were held for preschool children in Sombor.