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Information Bulletin No 45

1st July 2015 (April – May – June 2015)


Dear MEdIES friends and Task Group Members,

Please find herewith the 45th quarterly Information e-bulletin of MEdIES.

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The MEdIES Secretariat

Contents

1. Visibility & Events

A. Education gains impetus at the World Water Forum in Korea, 12-17 April 2015

B. Water in the framework of the Mediterranean Strategy on ESD, Lebanon, 25 April 2015

C. Rainwater Harvesting in Dodecanese, May 2015

D. E-course on the MARLISCO pack "Know Feel Act to Stop Marine Litter", 19-31 May 2015

E. MEdIES at the 1st meeting of the UNESCO/GAP Partner Networks, Paris, 26-27 May 2015

F. MARLISCO exhibition hosted at the Attica Zoo, April-June 2015

G. MARLISCO exhibition hosted at Goulandri Museum of Natural History, May - November 2015

 


2. Material & ICTs

NEW publication: “Know, Feel, Act! To Stop Marine Litter” in English just published

 


3. Other News

Mediterranean Youth Responses towards sustainable development and current crisis

1. Visibility & Events

A. Education gains impetus at the 7th World Water Forum (WWF7) in Korea, 12-17 April 2015

During the WWF7 MIO-ECSDE and the UNESCO Chair on ESD/UoA together with a group of stakeholders from and beyond the Mediterranean presented a series of Water Education initiatives in the respective session: “Water Education and capacity building: powerful policy tools in addressing the water agenda”. The Session was coordinated by MIO-ECSDE and H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco participated, showing high interest in the Water Education agenda and several programs such as the www.hydriaproject.net. The Mediterranean was the only region within the WWF7 that recognised the indispensable role of Water Education for achieving Sustainable Development and thus, organised this special session. Read more about the Session and its Recommendations here: http://www.medies.net/articles.asp?cID=8&aID=983&ereg=

B. Water in the framework of the Mediterranean Strategy on ESD, Lebanon, 25 April 2015

MEdIES participated in the Seminar “Water in the framework of the Mediterranean Strategy on ESD: Training of Trainers on Water Issues” organised by the Rotary Clubs of Lebanon, the Notre Dame University (NDU) and GWP (NDM Beirut, April 25). The seminar aimed at raising awareness about sustainable water management, water culture and education, ethics regarding water management and gender issues(130 participants). Prof Michael Scoullos, made the key-presentation of the training seminar about the Mediterranean Strategy on ESD, emphasising on water issues. Furthermore, he introduced the participants to the hydriaproject.net. Mr Vassilis Psallidas and Ms Christina Anastasiadi, MEdIES collaborators, animated a 3-hours long Workshop focusing on the ALTER AQUA project (the material, the hands-on activities, etc.) More information available here: http://www.medies.net/articles.asp?cID=8&aID=986&ereg=

C. Rainwater Harvesting in Dodecanese, May 2015

For the 7th year MEdIES cooperated with the Mission Water Campaign and GWP-Med to implement a series of educational activities in schools of Greek Islands and Athens. All educational interventions were carried out in cooperation with the Dpts. of Environmental Education (EE) of Primary and Secondary Education of the Dodecanese. This year’s activities took place in two Dodecanese islands: Kos (5-8 May) and Astypalaia (19-20 May).

As in previous years, the hands-on educational interventions targeted mainly late primary and early high school (8-13 yrs) students (in Astypalaia the target group included also younger pupils), aiming to inform and sensitize them on the issue of water saving, particularly through the revival of the traditional practice of rainwater harvesting in cisterns. At the end, the educational poster “I care for water” is disseminated to students. One teacher training was organised in Kos, during which the teachers shared ideas on how to use the educational material “the Gift of Rain” in their classes. The material was handed out to them. In total, 642 students and 67 teachers participated in the 2015 activities in the Dodecanese islands.

More information is available here: http://www.medies.net/articles.asp?cID=8&aID=992&ereg=

 


D. E-course on the MARLISCO pack "Know Feel Act to Stop Marine Litter", 19-31 May 2015

In May 2015 the third round of the e-course aiming to introduce the educational pack “Know, Feel, Act! to Stop Marine Litter” to formal and non formal European educators, took place, within the EU FP7 Programme MARLISCO.

The educational pack aims to inform, sensitise and enable teachers and students from Europe and beyond to take action to tackle litter in our seas and coasts. It is available online in 14 languages! The e-course that is based on the Educational Pack is equivalent to an intensive 2 days long face-to-face seminar with the aim to train learners on effective ways of teaching about marine litter.

In this third round we’ ve had 132 registrations from 28 countries, mostly Euro-Mediterranean, out of which 46 (35%) completed only parts of it, while, 56 (42%) successfully completed the course (another 30 (23%) never logged in). This high completion rate -3 times higher than the global rate of completion in MOOCs which is around 15%- certainly motivates us to repeat the course if we have the opportunity.

The e-course has been facilitated by Ms Iro Alampei, MEdIES Secretariat. Read more:  http://www.medies.net/articles.asp?cID=8&aID=991


E. MEdIES at the 1st meeting of the UNESCO/GAP Partner Networks, Paris, 26-27 May 2015

MEdIES has been officially invited by UNESCO to be one of the members of the GAP Partner Networks, by joinning the Network on Priority Action Area 1: “Advancing policy”!

The Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD was launched during the World Conference on ESD in Aichi-Nagoya, (2014). The Roadmap for Implementing the GAP explaining its 5 Priority Action Areas can be found here http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0023/002305/230514e.pdf

Within this Roadmap (post-2015 period) UNESCO has set up five “Partner Networks” that will help to implement the GAP. They are consisted of a limited number of strategically selected key ESD stakeholders whose actions are expected to have a catalytic effect.

Prof. Michael Scoullos, MEdIES Coordinator, co-chairs the experts team of the “Advancing Policy” Area. He participated in the 1st Meeting of the GAP Partner Networks in Paris (UNESCO Offices) on 26-27 May. During this 1st consultation meeting, the function of the Partner Networks was discussed in the plenary and during the breakout sessions proposals for particular workplans and joint activities for each Network were elaborated.

 


F. MARLISCO exhibition hosted at Attica Zoological Park April – June 2015

During this three month period, right next to the Aquarium of the Attica Zoo, the MARLISCO Exhibition has been informing the visitors about the threats of Marine Litter.  The Attica Zoo receives hundreds of visotors daily either as free visitors or as organised school visits. Especially in the weekends the number of visitors per day can exceed 1000 individuals. The outreach of the Exhibition over the three month period is certainly satisfactory.

Moreover, the staff of the Attica Zoo have integrated parts of the MARLISCO Exhibition and the Educational Material :Know Feel Act! To Stop Marine Litter” in their educational interventions about Marine Wildlife.

 


G. MARLISCO exhibition hosted at Goulandri Museum of Natural History May - November 2015

The Goulandri Museum of Natural History, a pioneering Institution in Environmental Education in Greece since the 1960s, has inaugurated the campaign "The Message of the Sea" with many partners, amongst which MIO-ECSDE. "The Message of the Sea" includes a series of events, scientific and educational / recreational activities, etc. from May to November 2015, including the MARLISCO Exhibition. Throughout this period the MARLISCO banners have been reproduced and are displayed in the Museum. On June 6, a related public event was organised in the Museum, where Prof. Scoullos was one of the key-speakers. For more info visit: http://www.gnhm.gr/event/

2. Material & ICTs

NEW publication: “Know, Feel, Act! To Stop Marine Litter” in English just published

This educational material has been prepared by MIO-ECSDE and MEdIES to inform, sensitise and enable European teachers and students to take action to tackle the issue of marine litter, within the European FP7 Programme “MARLISCO”. It contains 17 learning designed to primarily serve primarily youth aged 10-15 yrs, but the material can be used also by educators outside the formal schooling system. The material is available online in 14 languages here: http://www.marlisco.eu/education.en.html

A few months ago the Greek version was printed in 1000 copies with the support of the Mission Water campaign of Coca-Cola HBC Greece!

Just before the end of the MARLISCO programme the English version was also printed in 500 copies with funds from the MARLISCO programme.

3. Other News

Mediterranean Youth Responses towards sustainable development and current crisis

The survey "Mediterranean Youth Responses towards sustainable development and current crisis" invites young people (15-35 yrs old) from the Mediterranean to share their thoughts about sustainability issues, the current economic and sociopolitical crisis as well as their vision for the future. The survey is open from June to September 2015 by the UNESCO Chair on ESD in the Mediterranean/University of Athens, together with MIO-ECSDE/MEdIES.  The collected data will be used for scientific purposes and to feed The Action Plan of the Mediterranean Strategy on ESD & the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP).

If you are 15 - 35 years old, we ask you to kindly devote 20min to fill out the questionnaire - your opinion and your participation matters!  Please also forward the link to friends and associates:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kvNh1lGDHp2-O4udAAEzAcQ1ayy55902n2Su9qcnmNg/viewform

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ΜΕdIES Secretariat / MIO-ECSDE

Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development

Kyrristou 12, 105 56 – Athens, Tel. +30 210 3247490, 3247267 Fax. +30 210 3317127

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