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Start date: Jun 1, 2016, End date: Nov 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The idea of the project BioDiversity comes from the crisis that has taken root in in recent years and is profoundly changing oursociety: an economic, social and environmental crisis. To deal with the austerity, rising unemployment and social inequality,environmental degradation and the depletion of natural resources and fossil fuels, many Europeans are tempted to turn toEurosceptic, nationalist and reactionary movements.Despite this contraction and this general trend, in all parts of Europe, citizens are committed to projects of collective action andsocial transformation. There is a growing awareness of "other ways" of acting and living together: research offers more and more tangible examples that we actually have the necessary resources to ensure sustainable development of our territories and oursociety. We have to keep focus on the basis of our life, the "scenario" that hosts us: the ecosystem that today, more than ever, needsus and our responsibility. There is a growing need for collective maturity, the need to become aware and act actively and wiselytowards our environment and the defense of its biodiversity, an essential factor for the preservation of the planet and the speciesthat inhabit it.The BioDiversity project aims to contribute to the creation of a European society more sensitive to the protection of ecosystems andbiodiversity, and more aware of its importance to our lives. To achieve this, we aim to train youth workers who become promoters ofa collective knowledge and a healthy approach to nature. According to the objectives of the Erasmus + and more specifically thoseidentified for key action 1, the training aims to:- Develop personal and professional skills of youth workers- Improve the quality of education and youth work in Europe;- Develop new synergies and transitions between theory and practice, encourage the use of non formal education.- Raise the awareness of young people about global issues such as sustainable development.- Encourage young people to participate in ‘green volunteering’ and ‘green’ patterns of consumption and production.(The overall objectives of the Renewed framework for european cooperation in the youth field 2010/2018).The activity of the project is a training course for youth workers, which will involve 28 participants: volunteers, educators, youthworkers, social workers and other professionals involved in youth work. The countries involved are: Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania,Spain, Czech Republic, Croatia, SloveniaThe working methods used: The activities will be based on non-formal education, experiential learning and outdoor activities. Wewill use different approaches of non-formal education: simulations, role plays, research and observation, creative and artisticactivities, theater etc.The expected results and long term impact will be:- Development of personal and professional skills of youth workers- Strengthenedf cooperation between youth organizations in the field;- Increased quality of youth work- Sensitization of young people about biodiversity and the impact of humanity on the ecosystems- Contribution to the growth of a responsible, cohesive society, respectful of nature and ecosystems.
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