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Connecting the Alps with YOURopean habitats
Start date: Mar 1, 2015, End date: Oct 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Supporting and strengthen cohesion of European regions is an up-to-date issue to further develop the European Union. One main factor for European cohesion is adequate knowledge about regional peculiarities and challenges that yields toward a better understanding for particular claims and desires. Our training course aims to increase the participants’ abilities to recognize regional similarities/differences and to exchange information on environment, development (society, economy, tourism) and challenges like natural hazards and climate change between the participating organizations. Our training course builds on 28 participants from seven countries (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Poland, Romania, Spain) with backgrounds in youth work, education, project management within EU-programmes, environmental issues or climatology and several experts from local institutions (university, nature park management, labor market service, etc.).To achieve the project goals, besides preparatory work, participants meet one week from 19 till 25 July 2015 in the impressive and versatile environment of Obergurgl, a small settlement in the Ötz valley. Excursions and non-formal learning methods are used to transfer basic scientific knowledge (e.g. geology, weather and climate, natural hazards), social and civic competences (e.g. requirements for labor market, risk management, sustainable tourism), amongst other skills (e.g. communication in foreign languages, tolerance, cultural awareness). Discussions and workshops serve to commonly draw new conclusions on current and future challenges and needs on a regional scale and to develop ideas for improved regional cooperation as well as plans for ongoing and enhanced information exchange. Future youth work and education activities led by the participants will spread the acquired knowledge and the outcomes of the project to a wide and diverse audience over a multiannual time period.

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