In the "European Year of Volunteering" and in the UN-declared "International Year of Forests", YMDRAB offers project "Let's plant Hope!". This is an international training course to improve the knowledge of the young people from the rural areas of Europe on the problems of the forest ecosystems and to acquire practical skills and competencies for their conservation and sustainable development. It will be held in July in Bulgaria, in the municipality of Botevgrad. It will involve 45 young people and experts from 8 different European countries.The participants will be leaders of youth organizations who actively work with young people from the rural areas of Europe, as well as leaders of youth ecological projects and "green" volunteers. The training will be conducted by an international trainers team through the various methods of non-formal education which will provide knowledge of the participants about the different reasons for the disappearance of the forests and the negative implications for the current and future generations. During the training course participants will learn about good environmental practices to ensure sustainable development of the forest ecosystems. They will learn from each other and will acquire practical skills to protect and restore the natural resources. An important part of the training will be presenting of the opportunities offered by Youth in Action Programme for the rural young people and generation specific ideas for joint environmental projects with local and European impact.
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