The LENA (www.le-na.eu) project, deals with environmental education and sustainable education in Austria and Hungary under the cross-border program. The lead partner is The Austrian Umweltbildung Vienna (www.ubw.at) , from the Hungarian side the County of Nagykanizsa and the Hungarian Association for Environmental Education participates. During the project, there are opportunities in a variety of programs for the West Pannon students to have direct contact with nature, environmental educators and with the accompaniment of dedicated professionals. The so called “Green Days in Vienna”, “Green Week in Vienna” and “DanubeTeens” take place in the near Vienna CampLobau National Park. The EuroTeens events are held in the town of Csömödér, in a renovated hostel. The project is an important pillar for professional experience in the forest and the development of environmental education and Eco-Train methodologies, which provide the basic infrastructure and natural woodland surroundings and Obornak and Csömödér forest railway.
Within the framework of the Cross-Border Cooperation of Austria- Hungary 2007-2013, won support to the construction of FRESH AIR project, in which the Municipality of Nagykanizsa and the Nagykanizsa and Region TISZK Nonprofit Ltd. Took part in the project along with the leading partner, Umweltbildung Vienna.
Project implementation period: 1 January 2013 – 31 December 2014.
The project’s aim is to preserve the biological diversity of the Austrian and West Pannon region with the help of the modern environmental educational tools. During the two-year program the public education is helped at all levels, in learning, gaining experience, training, forums, using professional networks. Participants can implement their knowledge in practice during the training camps in Csömödér and “Camp Lobau National Park” in Vienna. The FRESH AIR wants to develop related environmental education programs in Western North America using a network of “Green nurseries”. Part of the developed methodology will be a video presenting the experience which will function as an illustrative and pedagogical aid in the method’s takeover.
The project’s aim is to build an online information and educational center that deals with the development of human resources, environmental management and eco-innovation to strengthen cross-border business activities, will allow successful competitiveness in the higher regions, and thereby contribute to the KKV sustainable development of the Slovenian-Hungarian cooperation area. The Public Information and Education Eco-Centre aims to revitalize the target groups interest in the information and communication technologies and encourage collaborative learning and joint development in the field of environmental protection and to increase eco-friendly products for human potential and new job opportunities it provides.
- University of Maribor, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
- Pannon Novum West Pannon Regional Innovation Office
- Government Office for Zala County
- University of Pannonia
- Nagykanizsa Chamber of Commerce
- Styrian Chamber of Commerce
- University of Maribor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Information Technology
The Training for Renewable Energy Network Development (TREND) project, co-financed by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Programme, is implemented by a transnational consortium covering three different EU countries: Croatia, Hungary and Slovenia. The project’s consortium is led by the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Osijek and formed by other eight organisations which are as follows: EUROPÉER Foundation (HU), ECOsynergy Ltd. (HU), IMRO-DDKK Ltd. (HU), University of Maribor (SI), International Development Norway (NO), South Transdanubian Regional Development Agency (HU), Regional Development Agency of Slavonia and Baranja (HR) and NGO EU Centar (HR).
Project time: 1 January 2013 – 31 December 2015
- Nagykanizsa County Town
- Luxembourg Climate Alliance
- Nadace partnerstvo, Czech Republic
- Climate Alliance Austria
- Reflex Environmental Association
- Focus Eco Center, Romania
- Munich, Germany
- Nuremberg, Germany
- Targu Mures, Romania
- Ostopovice, Czech Republic
The aim of the partners involved in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is to acquaint the general public and the local government decision-makers. Nagykanizsa out of eight development goals focuses on sustainable development, and this topic is related to the events of the project, which aims the children and youn g people. In 2013 four family nursery contest were realized in connection with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), sustainable development and environmental consciousness.
Planned programs in 2014 and 2015
- The management of activities related to sustainable development and to The Millennium Development Goals in kindergartens of Nagykanizsa for children and parents 2-2 times (April- May 2014 and September- October 2014)
- Organization of a regional conference with the theme of Millennium Development Goals, particularly for sustainable development. (2014 II. semester)
- The Millennium Development Goals, particularly the organization related to sustainable development in a two-round primary school quiz in Nagykanizsa. (2015 I. semester)
- Organization of a high school photo contest and photo exhibition among high school students of Nagykanizsa, related to the Millennium Development Goals, especially on sustainable development. (2015 II. semester)
- The making of four pieces of 90-second short film about aspirations of sustainable development in Nagykanizsa
The EYD2015: The future we want project, co-financed by the European Commission’s EuropeAid Programme, aims at informing and sensitising decisions makers on local, national and European levels with the objective of achieving strategic political decisions for sustainable development, as highlighted by the post-2015 UN Development Agenda. 17 partners from 10 different European countries work together on the international cooperation project, led by Climate Alliance.
In the frame of the project, a number of actions will take place simultaneously in the participating countries in order to raise public awareness on the importance of development cooperation while addressing the current challenges of (European) overconsumption of natural resources, particularly forests and forest products. In doing so, local authorities (LAs), NGOs, international organisations, development agencies and indigenous Councillors from the Amazon work together.
The availability and accessibility of resources is crucial for sustainable development and poverty eradication. For the EU, where more than 60% of the required natural resources come from outside Europe, this is a highly relevant issue. Forests – as one of the most important natural resources – are a clear and easily identifiable example concerning several development topics: Forests provide food, water, medicine and shelter, and are also important in regulating rainfall, stabilizing greenhouse gas emissions and securing biodiversity.
Forests link LAs in Europe and Indigenous/Local Peoples in the Global South. Local Authorities in Europe play an important role in the management of natural resources (in several cases they are forest owners as well), and they are responsible for the involvement of citizens in the decision-making processes. Indigenous and local communities in the South have developed alternative strategies based on millenniums of knowledge on how to use natural resources in a sustainable way.
The project “EYD2015: The future we want” brings together the expertise of Indigenous Peoples from the Amazon with Local Authorities in Europe. Working together with indigenous Councillors from the Amazon, the objective is to inform and sensitive political representative on local, national and European levels about the importance of sustainable management of resources and to include the suggestions from the Southern Councillors in their political strategies. What does sustainability means? And how do we all want to live in the future? The project campaign and the visit of several Southern Councillors will help to find answers for these questions.
Regarding IMRO’s role in the project, our organisation is responsible for carrying out a number of activities and awareness raising campaigns in Hungary:
- Supporting the development of campaign materials
- Supporting the EYD2015 EU-wide campaign (including the poster campaign to be implemented in Western-Hungary)
- Participation in experience sharing events where Southern Counsellors (from the Amazonas region) will be invited
- Organisation of an experience sharing event in Nagykanizsa where representatives of Asháninka people from Peru will be present as well.
- Elaboration of educational and information materials for different target groups
- Organisation and coordination of the Train the trainer program in Nagykanizsa
- Organisation and coordination of the ECO-Train and forest experiences programs
- Organisation of competitions and events in kindergartens and schools
- Organisation of an International conference in the City of Nagykanizsa
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