Over 200 Romanian students have attended classes on forest protection and over 1,500 young people from Romania have taken part in educational activities conducted within the European project “Education for sustainable and responsible management of the world’s forests.”
About 13 million hectares of forest disappear annually at global level, which is a half of the territory of Romania, at a pace that is absolutely unsustainable from the point of view of maintaining the natural balance of the planet. In this context, the objective of the project was to mobilize people towards the sustainable management of forests and the responsible consumption of forest resources.
The project was implemented in 19 European cities from Romania, Italy, Malta, Poland and Spain in the period May 2011 – April 2014. In Romania, the organizations involved were ALMA-RO, TERRA Mileniul III and RHODODENDRON.
The project aimed to carry out educational activities in eight Romanian schools (in Bucharest, Moreni, Sinaia and Topoloveni), through which about 200 students and their teachers were trained over a period of two years.
Romanian students had the opportunity to participate in exchanges between schools in Romania and schools in Italy, Spain and Poland. A multimedia educational kit was developed for the classes, available in Romanian, English, Italian, Spanish and Polish, which can also be used after the completion of the project and can be downloaded for free from the project website, www.forestintheworld.org .
Moreover, two editions of the European competition “Get involved. Save Forests” were organized, attended by high school and middle school students. The project also included five multimedia exhibitions (in Moreni, Pitesti, Sinaia, and two in Bucharest) and two film festivals (Moreni, Sinaia). Visitors had the opportunity to learn about the relationship between man and forest in countries like Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Chile, where forests are threatened, and communities directly depend on the forest system.
The project aimed to raise awareness among decision makers in Romania by organizing an international conference that addressed issues concerning the sustainable management of the world’s forests. The event was attended by representatives of central public authorities (Ministry of Waters, Forests and Fisheries, Ministry of National Education, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change), representatives of local authorities, representatives of partner organizations in Italy and Poland, representatives of environmental NGOs, teachers and students.
“Education for sustainable and responsible management of the world’s forests” was implemented by ALMA-RO, Terra Mileniul III, RHODODENDRON (Romania), Cooperazione per lo Sviluppo dei Paesi Emergenti (COSPE), Comunità Impegno Servizio Volontariato (CISV), Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC) from Italy, Alliance of Association Polish Green Network from Poland, ACSUR LAS SEGOVIAS from Spain, KOPIN from Malta, and it was funded by the EuropeAid Programme.
More information about the project activities is available at www.forestintheworld.org