LivingRiver – Caring and protecting the life and culture around rivers and streams
(2018-I-PT01-KA201-047513) International project, supported and financed by the Erasmus+ Programme, under the Key Action 2, sector of School Education (KA201), with a grant of 434 701,00€, for the period of 2018-2021.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
GOALS AND MISSION
Association for the ecological defense of Galicia
ADEGA is an environmental association for the defence of Galicia, it is an independent democratic non-profit organization.
It does everything possible to defend the Galician and global environment. It is Spain`s most active association, with over 25 years of experience. It centres its activities in Galicia, without losing sight of the global environmental problems. ADEGA understands that biodiversity is reflected in cultural diversity, and that both should be preserved.
ADEGA is a part of “Federación Ecologista Gallega” ( Galician Ecological Federation) and of the “European environmental Office”.
The firs action for ADEGA´s founding constitution took place in 1974, but it was not legalized until June 1976.
Goals: Defence and awareness
Mission: Ecological defence of Galicia.
Field of work: Environmental revindication and education.
Type of activities: Volunteer, Environmental education, Social awareness campaigns, Divulgation, Education activities and Dissemination as a tool
Balikesir University (Turkey)
Balikesir University (BAUN) is one of the leading universities in Turkey with an approximate student population of 40,000. It consists of 11 faculties, 4 postgraduate institutes, 13 vocational colleges, and 21 research centers. Two of the research centres, namely, Botanical Garden & Herbarium Research Center, and Renewable Energy Research Center enjoy a high profile and are reputed for their work in a range of disciplines both nationally and internationally.
BAUN has also one of the most distinguished teacher-training programs in the country. Biology Education program offers environmental education lessons and produces projects as a partner with both local and national NGOs. Projects mainly include such subjects as renewable energy, sustainable development for education, ecological footprint, and water education for teachers. The mission is to attain, produce, apply and promote knowledge, and to educate students of all ages and train professionals with that knowledge for the social, cultural, economic, scientific and technological development of society.
Moreover, Volunteers for Public (TOG) is a university student society that gives training for ecological literature. Genç TEMA is another student society that makes projects against erosion, healthy water, and healthy soil.
BAUN undertakes interdisciplinary research in the broad arenas of education as well as integrates and employs innovative methods and applications in education/training within different subject matters.
Brașov Metropolitan Agency for Sustainable Development (Romania)
Goals: Facilitate cooperation between member communities, for the joint implementation of sustainable development activities and policies (supporting social progress, promoting effective environmental protection measures, encouraging the rational use of natural resources, supporting economic growth).
Mission: Promoting and supporting cooperation between public, private and N.G.Os actors, for sustainable, economic, social and cultural development of the Brașov Metropolitan Area.
Field of work: natural environment, social, culture, mobility, economy
Type of activities:
- Runs programs and actions to ensure the sustainability of local community development
- It develops the Local Development Strategies of the member cities and villages, according to the regional development and spatial development plan, ensuring their harmonization with the Development Strategy of the Brasov Metropolitan Area
- Provides technical assistance and advice to local communities for local/regional development and the development of investment projects, the diversification and re-orientation of the business environment and the economic profile of the communities.
- Collaborates with European organizations and institutions to promote and implement European legislation, procedures and policies in communities from Romania.
The actions in which the Brașov Metropolitan Agency is involved aim to achieve the territorial, economic and social cohesion objective in the metropolitan area. Cohesion at the metropolitan level is the key element of sustainable and competitive development for the entire area. For this reason, the projects/actions portofolio that the BMA team involves ranges from infrastructure projects to awareness campaigns and raising the level of information in various fields.
IES Ribeira Do Louro – IESRdL – (Spain)
The IES Ribeira Do Louro (IESRdL) is a secondary education school which provides general education, vocational training and adult education courses. It is placed in Porriño (Pontevedra) in the southwest of Spain, next to Vigo. IESRdL has approximately 700 students and 80 teachers and provide, amongst other specialist courses, Advanced Level Training courses in International Trade, Administrative and Financial Management and Telecommunication Systems and Information Technology.
The school has a wide experience in implementing European research and mobility projects. IES RdL has participated, both as promoter/coordinator and partner, in different projects under Lifelong Learning Programme, Leonardo da Vinci and Socrates Programme, Interreg and other national projects. Furthermore, IES RdL has been participating in mobility projects since 1996, as host and sending organisation. It has carried out more than 400 students and teachers placements under Lifelong Learning Programme and Regional Government mobility projects. IES RdL has also participated in an Interreg III in 2001/2004 –PPIER.
Amador Ordóñez teacher in International Business with an economics background. With a large experience in coordinating European projects from 1996.He was coordinating EMPORT –Improve Employability and Enhance European Competitiveness through the Acquisition of Language and Cultural Competences in Portuguese, and ARBAX project, related to prevention of bullying (www.schoolbullying.eu). Has been coordinator in different projects where was developed language courses, please, checking www.chinesecom.eu (Multimedia Chinese course) and www.linguasnet.com (4 initial level language courses, English, Spanish, Romanian and Portuguese for immigrants). He has also coordinated two different projects related Roma people (gypsies), Travelcom where was developed a Commerce and Marketing course to improve the competencies of gypsies and travellers in order to improve access and permanence in labour market and in 2000 coordinated a Comenius 2 project titled “New tools for training travellers”where was developed a
Mathematics and Language course for primary education. He has coordinated Romaninet project which has developed a multimedia language Romani course which has been approved under LLPTransversal Programme –Multilateral –Key Activity 2.
The University of Coimbra (UC) – Portugal
The University of Coimbra (UC) is a reference in higher education and R&D in Portugal–UC pursues a policy of constant improvement in several areas, ensuring high standards of teaching and research. One of the UC R&D units is the Centre for Functional Ecology – Science for People & the Planet (CFE) hosted by the Department of Life Sciences of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra that brings together researchers from all fields of ecology, integrating knowledge from genes to the biome level to disentangle the mechanisms responsible for biodiversity maintenance, and for the composition, structure and functioning of biological communities and ecosystems. CFE holds a strong commitment to knowledge transfer to the general public and to the productive sector. CFE is composed by 245 researchers (88 integrated researchers with PhD) organized in 6 strategic research groups: Terrestrial Ecosystems and Global Change, Biodiversity, Conservation and Ecosystem Services, Marine and Coastal Ecosystems, Soil and Freshwater Stress Ecology, Forensic Anthropology and Paleobiology, and Societies and Environmental Sustainability. In addition, CFE inscribes two cross-cutting thematic lines: the UNESCO Chair on Biodiversity Safeguard for Sustainable Development and the Open Science.
The CFE Soil and Freshwater Stress Ecologyresearch group integrates the Freshwater Ecology Laboratory team. This team presently includes 9 elements and focuses its activity on the assessment of the effects of multiple stressors (e.g. salinization, exotic afforestations, global change) on streams’ functioning putting into perspective protection measures and recovery actions in impacted watercourses. Science dissemination and outreach is a relevant activity of this group.
The Portuguese Association of Environmental Education (ASPEA) – Portugal
The Portuguese Association of Environmental Education (ASPEA) is a Portuguese Environmental Non-Governmental Organization, founded in 1990, with 5 regional delegations (Lisboa, Aveiro, Viseu, Bragança, Faial), acting in the field of Environmental Education through education, organization of events, consulting and promotion of national and international projects
The association’s strategic axes are:
- Reinforce the communication with associates and community;
- Strengthen the cooperation with portuguese speaking countries
- Consolidate the work from the regional offices
- Promote partnerships and participation in networks that will strengthen the field of environmental education
ASPEA’s activities include Teachers trainings, Monitor Trainings, conferences and seminars, National projects, International projects (including three ERASMUS+, Projeto Rios, Caretakers of the Environmental International), Art and environment seminars, Educational Centre/Forest School Center, awareness campaigns, exhibitions and volunteering activities.
The Association has a wide contact network, making activities together with schools, universities, research centres, local autarchies, public bodies, companies and NGOs.
Universidade NOVA de Lisboa – Portugal
Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (NOVA) is located at Lisbon and it is the best ranked Portuguese university in QS Ranking 50 under 50 (36th). NOVA is committed to the construction of the European Higher Education Area and all its courses are organized under the principles of the Bologna Agreement.
With more than 20,000 students, 1,800 academics and 600 non-academic staff, NOVA is an active member of UNICA and YERUN networks and has a consolidated experience within European programmes, such as Erasmus and Tempus, and is involved in cooperation with North-American, African and South American universities. These partnerships are expanding the initiatives of joint degrees and also of R&D projects and competitiveness.
Research at NOVA has been growing and developing, both at quantitative and qualitative levels. NOVA hosts 40 Research and Development Units, 15 of which are research partnerships between NOVA and other national institutions. NOVA research teams are composed of senior and junior researchers, some of the latter carrying out their own PhD investigations within the framework of the institution’s larger projects.
The improved performance of NOVA in terms of research can be seen in the international rankings’ scores and positioning.
FCSH is the NOVA faculty dedicated to Social Sciences and Humanities where the Institute of Contemporary History and the Republic Centre are placed. The first, founded in the 1990s was one of the first institutions to develop research on contemporary history within the Portuguese framework. Further than developing high standard research, it has always kept as a central goal it’s commitment with society, education and public engagement. The History Laboratory for instance is dedicated to work closely with schools, students and teachers on the dissemination of knowledge and the participation of society at large in research dynamics and democratising access to research tools.
The Republic Centre was created to host the Centenary of the Portuguese Republic Activities in 2010 and since then is dedicated to fostering research and innovation on the fields of Contemporary History but also working in interdisciplinary dynamics, creating several projects and initiatives which focus public engagement, public and digital History and the dissemination of historical knowledge in different levels. Memory for All (www.memoriaparatodos.pt) and Portugal 1914 (www.portugal1914.org) are two examples of projects developed, dealing with historical awareness and collective memory.