Eco-volunteers in the Mediterranean (2004-2005)
The “Eco-volontariat en Méditerranée” programme has allowed 9 young volunteers from Euro-Mediterranean regions (French, Moroccan, Algerian and Tunisian) to carry out long-term volunteer missions (8 to 12 months) on projects of benefit to local people, organised by public associations (French, Italian, Greek, and Tunisian voluntary initiatives) and working on themes linked to sustainable development with an focus on the environment.
The “Eco-volontariat en Méditerranée” programme covered:
o A system of young peoples’ exchanges within the framework of the “European Voluntary Service”.
o The welcome of young volunteers from Mediterranean countries to European Union countries (projects in France, Greece and Italy).
o The welcome of young volunteers from the European Union to Mediterranean countries (projects in Tunisia, Algeria and in Morocco).
||Country – Zone||Theme|
|France – Aubagne||Assistance in setting up recycling projects in the PACA region|
|| Greece – Zagori - The Epirus
||The monastery road – developing a cultural discovery route in The Epirus|
|AICA||Italy – Alba – Piedmont
||Promotion and exchange of teaching experience on environmental themes|
|Italy – Alba – Piedmont||Consolidation and management of an environment documentation centre|
||Algeria – Alger, Beni-Abbès and Taghit
||Sustainable management of the oasis of Beni Abbès and Taghit. Participation in local voluntary initiatives.|
||Morocco – Marrakech||Environmental database|
|CjCDP||Morocco - Marrakech
||Leading a science club in a high school|
||Tunisia - Tunis||Eco-development and improvements to surroundings in an urban setting: work on a park in the Ettahrir housing esta|
• Sharing projects and their results through the publication of a project web page and the organisation of a final conference to maximise the impact of these projects in the PACA region. This was held in November 2005 in Marseille.
The RIVE programme (International Network of Volunteers for the Environment, Heritage and Sustainable Development) has allowed 57 young volunteers to become involved in 29 host projects in 15 countries: Ireland, United Kingdom, Estonia, Bulgaria, Germany, Austria, Poland, Romania, Greece, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Tunisia.
The areas of activity of the projects are varied, whilst all being focused around the notion of sustainable local development – the theme is treated as a factor of social insertion and economic development.
• Environmental protection: protecting and improving public parks in London and Romania, studying wolves in Poland.
• Environmental education: waste management and hazard prevention in Italy, also in Spain.
• Restoration and development of heritage features: working on Corsican sheepfolds, traditional Irish transhumance features, East German castles, a Spanish pigeon coop made of adobe, or even a wall in Morocco.
• Tourist based development of cultural and/or natural heritage features: working on an archaeological site in Estonia as well as a number of specific regions in Greece, Italy, Spain and Ireland, and launching new initiatives in Italy, Corsica, Portugal and Bulgaria.
• Local development through new technologies: developing distance working in Austria, setting up computer lessons and the creation of a website for an association in Morocco.
• Territorial identity and sustainable development: working on a Greek island, a site in Ireland, the evolution of agricultural landscapes in France or urban units in Tunisia.