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There is in France a recurring problem that reached an extraordinary scope last summer.
Each year, the North-West beaches (Brittany region) are stricken by an invasion of green algae.
This "green tide", which results from the human impact in the area, is harmful for the environment and noxious for locals.



The story of ILVA steel plant in Taranto has attracted during decades the attention of several groups: mass medias, public opinion, national (Italian government, trade unions, municipalities, local NGOs...) and international institutions (European Commission and European Court of Justice). This article provides a short review of ILVA case until today and supports the idea that, in contemporary business models, economic interests and environmental and social parameters should be harmonized in order to guarantee long term financial wealth.

Can you introduce yourself?

My name is Aram Mnatsakanyan, I am from town Yeghvard, Armenia. I’m 25 years old, have bachelor degree in macroeconomics, from 2014 I am working in a bank as a head of loan to deposit division of a branch, and the same time I am working in environmental NGO as an accountant.

Which YEE member organisation do you belong to? What are the main activities of your organisation?

I am representing "Yeghvard" Youth Ecological NGO. Our NGO is the only environmental organisation in Kotayk region. We are organising environmental events, projects and campaigns for local young people. Our projects are involving not only young people from Kotayk region but also from all regions of Armenia.

How did you get involved in YEE?

I got involved in YEE after 2015 when I was representing our organisation at the Annual Meeting, during that event I’ve met many positive and motivated people, who were really concerned about environment.

Can you introduce yourself?

Hello I am Ketevan from a very small resort town Borjomi, Georgia. I am an Experienced Quality Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the Environmental Services Industry. Skilled in Water Treatment and Information Technologies. I graduated the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University faculty of exact and natural sciences  and have a degree in Computer Science.

Which YEE member organisation do you belong to? What are the main activities of your organization?

 I am a Vice President and an activist of Georgia Youth Eco Movement - SAEM, which is a member organisation of YEE network for already 22 years. SAEM is a non-governmental, non-for-profit youth environmental organisation uniting mostly school children and students under the age of 30 fully runned by young people. Main aims of organisation are: popularising nature studies, enhancing environmental awareness and improving public participation.

 How did you get involved in YEE?

I participated in YEE Annual Meetings as a representative of my organisation and I took part in one study session, youth exchange, and several TC organised by YEE. I was elected as a Member Organisations Officer for the 2016-2017 business year.

Can you introduce yourself?

My name is Niall Barrett, I’m 26 and an Environmental Youth Worker from Dublin City, Ireland. I have a B.Sc. in Environmental Management and a M.Sc. in Sustainable Development.

Which YEE member organisation do you belong to? What are the main activities of your organisation?

I work for ECO-UNESCO, Ireland’s Youth Environmental and Education Organisation. I coordinate a Youth for Sustainable Development Peer Education Programme which works with young people aged 15-18, by exploring a range environmental and social justice issues. ECO-UNESCO engages with over 10,000 young people every year through a range of environmental education programmes and through our Young Environmentalist Awards, a programme that awards young people for undertaking environmental action projects that have a local to global impact.

How did you get involved in YEE?

I was sent to Helsinki to represent my organisation at YEE’s environmental action training and at the following Annual Meeting. I was elected to the Board of YEE at the Annual Meeting in July 2017.

Can you introduce yourself?

Hi, My name is Daniela and I am from Moldova. I’m 19 years old and I study international economic relations. I am a hard-working and caring person, that loves nature, good music, tea and exploring new places.

Which YEE member organisation do you belong to? What are the main activities of your organisation?

I belong to Gutta-Club, which is a NGO from Moldova.  The main activities of the organisation are the environmental education of children and youth, the development of the third sector and social protection of children and youth. Its motto is "Gutta cavat lapidem!” – a drop can break a stone. Drop by drop can make an ocean, so step by step we can solve global environmental problems.

How did you get involved in YEE?

I got involved in YEE by participating at the training course “Be(e) The Change” in 2016.  I really enjoyed the project and the whole spirit and atmosphere of YEE.

Can you introduce yourself?

My name is Jovana Mirjanić, a 22 years old Ecology student from Belgrade, Serbia. Passionate about the environment (obviously), books, theatre, people, languages, travelling. Love photography, ice cream, long walks, swimming, volleyball, cooking for myself and others, gifts, Harry Potter, cute and less cute animals, espresso with milk. I like to think of myself as an open-minded, talkative and hard-working person and a bit of a geek.

Which YEE member organisation do you belong to? What are the main activities of your organisation?

I belong to Young Researchers of Serbia, NGO that is dealing with environmental problems, organising and promoting work camps, integrating young people in voluntary work and activism, etc.

How did you get involved in YEE?

I was elected by my organisation to participate in the training course "Be(e) The Change" and to vote at the Annual Meeting 2016. As soon as we started the program I realized I wanted to be "part of that world", because it was inspiring to see people from different cultures who equally care about the environment.

Can you introduce yourself?

I can. Should I? ;-) Okay: People call me Stefan or Strudel (since my full name is Stefan Rudel). I was born as a pretty big small one in the mid of December 1991, and now I’m sitting here and I’m smiling about myself - I’m happy. That’s enough for introducing myself (there are so many more questions *-*).

Which YEE member organisation do you belong to? What are the main activities of your organisation?

FÖJ-AKTIV e.V. is the organisation I’m coming from. We support young people (mainly in the age between 16-27) who take part in the German program of an ecological volunteer service year (“FÖJ”) - doing their own projects, organising campaigns, buying material for local and regional actions, … - and we are also a network organisation for former eco-volunteers who are interested in staying in touch with each other (there are about 2800 volunteers in this service year every year… so many people to connect to!).

Turkey is surrounded on three sides by the water. (Mediterranean Sea from south, the Black Sea from north and the Aegean Sea from east) Therefore, the protection of coasts is a significant issue for the country since tourism plays a crucial role in the economy. Particularly Mediterranean and Aegean Coasts are hosting many tourists in the summer seasons. Also, Turkey has been chosen second in the world in 2015 with its 436 blue-flagged beaches, based on the cleanliness of them.

Although the country is well rated based on the coasts, there has been an increase in the sea and coastal pollution in the recent years. Some of the main causes of the pollution are: 1. Factories located on the seafront areas and spilling their waste   2. Oil and natural gas pipelines in the sea 3. Heavy ship traffic in the sea 4. Pollution made by humans’ hands because of lack of environmental awareness.

"White eggplants, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and other new varieties of vegetables you can taste, if you visit the new inclusive greenhouse in the Bridge of Hope center, Ijevan in June, where we with our friends grow various crops.”

Alla Ohanyan is attending Child Development Center of Bridge of Hope in Ijevan. 

First time, in the frame of "Supporting Community Resilience in the South Caucasus" programme, funded by European Commission under DG European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Programme (DG ECHO), Oxfam in Armenia with OxYGen Foundation created a greenhouse, which is accessible for the children with disabilities and gives opportunity for them to learn the secrets of agriculture production and to grow vegetables with their hands.

66sqm greenhouse is made of metal construction and covered by 8mm polycarbonate. 65% of the greenhouse’s floor is covered by concrete to allow access by people with physical disabilities. Adjusted tables under plant pots allow working access to the plants.

Energy-efficient stoves, solar cookers and solar lanterns will improve the life of the mountaineers in the upper part of the Bartang valley.

20 of the most vulnerable families (about 140 people) in the mountain villages of Savnob and Roshorv of the Bartang Valley of GBAO (Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast) in Tajikistan received sets of clean energy equipment. Each set consisted of a parabolic solar cooker, one energy-efficient stove for cooking and a portable lamp with a solar panel and charging function for mobile devices.

"Little Earth" distributed sets among twenty women - participants of the project "Clean Energy and Women on the Roof of the World", which was implemented in the above mentioned villages with the support of the US Forest Service and assistance of the NGO "Oyandasoz" (local partner in Bartang Valley).

It is known that Russia is the largest country in the world. It stretches from east to west and from north to south for 17 million square km. Therefore, to speak about ecological problems we need to remember that it is unique for each region.

What do you know about the Russian Far East? Taiga, bears and tigers? Sure. But, also, the Far East – place I come from - is one of the richest in natural resources region in Russia. Gold, coal, oil, silver, platinum, molybdenum, tungsten, copper, zinc are mined there. Yakutiya, which is the coldest place in the world with constantly living population, is rich in diamonds. Moreover, the Far East, coming alone from the North-West part of Russia, is one of the most biological-rich temperate forest zones in the world. These are: taiga on the north, mixed and deciduous forests on the south. The Far East's territory occupies 40% of Russia's territory but only 6 mln people live here (out of 146 mln of the whole population of Russia). So, it is logical to assume that the ecology of the region did not suffer from much hard. But the ecological situation in the cities, where the majority of the region's population lives, leaves much to be desired.