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Youth Exchange 'Water and Youth'

What: Youth Exchange "Water and Youth"

When: 15th – 22nd January 2010

Where: Stepanavan, Armenia

Who: Stepanavan Youth Center with the help of YEE

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"Water and youth" - an international youth exchange organised by Stepanavan Youth Center (SYC) in collaboration with Youth and Environment Europe (Czech Republic) took place between 15th and 22nd of January in Stepanavan in Armenia. The event brought together 38 young people from six different countries: Armenia, Georgia, Romania, Russia, Poland and the Czech Republic to share and exchange knowledge on a varied number of topics related to the world's most important natural resource - water.

The organisation Stepanavan Youth Center was established in 2001 and has been conducting local and international youth programs for the last six years. This was the third "Water and Youth" project from 2005 organised by this organisation.

During the project participants were learning about water resource situation in various parts of Europe, sharing experience, developing knowledge and skills on environment, water and sustainable development issues. They visited the Hydrological station and Environmental impact monitoring center in Vanadzor and made water monitoring tests in the lake Sevan. Also every evening the participants presented their countries through their cultural heritage - dances, music, national cuisine.

Objectives

  • to develop environmental awareness and environmental education among European youth;
  • to provide opportunity for youngsters of developed and developing countries to share experience, exchange of information on environment, water and sustainable development issues;
  • to promote positive impact on youth work at local level and youth active participation in the preservation, management and monitoring of local water resource;
  • to increase capacity and effectiveness of young people to address local environmental and water issues.

Partner organisations

Luga Environmental Center (Russia), Gminny Zespol Kultury i Bibliotek (Poland), Young Partners for Civil Society Development Association (Romania), SAEM (Georgia), YEE (Czech Republic)

Information materials

Financial support

The project was held in the frame of Youth in Action Programme. We would like to thank the European Commission for the financial support.

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