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Training Course ‘Innovate Your Life and Make It Sustainable’

When: 10th - 16th October 2010

Where: Stara Planina, Serbia

Who: Young Researchers of Serbia with the help of Youth and Environment Europe

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Project description

The TC, hosted by Young Researchers of Serbia, faced the main environmental threats – unsustainable production and consumption, pollution and climate change. It provided youth with knowledge about sustainable alternatives – solutions of these problems – as well as ability to distinguish sustainable from unsustainable alternatives and encourage them to become partners and multipliers in their communities as well as at pan-European level.

The project took place in the middle of October (10th to 16th) in Stara Planina, mountains in the Eastern Serbia where we can find a lot of examples or developing project regarding sustainability issue (e.g. sustainable tourism, sustainable management of resources – small hydropower plants, management of protected areas) – the main theme. Organisers focused on sustainable use of renewable resources (RR), energies and materials, locally available innovative solutions to environmental problems that could be commonly used in different environments.

In 6 days, 26 participants from 7 neighbouring (Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Armenia, Croatia, Montenegro) and 5 EU countries (Czech Republic, Poland, Cyprus, Italy, Portugal), developed theoretical and practical competencies to become multipliers in the field of RR and sustainability; they exchanged their ideas and experiences and created follow-up projects. They used non-formal education methods, partly using each others knowledge and skills (exchanging good practices), partly under the coordination of experienced trainers and facilitators.

Participating organisations

  • Young Researchers of Serbia - Serbia (hosting organisation)
  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Italy
  • Macedonia
  • Montenegro
  • Poland
  • Portugal



Financial support

The training course received funding from Youth in Action Programme of the European Commission.