Nature for Youth and City Erasmus Project

General information for the Nature for Youth and City Erasmus Project

Nature for Youth and City Erasmus Project
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Project Title

Nature for Youth and City

Project Key Action

This project related with these key action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Project Action Type

This project related with this action type : Strategic Partnerships for youth

Project Call Year

This project’s Call Year is 2016

Project Topics

This project is related with these Project Topics: Youth (Participation, Youth Work, Youth Policy) ; Environment and climate change; International cooperation, international relations, development cooperation

Project Summary

Sustainable cities is a topic gaining prime importance throughout Europe. A range of environmental action plans and policy instruments are put in place for this aim. Establishing the link between urban population and nature is increasingly considered as an important way towards sustainable cities, as it also contributes to improving life quality and public health of the society. Yet, intense urbanization pressure is acting negatively on natural areas in and around the cities. Similar to many of the developing countries, the pace of urbanization has increased tremendously in Turkey. Ankara, the capital of Turkey, is also following this trend; existing urban life style in Ankara is detached from nature to a great extent. Middle East Technical University (METU), situated at the heart of Ankara, only 5 km to the parliament, covers 4,500 hectares of area made up of mostly natural and pristine ecosystems. The presence of such a big natural reserve in the capital city is a unique commodity and it provides the possibility of experiencing and spending leisure-time in nature. Yet, the importance of such an oasis in the middle of the city is not well recognized and benefited from. In this project, we aim at re-establishing the link between people of Ankara and nature through focusing on the youth of the city. We believe learning about nature around us is an essential component of establishing this link. Dynamism of young people and the access to young people through the campus are valuable opportunities. The project therefore is based on training young people to take a leading role in developing and implementing a nature education program and in establishing an operational centre in the METU Campus, i.e. “Nature for Youth and City Centre (NYC-C)”. We recognize that extensive know-how and experience exist in EU countries on this topic. Thus the project aims at benefiting from this experience via effective exchanges carried out to observe similar programs and activities in Europe. Partners from UK, Greece and Italy are selected in this respect. The project has 4 main activities:1. Mobilisation and capacity building of young people for experience sharing on nature education programs;2. Preparation of education programs;3. Establishment of the “Nature for Youth and City Centre”;4. Dissemination of the developed model in other selected university campuses and in available institutions.Our method is based on training young people through a program developed by professionals on nature conservation, education, sustainability and work with them closely. As a result of these capacity building activities, learning by doing, and peer-to-peer learning experiences, young people will significantly improve their skills and qualifications and will become trainers themselves. They will implement programs which have 5 modules (butterflies, plants, steppe ecosystems, sustainability and climate change). Throughout the 30 months of the project duration, we expect 18,000 people to directly or indirectly benefit from the activities of the project:- At least 60 trainings realized and 3,000 young people participated to nature education programs implemented in the METU Campus,- At least 50 primary and high schools visited and in each visit 100 students followed educations on sustainability, nature conservation and biodiversity of Ankara. – At least 1/3 of the METU students (~ 10,000) made aware of the program and respectively esteem the METU Campus nature.- 5 nature education training programs and related materials prepared and made available;- NYC-C established to support Ankara on sustainability, nature conservation and nature education issues.The project is innovative in many terms, i.e. learning nature in nature and young people becoming trainers and advocates. Yet, the establishment of a centre in METU specialised on nature education is going to be first of its kind in Turkey and it will secure the sustainability of the project’s outcomes. We believe the centre will act as a hub and will attract other initiatives on nature education in Ankara and elsewhere. It will create synergy and as a result, will be amplifying the impact of such programs at local, regional and national scales. The centre will also contribute to conservation of nature conservation. Finally, the project will serve to empowering youth on becoming knowledgeable and skilled on sustainability and nature conservation topics, and becoming active citizens promoting these issues in their life. The project aims at canalising the energy of youth to promoting concepts of sustainable and nature friendly cities and urban ecology in the capital of Turkey. The activities of the project might lead to young people starting professional careers in fields of sustainability, nature conservation, and/or gaining a hobby contributing to healthier and happier life opportunities. In the long term, all these will feed into the establishment of sustainable cities in Turkey.

EU Grant (Eur)

Funding of the project from EU: 274682,5 Eur

Project Coordinator

Doga Koruma Merkezi Vakfi & Country: TR

Project Partners

  • Butterfly Conservation
  • MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
  • Anima Mundi società cooperativa sociale
  • TECHNOLOGIKO EKPEDEFTIKO IDRYMA THESSALIAS