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5 September 2017

Green-Go contest: apply by 1st Oct!

The deadline for submitting a short video to the Green-Go International Short Film Contest 2017 is fast approaching – less than a month away.  Apply by 1st October and have your video screened online to thousands of people, and win a prize: 500 EUR in online vouchers for winners of each of the three categories and a 200 EUR worth online voucher for the winner of the public voting.

The three themes this year are:

  • Build Green, Live Green: the focus is on the importance of green infrastructure and nature in our cities
  • The Last Day On Earth?: exploring Earth Overshoot Day and exploiting our planet’s resources
  • Your Europe in 2050: if you had control over the European budget, how would you spend it to make Europe a better place?

Have an idea? Then get your creative juices flowing, take your camera and start with filmmaking right now! Already have a short film that fits into one of the three categories? Send it to us!

Watch our video here for more inspiration and information: http://bit.ly/GreenGo2017 How can you apply? Check out http://greengofest.eu/

Have a question? Drop us a message to contest@nullgreengofest.eu

24 August 2017

Hungarians, join us and win a prize!

Together with our member organisation Green Dependent, today we are launching a campaign to make our planet a better place.

Earth Overshoot Day, this year the 2nd of August, is the day when people consume more natural resources than the planet can naturally regenerate in that given year. This means that for the rest of the year, we are borrowing from our future.  The Hungarian Overshoot Day is 22 September in 2017, which is the day when we as a country extract more fish from the rivers,  log more of the forests, or emmit more greenhouse gases,  than what our ecosystems could sustainably produce or assimilate as waste.

Let’s work out ways to improve the situation and push the date back! Every change is influential, from the pledge to walk more to work instead of taking the car, to a large commitment, such as becoming vegetarian or vegan for a month. We therefore ask you to join us today in making the planet a better place, and send us a photo of you realising your pledge to reduce your ecological footprint in some way today!

How can you take part in the contest? Submit your pledge (for examples see our press release) and a photo about the realisation to info@nullkislabnyom.hu now for the chance to win a 5000 HUF green voucher for a Hungarian shop!

Make Hungary a healthier and happier place to live, do your bit!

You can read our related press release here.

22 August 2017

Educate 4 sustainable resources

Educating for sustainable resource use and raising awareness of related global justice is a challenge, which should start in primary school, if not earlier. As focused educational materials are scarce, especially in Central and Eastern Europe, we developed an educational toolkit within our Stop mad mining campaign, which will be presented to teachers from Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic at national workshops. For the educational toolkit we took the car industry with its extensive supply chain as an example, which has high economic importance in all four countries, and presented the various global, regional, national and local aspects from economic, social and environmental points of view. The first teacher workshop will take place in Hungary on 29 August.

These activities are co-financed by the International Visegrad Fund and the European Union and implemented together with SCCD from Slovakia, IGO fom Poland and Glopolis from the Czech Republic.

2 August 2017

BUDAPEST CITIZENS FOR #MOVETHEDATE

Earth Overshoot Day lands today. As a planet, we have been sapping the Earth’s annual stock of resources since the start of the year. Today is the day that we have finally exceeded the budget that we have been offered, six days earlier than last year. This date is known as Earth Overshoot Day, and marks the transition from being in the green, to the red. From fossil fuels and fish stocks to timber and zinc, these finite resources are being used at an unsustainable rate. To fulfill our needs, we are currently using three planets worth of resources each year. Needless to say, we only have one to share around.

This has negative impacts on the planet, not just by leaving less for future generations, but by polluting our planet, advancing climate change and reducing biodiversity. Within Hungary these changes are already becoming evident, with annual temperatures increasing and more frequent droughts.

Here at CEEweb for Biodiversity we are proud to say that we have once again partnered with the sustainability think-tank Global Footprint Network in the #movethedate campaign, aiming to shift Earth Overshoot Day further into the year. Through social media and personal interaction we have been encouraging people to do their bit, by making a simple pledge of how they will live more sustainably. We have collected a diverse range of pledges such as to take a shower and not a bath, to start commuting on foot/take a bus or even to save money to purchase an electric car.

We believe that small changes are as beneficial as big ones, and can accumulate to a visible improvement on the environment. Earth Overshoot Day in Hungary will be on September 22 2017.

You can read our related press release here.

 

 

 

28 July 2017

In 5 days: Earth Overshoot Day

August 2nd 2017. This date is barely 2/3 of the way through the year, yet it happens to be the date by which we have consumed more from nature than the planet can renew in the entire year. At CEEweb, we have again become proud partners of the Earth Overshoot Day campaign to #movethedate.

Small changes can be as influential as large ones. This is why we are making our own pledges to reduce waste, recycle, be vegetarian, save water and live more sustainably. All of this helps against the issues that torment our planet.  Check out our video from last year which explains the campaign:

But why are we doing this? Our planet is changing. Rising sea levels, deforestation, and dwindling biodiversity are all issues that have increased in prevalence over the past 50 years. On an international scale, pledges have been made to monitor and control these issues, such as the Paris Climate Accord hoping to keep global warming below the 2⁰C threshold. Ensuring that pressure is placed on governments to achieve this is paramount. Pledges on a local scale are just as important. If we all do our bit, we can aim to push Earth Overshoot Day back by 5 days a year, meaning we would be using just one planet’s resources by 2050. There’s a plethora of ways that you can alter your lifestyle to improve the planet. Struggling for inspiration? Check out the pledges that we have been making on our Facebook page for some ideas and join us!

7 July 2017

Call for posters – EUGIC 2017 BUDAPEST

Do you want to showcase your achievements to the international urban greening sector? To raise awareness of your project, gain recognition, share best practice and make new contacts?

The Poster Presentation at EUGIC 2017 Budapest is a great opportunity to do exactly so!

Posters will be selected by EUGIC’s Expert Jury and programme committee for exhibition at EUGIC 2017 Budapest 29-30 November 2017, with opportunities throughout the conference to discuss your work with over 300 participants.

Special consideration will be given to ensure that a variety of topics, geographical and cultural ranges will be represented.

Deadline for applications is 20 September 2017 with notification by 8 October 2017. Three winners will be selected and announced at the Green-Go Awards Ceremony on the evening of the first conference day, Wednesday 29 November 2017.

For more information and for the application form, click here http://eugic.events/call-for-posters/

5 July 2017

MEPs, vote on EU Action for sustainability

We are strongly encouraging Members of the European Parliament to support the ENVI committee own initiative report EU Action for sustainability tomorrow. The report addresses the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and responds to the European Commission’s communication on “Next steps for a sustainable European future: EU action for sustainability” from November 2016.

This report contains, amongst others, important positive elements on:

  • The need for an implementation strategy for the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • The need for the post-2020 Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) to reorient the Union’s budget towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • The need for significant additional effort in order to fully implement the Nature Directives and meet the global and European biodiversity objectives.

We count on MEPs support for making the EU deliver on its own commitments to benefit its people and save the planet!

3 July 2017

CEEWEB GROWING STRONGER

It is with great pleasure that we are announcing that Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia, an affiliate of Bird Life and European Wilderness Society joined forces with other organisations from Central and Eastern Europe with common visions and missions by becoming new members of CEEweb for Biodiversity.

The primary activities of Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia are improving the status of every bird species and enlarging possibilities of its survival (bird protection), research about retention of birds in various locations, their number, particularly in the nesting period, studies about their geographical distribution, habits, nesting biology, dynamics of migrations, nutrition and other aspects (bird study), maintaining a constant communication with the public, and teaching, publishing and distribution of promotional materials (public education).

European Wilderness Society is the only Pan-European, wilderness and environmental advocacy non-profit organization with a team of wilderness and wildlife specialists, nature conservationists, researchers and scientists, tourism experts, marketing and business professionals, legal advisers and wilderness advocates. The organisation’s mission is to identify, designate, manage and promote European wild rivers, old growth forests and Wilderness. The team is also dedicated to the education of the next generation of Europeans on Wilderness. European Wilderness Society has its main office in Austria and offices in Belgium, Ukraine, Slovakia, Italy and Spain. 

1 July 2017

PROMOTING HEALTHY TOURISM

Promotion of a healthy lifestyle and eco-consciousness in tourism was the focus of the 1st Multilateral Walkshop and 3rd internal thematic meeting within the INSiGHTS project – “Integrated Slow, Green and Healthy Tourism Strategies”.

Partners visited several sites of the region where they received historical and cultural background information during guided tours, and also had the chance to go to a local horse club in Aranđelovac and discuss the experience of hiking-nature sightseeing with the facilitators.

During the official meetings partners discussed the progress of the work packages on Local Strategies, of the Status Quo reports and the next steps within the project. The methodology on organizing walkshops was also presented, followed by a presentation on state-of-the-art good practices from the pilot areas and the wider Danube region. There was also a session for the local stakeholders within the walkshop organized by Regional Economic Development Agency for Šumadija and Pomoravlje from Kragujevac, Serbia.

Within the “Critical Classroom”, partners analysed strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities of Plovdiv area and the region of Šumadija and Pomoravlje.

The meeting took place in Aranđelovac, Serbia on the 28th – 30th June 2017 and was hosted by Regional Economic Development Agency for Šumadija and Pomoravlje from Kragujevac, Serbia.

The next bilateral study visit will take place in Slovenia in September 2017 and LAG Central Istria will host the next multilateral meeting in Pazin in October.

More information on the meeting can be found here.

26 June 2017

INSiGHTS Bilateral meeting and study visit

The study visit was hosted by the Bulgarian partner Regional Development Agency with Business Support Centre for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (RDA with BSC for SMEs) to jointly prepare with the Serbian partner, Regional Economic Development Agency for Sumadija and Pomoravlje (REDASP) for the walkshop held on 28-30 June in Serbia. CEEweb attended the meeting as a mentor to guide the preparation for the upcoming Critical Classroom sessions that will address how the framework for the sub-model of sensitization of visitors towards healthy and eco-conscious lifestyle via sustainable tourism should be set up. A short training was held on tourism product development and good practices from the Plovdiv pilot area were showcased during the site visit.