Institute of Biometeorology (IBIMET) National Council of Research (CNR)- IT
IBIMET-CNR was founded in 2000 by the merge of four different Institutes working in the field of monitoring, environmental analysis and rural development, as part of the Agri-Food Department of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR). IBIMET-CNR employs 60 people on permanent contracts and around 50 on temporary contracts, with background in agriculture, forestry, physics and economy, as well as social and political sciences. IBIMET applies a multidisciplinary approach in several research fields, such as rural development and environmental conservation. For the last decade, IBIMET has been focusing on topics related to cultural heritage, conservation, rural development and agriculture both in Europe and in Developing Countries. In the field of rural development, IBIMET has been running research projects on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Employment, as well as Regional and Province administrations, aiming to improve workers’ skills in rural areas, in face of the new perspectives of multi-functional farming. Concerning the collaboration with Natural Parks, IBIMET collaborates with three National Parks in a variety of regional and international projects on conservation and environmental monitoring, sustainable tourism development and carbon footprint of tourism activities.
PRISMA, Centre for Development Studies – GR
PRISMA is an interdisciplinary planning and research consultancy founded in 1991 and has since built up an impressive record of research, policy consulting, evaluation and education outcomes. PRISMA possesses extensive experience in lifelong learning research and action projects; local development; spatial/environmental planning; and the use of new technologies in learning and capacity building. PRISMA has undertaken several projects as an advisor to the Greek Government in policy making for vocational education and training, regional planning, introduction of new technologies in public administration, among other themes; and has also offered programme evaluation services, including the evaluation of operational programmes in Greece (e.g. OPs for continuing education and vocational training, The Information Society, Social Inclusion through lifelong learning, regional development of specific regions etc); and to the European Commission as a member of larger consortia (e.g. evaluation of HELIOS, Structural Funds, SMEs, e-Content, Partnership programme etc). PRISMA has implemented a large number of transnational European projects, co-funded by the European Commission, in the field of lifelong learning, ecotourism, environmental conservation, cultural development and social inclusion, either as project coordinator or partner.
La Ligue de l’enseignement – FR
Founded in 1866, the Ligue de l’enseignement is a French network of 102 federations and more than 30,000 affiliated associations active in the areas of education, culture, training, leisure and sports promoting access to lifelong learning for everyone, regardless of their age, social and ethnic backgrounds. It further promotes a secular society, solidarity amongst citizens, sustainable development and respect for our planet. The Ligue de l’enseignement has a dynamic social and sustainable tourism sector for the past 50 years. It offers educational, cultural and sport activities to children between the age of 4 and 17 (450,000 in the past year), families and adults. In this context, the Ligue is in charge of 160 vacation centres all over France. The Federations of the Ligue administer these centres and help with the development of pedagogical programmes adapted to the needs and expectations of the public. In the light of climate change and in the aftermath of the Earth Summit of Rio de Janeiro in 1992, the Ligue de l’enseignement added sustainable development to its priorities. It developed three fields of action, two of them on the educational front, and the third one committing the association itself.
Hellenic Ornithological Society – GR
The Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS) is a non governmental conservation organisation for the study and protection of wild birds and their habitats. Since 1982, HOS strives to safeguard a sustainable environment where birds and people can live in harmony by studying and protecting wild birds, working towards the conservation of Important Bird Areas and Natura 2000 sites, raising public awareness, enhancing environmental education and advocating for environmental policy. HOS is a partner of BirdLife International, the largest global partnership for the conservation of wild birds and their habitats. It is also a member of the European Environmental Bureau and the EU for Coastal Conservation. Environmental Education in all its forms constitutes one of its main aims. It manages Information Centres in cities and in Protected Areas, realises Environmental Education Projects for school groups, creates and provides educational packages for schools and organises environmental education events for young and senior citizens throughout Greece. With the official cooperation of the Ministry of Education more than 8.000 school children annually participate in Environmental Education Projects. Moreover, more than 7.000 children annually participate in more than 100 events throughout Greece that involve educational games.
PAN Parks Foundation – HU
PAN Parks Foundation, the European wilderness protection organisation, is registered under Dutch law since August 1999. Before 2010 PAN Parks focused mainly on a conservation target audience in order to develop a tool to measure management effectiveness of protected areas with wilderness character. The success of these 11 years of work was acknowledged when the European Parliament adopted its special report on wilderness in 3 February 2009. The explanatory note of this report stated the following: “Wilderness conservation is the most significant achievements of the PAN Parks Foundation concept and part of PAN Parks Core Purpose.” Current research has shown that the spatial polarisation between prosperous and less favoured areas in Europe will continue a further two phenomena will be expected to increase at the same time: a growth of prosperous urban agglomerations and secondly an aggravation of phenomena of decline and abandonment of less favoured areas. The environment is reverting back towards its natural state in these less favoured areas. Based on this current research, PAN Parks Foundation points to an innovative way in managing these areas by implementing non-intervention management, while providing social benefits for the local residents. PAN Parks Foundation is the only organisation in Europe solely focusing on wilderness conservation on a European scale. It successfully brings all stakeholders of Europe’s wilderness areas together, employing a comprehensive approach to meet the complex ecological and social needs of Europe's protected areas.
Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) – Centre for Economic and Regional Studies (CERS)- HU
CERS came to existence in 2012 with the integration of three separate institutions, and the integrated organisation still belongs to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Main profiles of CERS are the economic, world economic and regional researches. The Institute of Regional Studies belonging to CERS is carrying out multi-disciplinary research on urban and regional issues, researching the process of modernisation across the settlement network; local development, including tourism; cross-border socioeconomic collaborations and the study of Central and Eastern European integration. CERS IRS is an advisor to the State on regional policy and analysis including tourism, public sector management, rural development. Besides carrying out academic research, staff with specialised expertise is involved in independent contract research projects commissioned by various public and private bodies. The institute has carried out several European Union-funded projects with the main focus on the lifelong learning. Among its research fields, the spatial analysis of the environment can also be found.
NEC – Notranjski Ekoloski Center – SL
’Notranjski Ekoloski center (NEC)’’ – established in 1995 is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation which operates as a competence centre for project management, entrepreneurship and sustainable development in Slovenia. Its target groups are small and micro companies, farms, young and rural populations, local and regional communities in small rural environments, high in biodiversity and cultural heritage which are also an important source of economic and employment development. Other target groups are research institutions and Think Tanks which operate in the field of ecology and heritage. NEC’s vision enables innovative and developmental collaboration with the above mentioned research institutions and providers of environmental and rural heritage services. NEC has 5 fulltime employees and 35 volunteers. From 2009 NEC manages a thematic network of NGOs for the interpretation of heritage in Slovenia. The network consists of more than 70 members. We are located near Cerknica lake, which is the biggest disappearing lake in the world and it is protected as a regional park and a Natura 2000 site, while also being part of the Ramsar Convention. NEC utilises heritage as a source of lifelong learning and education, developing ‘Centres OF Knowledge’, where experiences about interpretation and management of the heritage are shared and transfered from one target group to the other. NEC also plans to organise an international summer school for the interpretation of heritage.