The MEdIES NETWORK for ESD
Mediterranean Education Initiative for
Environment & Sustainability
www.medies.net
MEdIES IS…
a Mediterranean Network of educators & organisations
for ESD (Education for Sustainable Development).
Launched in the WSSD (Johannesburg, 2002)
as a Type II Initiative
MEdIES OBJECTIVES:
•To raise public awareness and provide
education on sustainable development with
initial three-axes on water, wastes and cultural
& biological diversity
•To facilitate networks on ESD and develop a
methodological framework for a
Mediterranean network (to be adapted in
other regions).
MEdIES Structure
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Core Group: Greece, Italy
UNESCO, UNEP/MAP, MIO-ECSDE and GWP-Med
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Task Group: ~40 members (NGOs, IGOs, Governments,
Educ. Institutions) from MEDITERRANEAN COUNTRIES
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E-Network of Educators www.medies.net (~2500)
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Coordinator/Secretariat: MIO-ECSDE
Mediterranean educators-MEdIES
members come from…
Albania, Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus,
Croatia, Egypt, France, Greece, Jordan, Italy,
Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Authority,
Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Tunisia
& other countries even from outside of the
Mediterranean
Types of Activities
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Educational materials
Events: Conferences, Trainings, Youth
Exchanges
ICTs -Information & Communication
Technologies (Interactive Webpage
www.medies.net ,HYDRIA project)
ESD Materials
(all available at www.medies.net)
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Water in the Mediterranean
English, French, Italian, Greek, Turkish, Arabic, Croatian
Wastes in our life
Greek, English, French
Mediterranean Food
English, Greek, Italian Arabic, Portuguese
The Gift of Rain
Greek
ESD in BRs and other Protected Areas
Greek, English
Handbook on Methodology of EE & ESD
English, French, Arabic
YouthXchange Kit on Consumption
Greek & Arabic
etc.
Other Publications
(all available at www.medies.net)
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Proceedings of the Conference “Methodologies for
the application of educational materials in Education
for Environment & Sustainability” (Athens, October
2003).
Proceedings of the Conference “Environmental
Education: the Mediterranean Perspective” (Athens,
December 2002).
MEdIES webpage
MEdIES contribution to the
UN Decade on ESD (2005-2014)
Unique Type II Initiative on ESD in the region including all countries
 It was entrusted with the Secretariat of the “Official Launching of the UN
Decade of ESD in the Mediterranean region”, (organised by the Greek
Ministry of Education & Religious Affairs, with the support of the Italian
Ministry for Environment, UNEP/MAP and under the auspices of Greek
Parliament, UNESCO and UNECE).
 Listed as International ESD Good Practice by UNECE & UNESCO
 Implemented in line with the principles of the Decade:
 Supports the educational community by means of publications,
Seminars, etc.
 Facilitates the cooperation and exchange of information among
educators NGOs and other relevant stakeholders
 Promotes ICTs (Information & Communication Technologies) & networking.
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Methodology of work
Regular contacts & Meetings of the Secretariat, Task Group and
Core Group.
Participatory Process & bottom up approach in drafting
main activities and developing new educational materials.
National & Regional Activities in countries in cooperation with
the “national” Task Group meetings members (e.g. trainings,
translations, etc.).
Information & Communication Technologies (ICTs), in
using the webpage www.medies.net as
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Communication platform,
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Bulletin Board (conferences, competitions, etc)
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Update on current International Processes in ESD,
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Library with main background texts and for ESD and ALL the
publications in the existing languages
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Lesson plans, games, etc.
Meetings
Mediterranean launch of the
UN Decade on ESD (Athens,
November 2005)
Core Group meetings
 Athens, December 2002 ● Istanbul, October 2004
Task Group meetings
 Athens, December 2002 ● Spain, December 2003
 Greek Pedagogical team 2006 ● 2008
Educational and Training meetings
 REGIONAL: Athens, December 2002 (regional)
 NATIONAL: Athens, 2003 ● Rome, 2004 ● Athens, 2004 (Evaluation) ●
Turkey, 2004 ● Egypt, 2004 ● Lebanon, 2005 ● Morocco, 2007 ●
Slovenia, 2008 ● Beirut, 2009 ● Amfissa, 2009
 Greece 2007 : Series of Trainings on Consumerism in Athens ● Creta ●
Patras ● Corfu ● Larissa ● Akrata
 Seminars on MED. FOOD MATERIAL: 2007: Amman (Jordan), Grosseto
(Italy), Rio Meyor (Portugal), Cairo (Egypt), Kairouan (Tunisia), Rabat
(Morocco, Greece (Athens, Veria, Chalkida, etc.)
 LEONARDO Training Course, 6 -12 October 2008, University of Uppsala
 RAINWATER Harvesting School Activities & Trainings in Naxos, Syros,
Tinos Islands (April – May 2009)
Youth Residential Workshops
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Euro-Mediterranean Youth Exchange Programme “Cultural
Recycling: Re-orienting Cultures toward Sustainability”, 15- 24
July 2005, Evia island, Greece (50 youth from 10 Mediterranean
countries).
Youth Exchange Programme “Culture & Biodiversity: paths
without frontiers”, 2-10 September 2006, Kilkis & Serres, Northern
Greece (38 youth from 9 SE European countries).
Euro-Mediteranean Residential Workshop “Building our future
through the valorization of our cultural and biological diversity”
28 September-5 October 2007, Chios Island, Greece (30 youth from
11 Mediterranean countries).
Activities
with
students
Trainings for
educators
The HYDRIA project_ COLLECTION, STORAGE &
DISTRIBUTION OF WATER I ANTIQUITY: LINKING ANCIENT
WISDOM TO MODERN NEEDS
Creation of a web application appropriately presenting old
practices and appealing related sites accessible to be
virtually visited. The project aims:
 To demonstrate the wisdom of our ancestors, through their
wise and respectful water management techniques,
 To safeguard water remnants of the past, giving emphasis
on sites that are less known or not enough valorised.
 To highlight the possible adaptation of water management
systems used in the past to modern needs and realities,
giving emphasis to environmental friendly applications.
 To promote intercultural dialogue among Mediterranean
countries.
The project includes : Scientific research; Partners’ meeting;
Web development & Application in English and Arabic.
MIO-ECSDE …
the Mediterranean Information Office for Environment,
Culture and Sustainable Development
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A Federation of Mediterranean NGOs with more than 100
members from all the Mediterranean countries, many
millions of individuals members (through the NGOs)
Acts as a technical and political platform in the
Mediterranean scene, having an active role in developing
environmental and sustainable development policies &
establishing cooperation schemes with international
IGOs and NGOs (UNESCO, UNEP/MAP, EEB, RAED, est. )
Aiming to protect the natural environment and the
cultural heritage as well as areas of interaction between
the two in the Mediterranean.
MIO-ECSDE Structure
- General Assembly (~107 Full & Corresponding member NGOs)
- Executive Bureau (2 founding members, 8 EU & 8 non-EU)
- Chair, Co-Chair
- Secretariat based in Athens
MIO-ECSDE coordinates the following NETWORKS
MEdIES e-Network of
Educators, Schools, NGOs,
Ministries for ESD with 2290
individual members
COMPSUD Circle of Parliamentarians
for SD (75 members)
Network of Mediterranean
Women Organisations
(under development)
COMJED Circle of Journalists
for SD (50 members)
How can someone get involved
in MEdIES?
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NGOs, IGOs, Educ. Institutions
etc. send a letter of intention to
the Coordinator (MIO-ECSDE)
Individuals that are engaged
with ESD programmes
subscribe for free at
www.medies.net
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Contact details:
www.medies.net ([email protected])
www.mio-ecsde.org ([email protected])
Tel 0030 210 32 47 490, 267
 Fax 0030 210 33 17 127
MIO-ECSDE is the Coordinator and the Secretariat of
MEdIES network
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