Forest

FOREST final event: exchanging opinions and best practices

Organised by ALDA, Veneto Agricoltura hosted the final event of Forest Project in Cansiglio – Italy – on 23rd and 24th June 2022 – at its “Hangar” office. The latter, more specifically, is a beautiful location, built on a dismissed NATO military base. 

More in depth on the event itself, the members of the four European organisations from Slovenia, Romania and Croatia that collaborated on the project attended the event:

The first day was dedicated to the project management meeting, where the partners discussed the results of the project exchanging opinions about the situations in their home countries and talked together about a possible future cooperation.

On the 24th June 2022, the FOREST final public conference started at 10 a.m. in the Hangar in Cansiglio. Almost 40 participants joined the conference, among forest owners, operators and educators.

The event started with a general presentation of the project by Nadia Di Iulio from ALDA and Federico Correale from Veneto Agricoltura, followed by  Alessandra Brigo, Project Manager from ALDA, and Ana Dijan’s, from Croatian Wood Cluster, presentation of the  Booklet “Towards an European standard forestry curricula”, developed within  this project. Hence, as  illustrated by Alessandra Brigo, this document aims to provide a summary of the information and comparative analyses carried out within the project, as well as to suggest some specific reflections on the importance of moving towards a harmonisation of forestry education. 

In addition, Ana Dijan showed and commented on the main results obtained by the comparative analysis run in 5 countries (Italy, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Romania).


 FOREST final event:  a great opportunity for everybody to exchange opinions, experiences and different points of view


For instance, the survey results depend on the country, its legislative framework and state-of-art forestry. Although the education and training systems are different in each country, the results show that almost half of the participants (46%) are not satisfied with the organisation of the education system, in particular with the number of hours dedicated to practice during the training period. Approximately 60% of the polled  confirm that they are not familiar with the European chainsaw certificate but at the same time the majority (64%) support the idea of introducing the European chainsaw certificate as a mandatory requirement in the employment process. However, almost two-thirds of respondents (68%) favour experienced workers over holders of European chainsaw certificates when hiring.

Besides, relevant Italian regional representatives also contributed to the conference:

  • Isabella Pasutto (Veneto Region) illustrated an overview of the Forestry Training Session in Veneto Region. 
  • Valerio Motta Frè (Piedmont Region) and Pierpaolo Brenta (IPLA) followed with the presentation of a national and successful standardisation initiative: “The For.Italy Project: an Experience of standardisation of forestry training on a national scale”. 

Finally, project partners took the floor starting with Martin Krondorfer from Forstliche Ausbildungsstätte Pichl. He talked about Safety in forest work, explaining the tools needed to reduce the of the accidents in the forests such as equipment for the forestry workers. 

Barbara Turk from GRM Novo Mesto – center biotehnike in turizma, Slovenia, showed a presentation related to the legislative framework, certifications and qualifications about every country, explaining the differences between them.

After a coffee break, the meeting continued with two speeches from Ana Vorovenci and Diana Bacircea, from the Asociatia Nationala a femeilor din mediul rural, focused on the woman inclusion in the forestry. The Asociatia underlines how the forest sector is still considered ”a man’s world” and it is one of the most segregated gender activities. Indeed, the goals of this association are encouraging forest women owners’ involvement in forestry entrepreneurship and supporting women in attending forestry training/certification.  Lastly, Ana Dijan from Croatian Wood Cluster intervened to give an overview of sustainability as part of safety on work. 

Forest

After the lunch, the partners and conference participants joined a study tour through the Cansiglio forests and visited the botanical garden, guided by Veneto Agricoltura. Concluding, a debate between the participants and the FOREST project partners was a great opportunity for everybody to exchange opinions, experiences and different points of view according to the main topic of the conference.


Forestry

Booklet “Towards an European standard forestry curricula”

Forestry

The Booklet “Towards an European standard forestry curricula – Forestry Operators Reflecting on Equalising Skills and Training” aims to provide a summary of the information and comparative analyses carried out within the FOREST project, as well as to suggest some specific reflections on the importance of moving towards a harmonisation of forestry education.

Read it here

Czech

Czech Presidency of the European Council: Welcome!

After six months, from January 2022 to June 2022, France is now handing on the baton to Czech Republic. Thus, it is now the time to welcome the Czech Presidency of the European Council, until December 2022

As already mentioned, Czech Republic is the second States of the trio, composed together with France and Sweden, to lead the European Council until 2023.Hence, these three Countries have set a series of goals to reach as a group; be they “protecting citizens and freedoms”; based on European values; or “building a greener and more socially equitable Europe”.


Welcome the Czech Presidency of the European Council until December 2022


Yet, the Czech Presidency has further developed these goals, by narrowing them down into five aspects:

  1. Managing the refugee crisis and post-war reconstruction of Ukraine
  2. Energy security
  3. Strengthening European defence capabilities and cybersecurity
  4. Strategic resilience of the European economy
  5. Resilience of democratic institutions

Especially on the first aim, Petr Fiala, Czech Prime Minister, stated – in his message – “the Russian invasion of Ukraine has shown us that our freedom and security are as threatened today as they were in the past. The fight for freedom never ends.” It is clear that in the upcoming six month the commitment of the Presidency will be devoted to closely follow the current situation in Ukraine.

ALDA warmly welcomes the Presidency, willing to support it in turning its goals in actions, while encouraging the Presidency to keep on with helping Ukrainian citizens and people.

 

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[Picture credits: Czech Republic Presidency Twitter account]


NEVERMORE

Research on climate science and climate policy at the core of NEVERMORE project

On 28 and 29 June 2022, 16 partners from 8 different countries met (both in person and virtually) for the official launch of the new Horizon Europe NEVERMORE project.

The project, in which ALDA is a partner, is determined to support excellence in research on climate science and climate policy. The focus is on the modeling theory in order to take a significant step forward to overcome the current silo approach* in favour of an integrated assessment one for evaluating impacts, risks and interactions of climate change across sectors; as well as adaptation and mitigation strategies towards a climate neutral and resilience society, relying on the multiple feedbacks that occur between the variables involved in climate change.

During these two days of intense work in Trento at the headquarters of the Bruno Kessler Foundation, leader of the project, the partners discussed future steps to be taken and exchanged their project ideas and vision.

More specifically,  ALDA, in particular, will be responsible for developing an effective project communication and dissemination strategy. The latter will also include the creation and  engagement of five local and one transnational Stakeholder Councils that will be the meeting point between the project and society. Thus, the above-mentioned Councils are going to involve all those actors who are concretely involved within climate change and the related policies.


NEVERMORE: supporting excellence in research on climate science and climate policy


During the meeting, the NEVERMORE project partners presented their actions for the next 4 years and the geographical areas of the 5 case studies that will be followed throughout this period.                                  

  1. Sitia, Crete Island (EL), a place that thrives on agriculture and tourism and where the main problems are: the rise of the sea level; flooding and droughts; the necessity to preserve biodiversity; and the food chain & archaeology.
  2. The Trentino region (IT), a mountainous region whose main policy areas are tourism (mainly winter) and energy and where the most important challenges to be addressed lie in the  rising temperature, unpredictable precipitation  patterns, and modified seasonal climate dynamics.
  3. The Boreal region of Västerbotten  and Norrbotten Counties (SE), region characterised by energy production, tourism and reindeer herding, and which is now witnessing an increase in temperature, causing unpredictable precipitation patterns, while modifying seasonal climate dynamics.
  4. Murcia region (ES), a Mediterranean region with a socio-economic context characterised by agriculture, tourism and industry that is witnessing desertification due to soil erosion in agricultural systems, and required a more sustainable water management system.
  5. The wetland in the Danube Delta (RO) where agriculture, low levels of education, and economic dependence are the overall framework of the area. Hence, there is a need to protect the environment and ethnic wealth, promote sustainable tourism and eco-agriculture, and better land management.

Overall, these two days have proven to be a successful beginning, and a good synergy was born, paving the way for the next 4 years of the project.

Stay tuned and follow NEVERMORE’s social pages: TWITTER| INSTAGRAM| YOUTUBE|

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NEVERMORE Horizon Eu project includes the follows in the partners:


ALDATalk on the conclusions of the Conference on the Future of Europe

On the 24th June, ALDA had the pleasure to host second ALDATalk this year, dedicated to the conclusions of the Conference on the Future of Europe, with participation and presentations from: Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Secretary General and member of the steering committee of the the Civil Society Convention for the Conference on the Future of Europe, Alexandrina Najmowicz, Secretary General of the European Civic Forum (FCE) and co-chair of the Civil Society Convention for the Conference on the Future of Europe and Hervé Moritz, Vice-Président Le Mouvement Européen – France Alsace and Spokesperson, Union of European Federalists – France (UEF).

During the ALDATalk, ALDA Secretary General Ms. Antonella Valmorbida spoke about the involvement of ALDA in the process of the Conference, including the input into the work of the Civil Society Convention for the Conference on the Future of Europe as well as ALDA’s activities aimed at familiarizing ALDA members with the COFE structure, in particular disseminating the European values through the use of the Multilingual Platform and ad hoc training for ALDA members. She concluded her intervention by mentioning the urgent need to follow up and implement final recommendations of the Conference on the Future of Europe.

Similarly, Ms. Alexandrina Najmowicz presented the overall structure of the CoFoE, the role of the CSO Convention and her own reflections on the process. In her presentation she pointed out a worrying trend of diminishing involvement of civil society in decision-making in general. She also commented on the relatively small participation of individuals in the Conference through the online platform.


ALDATalk: all speakers agreed on the importance of monitoring the follow up to the Conference on the Future of Europe from the EU institutions


Nevertheless she also highlighted the input of the civil society to the CoFoE has been reflected in the final conclusions of the Conference and stated the civil society will continue to follow the next steps after the process.

In addition, Mr. Hervé Moritz presented the role of Le Mouvement Européen – France Alsace in the Conference, and in particular the Convention Citoyenne sur l’Europe held in Strasbourg to provide local contribution to the CoFoE. He stated that the Convention Cityonne also played a role in empowerment of the citizens and giving them a sense of impact into policy-making.

Both Ms. Najmowicz and Mr. Moritz also touched upon the impact that the outbreak of the war in Ukraine had on the process and final steps of the Conference.

Finally, within the occasion of this ALDATalk, all speakers agreed on the importance of monitoring the follow up to the Conference on the Future of Europe from the EU institutions. Speakers also highlighted the need for deeper and more meaningful involvement of the civil society and citizens in decision-making and protection of the civic space.


ALDA+ at the EDD 2022: building new partnerships and inspiring innovative solutions to pressing global challenges

ALDA +  participated in the European Development Days 2022(EDD) which took place in Brussels on June 21-22, 2022. 

The EDD are Europe’s leading multistakeholder forum, organised by the European Commission, on international partnerships and development, with the aim of bringing key actors from all over Europe and beyond together to share ideas and good practices in ways that encourage new partnerships and inspire innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. 

The theme of this year’s EDD was “Global Gateway: building sustainable partnerships for a connected world”. An edition dedicated to the European Strategy “to boost smart, clean and secure links in digital, energy and transport sectors and to strengthen health, education and research systems across the world”.

The EDD 2022 consisted of different types of sections, among which high level panes, lab debates, brainstorming sessions, agora sessions and project/report presentations on the following topics: Digital, Climate & Energy, Health, Education & Research and Transport. 

The latter, especially, was the realm within which ALDA+ provided its contribution!

Hence, ALDA+ decided to participate in this international event with a stand addressing  “Urban development, smart & interconnected cities. Together for fostering Good Governance at Local and Global Level”. Bringing the positive example of the Autrement project.


The European Development Days encourage new partnerships and inspire innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges


The Autrement project addresses the challenges of sustainable urban mobility and planning in the Tunisian cities of Kairouan and Mahdia. It aims to promote, on the one hand, a greater citizen participation in local governance and a sustainable urban development, and, on the other hand, soft mobility especially by encouraging biking in both Tunisian cities.  

Despite the paperless format, our stand engaged the participants and created the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences, not only on transport, but also on good governance and citizens participation, the two main pillars on which ALDA and ALDA+ are based. 

We are extremely glad and proud for having had the possibility to participate in such an important event. The EDD2022 were the perfect spot to showcase, once more, ALDA’s flagship initiative the “European Support to Local Democracy”,  since it provides a complete overview on ALDA’s expertises in all target regions and underlines the fundamental role of cooperation.


Governance

ALDA awarded the European Prize for "Stronger Governance"

Governance

The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova hosted, on 22 June 2022, the third edition of the Civil Society Gala 2022 and the outstanding winners of civil society organizations from the Republic of Moldova, which contributed to the consolidation of democracy, economic and social development.

Civil society organizations, beneficiaries of EU assistance, which have achieved remarkable and tangible results, while promoting European values, democracy, economic and social development, both at national and local level, have been awarded at the event, for the following categories:

  • Stronger governance
  • Stronger society
  • Stronger economy
  • Stronger connectivity

Within this framework, ALDA was awarded the European Prize for “Stronger Governance” at the 2022 Civil Society Gala, organized by the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Moldova.


ALDA was awarded the European Prize for "Stronger Governance" at the 2022 Civil Society Gala


Among the remarkable results obtained, the Association managed to transform the central alley “Ștefan cel Mare şi Sfânt” in the city of Cimișlia, into a pleasant and modern public area. With the support of the European Union, the alley now offers 20 benches for passers-by, 20 rubbish bins to keep the area clean and two information panels to keep locals informed of the town hall’s activities.

Additionally, ALDA mobilized the community to restore the beauty of another symbolic recreation place, called “Vatra Cimișliei”, which the local authorities and activists turned into a real tourist gem. The Association also supported the arrangement of several places. playground for children in Cimișlia and an active recreation area for young people – in all these initiatives, local citizens were encouraged to actively participate in cooperation with local authorities.

The European Prize for “Stronger Governance” was awarded for the tangible results achieved through the implementation of the Activating Government Reform for Improving Development”(AGREED) project, funded by the European Union. Hence, through the projects supported by AGREED, the members of the local communities participated directly in the community development in order to improve their living conditions, through the jointly planned action with the local NGOs and local authorities.

Furthermore, Citizens have increased their own capacities for action in the community, and their skills of responsible participation in ensuring good local governance.

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Information on AGREED:

Specific Objective: “Indicator 2 presence and number of participatory initiatives promoted by local authorities with CSOs.”: target value: Number and type of participatory actions promoted by Las.

Specific Objective “Indicator 2”:

  • Number of CSOs involved: 19
  • Number of localities: 26
  • Number of civic and community initiatives implemented: 26
  • Number of civic groups of citizens created: 33
  • Number of trained community leaders: 150
  • Number of people trained in good governance, participatory budgeting and participation citizens- 375
  • Local information campaigns – 13
  • Number of people involved in community development: over 4,500 people


Enlarging Europe for a better Europe Let’s celebrate the new candidates and let’s not forget the others!

ALDA is happy to celebrate the granted status of candidate country to the European Union,  to Moldova and Ukraine Since more than a decade our organization has accompanied the democratic transition and efforts of these countries. We worked with our members, both local authorities and civil society. Despite the difficulties of those terrible days, it is a great sign to show them that there is hope, together with the EU.

ALDA is happy to celebrate the granted status of candidate country to the European Union,  to Moldova and Ukraine Since more than a decade our organization has accompanied the democratic transition and efforts of these countries. We worked with our members, both local authorities and civil society. Despite the difficulties of those terrible days, it is a great sign to show them that there is hope, together with the EU.


BNLD General Assembly 2022: Welcome to the new President, Sladjan Ilic!

The Annual General Meeting of the Balkan Network for Local Democracy(BNLD) took place on the 22nd of June 2022 in Novi Sad, Serbia. On the agenda were the election of the President, as well as the strategic accountability principles of the Network. The Delegate of Local Democracy Agency Zavidivoci, BiH, Sladjan Ilic, previously having sat in the Governing Board, was elected as the new President of BNLD.


Sladjan Ilic, previously member of the the Governing Board, is elected as the new President of BNLD


A different discussion highlighted that after the long period of COVID – 19 outbreaks, there was a generation shift in the organization and in civil society. Changes are constant and fast, on the personal, social, and organizational levels. The members agreed that a good quality and solid base for a functional registered organisation was laid out, and that the Network is ready for bigger projects.

In addition, it was pointed out that the creation of digital tools and development of the Network presence is a strong point and that the Network needs to continue working in that direction so as to lead to more sustainable projects.

BNLD, since its creation in 2019, has been actively promoting regional cooperation, local democracy, and peace and reconciliation in the Western Balkan countries.


Novi

Balkan network for local democracy on the road: Seminar in Novi Sad

Novi

The Balkan network for local democracy (BNLD) reunites for the first time in 2022 for the Regional Capacity building and Networking seminar, which took place in Novi Sad, Serbia, from the 20th to the 22nd of June 2022.

The event organized in the framework of the project “Strengthening the regional cooperation to promote civic space in the Western Balkan countries” gathered around 25 participants, trainers, guest speakers, representing BNLD members and regional CSO networks.


Capacity-building sessions, a regional activity planning, field visits and exchange with OPENS, and Novi Sad capital of culture organizations


The programme saw capacity-building sessions, a regional activity planning, field visits and exchange with OPENS, and Novi Sad capital of culture organizations.

This activity is organized in the framework of the project “Strengthening the regional cooperation to promote civic space in the Western Balkan countries” financed within the Project Protecting Civic Space –Regional Civil Society Development Hub” financed by SIDA and implemented by BCSDN