Public consultation as a tool of participative democracy – an insights on Ukraine

During its 20 years of life, ALDA has been more and more engaged in the Eastern Partnership, especially in Ukraine, when it comes to democracy promotion, support to local authorities and civil society, and development of good governance.

Thus, on April the 20th 2021, ALDA was invited to join the “Public consultations as a tool of participatory democracy. World practises and standards”. The event, promoted by the Ukrainian Parliamentary Committee on State Building, Local Governance, Regional and Urban Development, saw the participation of ALDA Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida, also in the capacity of expert of the Council of Europe (CoE).

Support of decentralisation processes and in the promotion of public administration reforms in Ukraine

The online conference followed an agenda structured into two parts: a first panel discussion focusing on the “Current state of public consultations in Ukraine and presentation of the legislative initiative regarding its improvement”. The discussion involved ministers, members of the Parliament, experts and associations’ representatives from Ukraine discussing and sharing their perspectives and insights as far as the topic of the panel concerned.

"An international experience in conducting public consultation. Lessons from Ukraine” was the theme of the second panel, which saw the participation of ALDA Secretary General, as keynote speaker, together with delegates from European and international institutions. The latter served as a platform to reflect, debate and share knowledge when it comes to democracy promotion, decentramento e good governance. Moreover, within this framework, ALDA’s contribution was particularly relevant in light of its proven experience in the support of decentralisation processes and in the promotion of public administration reforms in Ukraine.

The video conference was held in cooperation with:

During its 20 years of life, ALDA has been more and more engaged in the Eastern Partnership, especially in Ukraine, when it comes to democracy promotion, support to local authorities and civil society, and development of good governance.

Thus, on April the 20th 2021, ALDA was invited to join the “Public consultations as a tool of participatory democracy. World practises and standards”. The event, promoted by the Ukrainian Parliamentary Committee on State Building, Local Governance, Regional and Urban Development, saw the participation of ALDA Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida, also in the capacity of expert of the Council of Europe (CoE).

Support of decentralisation processes and in the promotion of public administration reforms in Ukraine

The online conference followed an agenda structured into two parts: a first panel discussion focusing on the “Current state of public consultations in Ukraine and presentation of the legislative initiative regarding its improvement”. The discussion involved ministers, members of the Parliament, experts and associations’ representatives from Ukraine discussing and sharing their perspectives and insights as far as the topic of the panel concerned.

"An international experience in conducting public consultation. Lessons from Ukraine” was the theme of the second panel, which saw the participation of ALDA Secretary General, as keynote speaker, together with delegates from European and international institutions. The latter served as a platform to reflect, debate and share knowledge when it comes to democracy promotion, decentramento e good governance. Moreover, within this framework, ALDA’s contribution was particularly relevant in light of its proven experience in the support of decentralisation processes and in the promotion of public administration reforms in Ukraine.

The video conference was held in cooperation with:


Learning and discovering RADEX project

Mobilising Against Extremist through Countering and Diverting Radicalisation of Young people” RADEX, is an Erasmus+ funded project on the span of two years. The project targets young people, youth workers, social workers, youth   organisations and equip them with the tools needed to identify patterns, methods, and different processes of youth violent radicalisation.

Il project objectives are:

  • Designing and implementing a methodological framework and to collect data on youth radicalisation in Europe, then a report will be drafted with the findings.
  • Preventing and diverting young people’s radicalisation, through supporting the building of the capacity to identify and understand the different types of online youth radicalisation, by providing real data in the form of relevant educational materials. Which will act as an alert for the target group against online and offline radicalisation processes.

A learning experience which includes real life examples and patterns

Eventually the project aims at creating a safe space for the target group to enjoy a learning experience which includes real life examples and patterns.

Restorative Justice for All (UK) takes the lead of the RADEX project, supported by five different partners; Synthesis Center for Research and Education (Cyprus), Club for UNESCO for Education, Science & Culture (Greece), Ingenious Knowledge (Germany), Inclusive Europe (Belgium) and ALDA – European Association for Local Democracy (France).

Consecutive meetings have been held between the partners in January, March and April, to insure an efficient planning phase. The first transitional project meeting of RADEX is planned to take place on June 3rd 2021 in Brussels.

Mobilising Against Extremist through Countering and Diverting Radicalisation of Young people” RADEX, is an Erasmus+ funded project on the span of two years. The project targets young people, youth workers, social workers, youth   organisations and equip them with the tools needed to identify patterns, methods, and different processes of youth violent radicalisation.

Il project objectives are:

  • Designing and implementing a methodological framework and to collect data on youth radicalisation in Europe, then a report will be drafted with the findings.
  • Preventing and diverting young people’s radicalisation, through supporting the building of the capacity to identify and understand the different types of online youth radicalisation, by providing real data in the form of relevant educational materials. Which will act as an alert for the target group against online and offline radicalisation processes.

A learning experience which includes real life examples and patterns

Eventually the project aims at creating a safe space for the target group to enjoy a learning experience which includes real life examples and patterns.

Restorative Justice for All (UK) takes the lead of the RADEX project, supported by five different partners; Synthesis Center for Research and Education (Cyprus), Club for UNESCO for Education, Science & Culture (Greece), Ingenious Knowledge (Germany), Inclusive Europe (Belgium) and ALDA – European Association for Local Democracy (France).

Consecutive meetings have been held between the partners in January, March and April, to insure an efficient planning phase. The first transitional project meeting of RADEX is planned to take place on June 3rd 2021 in Brussels.


International trainings for trainers: BIM and ICONS app

We are trigger to announce the launch of the International Training for Trainers “Road to Digitalisation for workers 4.0: ICONS method and tools”.

The core of such training is to present the ICONS BIM – oriented training module e app for an easy and functional understanding of BIM to non-specialised blue-collar workers e students approaching the construction sector, developed by 7 European organisations (Scuola Costruzioni Vicenza Andrea Palladio, Coventry University, Universitat de Valencia, Fundación Laboral de la Construcción, Bildungszentren des Baugewerbes e.V., Gospodarska Zbornica Slovenije e Westdeutscher Handwerkskammertag) active in the field of education and construction sector and coming from 5 European countries (Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Germany and the United Kingdom).

These tools represent an opportunity to increase the workers’ digital skills and BIM knowledge, as well as promoting the productivity and sustainability of the construction sector in Europe.

Leggi la full agenda here and join!

The training sessions are targeted to expert trainers from 5 European countries (Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Germany and the United Kingdom).

Keynote speakers in the BIM and innovation sector from Italy and Spain will provide advanced training to participants about the methodology, functioning and application of the ICONS training module and app.

Furthermore, valuable experts will have the chance to take part in the digital transformation of the building sites and to improve the quality of blue collars’s working conditions in the construction sector! Indeed, trained expert trainers will concretely contribute in the testing and validation process of the ICONS BIM-oriented training course and app, through their involvement in the organisation of national training and pilot sites in the building sites in 5 European countries.

Finally, trainers will collect students’ and blue collars’ feedback, thanks to those ICONS BIM-oriented training model app will be adjusted and validated.

Useful information:

We are trigger to announce the launch of the International Training for Trainers “Road to Digitalisation for workers 4.0: ICONS method and tools”.

The core of such training is to present the ICONS BIM – oriented training module e app for an easy and functional understanding of BIM to non-specialised blue-collar workers e students approaching the construction sector, developed by 7 European organisations (Scuola Costruzioni Vicenza Andrea Palladio, Coventry University, Universitat de Valencia, Fundación Laboral de la Construcción, Bildungszentren des Baugewerbes e.V., Gospodarska Zbornica Slovenije e Westdeutscher Handwerkskammertag) active in the field of education and construction sector and coming from 5 European countries (Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Germany and the United Kingdom).

These tools represent an opportunity to increase the workers’ digital skills and BIM knowledge, as well as promoting the productivity and sustainability of the construction sector in Europe.

Leggi la full agenda here and join!

The training sessions are targeted to expert trainers from 5 European countries (Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Germany and the United Kingdom).

Keynote speakers in the BIM and innovation sector from Italy and Spain will provide advanced training to participants about the methodology, functioning and application of the ICONS training module and app.

Furthermore, valuable experts will have the chance to take part in the digital transformation of the building sites and to improve the quality of blue collars’s working conditions in the construction sector! Indeed, trained expert trainers will concretely contribute in the testing and validation process of the ICONS BIM-oriented training course and app, through their involvement in the organisation of national training and pilot sites in the building sites in 5 European countries.

Finally, trainers will collect students’ and blue collars’ feedback, thanks to those ICONS BIM-oriented training model app will be adjusted and validated.

Useful information:


Intercultural Crosswords: VALID kick-off event

Thursday and Friday the 22nd and the 23rd of April were two meaningful days for the online introduction of the project VALID – European Towns – Enacting Common Values of Solidarity and Intercultural Dialogue. This two-days online event was organised by the municipality of Larissa (Greece) together with various stakeholders placed at different level:

  • The municipality of Peja (Kosovo*) as the lead partner;
  • The municipalities of Zadivovici (Bosnia and Hezergovina), Niksic (Montenegro), Knjazevac (Serbia), Patos (Albania), Kumanovo (North Macedonia);
  • The cities of Ravenna (Italy), Larissa (Greece);
  • The Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto (Slovenia); and
  • The Local Democracy Agencies such LDA Kosovo and LDA Subotica and ALDA, as partners of the project.

The main objective of the project, as M. George Soultis said during the first meeting, “is to build connections between European cities”. Indeed, the VALID project aims to build a strong network of towns committed to intercultural exchange by using dialogue and open spaces through the promotion of cultural participation and civil society in decision-making. This strong network of cities was thought as a way to build bridges and connections while establishing a common legal frame.

Moreover, this international event offered an opportunity to reflect on different European matters such as, for example, on candidates to the EU adhesion. Additionally, it was the occasion to share experiences and knowledge about certain facts that might inspire other stakeholders; empathising – among other things – on the role of cities and municipalities in the establishment of a well-functioning democratic society; by insisting on the idea that changes can be made at the local level.

The principle of local participation is a key factor in making sustainable cities in the future

Over these two days of cultural interaction and discussion, a lot of speakers got involved and shared their visions and progresses made at their own level: the principle of local participation is a key factor in making sustainable cities in the future. Hence, speakers underlined the necessity to facilitate interactions between the local governments and stakeholders coming from the civic society. The example of the municipality of Larissa showed as a successful story, encouraging and giving inspiration to other participants.

As the different speakers were sharing their experiences, the conversation lead to a couple of reflections on social inclusion, such as:

  • It goes before cultural inclusion;
  • It has to do with social identity which in some countries can lead to exclusion due to different opinion, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity;
  • Despite the fact that inclusion should belong to a moral consideration, societies would actually benefit from a clear process of inclusion as it would generate economical assets.

Furthermore, the event served as a moment of discussion also as far as the multi-stakeholder approach within a project concerns. More in depths, it will quite often be a beneficial practice, especially when it comes to countries motivated by the same outcome. Yet, education, work, or school but more importantly, local governments could play a key part by implementing functioning tools to avoid discrimination – be it exclusion of some people due to their origin, ethnicity, race, or belief.

At last, the level of transparency and of public consultation was also addressed. As a matter of fact, young people have shown a high level of interest in political actions, making them potential “change promoters”, who will present a positive impact on decision-making process.

Concluding, this project is placing intercultural dialogue and exchange at the heart of it and aims to address exclusion and marginalisation while giving power to the citizens.

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VALID project engages 12 partners in 10 countries and it is financially supported by the Europe for Citizens programme

Thursday and Friday the 22nd and the 23rd of April were two meaningful days for the online introduction of the project VALID – European Towns – Enacting Common Values of Solidarity and Intercultural Dialogue. This two-days online event was organised by the municipality of Larissa (Greece) together with various stakeholders placed at different level:

  • The municipality of Peja (Kosovo*) as the lead partner;
  • The municipalities of Zadivovici (Bosnia and Hezergovina), Niksic (Montenegro), Knjazevac (Serbia), Patos (Albania), Kumanovo (North Macedonia);
  • The cities of Ravenna (Italy), Larissa (Greece);
  • The Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto (Slovenia); and
  • The Local Democracy Agencies such LDA Kosovo and LDA Subotica and ALDA, as partners of the project.

The main objective of the project, as M. George Soultis said during the first meeting, “is to build connections between European cities”. Indeed, the VALID project aims to build a strong network of towns committed to intercultural exchange by using dialogue and open spaces through the promotion of cultural participation and civil society in decision-making. This strong network of cities was thought as a way to build bridges and connections while establishing a common legal frame.

Moreover, this international event offered an opportunity to reflect on different European matters such as, for example, on candidates to the EU adhesion. Additionally, it was the occasion to share experiences and knowledge about certain facts that might inspire other stakeholders; empathising – among other things – on the role of cities and municipalities in the establishment of a well-functioning democratic society; by insisting on the idea that changes can be made at the local level.

The principle of local participation is a key factor in making sustainable cities in the future

Over these two days of cultural interaction and discussion, a lot of speakers got involved and shared their visions and progresses made at their own level: the principle of local participation is a key factor in making sustainable cities in the future. Hence, speakers underlined the necessity to facilitate interactions between the local governments and stakeholders coming from the civic society. The example of the municipality of Larissa showed as a successful story, encouraging and giving inspiration to other participants.

As the different speakers were sharing their experiences, the conversation lead to a couple of reflections on social inclusion, such as:

  • It goes before cultural inclusion;
  • It has to do with social identity which in some countries can lead to exclusion due to different opinion, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity;
  • Despite the fact that inclusion should belong to a moral consideration, societies would actually benefit from a clear process of inclusion as it would generate economical assets.

Furthermore, the event served as a moment of discussion also as far as the multi-stakeholder approach within a project concerns. More in depths, it will quite often be a beneficial practice, especially when it comes to countries motivated by the same outcome. Yet, education, work, or school but more importantly, local governments could play a key part by implementing functioning tools to avoid discrimination – be it exclusion of some people due to their origin, ethnicity, race, or belief.

At last, the level of transparency and of public consultation was also addressed. As a matter of fact, young people have shown a high level of interest in political actions, making them potential “change promoters”, who will present a positive impact on decision-making process.

Concluding, this project is placing intercultural dialogue and exchange at the heart of it and aims to address exclusion and marginalisation while giving power to the citizens.

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VALID project engages 12 partners in 10 countries and it is financially supported by the Europe for Citizens programme


Il membro di ALDA GB, Nataša Vučković al Forum Democratico Mondiale

Lunedì 26 aprile, in occasione del Forum mondiale della democrazia (WDF), il Congresso dei poteri locali e regionali del Consiglio d'Europa ha organizzato un evento online. Questa nona edizione del WDF prevede dibattiti mensili su diversi argomenti, per terminare il novembre 2021 con l'evento finale. Tenendo a mente queste informazioni, vediamo di cosa trattava l'edizione di aprile! Concentrandosi sull' ambiente, il dibattito è servito come momento di discussione e riflessione sulle azioni intraprese a livello locale per quanto riguarda le iniziative di transizione verde e la partecipazione dei cittadini.

Nataša Vučković ha condiviso le principali intuizioni sull'argomento e le buone pratiche delle misure di transizione verde

In light of her expertise on environmental issues, Ms Nataša Vučković , ALDA Governing Board member, was among the keynote speakers of the event. Representing the Center for Democracy Foundation, Ms Vučković shared key insights on the topic as well as good practices of green transition measures, with a specific focus on the Balkan Region. Furthermore, she has a proven track on rule of law, human rights and parliamentary procedures; being also a member of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). 

A nome di tutta ALDA, cogliamo l'occasione per ringraziare e congratularci con il Congresso per l'organizzazione di questo evento: siamo profondamente convinti che la promozione del dibattito tra le istituzioni e i rappresentanti della società civile sia un fattore essenziale per aumentare la consapevolezza e stimolare azioni concrete e la cooperazione tra le parti interessate. 

Watch the video about WDF

Lunedì 26 aprile, in occasione del Forum mondiale della democrazia (WDF), il Congresso dei poteri locali e regionali del Consiglio d'Europa ha organizzato un evento online. Questa nona edizione del WDF prevede dibattiti mensili su diversi argomenti, per terminare il novembre 2021 con l'evento finale. Tenendo a mente queste informazioni, vediamo di cosa trattava l'edizione di aprile! Concentrandosi sull' ambiente, il dibattito è servito come momento di discussione e riflessione sulle azioni intraprese a livello locale per quanto riguarda le iniziative di transizione verde e la partecipazione dei cittadini.

Nataša Vučković ha condiviso le principali intuizioni sull'argomento e le buone pratiche delle misure di transizione verde

In light of her expertise on environmental issues, Ms Nataša Vučković , ALDA Governing Board member, was among the keynote speakers of the event. Representing the Center for Democracy Foundation, Ms Vučković shared key insights on the topic as well as good practices of green transition measures, with a specific focus on the Balkan Region. Furthermore, she has a proven track on rule of law, human rights and parliamentary procedures; being also a member of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). 

A nome di tutta ALDA, cogliamo l'occasione per ringraziare e congratularci con il Congresso per l'organizzazione di questo evento: siamo profondamente convinti che la promozione del dibattito tra le istituzioni e i rappresentanti della società civile sia un fattore essenziale per aumentare la consapevolezza e stimolare azioni concrete e la cooperazione tra le parti interessate. 

Watch the video about WDF


Innovation, accessibility and participation: the key words for the SMART International Webinars

Although this year has been particularly difficult for the cultural and touristic sector, SMART is even more determined to support local and international tourism; to strengthen organizations and to promote communities’ resilience!

Thus, we are thrilled to announce the launch of three SMART International Webinars which will take place during the month of May:

  • 12th May – 3.00 – 4.30pm CETInclusive web accessibility for all – Federico Poda, Web developer from Independent L.
  • 18th May – 3.00 – 4.30pm CETMuseums go digital: best practices and tools for innovative design & extraordinary experiences – Lukas Grundner, MA\ Junior Researcher and Mag.a Stefanie Wallinger\ Researcher (University of Salzburg)
  • 26th May – 3.00 – 4.30pm CETSilent play: cultural heritage and new participatory practices through theatre – Carlo Presotto (La Piccionaia), Paola Rossi (La Piccionaia), Stefania Zardini Lacedelli (Dolom.it)

Webinars are free! Participants only need to register!

During the three webinars, relevant and valuable speakers from SMART partners organizations will share their views, know-how and practices on the link among museums, citizenship, accessibility and digitalization. During the theoretical and interactive sessions participants can experience interesting best practices while reflecting and discussing with experts.

All the above-mentioned webinars are free! Participants only need to register (click here to register!). Professionals and organizations working in the tourism, culture and accessibility sectors cannot miss this chance!

It represents a great opportunity to increase their knowledge and capacities and take an active role in the re-launch of European culture and museums!

The webinars will be delivered in Italian, German and English including simultaneous translation in one of the three languages. The translation in English Sign Language is available.

For more information please contact info@smart-museums.eu or visit SMART project website e il Facebook e Twitter page 

 

*The webinar is organized within the project SMART-Small Museums Representing Territories and funded by the European Union and Interreg V-A Italy-Austria 2014-2020 and lasting 30 months (September 2019-March 2022).

Although this year has been particularly difficult for the cultural and touristic sector, SMART is even more determined to support local and international tourism; to strengthen organizations and to promote communities’ resilience!

Thus, we are thrilled to announce the launch of three SMART International Webinars which will take place during the month of May:

  • 12th May – 3.00 – 4.30pm CETInclusive web accessibility for all – Federico Poda, Web developer from Independent L.
  • 18th May – 3.00 – 4.30pm CETMuseums go digital: best practices and tools for innovative design & extraordinary experiences – Lukas Grundner, MA\ Junior Researcher and Mag.a Stefanie Wallinger\ Researcher (University of Salzburg)
  • 26th May – 3.00 – 4.30pm CETSilent play: cultural heritage and new participatory practices through theatre – Carlo Presotto (La Piccionaia), Paola Rossi (La Piccionaia), Stefania Zardini Lacedelli (Dolom.it)

Webinars are free! Participants only need to register!

During the three webinars, relevant and valuable speakers from SMART partners organizations will share their views, know-how and practices on the link among museums, citizenship, accessibility and digitalization. During the theoretical and interactive sessions participants can experience interesting best practices while reflecting and discussing with experts.

All the above-mentioned webinars are free! Participants only need to register (click here to register!). Professionals and organizations working in the tourism, culture and accessibility sectors cannot miss this chance!

It represents a great opportunity to increase their knowledge and capacities and take an active role in the re-launch of European culture and museums!

The webinars will be delivered in Italian, German and English including simultaneous translation in one of the three languages. The translation in English Sign Language is available.

For more information please contact info@smart-museums.eu or visit SMART project website e il Facebook e Twitter page 

 

*The webinar is organized within the project SMART-Small Museums Representing Territories and funded by the European Union and Interreg V-A Italy-Austria 2014-2020 and lasting 30 months (September 2019-March 2022).


Addressing the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

Antonella Valmorbida – ALDA Secretary General

addressing the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

On the first panel opening the dialogue with Civil Society on elections mechanmism and participation after the Covid 19

 

Excellencies, dear all participants and friends from the panel,

It is a great privilege for ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy, to take the floor in such a distinguished panel addressing you all those difficult times. I speak on behalf of our 350 members (local authorities and civil society groups) from all over Europe and beyond, committed to the cause of local democracy and citizens participation. We were established by the Councill of Europe 20 years ago and we have structured relationship with the Congress of local and regional authorities and now with the Centre of Expertise for good governance. We implemented so far almost 450 projects, which had an impact on  about 25 millions of people.

Antonella Valmorbida – ALDA Secretary General

addressing the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

On the first panel opening the dialogue with Civil Society on elections mechanmism and participation after the Covid 19

 

Excellencies, dear all participants and friends from the panel,

It is a great privilege for ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy, to take the floor in such a distinguished panel addressing you all those difficult times. I speak on behalf of our 350 members (local authorities and civil society groups) from all over Europe and beyond, committed to the cause of local democracy and citizens participation. We were established by the Councill of Europe 20 years ago and we have structured relationship with the Congress of local and regional authorities and now with the Centre of Expertise for good governance. We implemented so far almost 450 projects, which had an impact on  about 25 millions of people.


VALID kick off meeting

Do not miss the first international meeting of VALID project!

First of all, do you know what VALID stands for? It is the acronym for: European Towns – Enacting Common Values of Solidarity and Intercultural Dialogue and it will be implemented for the next two years by a consortium of 12 partners in 10 countries across Europe

More in depth, the kick off meeting will be the perfect occasion to discuss different aspects of the project itself. On April 22nd, participants, after a first overview, will reflect on key objectives, such as: 

  • Local practices in social inclusion and intercultural education and dialogue;
  • Participatory processes in policy decision making and 
  • Integration and cohesion at local level

Furthermore, during the second day of the event, April 23rd, the kick off meeting will tackle several aspects, among which participants will discuss:

  • Raise awareness in civic engagement
  • Capacity building and facilitation methods and tools for intercultural dialogue

Those who are willing to participate can find more information here:

Do not miss the first international meeting of VALID project!

First of all, do you know what VALID stands for? It is the acronym for: European Towns – Enacting Common Values of Solidarity and Intercultural Dialogue and it will be implemented for the next two years by a consortium of 12 partners in 10 countries across Europe

More in depth, the kick off meeting will be the perfect occasion to discuss different aspects of the project itself. On April 22nd, participants, after a first overview, will reflect on key objectives, such as: 

  • Local practices in social inclusion and intercultural education and dialogue;
  • Participatory processes in policy decision making and 
  • Integration and cohesion at local level

Furthermore, during the second day of the event, April 23rd, the kick off meeting will tackle several aspects, among which participants will discuss:

  • Raise awareness in civic engagement
  • Capacity building and facilitation methods and tools for intercultural dialogue

Those who are willing to participate can find more information here:


FOREST: 3° incontro transnazionale

Il 3° incontro transnazionale organizzato nell'ambito del progetto FOREST ha avuto luogo il 15 e 16 aprile, concentrandosi sul tema della certificazione e qualificazione nel settore forestale. L'incontro, tenutosi in modalità virtuale, è stato ospitato dal partner di progetto Grm Novo Mesto.

L'agenda era ricca di grandi iniziative e aggiornamenti. Così, il 15 aprile, dopo i saluti istituzionali del partner di progetto Grm Novo Mesto, una conferenza pubblica è stata l'occasione perfetta per ogni partner per presentare una panoramica delle certificazioni e delle qualifiche esistenti a livello nazionale, delineando sia l'aspetto legislativo che quello formativo. Inoltre, sono state discusse anche le criticità in termini di standardizzazione rispetto ad altri paesi europei. All'incontro hanno partecipato tecnici forestali e formatori provenienti da 5 paesi europei (Italia, Romania, Slovenia, Croazia, Austria) che lavorano nelle organizzazioni partner del progetto.

Sicurezza sul posto di lavoro, certificazione, sostenibilità e innovazione, e inclusione femminile nel settore forestale

Proseguendo, il focus principale discusso nella seconda giornata è stato lo sviluppo di un manuale per la standardizzazione delle competenze dei lavoratori forestali. Il libro tecnico rappresenta, infatti, uno dei principali output del progetto. Più nello specifico, quest'ultimo raccoglierà tutte le buone pratiche emerse dal progetto tra cui: sicurezza sul lavoro, certificazione, sostenibilità e innovazione, inclusione femminile nel settore forestale. In particolare, il manuale conterrà anche un'analisi comparativa dei programmi di formazione forestale tra i 5 paesi partner del progetto, evidenziando i punti di forza e le lacune, proponendo raccomandazioni e suggerimenti per raggiungere una standardizzazione europea della formazione forestale.

Da un punto di vista generale, i partner hanno discusso quali fossero le questioni principali da affrontare all'interno del progetto; come sviluppare il manuale, definendo i punti chiave della pubblicazione e un possibile indice. In particolare, è stata data particolare attenzione all'analisi comparativa. Quindi, attraverso un brainstorming interattivo, i partner hanno riflettuto e definito quali sono i principali obiettivi da affrontare nella pubblicazione; e quali sono gli obiettivi che vogliono raggiungere.

Infine, i partner hanno iniziato a discutere e riflettere sulla metodologia e le attività che seguiranno.

Ultimo ma non meno importante, quest'aspetto sarà ulteriormente analizzato in un prossimo incontro previsto per maggio. Unitevi a noi e non perdete nessun aggiornamento!

Il 3° incontro transnazionale organizzato nell'ambito del progetto FOREST ha avuto luogo il 15 e 16 aprile, concentrandosi sul tema della certificazione e qualificazione nel settore forestale. L'incontro, tenutosi in modalità virtuale, è stato ospitato dal partner di progetto Grm Novo Mesto.

L'agenda era ricca di grandi iniziative e aggiornamenti. Così, il 15 aprile, dopo i saluti istituzionali del partner di progetto Grm Novo Mesto, una conferenza pubblica è stata l'occasione perfetta per ogni partner per presentare una panoramica delle certificazioni e delle qualifiche esistenti a livello nazionale, delineando sia l'aspetto legislativo che quello formativo. Inoltre, sono state discusse anche le criticità in termini di standardizzazione rispetto ad altri paesi europei. All'incontro hanno partecipato tecnici forestali e formatori provenienti da 5 paesi europei (Italia, Romania, Slovenia, Croazia, Austria) che lavorano nelle organizzazioni partner del progetto.

Sicurezza sul posto di lavoro, certificazione, sostenibilità e innovazione, e inclusione femminile nel settore forestale

Proseguendo, il focus principale discusso nella seconda giornata è stato lo sviluppo di un manuale per la standardizzazione delle competenze dei lavoratori forestali. Il libro tecnico rappresenta, infatti, uno dei principali output del progetto. Più nello specifico, quest'ultimo raccoglierà tutte le buone pratiche emerse dal progetto tra cui: sicurezza sul lavoro, certificazione, sostenibilità e innovazione, inclusione femminile nel settore forestale. In particolare, il manuale conterrà anche un'analisi comparativa dei programmi di formazione forestale tra i 5 paesi partner del progetto, evidenziando i punti di forza e le lacune, proponendo raccomandazioni e suggerimenti per raggiungere una standardizzazione europea della formazione forestale.

Da un punto di vista generale, i partner hanno discusso quali fossero le questioni principali da affrontare all'interno del progetto; come sviluppare il manuale, definendo i punti chiave della pubblicazione e un possibile indice. In particolare, è stata data particolare attenzione all'analisi comparativa. Quindi, attraverso un brainstorming interattivo, i partner hanno riflettuto e definito quali sono i principali obiettivi da affrontare nella pubblicazione; e quali sono gli obiettivi che vogliono raggiungere.

Infine, i partner hanno iniziato a discutere e riflettere sulla metodologia e le attività che seguiranno.

Ultimo ma non meno importante, quest'aspetto sarà ulteriormente analizzato in un prossimo incontro previsto per maggio. Unitevi a noi e non perdete nessun aggiornamento!


«Freedom award» We voted, did you?

On April 15th 2021, ALDA and the Human Rights and Peace Institute of Caen have organised a workshop held in French for the young Macedonians francophone, on the “Freedom award”.

This online workshop gathered 16 participants, interested in finding out more on the “Freedom award”, the nominees while discussing democracy, inclusion, and digital citizenship.

The workshop started with a quick quiz on topics such as: women’s right to vote and the importance of digital technologies during the elections.

Then, it continued with a series of useful visuals thanks to which participants discovered the profiles and backgrounds of the 3 nominees, and the reasons why they were chosen:

  • Sonita Alizadeh, Afghan activist against forced child marriage;
  • Agnes Chow, democracy activist in Hong Kong and
  • Omar Radi, imprisoned Moroccan investigative journalist.

The Freedom award is the results of a pedagogical project aiming at raising awareness on the notions of peace, freedom, and respect for human rights

Finally, the Human Rights and Peace Institute moderators have guided the young participants throughout the entire process of voting for their favorite nominee.

The Freedom award is the results of a pedagogical project aiming to raise awareness on the notions of peace, freedom, e respect for human rights. It targets young people across the world and making them a unique jury. In that respect, youth generations –  aged from 15 to 25 – get to vote and elect the winners they consider as the most deserving. The Freedom award represents a strong tribute to every person that fought and will keep fighting in reaching this ideal of peace.

The workshop has been organised as part of the “Normandie pour la Paix” actions, by ALDA along with the Human Rights and Peace Institute of Caen.

To know more about “Normandie pour la Paix” please visit their website

You can find further information on the Human Rights and Peace Institute at the following link

On April 15th 2021, ALDA and the Human Rights and Peace Institute of Caen have organised a workshop held in French for the young Macedonians francophone, on the “Freedom award”.

This online workshop gathered 16 participants, interested in finding out more on the “Freedom award”, the nominees while discussing democracy, inclusion, and digital citizenship.

The workshop started with a quick quiz on topics such as: women’s right to vote and the importance of digital technologies during the elections.

Then, it continued with a series of useful visuals thanks to which participants discovered the profiles and backgrounds of the 3 nominees, and the reasons why they were chosen:

  • Sonita Alizadeh, Afghan activist against forced child marriage;
  • Agnes Chow, democracy activist in Hong Kong and
  • Omar Radi, imprisoned Moroccan investigative journalist.

The Freedom award is the results of a pedagogical project aiming at raising awareness on the notions of peace, freedom, and respect for human rights

Finally, the Human Rights and Peace Institute moderators have guided the young participants throughout the entire process of voting for their favorite nominee.

The Freedom award is the results of a pedagogical project aiming to raise awareness on the notions of peace, freedom, e respect for human rights. It targets young people across the world and making them a unique jury. In that respect, youth generations –  aged from 15 to 25 – get to vote and elect the winners they consider as the most deserving. The Freedom award represents a strong tribute to every person that fought and will keep fighting in reaching this ideal of peace.

The workshop has been organised as part of the “Normandie pour la Paix” actions, by ALDA along with the Human Rights and Peace Institute of Caen.

To know more about “Normandie pour la Paix” please visit their website

You can find further information on the Human Rights and Peace Institute at the following link