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MARLISCO exhibition


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The final training events in the framework of the Project between MEdIES/MIO and the Ghajn Centre/Energy and Water Agency of Malta took place on 16 and 17 October 2019. Some 30 teachers participated in both trainings coordinated by the MEdIES staff,  I. Alampei and V.Malotidi during which the teachers were introduced to the new four educational hands-on programmes of the Centre and their booklets that accompany the interactive wall games, on the following topics:

(a) Water Cycle & responsible water use

(b) Water management in the past (forts)

(c) The Non-Conventional Water Resources

(d) The sustainability audit of the Ghajn Centre.

The feedback received by the participants was quite positive, while most of them expressed the wish to re-visit the Centre together with their students, in order to take part in the interactive wall video games  and in the hands on activities. Read more about the previous MEdIES missions in Ghajn Centre here:



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From 6 to 12 October 2019, 16 teachers and educators from Malta and Cyprus participated in a series of actions dedicated to ESD & Marine Litter, in the framework of an Erasmus supported KA1 week-long course organized for the 2nd time by MEdIES. The participants had the opportunity to be acquainted with various educational tools, follow lectures, participate in hands-on workshops, do a series of field visits including beach clean-up and monitoring and, finally came up with their own projects to sensitize their target groups on the issue of marine litter. The sessions took part in various places in the historical and the merchants centre of Athens, in MIO premises, the Hellenic Centre of Marine Research and included a visit to the Temple of Poseidon in Sounion as well as a day-trip to Aeginal Island.

The course was evaluated in its totality through anonymous online questionnaire that revealed a high level of satisfaction (4 on an 4 point scale), while the vast majority declared they would absolutely recommend the course to a colleague. Still, there is some room for amedments in the course's design: Most trainees asked for more workshops and hands-on sessions (compared to the theoretic ones) and declared that participants from other countries would have enriched the course's implementation. Additionally, some participants asked for cultural "orientations' or guidelines to be included for a future course.

View some snapshots from the course at our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MEdIES.net

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MARLISCO exhibition in Athens Municipality - Combined with teacher trainings

This year we are very happy to be exhibiting in the largest Municipality of Greece, the city if Athens. During the four weeks that the exhibition is displayed in Athens it will be visited by Greek teachers and students (mornings), and be open open for free visitors (afternoons), with no entrance fees.

During the two afternoon seminars held on 1 and 3 October, 50 educators have been trained on the material “Know Feel Act to Stop Marine Litter” and many of them will re-visit the exhibition with their students.

The seminars have been coorganised with Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education of A Athens -sincere thanks to ESD Officers Ms. M. Dimopoulou and Mr. M. Hatziemmanouil.

The exhibition will be also visited by a group of European Educators that will "study" it from a communication perspective.

The exhibition and seminars has been kindly hosted at Serafio Arts, Sports & Innovation Centre, while all events are under the auspices of the City of Athens!

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MEdIES was happy to take part in the organisation of yet one more Summer University, this year in  the Central Balkan Biosphere Reserve (BR) in Bulgaria. For one week, from 21 to 28 July 2019, the newly established Central Balkan BR was home to more than 35 young experts, PhD students, and staff of BRs from 15 countries, chosen from 125 applications, from all over the world.

This was the fifth one in a series of Summer Universities that have been established and co-organized by MIO-ECSDE and the UNESCO Venice Office, supported every time by a different BR or a candidate BR. The previous ones were held in Amfissa, Greece (2014), Samothraki Greece (2016), Sardinia, Italy (2017), and Parnon, Greece (2018), focusing on topics of designation and functioning of Biosphere Reserves within the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme of UNESCO.

The 2019 edition of the Summer University focused on the topics of Integrated Management, Sustainable Tourism and BR Promotion. It was co-organised with the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation. The national and local hosts and supporters include the Ministry of Environment and Water, the National MAB Committee of Bulgaria, the Directory of “Central Balkan” National Park, the Karlovo Municipality, the Troyan Municipality, the National Bulgarian Commission for UNESCO, the Chateau Copsa, Rozino Organic Farm, the National Exhibition of Artistic Crafts and Arts, the village Oreshak, the Hotel Caza Art, and the project “Unity”.

It was an intensive, multidisciplinary and experiential training that aimed to develop the understanding and competences of the participants on the management of Biosphere Reserves as "laboratories" and "catalysts" for Sustainable Development. During the week, in a program combining theoretical sessions, practical work and many visits, the participants were introduced and discussed the future of Biosphere Reserves.

Find in this link an overview, brief report, presentations and documents of the event

View some snapshots of the event below

Ice break session

Official opening at the Karlovo Municipality

Official opening at the Karlovo Municipality

A group photo

Another group photo

Eating together

Paragliding experience

Paragliding experience

Life in the Central Balkan Park

Walking in the Central Balkan Park

Group work session

Closing ceremony at the Troyan Municipality

Closing ceremony at the Troyan Municipality

Informal evaluation Session

Certificates time



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(B) To promote thematic priorities of the region through the lenses of ESD, such as:
- Education on Sustainable Consumption & Production (SCP) | links with green and circular economy
- Combating Marine Litter and Plastics through ESD & promoting ocean literacy
- ESD & Biodiversity issues | links with Biosphere Reserves (BRs)
- Education for Human Rights, Refugees & Inclusive Societies
Dates & Venues
Heraklion city, Crete, Greece
24 June 2019: (closed) Executive Meeting of the Mediterranean Committee on ESD, Capsis Astoria Hotel
25 – 26 June 2019: Regional Workshop on ESD, Conference and Culture Centre of Heraklion
Interactive plenaries for dialogue & four Thematic Sessions including key presentations followed by interventions by participants.
Working languages
English, French, Greek
The meetings are organised by MIO-ECSDE/MEdIES and supported by the EU, Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), UN Environment MAP, UNESCO, UNESCO Chair & Network on ESD in the Mediterranean/University of Athens, the Heraklion Development Agency, the Region of Crete, the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus and the Government of Greece. It is under the auspices of the Hellenic National Commission of UNESCO.
Find here a Practical Info Note: English and French
Preliminary Programme English and  French
The Mediterranean Strategy on ESD (MSESD) (trilingual publication)
The Action Plan of the MSESD in English French Arabic
Templates for participants interventions (English, French)
Online survey on ESD for participants
List of references

The 2nd Meeting of the Mediterranean ESD Committee & Regional ESD Workshop took place with success on 24-26 July 2019 in the city of Heraklion in Crete hosted by the Heraklion Development Agency and the Region of Crete, organised by MIO-ECSDE/MEdIES and the UNESCO Chair on ESD in the Mediterranean, supported by the UN Environment/MAP, UfM and the Ministry of Education of Cyprus and under the official auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, the Hellenic Ministry of Environment & Energy and the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO.

The meeting gathered 80 participants from 20 countries, and namely: Algeria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Syria and Tunisia, Turkey. The participants were mainly representatives of the Ministries of Education, Environment that follow the Action Plan of the MSESD processes, Universities and NGO staff, as well as representatives of: UNESCO, UN Environment/MAP, UNECE, UfM and LAS.

The meeting served a two-fold purpose: (A) To review the progress made in mainstreaming and applying the Action Plan of the Mediterranean Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development (MSESD) by the countries and stakeholders, and provide input to the international and regional processes and frameworks where MSESD is integrated: ESD 2030 (by UNESCO, following the GAP), the Mediterranean Strategy on Sustainable Development (MSSD), the initiatives of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM). (B) To promote thematic priorities of the region through the lenses of ESD, such as:

- Education on Sustainable Consumption & Production (SCP) | links with green and circular economy

- Combating Marine Litter and Plastics through ESD & promoting ocean literacy

- ESD & Biodiversity issues | links with Biosphere Reserves (BRs)

- Education for Human Rights, Refugees & Inclusive Societies


In the afternoon of June 24 the Executive Meeting of the Med. ESD Committee took place during which a review of the Committees' activities made by Prof Scoullos, followed by a discussion on potential orientations for the next period of: 2019 - 2021, and the overall framework of collaborations & resources for the Committee's activities and initiatives. Members of the Committee are: UNESCO and UNESCO Venice Office,UN Environment/MAP, UNECE, UfM, LAS and the Ministries of Education of Cyprus (Chair), Croatia, Greece, Malta, Portugal and the Ministry of Environment of Jordan, while MEdIES of MIO-ECSDE has been entrusted with the overall Technical Secretariat of  the Committee.

During the two-days Workshop that followed on 25-26 June, the participants shared their experiences on ESD national plans and programmes and SDGs strategies. To this end, the Workshop was divided to four Thematic Sessions including key presentations and interventions by participants, on Education on SCP, Combating Marine Litter and Plastics through ESD, ESD & Biodiversity/ Biosphere Reserves (BRs), and Education for Human Rights, Refugees & Inclusive Societies.

Find here the Presentations.

In general, all countries had an important progress to share regarding ESD promotion and mainstreaming in the related policies, agendas and initiatives, at the national level,  since the 1st Meeting of the Med. ESD Committee, in Nicosia, Cyprus (November 2017), a fact very encouraging and positive, as the Chair of the Committee and Prof Scoullos, pointed out. Prof Scoullos pleged, on behalf of the Secretariat, to report this information to the liaised international organisations and bodies, and make some highlights during the UNESCO ESD & GCED Forum  in Viet Nam (2-5 July 2019). Additionally, the need of more and effective collaboration among countries and programmes was once more highlighted and the Secretariat promised to intensify efforts towards this end, with the help of the counties. Last but not least, the case and example of the Asterousia area of a territory committed to be sustainable and keep strong links with ESD was noted as one of the take-home messages.


Final Programme

List of references

Concept note

The Mediterranean Strategy on ESD (MSESD) (trilingual publication)

The Action Plan of the MSESD in English French Arabic

Link of Dropbox (photos)



Snapshots from the meetings
















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The exhibition is comprised of short video animations and story boards. It aims, on one hand, to sensitize the public in Greece and Malta about the water resources, their threats in both countries and wider in the Mediterranean, aggregated by climate change, and on the other, to shed light on potential solutions offered through alternative, 'non-conventional' water resources.

All videos are exclusive creations of students of Department of Graphic Design and Visual Communication of the University of Western Attica. Their content relates to various aspects (from (over)consumption, to pollution, irrigation, etc.). The short video animations created with youthful imagination, humor and taste transmit messages for the proper use and management of water and, hopefully, contribute to the cultivation of environmental literate and responsible citizens.

The exhibition was organized in parallel in the two countries, between April - May 2019 in the context of the 2019 World Water Day, themed "Leave no-one behind". It total, the exhibition that has been seen by more than 2,200 visitors, including families, students and teachers.

This exhibition is the result of the collaboration of two universities (University of Western Attica & University of Athens), one governmental agency(Ghajn National Water Conservation Awareness Centre of Malta) and two non-governmental agencies (MIO-ECSDEand GWP-Med). Long-term cooperation between them is expected to grow further in the future.

Shots from the display of the exhibition in the two countries :

More about the exhibition and the organisers:







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From May 23 to May 25 2019, more than 20 expert trainers from Greece, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine, gathered in Athens and exchanged methods, stories, experiences and challenges in inclusion education they face in their countries.

Apparently, our barriers in our work settings are many, and not always obvious. Thankfully, there are also many options for improving our inclusion strategies and paths to do that.

After this training we feel more inspired and skilled to proceed with our efforts on inclusion at a country level and at work level. MEdIES staff is thankful to those workshop trainers that prepared engaging and thought provoking workshops and to the all participants that devoted their time to meaningfully attend this seminar.

Shots from the meeting



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This was the 10th year for MEdIES to have collaborated with GWP-Med to implement educational activities in schools and teacher trainings. This year’s activities took place mainly in the wider area of Athens from February 2018 to June 2018, in Thessaloniki city (April 2018) and in the island of Kalimnos and Agathonisi on 28 Octover - 2 November 2018. Totally we reached to 2425 students & 307 teachers.

As in previous years, the educational activities in the schools targeted mainly primary and early high school students, aiming to inform and sensitize them on the issue of water saving, particularly through the revival of the traditional practice of rainwater harvesting and the greywater recycling practice. Our approach is experiential and discovery-based. At the end of each intervention in the class the educational poster “Water cycle in the town” is disseminated to students.

In Kalimnos and Agathonisi,  280 students and  76 teachers participated in the project's activities coordinated by Vassilis Psallidas.

In Thessaloniki 286 students and 31 teachers were engaged (access the report)

In Attica, a plethora of educational activitiers for students and teachers were carried out in which 1859 students participated while  200 teachers have been trained in the respective seminars and events. The activities in Athens are coordinated by Mr Vassilis Psallidas.

All educational activities are organised in collaboration with the Departments of Environmental Education (EE) of Primary and Secondary Education of the respective Directorates of the Ministry of Education, Research adn Religious Affairs.

The activities are under the educational component of the Non-Conventional Water Resources in the Mediterranean Programme led by GWP-Med and supported by the Coca Cola Foundation (in Atlanta).

Snapshots from the activities in schools:












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Early in 2018, MEdIES has once again teamed up with the National Water Awareness Centre of Malta, or “Ghajn” (= water-pond) to further strengthen the educational activities taking place at the Centre. MEdIES undertook to develop four experiential educational intervention / scenarios to compliment the learning experience offered already to the students who visit Ghajn regularly. Following an inception mission in March 2018 (more information here), the MEdIES team has developed four different scenarios, each to accompany the four existing touch screen games that are in use at Ghajn.

Between 16 and 21 December, the MEdIES staff I. Alampei, V., Malotidi and V. Psallidas visited Malta this time to ‘field-test’ the newly developed scenarios with students and experts. The four scenarios that were custom-made to fit-in with the educational needs of the Centre were ‘tested’ on four school classes (primary and middle school level), and a group of ~15 experts and teachers. We are very pleased with our trials and we collected very useful feedback and comments to help us finalise the scenarios, together with the team of the Ghajn Centre.

All scenarios will start to be implemented at Gjahn in the coming months, while four appealing brochures to be handed to students are also being prepared. The four hands-on programmes (and brochures) are about: (a) the Water Cycle (& responsible water use); (b) Water management in the past (mostly in forts); (c) The water systems in Malta (with emphasis on the Non-Conventional Resources ); (d) the ‘green’ elements of the Ghajn Centre itself.

Moreover, an in-service training course is foreseen to be held with Maltese teachers (September 2019).

Read more about the Ghajn Centre here: https://bit.ly/2QeGD4o


Snapshots of the December Activities of MEdIES at Ghajn:


Applying with the experts the new educ. programmes

Playing with the puppets-heros of the educ. programme about the water cycle



Playing with the puppets-heros of the educ. programme about the water cycle



"Unfolding" the water monuments of Malta ("water in the past")



Discovering the old water vessels ("water in the past")






Assembling a model for rainwater harvesting ("water systems/NCWRs")



Assembling a model for rainwater harvesting ("water systems/NCWRs")


Assembling a model for greywater recycling ("water systems/NCWRs")


The interior of the Ghajn Centre


The Ghajn Centre


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During the past 2.5 months, MIO-ECSDE/MEdIES in collaboration with the Nikaia A.I. Rentis Municipality (Greece) and the Piraeus Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education - sincere thanks to ESD Officers Mr. G. Voulgaris and Ms. A. Sourbi - have jointly designed and carried out a number activities around the exhibition entitled “Know, feel, act to stop marine litter together”, that was displayed in Nikaia, including:

- Two seminars for 50 educators (26-27/09/2018) informed on the topic of marine litter and got ideas about what they could do to sensitize their students on the topic.

- One seminar for non-Greek educators: 24 teachers and adult trainers have visited the exhibition, observed a class-visit and critically reflected on its educational potential.

- Daily school visits: In total 1,815 students of primary and secondary level visited the exhibition and were engaged in activities about marine litter and recycling. Many thanks to the officers:  Nikos Kouvatsos, Athina Fragouli, Vaso Papacharalamous, who organized and run the daily interventions for students and became themselves marine litter experts, and to the Dep.Major Michalis Lagoumitzis for his support.

- One public awareness raising event in the afternoon of 7 /11/2018 gathering 35 citizens.

- Public visits: On certain weekday afternoons MEdIES collaborator, Ms. Efi Touli, has kindly welcomed and guided the visitors. During the 2.5 months the exhibition has been visited by 800 people.

ORGANISERS: The activities including the 2.5 month display, the school visits and 2 teacher trainings were coorganised by MIO-ECSDE / MEdIES, the Nikaia A.I. Rentis Municipality; the Directorates of Primary and Secondary Education of Pereus; and the UNESCO Chair and Network of the UoA.



Teachers Seminar in September




Students' introduction to the Exchibition




Hands on activities




Shorting out litter







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