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This project involves eight countries to identify the benefits of inclusion of natural heritage in adult education, to develop new innovative methods of learning. The aim of this project is to learn about cultural and natural heritage of our different countries and to provide interactions among cultures. Inspired by the European Environmental Summit (2000), we would like to deepen those learning aspects which are proper of the environment, given as a common, natural and cultural heritage. Art can gives opportunities to people to be enjoyed, and through photography exhibitions, installations, land art, graffiti, we can getting-better the aspect of our landscape, and sensitize citizens in the best way, studying and recovering degraded areas and through art and creativity valorize them, make them accessible as a social-meeting-areas. Our intent is give to learners tools closely linked to creativity and self-expression. Through these activities we want valorize our natural heritage, taking-care of his conservation and disseminate the idea of landscape as cross of cultures and diversity. The aim is to get the citizen conscious about the importance of environmental conservation and valorization, motivating that sense of active European participation, too few spread still now. We will study the different interactions between nature, landscape, art and self-expression, focusing our work on the impact of these activities in our local communities. Workshop, seminaries and conference will be developed to disseminate our project and the innovative learning tools that we want create, test and valorize.

This project is inspired by the Lisbon Treaty – European Environmental Summit (2000), which globalise EU Environmental Policy in an International Environmental Law, applicable to all member states and compatible with other environmental organisations’ and institutions around the world. The Environmental policy focuses on issues, which concern industrial and domestic waste, pollution, quality of life and global protection of Earth from harmful effects of human activities. Our Environment is not only legislation and protection but also our natural and cultural heritage and life long education, especially informal and non-formal, which would include many activities such as creative art, literature, photography, performances, scientific approach or integration of constructive elements for ecological and mankind well being. This project will allow many creative activities, which would be based on environment and heritage. We aim to bring awareness about the importance of the environmental conservation, protection and preservation of natural habitats but also urban and rural settlements, ecological niches, man cohabitation with plants and animals, and the concept of the Active European Citizenship, which would involve people in these activities in order to make life better in their communities. Although we all talk about the Environment and many people know about some common issues like Global warming and Climate change, Air and Water Pollution, Recycling and waste management, Food, Agriculture and Farming, we still have to be implicit about these issues which have to make sense to people and make them to understand what environment is all about. The project is linking art and culture to environment and in an informal way tries to explain how these environmental changes affected our lives and our surroundings. Art, in all its forms, can give the opportunities to people to enjoy learning about the environment, and through photography, exhibitions, installations, land art, graffiti, films, we could inspire the participants to improve their observation and understanding of the landscapes and natural and material heritage. Concerning learning and didactical aspects the importance is given to the meaning of the active citizens participation, stirring it with creative, artistic and level-headed activities. In these terms art represents the highest of the human expressions, and our intent is to give pedagogical tools, closely linked to creativity, to all the learners. Our target groups are learners, people with various disadvantages, adults, older people, socially and economically isolated, staff, trainers and volunteers and those seeking personal development (e.g. active aging citizens). This project is needed because we all have to be aware of the Environment as the one of the most important factors linked to our lives, to facilitate education through informal learning activities, to link it with our everyday activities, which would integrate our previous or newly gained knowledge and experience and creative actions with environmental issues. We plan to introduce the landscapes, historical places and changes to these environments through cultural observations and art where the changes are obvious and have defined time span. Our organisations will develop the project through a series of mobilities and workshops, based on attractiveness of the learning process and the exchange of practices, in order to enhance the role of active citizenship and disseminate the knowledge and experience from mobilities to learners and local communities. Our staff and professional volunteers will devise the project locally and apply some methods and practices from the mobilites and also be the participants-learners in the partners’ activities. This project is multidisciplinary because it involves many learning activities, from landscape, art and environment to languages, ICT, local policies, histories and heritage, also natural environment and European policies and regulations. The main activities will be focused on the workshops and the implementation of the new knowledge and experiences in creative and cultural activities, such as competitions, exhibitions, seminars, meetings. This project also have a strong European dimension, because it involves …..partners from across Europe. Each Partner’s country has their own characteristics and cultural heritage, but they all share common environmental approach and policies which are regulating EU and our local practices, common law and functioning, sanctions and support in case of disasters. Once when all countries present their environmental policies, natural and cultural heritage and opportunities for the citizens to become more proactive and participating in their communities, we shall understand that richness of the project is in its diversity and at the same time similarities which bound us to behave responsibly and with sensible consciousness. Only together we can achieve this goal, which is European shared value and the strong bonding element. During the project we want to create some “didactical card” in order to disseminate the good practices in the field of environmental and landscape education. Each partner will study his own natural landscape, artificial, human and cultural. This kind of studies will strengthens the sense of belonging to a common culture, developing at the same time the respect for the different partners’ identity, increasing the cultural back-ground. The international meetings represent an important moment for sharing ideas, good practices. These meetings embody the essence of the European Year of Citizens 2013 and will contribute to the strength of the social cohesion, cultural diversity, solidarity, respect and the sense of a common European identity, among the participants and will represent a fundamental moment of the exchange and development of competences.

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