Gendering the environment

Spring-summer 2016


Project is in application phase

This project comes as logical strategic step in development of training processes that have started in 2011. 5 international trainings have taken place since focusing the development of methodology and approach to capacity building of young environmental activists. More than 100 people from 15 countries in eastern Europe took part in these 6 days trainings and were provided with intense knowledge and skills building effort. Each training improved on the bases of previous one and included several previous participants in the team for the next one. This helped build strong link between the experiences and continues improvements and spread of a network of young and enthusiastic people.


Knowledge part was focused on green values and principles, sustainable development, human rights and diversity as well as social activism. In the skills part we focused the work on strategy and planning, organisations and team building and finally on learning process, methodology and peer education. Continuity in development and better coordinated and focused approach to peer education in local communities were missing in the work done so far. This project comes as an important step forward in building sustainable education for youth activists and assurance in knowledge and experience transfer throughout eastern Europe.


Additional value and an important innovation will be the gendering the environment and sustainable development work. This project will be based on gender studies that are significant part of sustainable development considering that sustainable development encompasses, among other things, the social and economic aspects of human existence. We want to promote that sustainable development to be a reality there should be a fine realization and understanding of how nature connects with gender and how placing significance on them could go a long way to influence sustainable development.


Three program parts will be combined through the working days: The input part (based on the gathered knowledge and tools), the exchange part (challenging the forms and recommendations) and the construction part (creating new forms and methods for practical use of the provided tools). Important performance purpose will be to create motivation in participants to further research the thematic areas and encourage them to multiply the effect of their experience in their organisation, country, and region.


Specific focus will be placed to personal growth and participation. In order to achieve just and desirable outcomes in shaping and nurturing individuals within a certain social and geographic context, both male and female opinions and convictions must be tactfully and fairly incorporated in decisions at different grass-root levels.