10 – 17.05.2014
SMIT "CREATOR" members were participating in the Youth Exchange project called Uniting Youth for Biodiversity co-ordinated by Young Biologists Association NGO.
Armenia is recognized as one of the important biodiversity "hotspot" in the world. Uniting Youth for Biodiversity is 8 days long youth exchange organized and hosted by Young Biologists Association NGO (Armenia) in cooperation with promoters from Spain, Italy, Poland, Croatia, Georgia, Turkey and Ukraine. The exchange programme will take place from 10 to 14 of May, 2014 in Tsaghkadzor, Armenia. About 40 participants will come together to discuss issues ofbiodiversity conservation, to exchange of experiences and to raise motivation of youth and youth organizations with various backgrounds for being involved in environmental action at local and international levels. The project activities include presentations about Caucasian and global biodiversity, importance ofbiodiversity for poverty alleviation, nature conservation issues, participation of youth in decision making processes and dialogue. The field trips to Nature Specially Protected Areas ("Sevan" and "Dilijan" National Parks) and Botanical Garden as the typical conservation areas, workshop on sustainable use ofbiodiversity as a food source and photo contest on the topic "Biodiversity through my eyes" will also be organized. The ice breaking and simulation games, energizers, role play reflections (conflict management and cooperation processes) will also be a part of the exchange programme. The Youth in Action programme and EU environmental projects presentation as well as meeting with local and national NGO's will be directed to create platform of cooperation and participation in joint initiatives. Cultural evenings will create warm and friendly atmosphere between young people with different cultural backgrounds, who will also present their national culture with traditional foods and dancing.