Arab States

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SUMAMAD - Sustainable Management of Marginal Drylands, Egypt and China, Iran, Jordan, Pakistan, Tunisia, Syria, Uzbekistan

This UNESCO project studies sustainable management and conservation of marginal drylands in northern Africa and Asia. The project, which kicked off in 2002, uses harmonized methodology for 9 selected study sites, allowing results comparing and knowledge sharing. Scientists from Belgium, China, Egypt, I.R. of Iran, Jordan, Pakistan, Syria, Tunisia and Uzbekistan collaborate in this project. The general purposes of the SUMAMAD Project is to improve alternative livelihoods of dryland dwellers; to reduce vulnerability to land degradation in marginal lands through rehabilitation efforts of degraded lands; and to improve productivity through identification of wise practices using both traditional knowledge and scientific expertise. Sharing of scientific knowledge among participating countries is an additional aim.

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Culture of Care & Water for Life, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman Sultanate, Palestine Authorities and International

The project has successfully mobilized youth aged 13-17 at "50 + 50" schools in 13 Arab countries plus 10 countries world-wide around two ESD actions from the Life-Link Friendship-Schools program: Culture of Care & Water for Life. Each action is structured with three 2-hours lessons (one per week) interfoliated by two 3-hours students Self- & Field studies. A specific "Dialogue-Schools" initiative has been introduced into this project: each participating school communicating their Water for Life results with two schools in other countries; one in a neighboring country, the second school at another continent. The performed pilot project has included an assessment study on the level of each student as well as each participating teacher. An evaluation conference June 2008 in Petra, Jordan unanimously recommended an extended project involving more countries and schools for the years 2009-2011.

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Kids Iso 14000 programme in Kuwait, Kuwait and international

This project was initiated by the Japanese NGO ArTech with the support of UNU. The programme seeks to have participants implement a Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle in their own homes to measure aspects such as water and energy consumption. UNESCO has co-organized and hosted for several years an annual international training workshop of Eco-Kids instructors. The project aims at contributing to the solution of environmental problems and issues related to consumption. It aims at promoting environmental awareness among students and enhancing cooperation between them. In Kuwait, this project was implemented in two schools of each educational area in intermediate stage in 2007. Teacher trainings took place as well. Within 2009, the programme shall be implemented within all schools throughout Kuwait.

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Rashid and Dana the Recyclers, International

The "Rashid the Recycler" guide, including poster, CD-Rom, quiz, photographic contest and an environment award for young people, was put into practice in selected Qatari schools. The experience was highly successful and received massive attention by the local and regional newspapers. The Qatari version is now completed, and UNESCO is planning for a second version “Rashid & Dana the Recyclers” as younger sister Dana has joined Rashid. The guide will be based on the motto “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” will provide statistics, relevant addresses, and country specific information. The project aims to raise awareness and capacity-building based on education into the importance of waste management. Students will learn how to actively contribute reducing, reusing, and recycling waste products. The rationale is to contribute to better management of valuable resources, better waste management, cleaner environment, and make students aware that there is an international market, and an increasingly important career path, in the recycling and waste management industry. The project offers students a comprehensive introduction to waste management based on greater knowledge of various materials’ life cycles.

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YouthXchange: adopting sustainable lifestyles, International to be presented with focus on Arab States

This joint UNEP/UNESCO project on youth and sustainable consumption is designed to assist teachers, youth groups, and NGOs to raise awareness of sustainable consumption and empower youth to put theory into practice. To make sustainable consumption more immediate to youth, the YouthXchange toolkit refers to the notion of lifestyles rather than consumption. This way, healthy eating, sex trade or media literacy are included in the discourse as significant factors in developing consumer awareness.

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