Project: Empowering youth and teacher network of the Eco-Schools programme for the Sustainable Baltic Sea region.

Duration: 01.10.2020 – 31.12.2021

Project is funded by: Nordic Council of Ministers

Project budget: 78 229.79 eur

Nature House budget: 15 243.82 eur

Project coordinators: Getrin Laanesoo

Partners: Lead partner Foundation for Environmental Education Latvia (FEE Latvia), copartner Tartu Nature House



Our goal is to promote the exchange of experience and cooperation among Nordic&Baltic NGO`s (non-governmental organization) working with Education
for Sustainable Development (ESD) by highlighting environmental topics and develop methods for empowerment of youth. To have a more youthful  way to call this new cooperation project our team came up with a more vibrant name of “Baltic Youth Eco Hub”. This name is also used on social media to ensure that our activities are easy to find and follow along with.

Project objectives:

Eco-Schools provides a great basis for young people to form peer groups with similar interests and values and being ready to advocate for their ideas and beliefs. It is important to provide space and time for young people to get inspiration, develop and carry out their ideas. Also, is important to strengthen the competences of educators and support volunteers to be able address and engage young people in the best way possible, and keep their motivation and involvement high. Therefore the methodological material will be entirely developed in a participatory way, combining non-formal and experiential learning methods and approaches for implementation of youth initiatives and mentoring this process along the way while fostering such competences of young people like
citizenship, leadership, entrepreneurship and mentorship. Final product – new Baltic Sea region cooperation of organisations and educators, young people, new experiences and resources, and organised local and international missions and its impact on local communities. We expect new future cooperation among Eco-School program representatives, methodological material could be translated and spread across region and globally.

Project activities:

  • Capacity building and experience exchange between partners – activities for partner organisations to develop
    new network of Baltic Sea region, exchange an experience and best practice on implementation of Eco-Schools
    program and working with different audiences benefiting from the program, as well as developing new
    methodological material for youth empowerment and sustainability.
  • Youth participation and empowerment activities – addressing and engaging young people to be active citizens
    by exploring different environmental topics and implementing activities as well as providing support to their
    actions with the help of a mentors
  • Competence development of teachers and volunteers – to develop necessary competences for empowerment of
    young people to be active citizens and in providing appropriate help and support.
    Expected results are networking, gaining new experiences, competences and best practices, methodological
    material as a new tool for Eco-Schools, both for young people and educators, broader visibility and recognition of
    environmental education and sustainability.

Methodological material for schools:

Additional information about Eco-schools global


Additional Information:

Getrin Laanesoo
projecti coordinator
Tartu Nature House, Lille 10, Tartu 51010

Allthings.bioPRO – EU project develops serious game to interact with citizens on the topic of bioeconomy

Project Objectives:

  • Establish methods to foster awareness, participation and co-creation to ensure citizens’ feedback and inputs’ transfer towards the bio-based industry
  • Apply a smart combination of gamification, serious gaming, a mobile app and communication campaign to gather information and data derived by citizens on their ideas and priorities related to specific bioeconomy topics and of direct use for the bio-based industry and the Knowledge Centre for Bioeconomy
  • Exploit and further develop the Platform for bio-based economy communication to the broader public by linking it with the serious game, the smart phone app and a European Bioeconomy Citizen Action Network
  • Ensure engagement and uptake of results developed through an early and regular involvement of regional partners and citizens as well as of key bio-based economy stakeholders, policy makers and the Knowledge Centre for Bioeconomy


September 2020 – August 2023

Project Partners:

  • Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR e.V.) | DE (coordination)
  • BTG Biomass Technology Group BV | NL
  • Wissenschaftsladen Bonn e.V. | DE
  • Foundazione iCons | IT
  • nurogames GmbH | DE
  • Prospex Institute | BE
  • Institute of Baltic Studies | EE
  • Fashion for Good BV | NL
  • Stichting De Natuur – en Milieufederaties | NL
  • Tartu Environmental Education Centre | EE
  • Vetenskap & Allmänhet | SE
  • Laboratorio Interculturale di Ricerca e di Promozione della Condizione (H)umana | IT

More about the project:

Europe’s economy depends on oil and gas for energy and chemistry for all kinds of daily life products but the use of fossil-resources harms the environment and our climate. The bioeconomy offers a way out by providing industrial and consumer products made of biomass and waste. It will make Europe’s economy more sustainable, boost growth and create new jobs. We are at the eve of the transition from the fossil-based to a sustainable and circular bioeconomy.

This is a crucial moment for involving society in this societal and economic transition. Since all individuals, whether as citizens or consumers, will be affected, they should be able to play a role when shaping it. Citizens need to have a say in political decisions and agenda-setting processes in the bioeconomy. On the other hand, it goes without saying that the bio-based industry needs the input of citizens and consumers, to make sure that the products developed are in tune with consumers’ requirements and expectations.

Previous and ongoing projects and initiatives on national and European level have maintained focus on the raising of awareness of the broad public about bio-based products and the bioeconomy. However less has been done to steer the debate and to foster in-depth public dialogue. When introducing new production and consumption models, a debate needs to take shape, with an open space to raise concerns and fears related to it. Citizens have many questions about bio-based products. They are unfamiliar with the terminology which is often quite scientific, they have concerns about quality and functionality compared with traditional products and they demand answers about the sustainability of bio-based products.2 Information about all of this is available and efforts need to be continued and strengthened to have a sustainable and long-term impact on the general understanding and awareness among the general public. This is a precondition to enable citizens to become active contributors to the future development of the bioeconomy in Europe.


More information on the background of the project and about bio-based economy:


Eco-Schools is the largest global sustainable schools programme – it starts in the classroom and expands to the community by engaging the next generation in action-based learning.



More about the project

GreenMind: Raising Environmental Awareness in Estonian-Russian Border Area

August 2019 – January 2022


Lake Peipsi Project – lead partner (RUS)
Псковский областной центр развития одаренных детей и юношества  (RUS)
Peipsi Center for Transboundary Cooperation (EST)
Tartu Environmentl Education Center (EST)

The project aims to contribute to increasing of public green minding for creation of environmentally-oriented, energy-efficient and attractive living conditions and recreation in the transboundary Peipsi/ Chudskoye region. The project capitalizes environmental knowledge and environmental awareness practices in the Programme area develops practical methodological tool-kits for the long-run, educates a substantial number of existing and future environmental education practitioners to work with the project products, and facilitates the establishment of a wider societal context that will secure the sustainability of the project results.


The GreenMind addresses issues of environment protection and sustainable use of natural resources in the transboundary Peipsi/Chudskoye Lake area, through the introduction of intensive environmental awareness and educational measures covering such topics as eutrophication, waste management, and energy efficiency.

Project activities are:

  • Public events and environmental campaigns will be held.
  • Educators, children will be trained for multiplying knowledge.
  • Students and families will be involved in green minding process within 2 project contests of social eco-advertisements and “Eco-family”.
  • Outdoor public events’ organizers will be trained to organize eco-friendly activities.
  • Program area residents will take a personal and active part in the campaigns.
  • Residents will be informed about the environmental issues raised by the project.
  • Organizations (cafés, supermarkets, petrol stations) will join eco-campaigns and start introducing eco-friendly initiatives.

Project Newsletters:

In media:

Past events:

Keskkonnainvesteeringute Keskus

Additional Information:

Eelika Laane-Hannus
project coordinator
Tartu Nature House, Lille 10, Tartu 51010

Project “Energy Saving Advice Across Borders” (Energy Advice) is based on a goal to create cross-border awareness raising campaigns on Energy saving benefits to promote in-depth understanding of energy saving and energy efficiency issues. The project objective will be achieved by organising technically creative workshops for Latvian and Estonian primary school pupils (6th-9th grade) and a cross-border educational competition on energy saving. All information materials, workshops and exhibits developed within the project are very valuable outputs and will be used after the project ends. The activities can be replicated on next year primary school pupils. Wider and deeper understanding of resource efficiency is also the key target result of the project.

The specific objectives of the project are to:

1) Activate and motivate pupils (6th-9th grade) of Estonia-Latvia region, receiving at least 50 applications (from both countries in total) for the Energy Advice educational competition.

2) Increase awareness of people in terms of resource efficiency


The main planned activities:

1) Project management;

2) Joint cross-border marketing campaign for spreading project messages, attracting participants to the Energy Advice competition and raising overall awareness about the cooperation project;

3) Organisation of educational competition Energy Advice for pupils (grade 6th-9th grade) and selection of participants, organisation of technically creative workshops on energy saving to educate and promote intended educational campaign, development of 2 mobile, interactive exhibits and a mascot/character for the cross-border informative and educational campaign.

The main results:

1) At least 50 applications from Estonia – Latvia pupils’ teams (2-3 participants);

2) Technically creative workshops on energy saving at least to 3500 pupils (6th-9th grade) in Estonia-Latvia area;

3) Development of 2 interactive and mobile exhibits to help increase pupils’ awareness of energy saving;

4) 2 Energy Advice mascots for local and cross-border informative and educational campaign activities;

5) 3 motivational awards for the competition finalists’ schools.

Total budget of the project:

259,720.80 EUR

Implementation period:

24 months

Project partners:

Latvia: Ventspils High Technology Park

Estonia: Tartu Environmental Education Centre

Raising awareness on saving resources and reducing waste at public events in Latvia and Estonia

Total budget: 457 942.94 EUR

ERDF contribution: 389 251.49 EUR

The objective of this project was to raise awareness focusing on waste reduction and energy saving issues among active adults and youngsters, who attend public events by organization of interactive activities at those events, involving the organizers and service providers, and showing that there is also another way how to organize public events.

To facilitate the change in behavior of participants of public events the awareness raising campaign was organized contributing to the greener and environmentally friendlier events at:

Viljandi Folk Music Festival in July 2017 and 2018

Young Scientists’ Festival in Tartu in April 2018

Business Conference in Valmiera in June 2018

Positivus Music Festival in Salacgriva in July 2018

The digital tool and interactive exhibition (creative installations) “Save our paradise” were presented in the Business conference and both music festivals in 2018. During the Young Scientists’ Festival and Viljandi Folk Music festival the energy and waste areas were opened for visitors and they had the opportunity to take part in educative workshops. In total more than 7700 persons took part in the activities offered in the framework of the project “Green Public Events”.

The green guidelines were developed and disseminated among the organizers of the public events in both countries. Guidelines in Estonian, Latvian and English for download are available down in this page.

To support the actions at the events the overall media campaign in Latvia and Estonia was organized, including the outdoors posters – tips for the picnic season in Estonia in summer 2017, posters about avoiding single use dishes in Latvia summer 2017 and in Estonia summer 2018, different posts in social media and video competition for youth (age limit:30).

In total more than 1 000 000 persons were reached by different communication channels of the Estonian-Latvia cooperation project.

Project materials:

Green Guidelines – a practical guide to organizing events