Environmental Literacy Networking (ELN) is a project co-funded by the European Union under EuropeAid, the program dedicated to international cooperation. ELN has a three-year duration and will end in 2022.
The lead applicant is the Turkish Yuva association, while Kyoto Club is partner association. Among the associated partners from Italy there is also the Environment and Sustainability Office of the Municipality of Bologna.
The overall objective of the action is to establish a new quasi-informal network of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) from Turkey (İstanbul, Çanakkale, Balıkesir, Ankara, İzmir, Mersin, Hatay and Antep) and EU (mainly including, but, thanks to the Kyoto Club contacts, not limited to Italy and Brussels) in the area of environment and climate change.
The overall contribution of the action is to strengthen the cooperation on sustainable development and tackling with climate change issues through a sustainable civil society dialogue which will give emphasis to cross-cutting environmental, sustainable development and climate change issues.
The specific objective of this networking action is to bring CSOs from Turkey and EU together around the shared concern of protecting environment and combatting climate change, those who will voluntarily contribute knowledge, experience and/or resources for shared learning in the field of environment and climate change, joint action to achieve the shared purpose of providing sustainability and ecological literacy (SEL) and climate change literacy (CCL) education programmes for citizens in general and public bodies in particular, and those who will rely on the network to disseminate and advocate the objective of providing these literacy programs.
This specific objective can be declined into three sub-objectives to be referred as intermediary specific objectives, chiefly:
The specific contribution of the action is, first, to strengthen the capacity and sustainably enlarge the dialogue among Turkish CSOs as well as the one between Turkish and Italian CSOs and the Brussels-based networks’ partners. The second contributions are the dissemination of EU best practices in the field of environment and sustainable development. This cooperation will also contribute to a better understanding of the EU environmental legislation and negotiations and the advocacy for its implementation by Turkish public authorities.
There are three main target groups, each being relevant to one of the outcomes of the proposed action: