Erasmus+ Project Go Green Officially launches 

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Erasmus+ Project Go Green Officially launches 

Leave No Trace are thrilled to be a part of the Go Green project, which just had its official kick-off meeting. 

This project aims at providing local public officers and advisors working in the environmental sectors with updated environmental skills, competencies and knowledge – as well as urging them to take action in their local settings, in order to implement the EU Green Deal. Partners believe that the joint resolutions and action of many local settings will finally result in the urgently needed shift towards sustainability with regional, national and transnational results. 

Six partner institutions will lead the project: three municipalities (Lousada – Portugal, Zoersel – Belgium, Soto del Real – Spain), two environmental NGOs (ASPEA – Portugal, Leave no Trace – Ireland) and a research centre (Synthesis – Cyprus).

The consortium will produce training courses and materials on relevant topics in environmental local governance, such as water, waste, land use planning, biodiversity protection, communication and social mobilisation. The project will also produce a collaborative and decision-support platform, a collection of environmental best practices illustrated with concrete cases from all over Europe and a handbook to support networking and the search for funding. At the end of the project (by 2024) recommendations on local environmental policies and a layman’s report will be published. Face-to-face training sessions will be organised in each participating country, and the materials produced will be available free of charge and in several languages on the platform to be created, for any interested audience.

The partners have already started work, with the first face-to-face meeting scheduled for March in Ireland.

The Go Green project will be co-financed by Erasmus+, the European Commission’s financial instrument for Education and Training, with a support of 377,934.00 euros.

Speaking of the launch of the project, Dr Noel Doyle of Leave No Trace Ireland discussed how “this project will be instrumental in communicating with and developing relationships with our public officers which will help in achieving the European environmental goals. I am excited to be part of this project and interested to see what can be learned from our impressive line-up of European Partners”.