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Planning Weekend – Call for Participants!

IYNF is officially accepting applications for the upcoming Planning Weekend – Resilient Youth, Resilient Planet – from 21-26 October, in the Naturefriends’ house Feldberg, near Freiburg, Germany. Representatives of IYNF member and partner organisations will meet to exchange ideas, network and brainstorm on the upcoming projects and future developments of the Young Naturefriends network.
The programme will include a conceptual part focused on case studies of resilience, city activism, transition movements and other ways in which youth can address urban outdoors to make a positive impact on a global scale. Meanwhile, the practical part will provide space for project planning and guided networking of the member organisations – mainly intended to promote cooperation and strengthen the relations among the IYNF partners and members – and it will be complemented with information about possibilities offered by different European funding opportunities and IYNF network as well. You can find more information and apply here before 31 August. 

IYNF Carrying Naturefriends Values across Europe
In August we will be leaving the cosiness of our office in Prague and will be out there spreading Naturefriends values through different places in Europe:
Off the Grid Work Camp, Frankfurt – 16-30 August. Organised by IYNF volunteers, this international camp will provide an opportunity to learn, explore and share ideas about resilience and self-governance, while going completely ‘off the grid’. Rebuilding a 99 year old Naturefriends’ house will be one of the main highlights of the project.

The Way Is the Goal, Zurich – 16-23 August. The second IYNF training course of 2014 will focus on sharing, practicing and developing methods and principles for working with groups in the mountains that will reflect the values of the Naturefriends movement, of sustainable tourism in general and respect for nature in particular. Especially designed for those who already are or want to become hiking instructors or outdoor group leaders.
IYNF at the Sziget Festival, Budapest – 11-18 August. EVS volunteers from IYNF Secretariat and Hungarian Naturefriends will join forces once more to disseminate the Naturefriends values of respect, solidarity and love and care for nature, around the NGO Island in Sziget, one of the most renowned music events in Europe. We hope they will raise awareness among the festival-goers, as well as encourage them to make their life more sustainable and positive for the environment.

EYE 2014 Final Report Is Out
The 5th edition of the European Youth Event brought 8,000 young people to the European Parliament to discuss ideas for a better Europe.
Nearly three months after the occasion, multiple publications and reports from the organisers have been released. Among the many interesting facts and insights provided, it is possible to read about IYNF’s participation, who successfully brought to Strasbourg the views and ways of the European Naturefriends for youth work, participation, environment and the future of Europe. 
You can find more about the IYNF contribution in the Orange magazine and the EYE2014 Report

¡Bienvenidos Biodiversa!
The Spanish organisation Biodiversa has just become the newest IYNF partner organisation, at the same time establishing the first IYNF partnership in Spain.
Based in the beautiful and natural region of Asturias, Biodiversa aims to preserve nature and the environment through education, as well as to promote solidarity, tolerance, and sustainable and holistic lifestyles. In their repertoire there are several activities and projects, including international training courses and youth exchanges in different countries and in cooperation with NGOs from abroad.
We are looking forward to an active, fruitful and long-lasting cooperation. You can find more information on Biodiversa’s webpage.
NFJD “Natura in Aktion” Workshop
The German Young Naturefriends (Naturfreundejugend Deutschland) are organising the workshop “Natura in Aktion” at the Naturefriends’ house Bodensee from 24-26 October. This workshop will bring the project Natura 2000 from the EU and it will showcase the potential of these protected areas in order to make them more attractive for youth.
In addition to the topics of nature conservation and environmental education and awareness, a part of the session will also include European history and politics. People who are active in the field of youth work, environmental education and education for sustainable development have a very good opportunity to explore other ways of organizing projects in nature. Deadline for applying is 16th of September.

homo ecos: Upcycling Workshop
It’s unquestionable that our society is producing too much waste and it’s simply easier to throw everyday items away when we don’t want them anymore. In order to encourage people to change this tendency and reduce waste, while finding at the same time creative solutions for old everyday objects, homo ecos has been organising several free upcycling workshops in Riga. The next one is happening on the 7th of August and it will suggest simple solutions for buying less and it will give a new life to clothes, jewellery, newspapers and many other objects. Find more information and join the workshop on their website.

NIVON Upcoming Activities
With the summer season in full swing, NIVON Jong from the Netherlands is already preparing several activities for autumn. If you didn’t have the chance to join any activities during the summer or simply want to relive a previous experience, September and October will bring more opportunities to travel abroad and spend time in the wilderness in the company of skilled tour guides. As an alternative there are also few weekend activities to explore the Dutch countryside.
All information is provided here


Work Camps in Serbia
Some of the worst floods in history hit the Balkans recently, creating immense loss and economic distress. In the wake of this tragedy the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations and Service Civil International are organising several work camps in the most affected areas in Serbia. There is a lot of work to be done, like repairing public spaces, rebuilding schools and kindergartens, cleaning natural areas and removing garbage. Further information on the work camps can be accessed here and here.

Register to Forum 2000 Conference
“Democracy and its Discontents: A Quarter-Century After the Iron Curtain and Tiananmen” is the main theme of this year’s Forum 2000 Conference, which will take place in October 12-14, in Prague and will continue on 15th of October, in other 11 Central European cities, including Bratislava and Budapest. Imagined and founded in 1996 by Czech President Václav Havel, the Forum 2000 aims at bringing together important personalities from various spectrums, cultures, religions and different fields of human knowledge to peaceful and open-minded discussions. This 18th edition will include more than 100 global leaders that will make a critical analysis of the democratic changes which occurred during the last decades, as well as evaluate and explore current and possible democratic solutions for the future generations. Registration will be open until 30th of September, or until capacity is reached.

International Youth Day: Photo/Video Contest
The World Youth Movement for Democracy (WYMD) and Generation Democracy (GenDem) are organising an international photo and video contest to promote social inclusion and the rights of people with health disabilities. This initiative is connected with the United Nations’ International Youth Day, celebrated annually on the 12th of August, to draw attention towards the issues that affect youth worldwide. The theme for this year is “Mental Health Matters”, especially aimed at support youth with mental health conditions. For additional information and rules visit the contest’s webpage.
YEE Booklet
After having a very successful training course in April 2014 in Serbia, YEE have published a booklet called Environmental Education for Sustainability. It is the result of the work of participants in the training course with the same title, and it contains its methods and results, as well as some additional information. It also includes professional tips for future educators, the profile of an environmental educator and useful links. You can read it in its entirety here.

The office of Youth and Environment Europe in Prague is searching for 2 EVS volunteers for a project starting in April 2015. It will last 12 months. EVS volunteers can join YEE office team and learn a lot about international environmental network. If you want to apply, send your CV, motivation letter and information about sending organisation until 28th of August to the YEE EVS Coordinator Natalia Luchko:, and visit their website for more information.

Orange Magazine Call for Team Members
The main publication of the European Youth Press, a network of young media makers, has published a call with a common deadline on 5th of September for three free positions. If you want to work for Orange Magazine, they are looking for a Project Manager, a Content Editor and a Graphic Designer. The candidate can be based anywhere in Europe, so make sure to check out all the details on their website.
Your News Could Be Here!
Everyone needs a little publicity now and then, including you and your organization! So Member and Partner organisations: send us any of your international projects, campaigns and publications and it could possibly make it into the IYNF newsletter. Please contact for this awesome opportunity. 
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