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Nature Heritage Workshop 2020 and Follow-up Project

For almost 20 years now, young people from secondary schools in the four regions of the southern Baltic Sea have been working together with political decision-makers in international projects with focus on youth dialogue. The region of South-East Skåne around the Swedish city of Ystad, the Danish island of Bornholm, the Polish city of Swinoujscie and the German island of Rügen make up the "Four Corners Region" and face the same problem: Young people leave their home regions. This is one reason why youth work has top priority among South Baltic Four Corners cooperation projects. Through dialogue between youth and politicians, solutions are to be found to make the regions more attractive for young people. Decisions on future development should be taken together with young people.

Until the end of this year, the running EU Erasmus+ project assures funding for the cooperation of youngsters and local politicians. Due to Corona pandemic the youth workshop planned to be held on Rügen in April 2020, had to be postponed until November 2020. The students, their teacher Sabine Albrecht from the EMA Gymnasium and project coordinator Monika Krahl from the city administration of Bergen auf Rügen are especially happy that their intensive preparation was not in vain. From 8th November this year, more than 50 project participants from all four countries will meet to discuss “Rügen’s natural heritage and its use for tourism”.

logo erasmusplus 50  ÂÂA follow-up project of the South Baltic Four Corners under the headline "The Youth of the Four Corners for Sustainability, Nature and Environment" is scheduled to start in mid-December 2020. For a period of 24 months, 32 young people, eight regional politicians as well as experts, coordinators and teachers of the Four Corners Cooperation want to discuss environmental subjects on and in the southern Baltic Sea during transnational workshops and work out proposals for solutions. The transnational youth dialogue will focus on air and water quality, the impact of tourism on biodiversity and climate change, renewable energies and the development of environmentally friendly products. The young people themselves decided to discuss these topics as they give them a very high priority. In addition to the political discussions, they are especially looking forward to contacts and joint activities with their friends from the partner regions.

Lead partner of the new project will be the city of Bergen auf Rügen. For this reason project coordinator Monika Krahl will submit the project application for the EU Youth Dialogue project elaborated together with all project partners from Poland, Sweden and Denmark to the German National Agency for Erasmus+ in Bonn by 7th of May 2020 at the latest.

 
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