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Education for Sustainability in Venezuela has gain a new Partner

Written by Marianne on . Posted in General Information, News, News & Updates, Venezuela

Caracas from Mt Waraira Repano, Ávila.Caracas from Mt Waraira Repano, Ávila

We are happy to announce that Education for sustainability Project (E4S) has settled its base in Venezuela. Our new country manager Vladimir de Chelminski is aiming up high with a Green school Project, video making, networking, social media presence and much more to advocate for integrating sustainable development in Venezuelan schools.

It is good to know that even though Venezuela is far behind with sustainability consciousness from the people, policies and within education, there is some kind of boom, or success right now, with activities promoted by local activists that are changing many peoples’ paradigms.

The government has removed the Environment Ministry and made a fusion with the Ministry of Housing and Habitat, having 6 vice ministers for that matter. There is a lot of concern about it. But, since there are opposite forces playing on the ground, many people have decided to make the changes for themselvesWe are part of those people and we want to unite with all the other complements of this puzzle. Bringing good vibes and showing the world a possible way of being coherent with every possible relationship established on earth, the environment and the biosphere that feed us and give shelter.

IMG_9712crossoverCreative Cofee in Caracas. Linking Earth Activist. 2014

We want to present ourselves in front of the Venezuelan society as strong people who love the earth completely without borders, and bring possible solutions to have a better planet for our kids. Focus mainly in the positive rather than the ugly and giving example on the way.

We will penetrate the learning process and offer consciousness, thinking at least for the next seven generations.

We will start by doing the work inside schools while making visual register of all our steps, in order to make an explicatory video about a sustainable vision of our schools, and then present these solid statements to the government and try to change the course of the planet in a minimum but valuable way.

If you wish to collaborate in any way you could contact our E4S country manager at Thanks for the support.

IMG_9856Foro ambienteWhere is the environment going in Venezuela? Forum. 2014

World Environment Day celebration 2014 – Pune, India

Written by Marianne on . Posted in General Information, India, News

The World Environment Day highlighted the month of June. As we consider environment as a matter of vital importance, Nektarina Non Profit celebrated WED in India with its local partner, Zest Youth Movement. Not simply a celebration, the event aimed to contribute to raise environmental protection awareness among the population with a particular focus on youth and education for sustainability.

More than 200 people took part to our rally through Pune City! Among them, students from different institutions and universities, colleges school children, representatives of civil society organisations, companies and political parties. Girls and women have been notably present, as well as disabled and elderly people. This has comforted the concern that we have to strive towards inclusive and sustainable progress.

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The rally was launched by a special guests delegation, among them Prof. Madhav Gadgil world famous environmentalist and Mr Anil Shirole, current Member of Parliament of the Pune Constituency. Mrs Bharati Kadam and Mr Prakash Kadam, Municipality Members, were also present.  

Prof. Madhav Gadgil introduced the event by addressing the public with a speech in which he mentioned: “Environment growth and active participation of the citizen regarding the 74th amendment of the Constitution and as per the Biological Diversity Act gives an excellent opportunity but we fail to take advantage of it. With the Zest and Nektarina movement we can make people more active and achieve a lot with such persistent efforts.”

Mr Anil Shirole then said: “Protecting the environment is an urgent need. Let us all come forward and work towards it. As being a citizen of this country, I will be committed for the next five years to work actively on the issues of transport management in the city, waste management sewage, water purification, river improvement and plantation of trees among other things.” He emphasised the fact that is it only possible with an active citizen support and cooperation and congratulated all participants for the wonderful work done to celebrate WED. “Let us begin a new movement for protecting our environment”, he said.

Eventually, student Snega Dighe read a message from Miss Sandra Antonovic, Nektarina Non Profit Co-founder and CEO. In her message, Miss Sandra Antonovic shared how the environment taught her that everything in life is about giving, not receiving. “Find your passion, and let that passion guide you and inspire you day in and day out. Never stop searching for answers, never stop asking questions, because standing still is a terminal illness”. Then she shared a few words about the Education for Sustainability project in India, volunteering implementation plans and progress. At last, she thanked all participants and guests for their support and participation.

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The participants then walked in procession through the roads of Pune by showing banners and giving environmental awareness slogans and reached the polluted riverbank. With appropriate equipment, participants started to pick up waste and finally took an oath for a non-polluted river.

During the whole event, all guests and participants were invited to write a message on a 20 feet banner.

We are proud to affirm that this celebration was successfully conducted as shown by the numerous participants and their involvement during the day, as well as the interest demonstrated by the media.

Jai Maharashtra TV Channel WED 2014 coverage

For more images please check our Flickr page    

Online vote : “My Green Planet”, schools’ drawing competition in Pune, India

Written by Marianne on . Posted in India, News, News & Updates, Upcoming Events

Please vote for your favorite drawing(s)  before April 13th !

Online vote

We shared with you last week a few pictures of the schools drawing competition organized by Zest Youth Movement from India, together with Nektarina Non Profit.

More than 400 pupils from Pune in India joined in ! We would like to thank and congratulate all of them for taking time to think about “My green planet” and preparing their drawings.

Now as we have selected the top 15, we are pleased to share them with you and would like you all to help us to select the 3 best drawing by simply “linking” the one(s) you like the best.

The topic was “My Green Planet: How do you imagine Earth free from pollution, where waste is recycled and that runs on renewable energies?”

Go to online vote

Thank you for participating in our project !


Partnering with ACT International from Pakistan

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It is our great pleasure to announce the partnership for Pakistan, with the local organization ACT International:

ACT International is a not-for-profit rights based national organization focusing on women, youth, children and marginalized segments of society. The organization particularly works with disadvantaged segments of society to empower communities by building peoples’ engagement, capacity and partnership focusing on women, youth and children for a better tomorrow. Organization aims to develop partnerships and innovative programmes with the support of development actors to contribute in the efforts of “Aiming Change for Tomorrow“. Vision: Aiming for a tomorrow where everyone has opportunities

 Mission: Empowering communities to recover progress and advance by building peoples’ engagement, capacity and partnership focusing women and children for a better tomorrow.


They pursue this mission through:

  · Grassroots institutional development and networking with local civil society groups and organizations;

 · Sustainable economic development that integrates livelihoods, education, health, infrastructure, environment, youth development, social cohesion and local leadership management;

 · Child development that integrates child rights, protection and improvement of service provision to reduce neglect, abuse and exploitation;

 · Partnerships with civil society and public sector organizations that promote harmony and cohesion amongst development partners, integration of development initiatives and accountability;

 · Policy advocacy that integrates evidence based research on socio-economic and political issues which are directly related to sustainable development of marginalized communities especially women and children;

 · Emergency relief services and recovery and rehabilitation initiatives that assist people affected by conflict or disaster


Program Approach

 ACT International works by adopting four pronged approach which creates equilibrium amongst all the major stakeholders including a) Charity through involving philanthropists; b) Engagement of local non- government organizations; c) Public Private Partnership (PPP); d) Outreach Program for provision of service delivery; by developing an approach of area based consortiums to build partnerships and ensure integration and cohesion during the implementation of development interventions.


 ·         Our mission and humanitarian values impels us to act for a better tomorrow

 ·         Participation for attaining ownership that leads to community empowerment

 ·         Transparency for making humanitarian action accountable to stakeholders

 ·         Equality for realizing the rights of disadvantaged and discriminated

 ·         Innovation for achieving excellence to up-bring the lives of marginalized

 ·         Responsibility for serving the underprivileged voluntarily


 ·         Social Mobilization

 ·         Education Programme

 ·         Child Protection Programme

 ·         Health and Nutrition Programme

 ·         Livelihoods Programme

 ·         Community Physical Infrastructure Programme

 ·         Youth Development Programme

 ·         Disaster Preparedness Programme

 ·         Governance

 More information’s are available at: To learn more about Pakistan:
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Inter-agency workshop on Employment and Social Inclusion in a Green Economy

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The ILO is pleased to announce a two day Inter-agency workshop on Employment and Social Inclusion in a Green Economy to be held  in Turin, Italy, from 4 to 5 March 2013.
The workshop intends to provide an interface with country initiatives (Kenya, Tunisia, S. Africa, Serbia, Turkey, Mexico, Indonesia, etc.) and experts working on assessments and policy formulation. The general aims is to better align and combine agency support on the green economy and offer opportunities for mutual learning and peer support for countries.The overall objectives of the workshop are two fold:
   i) expand and share knowledge among the UN and other agencies, donor organizations and country representatives on the employment and social inclusion potential of the green economy, and
  ii) create synergies to bridge, at global and country level, the scope and findings of research with evidence-based policy making in the context of sustainable development.The workshop will review current approaches, tools and policies to promote jobs and social inclusion in the green economy, including country examples of concrete steps to create green jobs and improving skills.Attached is a 2 page programme description and tentative agenda.For background information please visit the ILO event page:–en/index.htm For direct registration please use this link:

Our focus countries – part 6

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Last, but not least, we end our tour presenting our focus countries this week with the Asia group: Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan. A short description of their specific features can be found below, but in the Wiki section you can look for more detailed information covering various aspects. Bangladesh is located in South Asia and it is bordered by India, Burma and the Bay of Bengal. The capital and largest city is Dhaka. If you ever wanted to experience the living reality of the idiom “when it rains, it pours”, Bangladesh is the place to be. During the yearly south-Asian monsoon, almost all the water collected by the Himalayas in Nepal, north/northeast India and Bhutan transits through Bangladesh on its journey to the Bay of Bengal, depositing life-giving minerals to the soil all along the Ganges Delta, the largest one in the world. While most of the country lies at or just above sea level, the flat landscape gives way to low undulating hills in the Chittagong Hill Tracts and the hilly regions of Sylhet, some of which climb to 1,000 m above sea level. Visits to this area offer an experience of the true diversity that Bangladesh possesses, both geographically and culturally. In terms of forest cover, Bangladesh’s natural places are sadly few and far between. While the world’s largest mangrove forest at Sundarban remains protected, many of Bangladesh’s other national parks have not fared so well. Thankfully, with increasing stability and economic development, conservation programmes are finally starting to get off the ground. Finally, the region’s last major significant geographical feature is a massive 120 krn-long strip of beach lining tile internal eastern coastline of Bangladesh, said to be the longest natural beach in the world. Starting at Cox’s Bazaar, the white sand stretches all the way down to the Teknaf Peninsula, poking up again briefly at the coral reef island of St Martin’s. As the 7th largest country in the world, India stands apart from the rest of Asia, marked off as it is by mountains and the sea, which give the country a distinct geographical entity. Bounded by the snow-covered Great Himalayas in the north, it stretches southwards to the tropical rain forests and at the Tropic of Cancer, tapers off into the Indian Ocean between the Bay of Bengal on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west. The capital city is New Delhi, while neighbouring countries are Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar. India has achieved all-round socio-economic progress during the last 64 years of its Independence. It has become self-sufficient in agricultural production and is now one of the top industrialized countries in the world. India is one of the oldest civilizations with a kaleidoscopic variety and rich cultural heritage. The country has metamorphosised into one of the most sought after destinations for travel, much due to the presence of several renowned world heritage sites, and an inherent spiritualistic force, which pulls enthusiastic travellers towards it from all over the world. The country is a pictorial of landscapes, opulent historical sites and royal cities, golden beaches, lofty mountain ranges along the Ghats, lush greenery, tropical rain forests, colourful people, rich cultures and festivities. Nepal lies in the south of Asia and it is bounded on the north by the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China and on the east, south and west by several Indian states. The capital city is Kathmandu. Nepal is a land of extreme contrasts in climate and geography. It has a unique topography ranging from lowlands with sub-tropical jungles to arctic conditions in the Himalayan highlands. Within a mere 150 kilometres the land rises from near sea level in the south to over 8000 meters in the north. This, together with the monsoon rainfall along the south facing slopes, has resulted in compacting virtually all climate zones found on planet Earth. As a result, Nepal has been endowed with a great diversity of life-zones providing a home for a large variety of plants, birds and animals. To many visitors, the Himalayan Kingdom conjures up the images of snow-capped mountains and rolling green hills. Indeed, out of ten world’s tallest mountains, eight stand in Nepal. But the country has much more to offer than just the high breathtaking Himalayas. A small country, Nepal is diverse geographically as well as ethnically with more than 61 ethnic groups and 70 spoken languages. The visitor will find rich cultures and vibrant traditions, exquisite temples and monuments as well as fast flowing rivers and tropical jungles teeming with wildlife, making your trip an unforgettable experience. It is the only Hindu Kingdom in the world. However, all the people from different races and religions live in harmony and there is an ideal blending of Hinduism and Buddhism. Pakistan lies in Asia, strategically placed at the crossroads of Middle East, South and Central Asia. The country borders Iran, India, Afghanistan, China and the Arabian Sea. The capital city is Islamabad. The landscape of Pakistan ranges from lofty mountains in the north, the Karakoram, the Hindukush and the Himalayas, through dissected plateaus to the rich alluvial plains of the Punjab, where the Indus River flows south to the Arabian Sea. Then it follows the desolate barrenness of Balochistan and the hot dry deserts of Sindh blending into miles and miles of golden beaches of Mekran coast. Amidst towering snow-clad peaks with heights varying from 1000 m to over 8000 meter, the valleys of Gilgit, Hunza and Skardu recall Shangri-La. The cultural patterns in this region are as interesting as its topography. The people with typical costumes, folk dances, music and sports like polo and buzkashi provide the traveller an unforgettable experience. Modern Pakistanis are a blend of their Harappan, Indo-Aryan, Indo-Iranian, Saka, Parthian, Kushan, White Hun, Afghan, Arab, Turkic, and Mughal heritage. Waves of invaders and migrants settled down in Pakistan throughout the centuries, influencing the locals and being absorbed among them. Thus the region encompassed by modern-day Pakistan is home to the oldest Asian civilization and one of the oldest in the world, the Indus Valley Civilization.   Sources: Image source:

Our focus countries – part 5

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The presentation of our focus countries has reached its fifth part, this week moving eastwards and concentrating on the ex-soviet republics Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Russia. The brief depiction outlined below can be completed by more detailed information found in the Wiki section of the website. Armenia is situated at a cultural, historical, and religious intersection and located at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, in the southern Transcaucasus. Armenia shares borders with Georgia, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Iran. Located southwest of the capital Yerevan, in present day Turkey, Mount Ararat dominates the national landscape, psyche and character, as an ominous reminder to its glorious past. The Ararat plain is divided by the Araks River and occupies the south-western part of Armenia. Armenia’s landscapes offer boundless beauty. Seven main landscape types are represented across the different altitudinal zones of Armenia, ranging from desert and steppe to woodland and alpine zones, featuring high mountain peaks, fertile valleys, picturesque land formations, basalt columns, rock sculptures, scenic canyons and waterfalls. More than 200 rivers and streams traverse Armenia, with steep falls, rapids and swift currents. In addition, there are over 200 therapeutic mineral springs, with different properties. Azerbaijan is situated on the western coast of the Caspian Sea, in the eastern part of the South Caucasus. The northern frontier of the country with Russia (Dagestan) stretches from the coast of the Caspian Sea to the Greater Caucasus Mountains; the north-western boundary with Georgia is formed by complicated configuration of mountains; the boundary with the Islamic Republic of Iran to south runs alongside the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and the river Araz to the Caspian coast with its humid subtropical climate. Azerbaijan is further bordered by Turkey to the southwest and by Armenia to the west. The capital city is Baku. Azerbaijan is a region with unique geographical, climatic and geopolitical characteristics. The present Republic of Azerbaijan has rather small territory but it is possible to encounter here 9 of 11 basic climate zones existing. There are vast steppes and high mountain ranges with the tops attracting climbers and those interested in wild nature. In Azerbaijan one can also meet plenty of curative, mineral and thermal waters, mud and oil for medical treatment. The protected areas occupy 2.4% from the total territory of the country and cover all basic climatic landscapes in Azerbaijan. Belarus is situated in the centre of Europe, bordering on Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia and Ukraine. The capital is the city of Minsk. Although a landlocked country, Belarus is the land of more than 10 thousand lakes and 20 thousand rivers. Forests take one third of the territory and are considered the national wealth, while swamps account for 13% of it and are of significant climatic and hydrologic importance. The Belarusian marshlands are called “the lungs of Europe”, since they produce an enormous amount of oxygen. Besides, they serve as nesting places for rare species of birds and as a natural habitat for rare plants. The National Park “Belovezhskaya Pushcha” is inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage. Throughout many centuries of history, the Belarusian people created its unique and original culture and continue to celebrate today traditional folk customs and rites harmoniously interlaced with Christian traditions. Georgia is located in the Caucasus region at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Georgia shares borders with Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Turkey. The capital city is Tbilisi. Remarkable for its landscape diversity, from mountains to desert, from snow to palm trees, Georgia ranks among the world’s wonderlands. Within its borders one can find 5000 m peaks; glaciers, alpine meadows; sub-tropical coastline, high desert, semi-desert, fertile alluvial valleys, wetlands and huge swathes of virgin forest. From the shores of the Black Sea to the soaring peaks of the Caucasus – from rich Wine Country in the east to Cave cities, to the spa town of Borjomi and cultural delights of Tbilisi, Georgia’s natural beauty is the stuff of legend. Georgia has the dubious distinction of being one of the most invaded nations on earth. As a nation at the crossroads of Europe and Asia as well as Christianity and Islam Georgia has long been marked by war. To protect against invaders an elaborate system of watchtowers alerted the people to an attack (many of which still exist) and precious religious icons and relics would disappear into caves and hidden mountain fortresses. Villages in the most remote mountain valleys would escape the invaders attention entirely, thus some of the oldest and most superlative Frescoes are found in the highlands. The Republic of Kazakhstan is located in the central part of the Eurasian continent, at an equal distance from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It borders on Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and the Caspian Sea. The capital city is Astana. Being the world’s 9th largest country and located in the centre of Eurasia, Kazakhstan is also the largest landlocked country in the world. These resulted in a specific climate and a peculiar natural system of the country, which seems to absorb the brightest examples of landscape of both continents. In addition, complicated history of Kazakh people and constant interaction of nomadic lifestyle with settled people in South Kazakhstani ancient cities, have lead to a unique and authentic culture of Kazakhstan. In order to preserve the rich world of plants and wildlife, a network of national parks and nature reserves were established in the country. The most famous ones are Aksu Zhabagly Nature Reserve, which is a habitat for the snow leopard; Korgalzhyn Nature Reserve famous for its pink flamingos; Altyn Emel and Katon-Karagay National Parks. Russia is the largest country of the world, covering 11.5% of its territory. It extends from the Baltic Sea in the west to the Japan Sea in the east and it comprises 11 time zones. Russia has 14 neighbours: Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, North Korea, Norway, Poland, and Ukraine. The capital city is Moscow. Another very important administrative and cultural centre is Saint Petersburg, often referred to as the second capital. There are over 1000 towns and cities in Russia. Russia enjoys a vast territory, rich historic and cultural heritage and wild nature in many of its regions. The size and diversity of landscapes make it anything but a dull country. From sea resorts at the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea and the forests of the Central Russia to the foothills of the Caucasus, Siberian taiga and the Far East one has plenty of things to discover. Russia’s rich history bears the traces of Vikings, ancient Slavs, Mongols and Tatars, Scythians, Swedish, Greeks and other peoples. Grand princes, monarchs and emperors adjoined and lost lands and peoples. Democratic and authoritarian rulers replacing one another, built palaces, established museums, left mausoleums and grand multi-storey buildings, powerful power plants, but also camps for the repressed. Ukraine is located in Eastern Europe and shares its borders with Moldova, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Belarus and Russia. It is partially bounded by two bodies of water – most notably, the Black Sea. Kiev is the capital of Ukraine and the largest city, followed by Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, and Odessa. One of the most famous cites in Ukraine is Yalta where the historic Yalta Conference was held in 1945. Ukraine has a strong artistic and cultural heritage and offers travellers many choices of attractions and destinations to explore such as castles, palaces, ancient cathedrals, and stunningly beautiful national parks and reserves. Recently, eco-tourists have been finding Ukraine to be an inspiration in the effort to protect wetlands, coastal regions, and majestic mountains. With three types of areas under protection, Ukraine is home to biospheres like the Shats’kyi National Park, ecological reserves for fauna such as National Park Podil’ski Tovtry, and the Cape Mart’yan Reserve which also protects shoreline and aquatic ecosystems.   Sources: Image source: