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EKOLOG33 New ecological entrepreneurs in Mersin

“Ekolog33 New ecologist entrepreneurs in Mersin”, is the acronym for the project of Mersin Young Businessmen Association granted from the programme “Promotion of the Civil Society Dialogue Between EU and Turkey-Youth Initiatives for Dialogue”. The original name of the project is “Young Ecological Entrepreneurs in Mersin”. “33” is the traffic plate number of Mersin and “ekolog” means ecologist in Turkish.

EKOLOG33 New ecological entrepreneurs in Mersin

 

“Ekolog33 New ecologist entrepreneurs in Mersin”, is the acronym for the project of Mersin Young Businessmen Association granted from the programme “Promotion of the Civil Society Dialogue Between EU and Turkey-Youth Initiatives for Dialogue”. The original name of the project is “Young Ecological Entrepreneurs in Mersin”. “33” is the traffic plate number of Mersin and “ekolog” means ecologist in Turkish.

Project Description

Through a series of educational activities, “Ekolog 33” project aimed to the safeguard of sustainable development especially by promoting social dialogue between actors such as Turkish and European non governmental organisations (NGOs). In the framework of “Ekolog33”, discourse on youth policies for the amelioration of socioeconomic background of Mersin was held towards the raise of youth employment.

Project activities provided training addressed both to young people who were interested in ecological entrepreneurships in Mersin and to NGO and other CSO members who were motivated to actively participate in the society through volunteerism.

Generally, project aimed to the contribution of sustainable development goals, strengthening civil society dialogue between Turkish and European NGOs within the frame of youth policies and youth employment, supporting NGO activity in this area, contribution to the improvement of the socioeconomic structure of  Mersin by increasing youth employment

 

Objectives

  • Promotion and encouragement of ecologic entrepreneurship in Mersin.
  • Improvement of effective utilization of natural resources with business ideas suiting to 3E principles(energy,environment, economy)
  • Increase of employment with young ecopreneurs in Mersin.
  • Awareness raising on ecological concepts in Mersin and encouragement of NGO activities in this area.
  • Awareness raising on the potential of Mersin for eco-agriculture and eco-tourism.
  • Mutual promotion of beneficial and sustainable relationships with European partners.

 

Target groups

  • young unemployed of 18-30 years old
  • young adults
  • NGO and CSO members and volunteers that develop action on ecology and sustainable development

 

Main Activities

  • Planning and completion of preliminary activities
  • Organization of conference
  • Finalization of course contents
  • Selection of the applicants
  • Implementation of training programme
  • Selection of successful participants
  • Study visit to Antigone, Greece
  • Setting up project office
  • Study visit to Circolo Festambiente, Italy
  • Production of guidelines from course notes
  • Counselling on how to start a business and to find funding for ecopreneurs

 

Duration

July 2008 – November 2009

 

Funding

CFCU Turkey

 

Partners

  • Mersin Young Businessmen Association MEGİAD – Leader Partner (Τουρκία)
  • CIRCOLO FESTAMBIENTE Legambiente’s National Office (Italy)
  • ANTIGONE-Information and Documentation Center on Racism, Ecology, Peace and Non-Violence (Greece)
  • MTSO Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Mersin (Turkey)

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