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8th WEEC Planet and People The 8th WEEC Planet and People will be held in Goteborg from June 29th to July 2nd 2015. 
The host for this conference will be the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, GMV.
The call for paper is now open. If you are interested in sharing your research or good examples regarding education for environment and sustainable development you can submit an abstract by the 19 of December, 2014.
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European Days of Environmental Education They took place in Bergamo on the 25th and 26th of  September 2014, the Pan-European days of environmental education and sustainability.
The first edition was held in Lyon (France) on the 4th  March 2013 (
Morocco 2013 The Seventh World Environmental Education Congress has been held in Marrakech (Morocco) from 9 to 14 June 2013. Focus of the Congress: the rural-urban relationship. Click here to read more

Call for bid to host the 9th WEEC

The ‘call for bid’ of the 9th World Environmental Education Congress is open

Public and non profit organizations interested in organizing the Ninth WEEC Congress in 2017 can request the application form to the following email address  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Towards more critical and more meaningful education and learning for sustainability – moving beyond the DESD


Towards more critical and more meaningful education and learning for sustainability – moving beyond the DESD 

Preview of the monthly Italian magazine on environmental education ".eco" num 206-207

Arjen Wals (Wageningen Univeristy, The Netherlands, & University of Gothenburg, Sweden) 

This brief personal reflection is based on two reviews I was commissioned to carry out by UNESCO of the United Nations Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (Wals 2009a, 2009b, 2012) and a special report on social learning-based ESD prepared for the end of the DESD conference as a backdrop Wals et al. 2014), I conclude that in order to address prevailing un-sustainability citizens, young and old, need to become active participants in transitions that break with dominating routines founded on untenable principles and values. Another key conclusion is that the DESD has unwillingly ignored the loss of identity and sense of place that is affecting citizens across the globe as a result of globalization and the related ICT-revolution. This is where environmental education has a lot of experience and a lot to contribute to the Global Action Programme for ESD that will be launch in November of this year in Nagoya Japan. I will close this contribution by stressing the synergy between environmental education and sustainability education which is also a key premise of the 8th WEEC congress in 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Read more: Towards more critical and more meaningful education and learning for sustainability – moving beyond the DESD


8th WEEC Planet and People

images/stories/banner-animato-8th-weec.gifThe University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology will through the Centre for Environment and Sustainability be hosting the 8th WEEC with the support of MCI Group.
The congress is an international meeting point for everyone working with education for environment and sustainable development or which have an interest in the field. WEEC 2015 is as such an opportunity to learn more about the latest in environmental and sustainability education, to discuss with people from all over the world, to share your own work and to learn from others.
With the state of people and planet under continued pressure and threats and the urgency to respond to global sustainability challenges greater than ever, WEEC 2015 will revisit, reconsider and re-imagine the role of education and learning in finding ways for people – young and old – and planet to develop in greater harmony.
Participants from a wide range of countries are expected. Researchers, educators, students, decision-makers, NGOs or media working with or having an interest in education for environment and sustainable development are all welcome to take part!
Everybody interested in sharing their work, research, good examples regarding education for environment and sustainable development is invited to submit an abstract by the 15 of November, 2014.
Please, for more information download here or visit the official website


The proceedings of the 7th Congress WEEC are available for all

The proceedings of the 7th World Congress on Environmental Education (WEEC, Marrakech, 9-14 June 2013) are published and available in pdf HERE

The work articulated between plenary sessions and thematic groups has shown the progresses in environmental education. The proceedings have almost 3300 pages spread over 11 thematic groups. Interventions of representatives from major international institutions are also presented: PNUE, l’UNESCO, l’ISESCO and speeches by Vandana Shiva who participated to the final session of the conference.


In Italy, Bergamo, the next European Days on Environmental Education

On the 25th and the 26th September 2014 the European Days of Environmental Education will be held in Bergamo (Italy ) which will become the “capital of Europe “ for a few days.

The announcement was made at a press conference held in Bergamo March 3rd 2014, in the presence of the commissioners for the environment of the Lombardy Region, Province and Municipality of Bergamo Claudia Terzi, Enrico Piccinelli and Massimo Bandera and the General Secretary of the WEEC network Mario Salomone .

Bergamo and the Lombardia region have a wealth of parks, botanical gardens, museums and eco-museums, educational farms etc. and a wide variety of experiences in the field of environmental education. The local “system” has been mobilized to ensure the success of the “Days” and to offer participants workshops, visits and other opportunities to meet life and experiences in the region. The first edition of the European meeting was held in Lyon on March 4, 2013. Knowledge sharing and networking - both between the EU member countries and the other countries of the continent - are among the goals of the event. It will also be given support to the development of environmental education policies both at national and European level. The format of the meeting will range from plenary sessions to small parallel groups and activities “on the ground”.

For the Italian world of environmental education this event will be also a valuable opportunity to reinforce the process begun in 2013, which aims to replenish the ranks of a system put in suffering from the cuts in public spending.

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The Marrakech Appeal Has Been Launched

At the end of the closing ceremony of the 7th WEEC (World Environmental Education Congress), held from 9 to 14 June 2013 in Marrakech (Morocco), an Appeal was launched to emphasise the role of environmental education and the need to activate more and more political and economic tools in this sector.
The appeal was drawn up by a selection of the more than 1,800 delegates who attended the 2013 WEEC edition (year of  the 10th anniversary), which was organized by the Permanent Secretariat of the WEEC Network (chaired by Mario Salomone) in collaboration with the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Environment, the local organizing Committee.
A comprehensive document assessing the congress and the recommendations will soon be available.
To read the complete text of the Appeal, click here


WEEC Secretary General Mario Salomone's Speech Open Ceremony

Your Royal Highness,  

Today we have the great pleasure to open the 7th WEEC in Your presence and under the High Patronage of His Majesty the King of Morocco Mohammed VI.

Your Royal Highness, autorities and delegates of international, national and local institutions, dear participants coming from Morocco and from all over the World

Read more: WEEC Secretary General Mario Salomone's Speech Open Ceremony


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