UNESCO ETXEA - UNESCO CENTRE BASQUE COUNTRY
UNESCO ETXEA - UNESCO Centre Basque Country is a non-governmental organization that, as part of its activities, works in promotion of experiences on the issues of sustainable development and environmental education. Although we develop our activity within the Basque Country, we specially work within the Urdabaï Biosphere Reserve, in the context of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme.
We engage in different activities that are aimed at different population groups:
- Publications: we produce a number of publications forwarded to informal and formal education (basic and secondary level) which are distributed in schools but are also sent to organizations and professionals in informal education. We provide materials about global environmental issues but adapted to the local reality in which local ecosystems, flora, fauna, biodiversity, etc., are studied but as a point of entry to the overall complexity of these issues;
- Meetings: we yearly organize international meetings in the Urdabaï Biosphere Reserve about the general issue of sustainable development (sustainable tourism, forestry, agriculture, etc.). The aim of these meetings is to bring international experiences and examples of sustainable use and management to the local stakeholders.
The funding for our projects comes mostly from the Basque Country Government and the Biscay Province Government Environmental Departments, but also from local private enterprises.