Young volunteers to protect nature.
Today more than ever, nature needs young people who can understand its beauty and commit themselves to defend it, that's why Choose Nature project is born.
The Life’s Choose Nature project (Choo-na! LIFE16 ESC IT 002) is a completely new environmental volunteer experience, realized thanks to the LIFE program of the European Union and with the support of the Cariplo Foundation. The aim of the project is to provide young people with an active civic sense that reconnects them to European values with particular attention to the protection of the environment.
The aim of Choose Nature project is to involve 310 young volunteers from the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) who will be engaged in important field missions from August 2017 to August 2019 to take care of 8 species of birds particularly protected by the Birds Directive, and 3 highly endangered species from illegal activities. The activity of the youngsters involved in the missions in defense of the species will be accompanied by a communication group that will make known the project itself and the results achieved.
Volunteers of “Choose Nature” project are present in 11 Italian regions. Their goal is to promote ecological culture and protect some of the most important species for the italian biodiversity (such as Stork, Golden Eagle, Kentish Plover, Lanner falcon, Lesser kestrel). Young people (between 18 and 30 age) who live in these geographical areas can take part in the “Choose Nature” project.
A useful experience
Young volunteers of the “Choose Nature” project will have the opportunity to work alongside scientists, professionals and other volunteers. They will see the work of a large environmental association acquiring new skills that, in the near future, will be useful in the world of work. An chance to get involved and have experiences that will enrich their curriculum and open professional opportunities. If you are also passionate about nature, you want to work in a team and make a decisive and qualified contribution to the project, fill out the form and get in touch with our staff.
European Solidarity Corps
The (European Solidarity Corps) is the new European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe. It was announced by the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker during his annual speech on the state of the Union in September 2016, and was officially launched three months later.
European Solidarity Corps brings together young people to build a more inclusive society, supporting vulnerable people and responding to societal challenges. It offers an inspiring and empowering experience for young people who want to help, learn and develop. You can register for the European Solidarity Corps when you are 17 years old, but you cannot start a project until you are over 18. European Solidarity Corps projects will be available to people up to the age of 30 years old.
LIFE (L'Instrument Financier pour l'Environment)
LIFE is the European Union’s funding instrument for the environment (L'Instrument Financier puor l'Environment). A programme dedicated to the implementation, updating and development of environmental policy and legislation of the European Union through the co-financing of projects of European relevance. LIFE was launched in 1992 as an expression of the public awareness of the need to protect the environment.
The Chernobyl disaster, the ozone hole, global warming gave a decisive boost to the implementation of a European policy and institutions dedicated to environmental protection. LIFE began in 1992 and to date there have been five complete phases of the programme (LIFE I: 1992-1995, LIFE II: 1996-1999, LIFE III: 2000-2006 and LIFE+: 2007-2013 and LIFE+ 2014-2020). For more on what LIFE programme is visit> ec.europa.eu/environment/life/
THE NATURA 2000 NETWORK
Natura 2000 is one of the most important instruments of the European Union’s policy for the conservation of biodiversity. It is the largest existing network of protected areas in the world, consisting of approximately 26,000 sites found in all member states. The Natura 2000 Network includes Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) designated by member states in accordance with the “Habitat” Directive 92/43 / EEC, and Special Protection Areas (SPAs) in accordance with the “Birds” Directive 2009/147/CE. These areas are special because here are well preserved habitats and animal species and important plants for the conservation of biodiversity in Europe. In Italy Natura 2000 sites cover about 19% of the national territory and 4% of territorial sea. For more on what Natura 2000 network is visit > Click here