|The Danube Delta in Leipzig ...|
On October 27 – 29, the Euregia Congress, an international trade fair and congress with the focus on regional development, took place in Leipzig (Germany).
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LoY also presented two activities at the “Co-operation Exchange Market”, a workshop themed "Successful through joint projects in rural areas - Opportunities of European cooperation”: one on waste management - the environmental education project in Sf. Gheorghe “Waste in water hurts our health” - and one on the sustainable use of natural resources – the workshop held in Tulcea regarding the chances for sustainable and innovative use of reed in the Danube Delta.
This event was attended by representatives from 24 countries. As a result, several interesting contacts were made, e.g. with companies from Switzerland in the fields of waste management and sustainable use of natural resources. Maybe the beginning of a fruitful dialog and – why not? – of some future cooperation.
On December 2-3, the European parliament’s social democratic and liberal group organised an event in Brussels to raise awareness of the Danube delta’s uniqueness in Europe.
The opening of a photo exhibition in the Parliament foyer was the cultural prelude for two panel discussions about the scientific importance of the Danube Delta and about strategies for its sustainable development.
EU Commissioner Joe Borg attended the opening. Speakers at the panel discussions were MEPs, Liviu Mihaiu, governor of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, scientists from the Danube Delta National Institute and Christian Baumgartner, secretary general of the International Friends of Nature, for the initiative Danube Delta - Landscape of the Year.
The event concluded with the signing of a resolution, in which the participants call on the European Parliament to send a fact finding mission to the Danube Delta and on the DG Environment to establish a Danube Delta working group.
What is more, in the framework of the event Jacquline Cousteau, widow of Jacques Cousteau and director of the Cousteau Foundation, announced the establishment of an award for environmental activities in the Danube Delta.