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  Leave sand castles, not plastic! –  Naturefriends International gives tips to create less plastic waste in daily life and on holiday 

Vienna, June 21 2018

Ten million tons of plastic waste go into the oceans each year. Popular destinations, such as Mallorca, Turkey, Bali or the Maldives, fight against the plastic flood on their beaches. Pictures of sea animals killed by plastic waste dampen the joyful anticipation before the holiday. A big part of that plastic waste is being produced by the tourists themselves – not only sabotaging their own holiday but also damaging sensitive ecosystems. Naturefriends International launches a campaign on how to avoid plastic waste especially during the holidays.

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Landscape of the Year 2018/2019 – Senegal/The Gambia News (13)
Landscape of the Year - LdJ 2018/19
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News from JUST ACT, partner organization of NFI in the Landscape of the Year 

NFI has reported on its partner organization in TheGambia (JUST ACT - Janjanbureh Uniting Sustainable Tourism And Community Training) on several occasions, most recently on the blog about the Friends of Nature journey "Tour d'horizon" in January 2018 (interview with the organization's director, Omar Jammeh, in English, German and French ---> ) and in the Info-Mail Science (German).
 
These reports concerned the work of JUST ACT in the field of sustainable tourism. This is currently taking place within the framework of the "The Gambia Youth Empowerment Project" (2017 - 2021), funded by the EU and the ITC (International Trade Centre), to “boost job creation and support long-term economic sustainability for the Gambia”. 
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Naturefriends talk: Ciprian Costa / President Naturefriends Romania
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You have been active for Naturefriends Romania for many years now. How did you get in touch with Naturefriends and what made you decide to be so committed over the years? Can you describe the most impressive moments with Prietenii Naturii Romania?
25 years ago, while I was a student in Timisoara, I was a member of a mountain club, partner of NFI. I loved the “nature and culture” motto and all activities, but also enjoyed being a member of a “ big family”- Friends of Nature.
One of the most important moments was when Romania became an "A" member of NFI.    

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Naturefriends Talk: Marie-Bernard LEFEBVRE-DUMONT President of Naturefriends France
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Marie-Bernard LEFEBVRE-DUMONT has been re-elected as president of Naturefriends France on March 31, 2018. She talks about her personal motivation for her long commitment to the Naturefriends movement and her visions for its development.

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Landscape of the Year 2018-2019 Senegal/Gambia News (11)
Landscape of the Year - LdJ 2018/19
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Landscape of the year Senegal/The Gambia  - Moving ahead at full speed
After the amazing opening event with 800 participants from 11 countries, motivation and expectations in the region are high. Therefore, it’s important to continue with the next steps in order to contribute to a sustainable development of the region. Tree plantings in selected villages – initiated by African and European Naturefriends together with local people – will stay at the focus of the activities.

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