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ALSHADOS - Loliplop- Bram- France

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 09:31 Published in Best Practises

A recreation center for teenager located in Ville de Bram has been contracted in 2013 with CAF in the youth childhood contract. This recreation center supports partly the political teen. Its operation will be mostly the holiday stay, reception time and allow the construction of holiday project.

Objectives of the recreation center for teenagers:

1-    Promoting citizenship and promote respect, tolerance:
•    Provide access to culture and leisure
•    Travel, cultural tours, themed outings
•    Establish a charter life together and ensure its implementation

2-    Accompany young to independence
•     Enable young people to be project leader
•    Implementation of self-financing the project, responding to a 100% winning project
•    Involve young people in the construction of the program of activities and projects.
•    The creation of spaces / free time young

3-    Promote welcoming new young
•    Facilitate the integration of new to other youth center
•    Use group games to create links between young
•    Involve quickly in a new collective project

4-    Develop leadership and critical thinking
•    Setting up Exchange time
•    Listening to their comments
•    By setting a up a time for discussion, exchange,
•    Decision making, conflict management that will allow everyone to express themselves, to find its place.
•    Topics may include the appointment but also other issues that concern their generation, local life.
•    Forum theater box idea.


The children are supervised by a trained facilitator and a management team.
Supervision is provided as follows: 1 animator for 12 children.
The ALSH welcomes children aged 11 to 17 years.
Each young person is allowed within the structure is given a registration form to be completed by the legal representative.
The young may have to leave one structure on parental consent.
The appointment is open:
-    from 12:30 to 18:00 on Wednesday
-    from 9:00 to 18:00 school holidays
In July the young people leave for one week stay in a European capital on the topic they choose: art, heritage, food, environment etc.

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Tuesday, 16 June 2015 09:30 Published in Best Practises

Plan for the improvement of phytosanitary and horticultural practices (PAPPH) –Bram- France

National and regulatory context

• Τhe quality of water is degraded by pesticides and pollution related to nitrates in groundwater and surface water.
• The regulation hardens nationally with a final Act of 01.23.2014, which prohibits the use of phytosanitary products to communities on green spaces and home gardeners.
• A drop of phytosanitary product makes it unsuitable for the 10 km over water consumption.

The risk of phytosanitary transfers to the molecules of water networks is important to communities due to the impermeability of the treated surfaces.

Objectives of PAPPH:

• limit the impact from the use of phytosanitary products on the environment,
• significantly reduce the use of pesticides in the municipality,
• implement a differentiated management,
• improve the perception of the natural flora,
• propose various alternative techniques adapted on roads and green spaces.

Working methodology

• 2 audits: Road network and Green Spaces
• 2 field phases: Road network and Green Spaces
- Digitizing roads and green areas which are chemically weeded: GIS database + ACCESS base,
- Risk Characterization Highways and Green Spaces: Map of risk,
- Recommendations of alternative techniques on roads: Recommendations Cards
- Identification of green spaces: Map of the differentiated management,
- Recommendations on green areas: Sheets of green spaces,
- Documents issued: Mulching, Vegetable Palette, Invasive Plants,
- 1 full report of the study, 1 synthesis, 1 data sheet for the ST,
• 1pilot site
• 1 public meeting and 1 city council meeting
• 2 ½ days of theme training for agents
• intermediate and final communications tools

Next steps

• Phytosanitary Audit:
- Personal, vehicles, PPE, equipment, maintenance
- Products, storage, filling area
- Maintained Zones, providers
• Green Spaces Audit:
- Fertilizing, watering, plant palette
- Design, floral, land cover
- Differentiated management, providers
• Definition of risk
- Environmental
- Health
• Proposal for a differentiated management
• Recommendation of maintenance techniques
- Acceptance of the natural flora
- Prevention of the growth by mulching
- Establishment of a mediterranean plant palette
- Prevention of the development design
- Scheduled sweeping
- Brushing
- Grass Cutting
- Pulling up roots
- Thermal Weeding
• Field Road networks
- Visit any roads chemically weeded: right and left sectors
- Weeding Recommendation and / or grass management and / or development
• Field Green Spaces
- Quantitative and qualitative inventories of green spaces
- Classification of Green Spaces according to type and use
Modality of the Grant
• Water Agency
- 80% alternative equipment
- 40% of sweepers
- 80% supplies to the pilot site + communication
- 80% agent training off Certiphyto
• General Council of the Aude
- 30% alternative equipment and sweeper
- 30% component communication for amateur gardeners

Advantages of the municipality of Bram:

•    Elected officials and agents seem to be involved in the proceedings and engines to implement new techniques for weed control and management of green spaces.
•    3 agents spent the Certiphyto. The agents already know the regulatory constraints related to the use of phytosanitary products, especially regarding PPE, preparing porridge, place drain / flush.
•    A full update on the latest regulatory standards will be made during the Phytosanitary audit.
•    Some agents attended the demonstration day for alternative techniques organized by the General Council of the Aude during the current year 2014.
•    Elected representatives and technical services know the importance of the passage of a sweeper in the context of preventing the lifting of the flora. They have one but it did not offset the 3rd arm for the management of sidewalks.
•    The ROTOFIL is already used to manage grassed areas rather than weeding.
•    The reduction targets for the use of crop protection products are established for 3 years.
•    The time to move to the state of weed and grass management will increase, but it mainly depends on the municipality's ability to implement a differentiated management of roads and green spaces and the degree of acceptance of the grass.

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The Organisation for the Protection of Persons with Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders of the Prefecture of Kastoria, is a non-profit body, established in March 2006 by three families of children with autism that live in the area. The Organisation is overseen by the Ministry of Health through its inclusion in the “National Register of Non-Profit Institutions of the Private Sector providing Social Care Services” and the “Special Register of Voluntary Non-Governmental Organizations”.


The goal of the Organisation is the provision of support and protection to people with autism and their families, both at local and national level, to better achieve the purposes of social inclusion. For its purposes the Organisation is operating for:

  1. The mapping out of autism related issues and needs in the prefecture of Kastoria
  2. The setting up of facilities and services to meet the needs of people with autism and their families
  3. The training of mental health professionals and educators (in both public and private sectors)
  4. The setting up of volunteering schemes
  5. The support and participation in  research projects and actions for the empowerment of people with autism

Initiatives and actions

Since its creation in 2006 the Organisation has undertaken a number of initiatives, the most notable of which include the following:

  • Establishing and running a Day Centre for Children, Adolescents and Young Adults with Autism (since 2012)
  • Running volunteering schemes like 'Befriending' (since 2008)
  • Promoting positive awareness about autism in the community (including festivals and theatrical performances)
  • Providing training (seminars and workshops)
  • Actively participating in local and national actions for the protection of rights of people with autism (i.e. petitions, public representation)

The Organisation and the Municipality in synergy

One of the most central objectives of the Organisation is the establishment and operation of structures that support education, work and welfare of persons with autism in Kastoria. To this end, the Organisation has created and put into operation in November 2012 the “Day Center for children, adolescents and young adults with autism“. The Center is hosted in an property ceded by the Municipality of Kastoria in the Municipal District of Maniakoi .

The financing plan of this structure took into account both the functional needs of the Center and the modulation needs of the Center’s facilities, along with its equipment needs.

During its first two years of operation the Centre was financed by the Operational Programme "Human Resources Development" NSRF 2007-2013. The Act was implemented by the Organisation with the method of self superintendency, since it has managerial capacity of type B. As of January 2015 the Centre is partially supported by the Hellenic Ministry of Health. Private funding, in the form of donations and philanthropic gestures, is an essential prerequisite for securing its long-term existence and quality of services provided to people with autism and their families.

The project of the modulation of the Centre’s facilities was undertaken by the Municipality of Kastoria through the Operational Programme "Human Resources Development" NSRF 2007-2013. Under this Act, the municipality of Kastoria signed a programmatic agreement with the Organisation and in close cooperation, jointly decided and helped shape the physical object of the Act, completing the project in time so as the Center was able to accept its first beneficiaries in March 2013.
So far the Day Centre has provided services to twenty four (24) children, adolescents and young adults with autism. Each person's program was planned on the basis of his/her individual needs and in close collaboration with the family, the school as well as every other important person in his/her life. At the same time, support was provided to family members in the form of individual counseling sessions as well as regular group meetings (parents and siblings' support groups).

Furthermore, an important part of the activities of the Day Center is 1) the establishment of links and programs that create positive awareness about autism in the community, 2) the promotion of relevant knowledge by contributing to autism-related research (conducting relevant studies, developing intervention tools e.t.c.) while 3) offering placement and training opportunities to health, mental health and education students.

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Schist Villages - Lousã-Portugal

Sunday, 26 April 2015 12:21 Published in Best Practises

A new concept of rural Portugal

The project was based on a simple idea: to bring a new dynamic to tourism in the Centre Region through the use of the natural and human resources of the Schist Villages. The challenge, however, resided in doing so without loosing sight of the lifestyle of its inhabitants, the preservation of their values and the increment of their self esteem.

But as the Portuguese say, “there in no shortcut to labour” and the Sustained Development Plan for the Schist Villages had to create modern infrastructures, to train the population and to promote a tourist culture.

Buildings were reconstructed, using traditional methods and preserving original traits. And while some were pledged to take care of the houses, others were becoming technicians, preparing to face a new standard for qualification. In gastronomic production, craftsmanship, cultural entertainment, the Schist Villages stand out for their presentation of excellent products, services and professionals. New products are made from the fruits of the land. A river becomes a canoeing track. A forest becomes a path for trekking. A boy from the village becomes a guide. A house becomes a bed and breakfast.

A new strength is given to producers of local specialities. And, based on the knowledge of many years, innovative objects are created. Objects of contemporary design.

Attracted by the promise of a rich cultural and natural heritage, visitors come here to find, besides dazzling landscapes, practically endless possibilities of outdoor entertainment. But if outdoors the days are joyfully spent, life indoors is similarly busy. A mix of professionalism and sincere kindness welcome us to the rural lodging units, as to each restaurant, shop, Tourism Information Kiosks and entertainment company. Availability of information, quality of service and the assurance that these are certified activities guarantee the success of initiatives.

Little by little, Pinhal Interior starts to forget its stone sadness, and the schist landscapes are hot with new projects. The bonds connecting the network intensify, synergies are perfected, partner-ships grow stronger. Working as a network, the territory’s economic agents develop coordinated strategies and make joint investments.

With training and employment opening a new window of hope, young people are no longer dreaming of departing to urban areas. In fact, some are starting to return from the city for holidays or weekends, some to stay. A new dream is built, and the villages that used to be desolated and abandoned, are now becoming joyful. With the support of the Schist Villages Programme, the villages are reinventing themselves and once again, assuming a central role. Attracting the eyes of the world to the centre of Portugal, they invite us to discover a region that is a national treasure and to become a part of the challenge, believing it is possible, and worth, to change.

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