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Big step for Sustainable Sweden Association! The Ecomunicipality Program in Ethiopia is officially launched and we received the first part of the funding from UN Habitat last week. 🙌
We are very glad to have this opportunity to strenghten sustainable development in Ethiopia. 🌱
To have more information about the project in Ethiopia, please visit the website of Sustainable Sweden Development Ethiopia, the sister association of SSA : https://
Great news for 2017 ! The upcoming year marks the 25th anniversary of the Rio Summit on Environment and Development, and even if much has been made in the objective of creating a sustainable earth, there is still a lot of issues that need to be taken care of.
We are then starting to plan an open Sustainable Sweden Tour for spring or summer 2017. This time, we plan on making this tour accessible to any individual, or organization interested. Anyone interested in taking part in a SuS Tour is invited to contact us to get more detailed information.
Preparing a Sustainable Sweden Tour takes some time, as we have to contact sometimes hundreds of hosts and guests alike. Furthermore, we have to carefully establish a route across all the Eco-municipalities we intend to visit, and plan accommodation for our guests.
More information about the place and the dates will be available as we advance in our planning in the following months.
If you want to participate or have more information, you can write directly to Torbjörn Lahti at : torbjorn(at)sustainablesweden.org
Between the 27th of May and the 6th of June, a delegation from Tigray, Ethiopia joined us for a Tour that took place in Stockholm and later Umeå. The participants got to meet with different organizations, companies, and this time even natural reserves, to learn from these examples. Several conferences were also held in order to assess the progress made within the Ethiopian Eco-municipalities´program.
For a fully detailed summary of the Tour, visit the page below. Otherwise you can find a list of all the Tours and a summary of each of them under the menu “About the Tours”
On the 2nd of March 2016, a workshop was held in Addis Ababa and Arba Minch (Ethiopia) by Sustainable Sweden Association (SSA) and Sustainable Sweden Development Ethiopia (SSDE). A total of 26 participants from different organizations and parts of the country attended to this workshop which was dedicated to assessing SSDE’s work in 2015/2016. This meeting was especially important as it coincides with the second Growth and Transformation Plan that includes sustainable objectives and puts an emphasis on the development of rural areas.
Since the first workshop that was held in January 2015 to introduce SSDE’s work to the Ethiopian Eco-municipality network, more than a year had passed, and it was time to re-evaluate the work that had been done in Ethiopia.
A new Sustainable Sweden Tour is planned for April 2016. It is a Study Tour and preparation for the upcoming ”Pilot Project for Ecomunicipalities in Ethiopia”, which is expected to start during 2016. The Tour is designed as a training program with a combination of theory and field studies. The participants will get a deeper understanding of sustainable development with a special focus on Ecomunicipalities. The host municipalities will be ecomunicipalities who will share their many years of experiences of how to strategically transform their communities in sustainable direction. The theoretical parts of the training will focus on the concept Ecomunicipality 5.0, which will be the frame work for the Ethiopian projects.
Following the decision of the Ethiopian Government to develop its second Growth and Development Plan, a delegation from the region of Tigray came to Umeå and Stockholm for a Sustainable Sweden Tour, where we got to visit companies, NGOs, municipalities and their diverse initiatives in various different fields of sustainability.
For a detailed account of this Tour, visit the page below. You can also find a list and summary of all the previous Tours under the menu “About The Tours”
Between the 24th and the 31st of January, representatives from Sustainable Sweden and SEKOM went to Chile. The Tour specifically visited the Biobío Region, the University of Concepción, and the Eco-region of Arauco. For a detailed summary of our journey in Chile, visit the January 2015 Tour’s page by clicking here.
If you wish to know more about the conference, it has been documented by Mekelle University here
At the beginning of January 2015, Mekelle University in the region of Tigray, Ethiopia held a conference named “Eco-municipality in the region of Tigray” with the members of Sweden Sustainable Development Ethiopia (SSDE). and in collaboration with Tigrai Regional Health Bureau, Mekelle City Administration and Tigrai Bureau of Urban Development Trade and Industry. The goal was to talk about the Pilot Project for Eco-municipalities in Ethiopia, and in particular for the development of the Tigray region.
The theme of the conference was “Linking knowledge to Policy and Action for Sustainable Development and Waste Management”. During the conference several issues were addressed :
- Explanation of the concept and history of Eco-municipality, and the contents that were to be implemented in Ethiopia.
- We talked about Waste Management Practices in Mekelle and its implication for future strategy.
- Current situation and challenges regarding the Waste Management System in Tigray
- Green and open spaces in Mekelle.
As of 2015, 8 Municipalities and 5 Universities/Technical colleges were participating in the project. Together, they form the first network of Ethiopian Eco-municipalities.
Torbjörn Lahti -Sustainable Sweden chairman- and other guests will give you 5 lectures through Ecomuna in March.
The schedule is flexible, but the idea is to have a lecture twice a week at different times to make it available for people around the world.
You can find all the informations on the program (click on it if you want to see it larger) below.
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