Monday, 27 May 2013

Raising Awareness on the Sustainable Management of Forests

In collaboration with P.A.R.K. and the 34U Campaign, KOPIN presented the “FORESTS IN THE WORLD” Film Festival & the “Plant for the Future” audiovisual and interactive exhibition on 17th of May 2013.

In the wonderful setting of Buskett Gardens, Malta’s best known woodland, KOPIN screened a number of short movies that critically deal with issues related to forests – from the sustainable use of forest products to the impact of uncontrolled deforestation on indigenous peoples, to the crass negative impact of big business on people and the environment.

“Plant for the Future” – Audiovisual Exhibition
An unique audiovisual installation,  guided through some of the most gorgeous green lungs of the Earth in a forest-like environment!

The Exhibition aimed to
- raise awareness about world forests and about their environmental, cultural, social and economic importance;
- highlight the main problems related to deforestation and the other destructive and exploitative practices;
- raise awareness about the direct links between current lifestyles and their environmental and social impact on world forests;
- contribute towards changing consumption patterns towards a fairer and sustainable use of forest resources, in particular by promoting the selection of certified products and services above others.

Both events were opened by Hon Leo Brincat, Minister for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change.

In the frame of KOPIN project FOREST IN THE WORLD, that deals with issues related to sustainable consumption of forests’ products and its social impact, an Italian delegation made up of four students and two teachers from two different Italian secondary schools, visited Malta between 9th and 11th of April. The group, accompanied by Samanta Musarò, a representative from Italian NGO COSPE, also partner in the project, took part in several activities organised by KOPIN staff, with the help of different Maltese stakeholders.
On the morning of their first day in Malta, the Italian group, together with two KOPIN members, joined some students at Birgu Boys’ secondary school in Verdala, to discuss topics related to environmental and social aspects of forests’ resources consumption. There was an introduction by teacher Ms Rita DeBattista, followed by a presentation of fair trade market and its principles held by some volunteers from Koperattiva Kummerċ Ġust. In the afternoon the Italian group visited Manikata Rural Cooperative and was leaded through its “Heritage Trail” to discover some techniques of organic farming and cultivation.    

For further information about the project, visit the website or also contact KOPIN

Information provided by KOPIN Malta

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