Author: Svilena Velcheva

The first edition of “Project ECO” – the competition of young people in which they find solutions to a pressing environmental problem in Bulgaria, is coming to an end.

There are 10 days left until the last date (July 30), on which participants can send their ideas on the topics: maintaining clean air after COVID-19, waste diversion and cleanliness of Bulgarian beaches. Proposals from candidates between the ages of 15 and 30 can be submitted through the https://projecteco.eu platform.

Representatives of the three NGOs that supported the project: Public Environmental Center for Sustainable Development, Greenpeace-Bulgaria and For the Earth held three webinars, which touched on several key points of the requirements for candidates, as well as little-known facts about the work.

I will give priority to an idea that prevents the generation of waste, ie. is related to the concept of the so-called “Zero waste,” said Ilian Iliev of the Public Environmental Center for Sustainable Development, which will evaluate projects related to waste diversion.

Meglena Antonova from Greenpeace pointed out that the first steps that both citizens and government will take after the end of the pandemic will be key to maintaining clean air. She added that in Bulgaria the intersectoral efforts are the most successful.

All applications will be evaluated by a jury consisting of the founders of the competition and representatives of the companies that have taken on the difficult task of implementing the awarded projects.

The winners in each of the categories will be announced on August 15 on the platform of “Project ECO”.

“Project ECO” was born on the idea of ​​20-year-old Ivaylo Tsochev, who for several years has been organizing events and initiatives related to ecology and sustainable business. His company Zero Waste is focused on promoting kits for environmentally friendly lifestyle.

Nature follows its own rules, in front of which we are powerless when we choose to be its enemies. And the creation of an ecological culture in a society depends mostly on faith – in one’s own abilities and in the youth.

Translator: Valentina Vagge

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Improving public knowledge about the role of Civil Society Organizations

The project “Improving public knowledge about the role of Civil Society Organizations” shall be implemented with the financial support of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under the EEA Financial Mechanism. The main goal of the project is to improve citizens’ awareness of the role of non-governmental organizations in society. This material is established with the financial support of the Active Citizens Fund of Bulgaria under the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area. The whole responsibility for the content of the document is held by the Public Environmental Center for Sustainable Development and under no circumstances can this material be considered to reflect the official opinion of the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area and the Active Citizens Fund of Bulgaria.