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Caring for our future

Caring for our future

"Caring for our future" is available in PDF format chapter by chapter (~150-400K). The whole document is available for download at the bottom of the page (~10,000K).

The whole document: Caring for our future

GLOBAL ASSESSMENT Europe’s environment: what directions for the future? Published in April 2000

As the period covered by the fifth action programme is coming to an end, the Commission is now presenting a global assessment on the implementation and success of this programme in response to a request from the Council and the European Parliament. It does so also with the intention to launch a debate with the other institutions, stakeholders and citizens on the priorities for a sixth programme to be put forward in 2000.

PDF version is available by clicking the language (~450K).



Catalogue number



49 FR CR-21-99-432-FR-C 92-828-8544-5 free
49 DE CR-21-99-432-DE-C 92-828-8542-9 free
49 EN CR-21-99-432-EN-C 92-828-8543-7 free

EU FOCUS ON GREEN JOBS. Published in August 1999

EU environmental measures covering the issue of 'green jobs' are addressed in this brochure. It is intended to inform local and regional players, NGO's, policy makers, social partners and consumers as well as citizens. This information will also give ideas about how each person can make his own contributions towards creating 'green jobs'.

PDF version is available by clicking the language (~250K).



Catalogue number



18 ES CR-12-98-360-ES-C 92-828-4710-8 Free
18 DA CR-12-98-360-DA-C 92-828-4811-6 Free
18 DE CR-12-98-360-DE-C 92-828-4812-4 Free
18 EL CR-12-98-360-GR-C 92-828-4813-2 Free
18 EN CR-12-98-360-EN-C 92-828-4814-0 Free
18 FR CR-12-98-360-FR-C 92-828-4815-9 Free

ENVIRONMENT 2010: OUR FUTURE, OUR CHOICE. 6th EU Environment Action Programme 2001-2010. Published in April 2001. Booklet

To make the new Programme (see above) more accessible to everyone, the Commission has published simultaneously this shorter booklet.

PDF version is available by clicking the language (~500K).



Catalogue number



11 ES KH-33-00-122-ES-C 92-894-0257-1 Free
11 DA KH-33-00-122-DA-C 92-894-0258-X Free
11 DE KH-33-00-122-DE-C 92-894-0259-8 Out of stock
11 EL KH-33-00-122-GR-C 92-894-0260-1 Out of stock
11 EN KH-33-00-122-EN-C 92-894-0261-X Free
11 FR KH-33-00-122-FR-C 92-894-0262-8 Out of stock

CHOICES FOR A GREENER FUTURE. The European Union and the Environment. Published in June 2002

Protecting our global environment is not a job for individual governments alone. Effective action is needed to improve the quality of people's lives while at the same time safeguarding the nature and combating problems like climate change. This calls for cooperation and partnership throughout society and at the international level.
The European Union has some 30 years' experience of making policy and implementing action to conserve our natural heritage. It has achieved significant results, but much more remains to be done to ensure a cleaner, healthier environment for European citizens, their children, and generations yet to come.

Our environment today. Action by the EU. Climate change. Nature and biodiversity. Health and quality of life. Managing natural resources and tackling waste. What should industry do ? EU enlargement and international action. Funding environmental care. Consulting people and building partnerships. Conclusion.

PDF version is available by clicking the language (~1237 K)

Pages Language Catalogue Number ISBN Price
26 ES NA-40-01-464-ES-C 92-894-3115-6 Free
26 DA NA-40-01-464-DA-C 92-894-3116-4 Free
26 DE NA-40-01-464-DE-C 92-894-3117-2 Free
26 EL NA-40-01-464-GR-C 92-894-3118-0 Free
26 EN NA-40-01-464-EN-C 92-894-3119-9 Free
26 FR NA-40-01-464-FR-C 92-894-3120-2 Free

SUSTAINABLE GOVERNANCE - INSTITUTIONAL AND PROCEDURAL ASPECTS OF SUSTAINABILITY. The European Consultative Forum on the environment and sustainable development.

The background for this report is the widening gap between the requirements of sustainability and the reality of European politics.

One way to transform sustainable development into reality would be the full implementation and the further development of legislative measures.

The Forum is also of the opinion that the main key to achieving success is a combination of specific institutional and procedural changes at European level, modifications to the legislative process and new forms of governance based on full information and consultation of all key players. These measures should be accompanied by various institutional changes.

PDF version is available by clicking the language (~700K).



Catalogue number



19 EN KH-29-00-424-EN-C 92-828-9563-7 free
19 DE KH-29-00-424-DE-C 92-828-9564-5 free
19 FR KH-29-00-424-FR-C 92-828-9565-3 free


Published in December 2003

This edition of LIFE FOCUS presents ten successful experiences selected from among the LIFE projects that have either prepared the way for EMAS or that thave implemented it.

PDF version is available by clicking the language.

Pages Language Catalogue Number ISBN Price
29 EN KH-34-01-794-EN-C 92-894-0543-0 Free
29 FR KH-34-01-794-FR-C 92-894-0544-9 Free

LIFE FOCUS - WATER, AN ESSENTIAL RESOURCE - LIFE and the New European Water Policy
Published October 2002

PDF version is available by clicking the language.

Pages Language Catalogue Number ISBN Price
25 EN KH-34-01-786-EN-C 92-894-0538-4 Free
25 FR KH-34-01-786-FR-C 92-894-0539-2 Free
25 DE KH-34-001-786-DE-C 92-894-0542-2 Free
25 IT KH-34-01-786-IT-C 92-894-0540-6 Free
25 NL KH-34-01-786-NL-C 92-894-3919-X Free
25 ES KH-34-01-786-ES-C 92-894-0541-4 Free

Published February 2004

Booklet outlining briefly what the EU is doing for nature conservation.

PDF version is available by clicking the language

Pages Language Catalogue Number ISBN Price
11 EN KH-58-04-005-EN-C Free
11 FR KH-58-04-005-FR-C Free
11 ES KH-58-04-005-ES-C Free

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AND NATURA 2000. Guidelines, initiatives and good practices in Europe.
Published in September 2001.

This document is the result of the organisation of a European seminar held in Lisbon in December 1999 carried out by the contractor SECA, Société d'Eco-Aménagement (France) in association with ECOTRANS (Germany), THE TOURISM COMPANY (United Kingdom) and the FRENCH FEDERATION OF REGIONAL NATURE PARKS (France). It was produced in the context of the legislative framework established by the EU for protecting and conserving Europe's wildlife and habitats; it focuses on the Natura 2000 network and is relevant to all types of protected area in general. This document is in 4 parts. Part 1 describes the Natura 2000 Network and analyses the Habitat directive from a sustainable tourism perspective. Part 2 provides a brief description of 17 initiatives relevant to protected areas, which have developed specific tools for sustainable tourism. Part 3 presents a list of priorities and general principles for sustainable tourism which are relevant to the characteristics of Natura 2000 sites. Part 4 provides a summary of specific recommendations and advice addressed to Natura 2000 stakeholders in the light of the Habitats Directive. The Annex (Volume II) and the section "Good practice in action" are available online only.

PDF version of the main document is available by clicking the language in the table below (pdf ~780K)

PDF version of the Annex (Volume 2) is available by clicking "Annex" in the table below (pdf ~550K)

PDF version of Good practice in action is available by clicking "Good practice in action" in the table below (pdf ~370K)

Pages Language Catalogue Number ISBN Price
63 EN KH-39-01-029-EN-C 92-894-1443-X Free
83 EN Annex

34 EN Good practice in action


Published in August 2000

This book is a legal dissertation on the greatest issue of our age, which is to achieve sustainable development as defined in the Rio Declaration (1992) and Agenda ’21, in other words as a combination of economic development and protection of the environment.

PDF version is available by clicking the language (~1,800K)

Pages Language Catalogue Number ISBN Price
145 EN KH-28-00-834-EN-C 92-828-9287-5 20.50 Euro

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Educating for Sustainable Future

Educating for a Sustainable Future
Department of the Environment and Heritage Project proudly brought to you by University of Ballarat

Introduction news



Primary units

Secondary units

Education for sustainability

Professional development: Pilot schools
Education for the Environment
Organic Gardens and Mara Māori
Education for Sustainability


Education for Environment

The arm on the signpost that points to Education for Sustainability signals the changing emphases in environmental education. It challenges New Zealand educators to think about what the terminology might mean - and what our future practice could and should begin to look like.

Professional development: Pilot schools
Gain insights from the learning journals of environmental education pilot schools, written while they implemented particular aspects of the Guidelines for Environmental Education in New Zealand Schools.

Education For the Environment
Explore the issue of Education For the Environment and see examples of students' work from schools that have put the environmental paper into practice.

Organic Gardens and Mara Māori
Read about a pilot programme of professional development at 14 urban schools that supports student learning through the creation and maintenance of organic and Māori gardens.

Education for Sustainability
Consider the importance of education for sustainability. There could be some key shifts in emphasis of environmental education required in order to encourage sustainable development and environmental sustainability.

Education for Sustainability

The Draft Curriculum Stocktake Report (Ministry of Education, unpublished) determined the need for the New Zealand curriculum to make more explicit the importance of Education for Sustainability (including sustainable development and environmental sustainability).

In doing so it recognised the need for education to prepare learners for an uncertain future – but one in which we will need to safeguard and enhance the environment and our place in it. It also recognised the range of terms and meanings that are used around the idea of sustainability. The Guidelines for Environmental Education in New Zealand Schools recognises there is a range of views on what sustainability means. It also notes connections to the use of both renewable and non-renewable resources and the notions of hauora and rahui tapu.

Environmental education needs to help build the capacity for people to be informed and active participants in moving society towards ecological, social, and economic sustainability.

It may be said that environmental science and then environmental education had an initial reactive focus when educators began to recognise some of the problems we were facing. "Education for Sustainability" perhaps indicates a more proactive vision for the future and our role as educators in it.

The following table suggests what some key shifts in emphasis might be.

Aspect Dominant approach Future perspectives
Problem End of pipe Source reduction
Solution Environment protection Sustainability solutions
Connectedness Humans separate from ecosystems Humans as part of ecosystems
Time frame Present/short term Future/long term
Goal Awareness and knowledge Changed behaviours, practices and structures
Education methods Predominantly information based Participatory and experiential learning, action competence, community development and capacity-building
Learners Audiences/target groups Participants/stakeholders
Implementation Mainly top-down Through partnerships/networks
Legitimacy Predominantly technical expertise Based on different ways of knowing

(from NSW Council on Environmental Education. (2002). Learning for Sustainability. NSW Environmental Education Plan 2002-2005)

This signpost on the environmental education pages of Te Kete Ipurangi signals the changing emphases for environmental education. This could be the place to guide our thinking about what the terminology might mean – and what our future practice could and should begin to look like.

Watch this space for thoughtful and practical discussion around "Education for Sustainability".

Appropriate Technology for a Sustainable Future

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