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DECLARATION

The Lower Austrian Environmental.Knowledge.Network is an association of organisations, institutions and individuals offering environmental educational activities, products and services as defined by UNESCOs Education for Sustainable Development  [ESD] and the Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs].

 

The Network’s environmental education offers are directed to people of all age-groups in Lower Austria, including people who have not shown any interest in environmental issues up to that point.
We take effect in all areas of life, like school, leisure time or business.

 
Our excellence is the creative potential, diversity of knowledge and experience of all persons united in the network.
 
Environmental education implies for us to work on the value systems of the society in collaboration with citizens.


Objectives

The objective of the Network is to foster the quality and dissemination of education for sustainable development. We meet this target through common performance, intensive communication and multifaceted activities.


We encourage people in Lower Austria to a consciously deal with the environment and its resources and to assume a sustainable lifestyle. The Network’s environmental education offers are designed in such a way as to positively influence behaviour and thinking patterns.

 

The Network sets impulses for economy, new jobs and the social system in Lower Austria.

 

The Network considers itself as a lobby for environmental education and motivates policy makers and businesses to assert themselves in supporting this objective, in order to foster and implement environmental education as well as sustainable projects.

 

The Network aims at co-operation on a national and international level and seeks communication with all areas of co-existence in society.



Principles

  • The Network members shall commit themselves to a common declaration and their goals.
     
  • The Network acts independently and beyond party and religious boundaries (non-partisan and non-confessional).
     
  • Openness is an accepted principle. This includes co-operation based on partnership as well as readiness for co-operation within the Network and external transparency.
     
  • The separate character of the individual organisations shall be respected in a climate of a high degree of commonness.
     
  • Substantiated information shall be the basis of the Network’s work. The Network members shall be responsible for pursuing their further education and training on their own accord, thus guaranteeing highest possible factual competence.
     
  • Orientation toward implementation shall be a core quality. The diversity of the Network partners provides a basis for diversity of methods.
     
  • The Network members bear responsibility for their own work and shall actively participate in the Network, like expert conferences, meetings, working groups or common Projects.


Organisation

In order to facilitate good co-operation and communication within the Network, the following agreements shall apply:

 

  • All members of the Network shall be equal.
     
  • Amendments or new rules shall be subject to a majority rule – each organisation or institution shall have one vote.
    If ad hoc decisions are not possible (need for research, extensive discussion process, voting within the member organisation, institutions, etc.), the decision making process shall be continued by interested Network participants in subsequent meetings.

 

  • An Expert Conference or a Network Meeting on an outstanding location shall be held annually.
     
  • One or two Network Meetings shall be held annually, at which the Network members shall have an opportunity for internal exchange, questions and debate of arising fundamental decisions, e.g. new thematic focuses.

 

  • Internal matters of member organisations as well as of the Province of Lower Austria, such as direction of contents, financial matters or available time frames for participation in the Network, shall not be part of Network decisions. 
     
  • New admissions: The official announcement of admissions of new network members is made at the annual Network meeting. Admissions may be signed by the management, association spokesman/ woman or person at any time  - also permitted by e-mail. 
    The requirement is the written agreement to the declaration.
     
  • Conceptions of projects shall be worked and decided on by the hub in co-operation with forums. Any and all member institutions may send representatives to these forums. Principle: whoever is present takes part in the shaping process.
     
  • The Environmental.Knowledge Office, located in the Department of Environmental and Energy Management of the Province of Lower Austria shall serve as a hub, providing the following services: initiating Network meetings, further education, external communication as well as representation of the Network.
    Network partners shall be involved depending on the project.



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