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Catholic University of Portugal (Porto) College of Biotechnology
Description/achievement of initiative

-to educate responsible professionals (and citizens) and will contribute with relevant research (and actions) for a sustainable society-to promote research on the field of environmental sciences and sustainable development and to develop specific training programs-to continue the collaboration with local governments and non-governmental organizations -to support new entrepreneurship projects in the area of social economy and sustainable development through an annual contest Social Spin I3S-to plant 100.000 native trees, within the Porto metropolitan area, until 2016 and to manage a network of partners and volunteers that is responsible for the maintenance and after care

Implementation methodologies

We are committed to coordinating the Porto Metropolitan Area Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (which integrates the Global Learning Space for Sustainable Development within the goals of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development) and helping local governments in applying participation models and Local Agenda 21 principles in their municipalities.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


Catholic University of Portugal (Porto) College of Biotechnology
Progress reports
Goal 4
Applying participation models and Local Agenda 21 principles
An annual contest Social Spin I3S
Plant 100.000 native trees in Porto, Portugal
Staff / Technical expertise
Expertise of students and staff concerning sustainable development

Basic information
Time-frame: 2012 - 2016
Catholic University of Portugal (Porto) College of Biotechnology
Contact information
Emidio Gomes, Professor, mspinto@porto.ucp.pt
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