The NODE presents innovative solutions on development, environment and social inclusion in Europe and the Mediterranean.
In today’s world, Europe and the Maghreb are facing intertwined threats. Climate change leads to ecosystem degradation and, together with uneven growth leads to migration, and social disparities and inequitable conditions can provoke social unrest. The NODE - Node for Opportunities, Development, Environment - arises after the idea that these challenges are deeply interlinked and that we cannot tackle them separately successfully.
Last 16th November, The NODE, together with members of the European Parliament, representatives from International Organizations, national authorities, academia, the private sector and civil society, proposed different and multidisciplinary perspectives showing how innovative forestry and environmental solutions can be in conveying social progress and business development.
Dina Ionesco, from the International Organization for Migration, explained that “At the NODE, together, we can do very concrete actions to link immigration and forests, such as integration through reforestation activities”.
Joachim Englert, CEO of Social Forest and partner of the NODE, highlighted how local authorities and communities can benefit economically, environmentally but also in terms of cultual dialogue and social inclusion by providing professional trainings in land and forestry management to unemployed youth together with migrants: ”We can have an environmental impact within cities, reuse abandoned spaces, create urban forests. We can do it together with the EU youth, unemployed and migrants. We can move away from “costs” and turn them into investment for all”
The words of Miguel García-Herraiz, from the Union for Mediterranean, highlighted the importance “to include the forestry sector in the agenda to face climate change” and MEP Santiago Fisas Ayxelá stressed that the NODE, with its multidisciplinary approach, is capable of driving innovative sustainable development solutions in the forestry, environmental and social sectors and it is also a valuable vehicle to social, economic and human progress.
Today, the NODE is ready to provide support also to the implementation of the EU Forestry Strategy and to the EU institutions and the Mediterranean partners countries in their common objectives and endeavours, in line with the COP 22 and the Sustainable Development Goals.
In the next weeks, the NODE will also launch a new FREE service: the Matchmaking Tool for the forestry and environmental sector. The tool will automatically match you with the partners/services you are looking for, giving you access to endless business opportunities and possibilities of development and cooperation. Let’s stay in touch!