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Energy Globe Award

With more than 178 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award Bulgaria 2017

Submitted by: Gabrovo Municipality
Take me in your village

Older generations share their traditional knowledge and skills about agriculture and a life in harmony with the environment with the young generation who is living in urban settings and has lost their relation to nature.

Initial situation
The villages of the Gabrovo region are increasingly depopulated and the few permanent residents live in partial isolation, untouched by the achievements of the technological world. On the other hand, people there are holders of invaluable long-lasted authentic traditions, skills and knowledge related to their daily life activities - livestock breeding, fruit and vegetable production, production of dairy products, viniculture, horticulture, beekeeping, etc.. These have been passed from generation to generation and are nowadays endangered of being completely lost and forgotten by the younger generations. The young people are living entirely in urban settings, where the relation with nature and environment is unattained. This diversion from nature, the enclosure in one's home and the communication exclusively via social media entail profound negative consequences.

The project Take me in your village is one of the exemplary projects of Gabrovo Municipality, which manages to address a variety of issues with social, ecological and environmental character and effectively contributes to the complexity of the sustainable community development. The project targets the groups of the young and the elderly. It aims to overcome the generation gap, to save the endangered rural traditions and to build a disposition for nature and rural life in the young people.

The generation gap between the target groups is overcome; the knowledge and skills of the elderly are transferred; the regional specifics are researched and preserved; the nature is encountered and the environment appreciated; the young people are acquainted with the pastoral charm of the village life and traditions; the sense of isolation is surmounted; a desire for communication, interaction, participation and inclusion is formed in the participants.

Capital: Sofia
Official language: Bulgarian
Total area: 110.993 kmĀ²
Population: 7.364.570
GDP/Capita/Year: $7.234
Source: Wikipedia 2012