International cooperation / DRYMOS / Drymos Kick-off meeting



The first plenary meeting of the project "ΝΕW SKILLS FOR NEW JOBS IN THE FOREST SECTOR (DRYMOS)" (code number 2012-1-LEO05-10056) was held at the head office of the Union for the Protection & Development of Hymettus (SPAY), on 6 and 7 December 2012. The project will be implemented by SPAY in collaboration with institutions from seven countries.   

DRYMOS project is funded by the Education and Culture DG, in the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme - LEONARDO DA VINCI – Transfer of Innovation (TOI), through the State Scholarship Foundation (IKY) of the Hellenic Ministry of Education. It aims to develop a European e-learning platform, for the training of forest scientists in Greek and other languages.

The participating bodies from Greece are SPAY (programme leader), the University of Patras and Action Synergy SA. From the rest of Europe, the partner institutions are the National Forest Centre (Slovakia), Fribourg University (Switzerland), Etifor Company, participated by the University of Padua (Italy), Portuguese Association for Environmental Education ASPEA (Portugal), Forestry Services and Promotion Centre of Castilla & Leon CESEFOR (Spain) and Eurosuccess Consulting Ltd (Cyprus).

The partners decided to register the already existing education material that could be adapted for the e-learning platform and to conduct research in their countries in order to identify the needs of the end-users (Forestry graduates and senior students, forest professional etc.). In addition, they agreed on a time schedule and an action plan consisting of work packages, which will be undertaken by each partner.

During the second day of the meeting, the partners made a technical visit to Hymettus Mountain; they had the opportunityt o have an up-close view of the area that was reforested by SPAY in 2009 in Glyfada, where they also visited the Fire Station which is administered by the local volunteer Fire Protection team. Afterwards, SPAY executives showed them a device set up by the Union at the forest of Kaisariani in the framework of the LIFE 08/ΝAT/GR/539 – AMIBIO (Automatic acoustic Monitoring and Inventorying of BIOdiversity) project.