Posted on August 17, 2012
As the tour of Sailing for Sustainability (SfS) has come to an end, organisers shared their words of closure with followers and supporters, which – as you may guess – is far from a weepy goodbye! SfS is opening its sails for new adventures. The project’s evaluation seminar is coming up soon to summarize and share findings and good practices with GLEN. Follow the website closely and get involved! (sailingforsustainability.net)
“Looking into the future!
After four weeks of sailing for sustainability, intensive workshops and discussions about alternative economy, renewable energy and sustainable lifestyle, actions in the harbours, exciting group dynamics, meeting and exchanging new ideas with people from all around Europe the sailing itselfs is over.
Obviously saying good bye to our beloved ship Lovis and all the great people makes most of us a little sad. But by looking into the future many new ideas and initiatives were born during the last weeks and we are sure: this is definitely not the end!
For most of us it is still unbelievable what we have done together during the last months.
More than 100 people from more than 10 European countries were involved in the planning and organisation of the project.
Three preparational seminars with a total of 80 participants were held before the sailing started. Another one will take place in autumn this year to evaluate the entire project.
15 partner organisations from different European countries were involved in the development and implementation of the project.
Altogether around 120 people participated in the seminar weeks on the ship.
During sailing we stopped in five European countries: Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland. Many people participated in our local events along the route starting in Gdansk and heading up to Hel, Klaipeda, Liepaja, Ventspils, Salacgriva, Pärnu, Virtsu, Vormsi, Tallin, Prangli, Lillö, Barösund, Hanko, Kasnäs with our final stop in Turku.
We spent around 80.000 Euros and more than 22 months to make the whole thing happen.
But beside all these numbers the most important thing is to say thank you to all those who have made this project possible!!! We are all looking very much forward to the next months to see new initiatives growing and trying to make our world a little better.
The Sailing for Sustainability Project Team”