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The project Climate Virtual ExChange: Enhancing climate awareness in Europe and the Southern Mediterranean Area (CliVEx) aims to enhance intercultural dialogue between students from Europe and the Southern Mediterranean area on the topic of climate change.

The 3-year project involves 16 Higher Education Institutions from 15 different countries located in Europe and in the South Mediterranean area: Algeria, Egypt, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Netherlands, Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Syria, and Tunisia.

We will involve 1,500 participants in 5 Virtual Exchange “Climate Justice” iterations.

In addition, we will train 1,000 young online dialogue facilitators (students and/or young academic staff) to facilitate the dialogues among Virtual Exchange participants. This leads to a community of skilled, certified, and experienced facilitators that can be deployed in other Virtual Exchange initiatives after this project.

The specific objectives of CliVEx are:

  • To design, develop and implement a Virtual Exchange entitled ‘Climate Justice’, organised in 5 iterations over 36 months, involving at least 1,500 students from the countries of our full and associated partner HEIs in the Virtual Exchange.
  • To have at least 150 climate project ideas developed out of the Virtual Exchanges.
  • To train at least 1,000 online dialogue facilitators drawn from the participating Higher Education Institutions, VE alumni, and other young people interested in developing online facilitation skills and coming from the countries of our beneficiaries and associated partners.
  • To run a Life Cycle Assessment of the costs of the Virtual Exchange for the environment.