REFE – Reducing Ecological Footprints through Eco-Awareness

Enabling young people in Romania to live sustainable lifestyles by providing knowledge through educational materials.


Although environmentalism is on the rise throughout Europe, consumerism and mass production are still deeply rooted in large parts of society. In Romania, two recent documents – the 5th National Report on the Convention of Biological Diversity and the National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS) – emphasise the need for more sustainable lifestyles. Both of them identify education and awareness raising among youth as key approaches in this regard.



REFE complies with this through developing eight products that can be incorporated into Romania’s educational system. These support the adjustment of the school system to the priorities of the 5th National Report on the Convention of Biological Diversity and the NSDS. The products consist of the following: a tool to measure the ecological footprint; a planning guide for an educational summer camp on ecological footprints; a documentary; a grade-6 curriculum, teaching material; a theatre script; e-learning modules; a report. The products provide young people in Romania with the fundamentals of ecological thinking and with practical options to make their lifestyles more sustainable. REFE ensures to monitor all products throughout the project life cycle and adjust them as needed. Translation into multiple languages makes them accessible to and usable by a broad audience across Europe.

Project information

Updated: April 2022

Countries: Romania

Project duration: 10/20 - 12/22

Funding: 284,684 €

Target groups: Cities, towns and municipalities, Civil Society, Governments, NGOs, Regional governments, Schools

Implementing organisation: The Viennese Children's Theatre

Partners: Ecologic Association, Foundation EuroEd / EuroEd Secondary School, School for Life, University of Bucharest


Contact Person:

Mrs Andreea Vasi

Viennese Children’s Theatre

Strada Comanita 9, sector 2
020557 Bucharest



This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI call for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.


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