The SUMBA project was presented during the Europe Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE) Meeting 2019, which was held in Heraklion, Greece from 13th to 14th September, hosted by RCE Crete and The Crete University with the support of the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS).
An RCE is a network of organizations such as universities, NGOs, schools, local governments and businesses etc., that facilitate learning and acting towards sustainable development in local and regional communities, coordinated globally by the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS). UNU currently has 168 RCEs listed globally.
Twelve RCEs from ten countries attended this year's meeting, under the theme 'Climate Change, Sustainable Agriculture, and Food Security'. Throughout the two-day meeting, RCEs shared their work over the past year, including projects working with national level government policies or local level policies, focusing on topics such as (but not limited to) climate change mitigation, sustainable transport, learning for sustainable agriculture, consumption and production and biodiversity conservation. Interactive sessions and workshops provided RCEs with the platform to discuss how to strengthen communication and collaboration within the region, how to engage with local and regional governments on ESD initiatives, and how to focus RCE activities on climate action.
During the conference there were many presentations about different projects focused generally on climate and discussions were also more general than sole transport issues. Project SUMBA was presented by Ms. Ewelina Skoczeń from Earth and People Foundation, one of the partners in SUMBA project and founder partner in RCE Warsaw Metropolitan.